What is it? Fibromyalgia is now seen as a central nervous system problem. Symptoms include increased sensitivity to pain, achy and stiff joints, fatigue, and specific tender points on the back, chest, arms, and legs. Migraines, sleep disorders. This if often brought on by an abundance of stress.
When looking for foods that will help with fibromyalgia we want to talk about alkalinity. When wake up in the morning, our bodies are in a more acidic state. Just like any chronic illness or auto-immune disease we want to have balance. We want to avoid extremes to better support digestion and metabolism. A certain amount of acidity is needed to properly digest food as well a good amount of alkalinity will support metabolism.
Your body is always striving for BALANCE. It IS possible to be overly acidic OR overly alkaline. Yet it can be confusing as to how to support this balance that we want. Staying close to nature in diet and lifestyle is the best way to attain balance in health and well-being. Eating for fibromyalgia is eating whole foods. You can do this vegetarian or you can do this eating meat.
Tip 1: An important thing to consider when we are talking auto-immune or fibromyalgia is to go gluten-free and somewhat grain free. Gluten in the beginning all the time, and grain free most of the time. When eating animal protein, choose smaller portions of meat and balance with greens, raw and/or cooked vegetables. Think Broccoli.
Tip 2: When eating eggs, always ingest whole eggs, not egg whites alone. Egg whites are VERY acid forming, AND the egg yolk is one of nature’s finest fats, rich in biotin, minerals and easy to digest. It is the egg white that is hardest to digest. The benefits are a page long, and for most people with egg allergy, it’s the white, not the yolk.
Tip 3: Avocadoes. Avocadoes, the healthy raw fat of champions everywhere. Use them in blender drinks, raw dishes and even great for breakfast. You can substitute them in for other ingredients in cooking. Healthy fats are a great way to control cravings for sugars and excess carbohydrates . Also, use Avocado Oil for cooking, salad dressing, homemade mayo., etc.
Tip 4: Some studies show the need for Vitamin D and Magnesium. This can be found in Salmon, walnuts and spinach. You can take a good quality Vitamin D suplement.