Diet plays a major role in successful natural fibromyalgia treatments. The goal is to eat whole foods that help to reduce inflammation and avoid any foods that cause inflammation. The low FODMAP diet has been shown to significantly reduce fibromyalgia symptoms. FODMAPs are a group of sugars that aren’t completely absorbed by the body, resulting in fermentation in the digestive tract leading to gastrointestinal issues and leading to fibromyalgia symptoms.
Common foods allowed on a low FODMAP diet are:
- Almond milk
- Avocado oil
- Bell peppers
- Bok choy
- Citrus fruit,
- Coconut milk
- Coconut oil
- Gluten-free oats
- GMO-free corn, rice, quinoa, spelt
- Goat milk
- Grass-fed butter
- Grass-fed meat (beef, lamb, free-range chicken and turkey)
- Macadamia nuts
- Maple syrup
- Pine nuts
- Pumpkin seeds
- Rice milk
- Wild-caught fish
Main foods to avoid when diagnosed with fibromyalgia:
- Cow’s milk
- High fructose corn syrup
- Legumes (beans, peanuts, soy)
- Processed foods
- Sweeteners (including sorbitol, xylitol, mannitol)
Going gluten-free can be beneficial in fighting off symptoms of fibromyalgia and other inflammatory illnesses. Foods that permit Candida overgrowth emit toxins into the body that can result in fibromyalgia symptoms.
Licorice Root helps the body more efficiently regulate cortisol, reducing adrenal fatigue and helps to increase energy, ease stress and reduce the symptoms of fibromyalgia.
Digestive aid- Kombucha is a probiotic beverage that’s naturally fermented with a living colony of bacteria and yeast. It provides many benefits such as improved digestion, fighting candida overgrowth and reducing or eliminating the symptoms of fibromyalgia, depression and anxiety. It can also improve your mood and mental clarity.
Eating a balanced diet is a good idea for anyone, regardless of whether you have fibromyalgia. It should include fresh fruits and vegetables, healthy fats, low-fat dairy, and lean protein, such as chicken or fish. Of course, you can adjust your diet to include or eliminate these foods depending on other issues you may be dealing with.