So, which foods should you avoid eating if you have fibromyalgia? With lots of different suggestions, it makes it difficult to decide what not to eat but here are three websites offering us ideas on what to avoid.
The Express said that the NHS consider chemical imbalances and stress events to be triggers of fibro flare but avoiding eating certain foods can reduce your symptoms. Dr Josh Axe a wellness physician, popular radio show host, and a coveted national speaker is on a mission to change health around the world and lead the new health revolution, thinks that the low FODMAP diet, or a diet low in sugars from fermented foods and other sources, will help reduce fibromyalgia symptoms, and help improve the gut. He also suggests cutting out sauerkraut, processed foods, and excessive alcohol and caffeine.
Arthritis Health thinks that foods that are likely to make symptoms worse include sugar, carbohydrates, processed foods, unhealthy fats and alcohol. They also say that other foods and ingredients make cause symptoms and to try to not have a lot of gluten, red meat fruits and vegetables in the nightshade family, such as tomatoes, white potatoes, green peppers, and goji berries, dairy products, eggs and caffeine.
On Health say that there are seven foods to avoid if you have fibromyalgia and they are Aspartame (Nutra Sweet). Food additives including MSG (monosodium glutamate) and nitrates.MSG is an additive or flavour enhancer that’s found in many processed and frozen foods and in some Asian cuisines. Sugar, fructose, and simple carbohydrates. Caffeine including coffee, tea, colas, and chocolate.Yeast and gluten. Dairy and Nightshade Plants: Tomatoes, chilli and bell peppers, potatoes, and eggplant.
Reading through all three of these articles I feel the following six points could help with fibromyalgia symptoms.
1. Choose whole foods instead of processed ones
2. Avoid artificial sweeteners and limit sugars
3. Eat low-fat dairy
4. Eat lean protein, such as chicken or fish
5. Limit your alcohol and caffeine intake
6. Choose nightshade plants as your vegetables