Fibromyalgia affects an estimated five million people in the U.S. This is a chronic pain condition that is usually diagnosed by figuring out what it is not through lab tests and taking a thorough family history. Although there are prescription medications that can be taken for pain, one of the best ways to combat this condition is through food. Here are our best ten diet tips for managing fibromyalgia.
- Eating paleo may help ease fibromyalgia pain: The paleo diet is one that focuses on foods that were presumably eaten during the days of cavemen and food cooked over open fires. The focus is on meat, berries, nuts, and seeds. Each of these components is as “clean” as possible. That means that there is minimal processing and all meats are grass-fed or pastured and raised without hormones, antibiotics, or steroids. The benefit of this diet lies in its focus on anti-inflammatory foods.
- Not feeling like our carnivorous ancestors? A vegetarian diet may help, too. Turns out that plant-based foods including fruit, vegetables, and legumes are high in micronutrients and other anti-inflammatory compounds that help ease fibromyalgia symptoms. In addition to easing pain and stiffness in joints, a vegetarian diet may also help with sleep.