10 Diet Tips For Managing Fibromyalgia Pain

  • Write it down: One of the best ways to fight fibromyalgia symptoms is by keeping a daily journal of the foods you eat, weather conditions, amount and quality of sleep, and activity and pain levels. Over time, this may give you and your doctor a more complete picture of the factors that help cause pain and the foods and activities that help relieve it. And a bonus: add a few thoughts of gratitude each day, even on the worst pain days, to boost happiness and overall feelings of well-being.
  • Avoid caffeine: You may reach for that extra cup of coffee in the morning after a particularly restless night, but try not to. Caffeine can exacerbate fatigue after it wears off, increasing feelings of listlessness and tiredness. Although coffee does have health benefits, keeping daily consumption to less than two cups is best for fibromyalgia patients. This includes caffeine from all sources, including coffee, soda, and caffeinated teas.
  • Back away from the bread: This is a highly controversial topic in foodie circles these days, but there is some evidence that fibromyalgia can be partially attributed to gluten sensitivity. Gluten sensitivity is not the same thing as celiac disease, a disease that can be tested for and diagnosed. At the same time, fibromyalgia and celiac disease share some similar symptoms, including joint pain and swelling, intestinal disorders such as irritable bowel disease, and pain and muscle soreness.

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