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10 Tips For Your Fibromyalgia Diet
Though there are really no proven Fibromyalgia diet, there are some steps you can take to help you feel better, and to help balance areas that might be out of whack in the body. These dietary changes certainly won�t cure this condition, but a person who take the time to modify their diet somewhat, and watches what they are eating (and what they are not eating) might find some relief. You should talk to your doctor about your diet and any plans you might have for modification. Here are ten handy tips to help you get started.
Watch your sugar intake. Those who cut down or eliminate sugars altogether often feel better. Don�t forget about the less obvious sources of sugar like high fructose corn syrup, which is the most troubling of all sugars, and is found in many sodas and some juices. If you drink juice, make sure it is 100% natural.
Limit caffeine. Though you may be feeling tired and think a jolt of caffeine will help you might be making your sleep issues worse. If you must have some, have it in the morning only, and have only a cup or two of coffee. Caffeine will exaggerate your sleeping difficulties, so watch for caffeine in any form and in things like chocolate and medications, especially when taken later in the day.
Got food allergies? If you are allergic to any type of food, you should eliminate it completely from your diet. One common problem is lactose intolerance. If this is a problem, you have to stop drinking milk and having milk products. Ask your doctor how to supplement vitamin D and calcium if this is something you must do. You need both of these nutrients for a healthy body.
Balance your meals. Though carbs will give you a burst of energy, they should not make up the majority of your eating plan. It is recommended that you have equal amounts of proteins and carbs each meal.
Eat smaller and more frequent meals. You may find that eating a smaller meal will help you feel better, and adding healthy snacks in between can help hold off hunger. Think of it as having five or six small meals a day rather than three large ones. This might help eliminate fatigue in some people.
Avoid preservatives. This is a tough one, but it can be done. You should avoid foods that have preservatives as they can be like toxins to the body. Instead, opt for fresh fruits, vegetables, and meats for the main staples of your diet. Don�t forget about dairy if it is okay for you to have it.
Stop drinking. Alcohol can make sleep patterns worse, and also harm the liver. Many think they sleep more heavily when they are drunk, but in reality, it is not the deep, restful sleep that someone with Fibromyalgia needs.
Ask about vitamin supplements. A lot of Fibromyalgia sufferers aren�t getting the vitamins they need. Vitamins are helpful to almost anyone, and they are a great way to make sure your body is running at it�s optimum. There may be reasons why your doctor does not want you to take them though, so be sure to talk with them about this first.
Be wary of artificial sweeteners. These can have the same toxic affect on the body as preservatives. Eliminate them if you can.
Avoid glutamates. These are something that are found in the red tomato, some potatoes, and certain peppers. They may not be a problem for you, but they can cause problems with muscle pains in some. If you eliminate these from your Fibromyalgia diet, you may find muscle pain diminishes.
Try keeping a food diary for a month and note down what you eat and how you feel. If you notice any patterns regarding certain foods and worsening symptoms work to eliminate that food from your Fibromyalgia diet.
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