Many people are affected by chronic pain and fibromyalgia is its most common form.
The symptoms of this chronic condition include sleeping disorders, fatigue, depression and pain. According to the latest studies, the central sensation, where the spinal cord neurons are sensitized by cell damage or inflammations, could get involved in the same way that people with fibromyalgia process pain. The neurotransmitters can be triggered by the food that we eat and that can lead to increased sensitivity.
- Reduce the intake of artificial sweeteners and sugar
This condition can be affected by high insulin levels, and this can lead to increased inflammation and pain. The foods that contain hidden sugar should be reduced.
You should also focus on eating fresh fruits when sugar cravings appear. Sorbitol, xylitol and aspartame are artificial sweeteners that are sugar free, but contain some compounds that can trigger irritable bowel syndrome and transform sensitivity to pain. Cooking and preparing your own food is by far the best way to avoid hidden sugars.
- Caffeine is not good
A large percentage of the scientists associate fibromyalgia and chronic pain with fatigue and insufficient sleep. Often times people drink coffee so that they can easily go through the day. Although coffee provides this effect, in the long run it can affect the person’s good night’s sleep.
- Yeast and gluten should be avoided
These are contained in pastry and baked goods. If you regularly consume these products, you increase your risk of growth of fungus and yeast. This will only increase the pain.
- You should remove dairy products from your diet
Dairy and a number of animal products contain a protein that can worsen fibromyalgia and arthritis. It can irritate the tissue around the joints and it will lead to pain. Many people managed to cure chronic diseases by going vegan.
- No to refined carbohydrates
Carbohydrates are similar to sugar, can increase the levels of insulin and worsen any chronic condition. Be sure to always chose low-sugar and low-carb foods. Also, eat plant-based meals.
- Alcohol and tobacco will harm your body, and consuming them often, can trigger health conditions that affect the joints
The risk of rheumatoid arthritis is higher in people who smoke, and people that regularly consume alcohol have higher chance to develop gout.
- Food additives are dangerous
Food additives like monosodium glutamate (MSG), can cause people with chronic pain additional problems. They stimulate the pain receptors and increase pain. MSG is added to pre-packaged foods and also fast food, in order to enhance their taste.