We all know that (UNFORTNATELY) fibromyalgia and arthritis are very common forms of chronic inflammation. These two conditions can “stay” for years and reduce the quality of life. According to the experts, chronic pain is often difficult to treat and medication can only reduce the pain, fatigue, and other symptoms a bit. This is very important for you to remember (and understand) – these drugs come with plenty of other side-effects that often cause more problems than they solve. Well, this is the main reason why many patients are turning to lifestyle and diet changes to find relief. Many fibromyalgia or chronic pain sufferers are sensitive to certain foods that often don’t show up in food allergy tests. Although there are not many tests linking chronic pain to diet, many people report more pain and stiffness when they eat certain foods.
The experts think that certain foods trigger the release of neurotransmitters that may worsen food and pain sensitivity:
First of all, you should know that high insulin levels can worsen pain and inflammation. Ladies and gentlemen, this means one thing – you should limit all sugars and hidden sugars from your diet. If you want to consume fruits, opt for whole fresh fruits and avoid fruit juices. YES, artificial sweeteners like aspartame, sorbitol, and xylitol are sugar-free, BUT they contain other compounds that can mess up your sensitivity to pain and can trigger irritable bowel syndrome.
Grains are not inflammatory on their own, but gluten is. Gluten can be found in many baked goods and can cause the growth of yeast fungus which may contribute to pain. Also many fibromyalgia patients seem to be more prone to gluten sensitivities. Gluten can be very dangerous and it can cause the “leaky gut syndrome”!
- Pasteurized milk
Can I ask you something – did you know that 75% of the world’s population suffers from lactose intolerance?! The experts warn that dairy and other animal products contain a special type of protein that may contribute to arthritis or fibromyalgia. This protein irritates the tissue around joints and can worsen pain. Many chronic pain sufferers have solved their issues by going vegan. Or, you should (at least) try to get your protein through nut milks, beans, lentils, and quinoa as much as possible.
We all know that alcohol is bad for us, right?! Well yes, alcohol can lead to all sorts of ailments, including some that affect your joints. People who drink alcohol on a daily basis have a higher risk of developing gout. Alcohol can also damage your intestinal flora, promote fungal growth and impair the body’s ability to detox.
- Refined vegetable oils
Most vegetable oils such as canola and corn oil contain too much omega-6 fatty acids. This means one thing – these vegetable oil can trigger inflammation and should be avoided. You should buy omega-3 rich oils, seeds, and nuts instead (fish oil, olive oil, flax seeds, chia seeds, etc.). Omega-3 will help you to reduce inflammation and pain.
Source: Natural Healing Magazine