Alkaline Diet: a Treatment of Fibromyalgia
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Could you ever notice that one of the triggers to your fibromyalgia is your diet? Your body always tries to maintain the balance of alkaline/acid. Many diseases and other issues can occur due to excess of acid.
This is the basis that if you are sick, you should especially maintain a healthy alkaline food diet. For your diet, you should follow 20/80 rule that means 20% acid and 80% alkaline, especially to those who have fibromyalgia.
Your diet has a key role in fibromyalgia, either to trigger it or stopping the pain. Although, there isn’t any cure or cause of fibromyalgia discovered yet. But researchers do agree upon the fact that fibromyalgia flare-ups can become better by a healthy alkaline diet. If your symptoms get better, you should try to see the following seven steps:
Get away the food triggers
You first need to determine your diet and try to examine the foods that lead towards digestive issues. According to the National Fibromyalgia Association, almost 40% of fibromyalgia sufferers report that they also suffer from irritable bowel issues and sensitivity to food that causes some symptoms like headaches, diarrhea, and intestinal pain.
MSG, shrimp, caffeine, eggs, food coloring, yeast, dairy products, sugar or aspartame, milk, chocolate, and citrus are some common food triggers. Most of these foods are supposed to be acidic according to alkaline food charts.
In 2010, a study was conducted in Dijon, France at Burgundy University that showed the symptoms and signs of fibromyalgia lessened when aspartame was eliminated from diets. The reason is that MSG and aspartame are considered to be neurotransmitter tonics.
Eating more turkey
Amino acids often called tryptophan are contained in turkey as well as in some other foods. Depression and chronic fatigue (common fibromyalgia symptoms) can be controlled by this chemical. In a study of 2007, around 2596 people having fibromyalgia revealed the showing of 40% of people with suffering from these symptoms.
This chemical is not naturally produced in your body. You have to get it through the food. Your body can’t be able to produce neurochemical serotonin if your body doesn’t possess with tryptophan. Serotonin boosts up your mood and creates melatonin that helps you in sleeping well. That’s why serotonin is referred to as “happy hormone”.
If you intake more tryptophan-containing foods to your diet, you can fight with the fatigue of fibromyalgia. Eggs, yogurt, nuts, soy, and turkey are included in these foods. These foods also have tyrosine that helps in boosting the norepinephrine and dopamine levels in the brain that assists in alertness, along with tryptophan. Fibro fog can also b removed by these tyrosine foods.
Try to eat Sardines
Muscle pain is among the common symptoms of fibromyalgia. In the study mentioned above, almost 63% of patients reported having lower back pain. Studies showed that this pain is due to the deficiency of CoQ10 which is the most important nutrient. This nutrient is found in sardines and organ meats. Studies show that almost 40% of patients have a deficiency of CoQ10, due to which they experience pain and fatigue. Almost 30% of the patients reported having less pain, after taking 300 mg of it every day for 9 months.
Eat red fruit
Maybe cherries and raspberries seem to be nothing more than a summertime treats to you. But, you should know one thing that these are the excellent pain relievers also. A compound called anthocyanins is present in them, which helps ten times the anti-inflammatory aspirin relief.
A nutrient called omega-3 fatty acids are present in cold-water fish such as tuna, salmon, and anchovies. These help in removing inflammation and chronic inflammation as well.
Include extra virgin olive oil in your diet and exclude butter from your diet. As this oil relieves chronic pain that comes with fibromyalgia and your joints will feel better. A compound called credit oleocanthal which causes a minor stinging in the throat is present in the newly pressed oil. As this oil has the same effect as anti-inflammatory medications. So, make it sure that you are using a fresh oil as possible. In order to know that you are having fresh oil; purchase it from small regional suppliers and look its date as it indicates when it was pressed.
Have a balanced pH
Your inflammation can be reduced if you consume more alkaline foods. If you consume too many acidic foods like butter and bread, it will cause fatigue, migraines, and diarrhea. However, taste has nothing do to with the alkalinity or acidity of foods. The effects of it is digested matters.
The hydrogen ions from the body are removed by citrus fruits, as these fruits are considered to be alkaline. Whereas, butter and sugar are considered to be acidic, as hydrogen ions are added to the body after taking them.
Flours, margarine, lobster, butter, bread, cashews, hazelnuts and red meats are included in acidic foods. However, watermelon, nectarine, honeydew, raspberry, lime, cantaloupe, sea vegetables, broccoli, tangerine, daikon radish, onion, garlic, collard greens, lentil and even pumpkin seeds are included in alkaline foods.
Alkaline water is also good for you, as it helps un bringing balance to your body’s pH.