Fibromyalgia

Foods That Cause Fibromyalgia Flares

Foods That Cause Fibromyalgia Flares

Fibromyalgia is a common disorder in which one experience long-term pain throughout their body. Currently there is no specific diet for those with fibromyalgia; although, there are foods that help, and foods that hurt one who has fibromyalgia.

Because fibromyalgia is linked to many other disorders that affect ones life it is important to know which foods can cause of flare up in your fibromyalgia.

Dairy Foods

Firstly, dairy products may cause a flare up in those with fibromyalgia. Even though dairy products often contain calcium, which helps build strong bones dairy may not cause positive effects if you have fibromyalgia.

Dairy products are a food group that one should avoid. To help contain proper nutrition while avoiding dairy try buying lactose free milk or a milk alternative.

Almond, Coconut, and Goat’s Milk are popular alternatives to dairy products. There are even cheeses that are lower in lactose such as white cheese.

Farmer Cheese is an excellent source of calcium with a low content of lactose and dairy. By making these simple switches with your dairy products you will see less flare-ups with your fibromyalgia.

Bread Type Foods

Gluten is a very common food group that can cause flare-ups in patients with fibromyalgia. Gluten is found in wheat and bread products. One should also avoid any products that contain yeast.

Gluten and yeast can sometimes be hard for the body to digest and absorb nutrition through. These can sometimes cause flare-ups.

To avoid gluten and yeast try products such as rice, or almond flour based foods. Luckily many restaurants and grocery stores have dedicated menu’s and sections for gluten free products.

Along with gluten it is also important to avoid soy products. Soy products are very common because they are cheap to produce, but they are not necessarily the healthiest.  Soy products can cause flare-ups in patients with fibromyalgia. To limit flare-ups try a diet that is free of soy.

“Nightshade” Vegetables

Fruits and vegetables are important for proper nutrition. Unfortunately, certain vegetables can cause flare-ups with fibromyalgia. Vegetables known as nightshade vegetables should be avoided if you have fibromyalgia.

Nightshade vegetables include bell pepper, potatoes, eggplant, and tomatoes. Luckily, there are plenty of other vegetables that do not cause flare-ups and can be eaten in place of the nightshade vegetables. Other springtime vegetables are good alternatives such as zucchini and squash.

Afternoon Pick-Me Up

Caffeine also is known to sometimes cause flare-ups. This can be caffeine found in coffee, teas, and certain sodas. They are sometimes seen as a source of energy.

Although, this energy does not last long as it comes with a crash and can cause a flare up in your fibromyalgia. Caffeine in coffee, teas, and sodas should be avoided to maintain health.

To get your afternoon pick-me-up try foods high in protein to help you get through the day. Also, eating many meals throughout the day as opposed to large meals will help keep your energy up.

Making these switches will lessen the need for caffeine products that can cause flare-ups in your fibromyalgia.

Another important food to avoid is anything containing MSG. MSG is used to flavor certain foods.  MSG can sometimes cause flare-ups in fibromyalgia and should be avoided.

To avoid foods with MSG be sure to look at labels to see if the food you are consuming contains MSG. Many restaurants will often label that they do not use MSG for your convenience.

Sweet Tooth

Having a sweet tooth from time to time is very common. But to avoid a fibromyalgia flare-up one should avoid simple carbohydrates, sugars, and fructose.

Food items such as cake, and cookies can sometimes cause flare-ups. There are simple alternatives to this such as coconut flour based desserts sweetened with honey.

By cutting out foods like these you will be able to reduce your flare-ups and live more comfortably.

Another sweet food group to avoid is anything that contains aspartame. Aspartame is a common alternative to sugars and sweeteners.  It is an artificial sweetener commonly seen in foods.

Luckily, other sweeteners such as Splenda, do not to seem to cause flare-ups as Aspartame does. Avoiding Aspartame will help to reduce the number of flare-ups one may experience.

A diet to help with fibromyalgia flare-ups is very specific to the patient. Although, a diet free of dairy, sweeteners, and soy is shown to drastically help.

Through managing what foods you include and avoid in your diet you can have less flare-ups with your fibromyalgia.

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  • Aspartame is in splenda too. It is very bad for anyone.
    Thanks for all the other suggestions, they are good things i will try. But check out some facts about splenda and youll find out it is the exact same thing as all other forms of aspartame, like sweet n low.

  • I am really only bothered by the aura and too much gluten. My flare ups come of I go on a sweet tooth bend or eat too much gluten along with stress and extreme barometric pressure changes. I don’t consume much dairy, other than yogurt, and use almond milk. Nightshades have never been an issue for me. Thank goodness.

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