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Specialised foods for Fibromyalgia Patients
Health Diet Foods for Fibromyalgia Patients
Following a special dietary health plan is a good way to improve fibromyalgia symptoms. With scientific researches backing the effectiveness of natural foods such as plant-based diets are now being introduced as a healthier option for patients with fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that is characterized by widespread muscles, tendons and joints pain along with the feeling of tiredness or fatigue, anxiety, difficulty in concentrating, memory lapses, insomnia, and depression.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Sciences states that the diagnosis of FM is determined on the symptoms that is common to some conditions because the condition cannot be verified through lab tests. Thus, healthy diets consisting of foods low in animal fat and rich in fiber along with vegetables, whole grains and fresh fruits can be a tool to reduce fibromyalgia symptoms.
Omega-3 rich foods
The omega-3 fatty acids are recognized as essential fatty acids (EFAs) due to the body’s inability to produce them. They are also a form of polyunsaturated fat which can be obtained in food. These oils containing omega-3 fatty acids can be found in most cold-water fishes and can also be obtained through supplements known as Omega 3 or EPA-DHA.
The cold-water fishes include salmon, sardines, halibut, mackerel, lake trout, herring, and flounder which are a very important source of protein that supports the balance of blood sugar levels, omega-3 fatty acids and cognitive function. It is best to take this fishes as baked, grilled or broiled in order to fully reap its benefits.
Aside from cold-fish, omega-3 fatty acids can also be found in certain fish, flax seeds, walnuts, and canola oil. Further, it is found to have anti-inflammatory properties which aids in lowering cholesterol and triglyceride levels, reducing blood pressure and preventing the clotting of blood. Also, omega-3 are found to help in the reduction of risks in various conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, asthma, stroke, some cancers, mental decline and inflammatory bowel diseases.
Fruits and Vegetables diet
A diet rich in vegetables and fruits is a great way to boost the body’s defense against infections and diseases. This is because to the presence of antioxidants to fruits and vegetables, which is the primary sources of antioxidants, that’s why adding these plants to one’s daily diet is highly recommended. Fibromyalgia patients are also recommended to increase their intake of these antioxidant rich foods to aid in reducing fibromyalgia symptoms as noted by the University of Maryland Medical Center.
Antioxidant-rich fruits are tomatoes, papaya, citrus fruits, berries, kiwi, cherries, black plums, and mango. As for the vegetables those rich in antioxidant include broccoli, spinach, sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, mustard greens, red and green bell pepper and kale.
Despite its small size, soy is a valuable source of protein due to the presence of protective nutrients called phytochemicals. This legume is also a very good alternative for dairy products that include yogurt, milk and cheese for people who are prone to problems with their digestion and are lactose-intolerant. The foods that are soy-based and are high in calcium and protein include soy-based yogurt; fortified soy milk; boiled soybeans; tofu; and steamed soybeans.
Gluten is a protein known to be present in rye, wheat and barley. Foods that contain gluten are important sources of nutrients and fiber. However, the protein activates digestive complications in many people having fibromyalgia according to rheumatologist Dr. David Dryland. Replace glutenous in order to prevent or reduce bloating, diarrhea, reduce gas, indigestion and abdominal pain. Gluten-containing foods including pasta, wheat and bran-based cereals, white and wheat breads and commercially prepared cookies, pastries, pizza crust, pie crust and cakes must be replaced with foods that are gluten-free. These alternatives are gluten-free breads; oatmeal and cold cereals; starchy vegetables like butternut squash, potatoes and pumpkins; brown and wild and basmati rice; and air-popped popcorn.
Herbs have always been generally accepted as a safe way to recuperate from any illness and helps strengthen the body’s system. There are various ways to take in herbs such as through tinctures or alcohol extracts; dried extracts in the form of teas, powders and capsules; and glycerites or glycerine extracts according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. As suggested by the institution, herbal teas are prepared using 1 tsp. of herb per cup of hot water. Flowers of leaves are steeped covered for 5 -10 minutes while it takes 10 to 20 minutes for roots with a recommended drink of 2-4 cups a day. Tinctures can be used alone or combined with the teas. These herbal therapies can reduce fibromyalgia symptoms. Herbal remedies include green tea (Camelia sinensis), bromelain (Ananus comosus), cat’s claw (Uncaria tomentosa), Turmeric (Curcuma longa), Capsicum or capsaicin (Zostrix) and Rhodiola (Rhodiola rosea) for immune and antioxidant effects, antistress, and antifungal.