10 Tips for Managing Fibromyalgia Symptoms

By Hannah de Gruchy / Lifestyle / October 17th, 2022

4. Consume an Anti-inflammatory Diet

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A healthy diet, rich in lean animal protein from white meat and fish or plant based protein from beans, peas, lentils, nuts and seeds along with wholegrain carbohydrates, healthy fats from oily fish and/or walnuts, avocados and olive oil and plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables is the best diet for anyone. But it’s especially important to stick to a healthy diet if you have a condition such as fibromyalgia.

Pain reduction is the main aim for any lifestyle adaptation for managing fibromyalgia, and a diet to support the condition is no different.

A diet high in foods that contribute to inflammation, such as high fat, salt and sugar foods, takeaways and junk food, can make your symptoms worse. This is because inflammation can make your pain receptors more sensitive, resulting in you feeling pain more acutely. Pro-inflammatory foods can cause the body to fight against them, as it would an injury or infection, sending your pain scores soaring.

Instead, aim to consume an anti-inflammatory diet for pain reduction. Aim for each meal to consist of around 50% fruits, vegetables or salads. Then add 25% wholegrains such as brown pasta, bread or rice, quinoa or buckwheat and 25% lean protein. Add a little fat such as drizzle of olive oil or a scattering of crushed nuts or seeds.

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