Fibromyalgia can make a person who suffers with it begin to feel helpless and completely at the mercy of the disease. If you’re a person dealing with the difficulties of fibromyalgia, you are well acquainted with the sudden nature of flare-ups, and the various types of pain that you experience. But you may be interested to know that there are a few foods that can help you deal with effects from the disease. The following information provides you with a list of anti-inflammatory foods to help with fibromyalgia.
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This root is famous for its antibacterial and antifungal properties. But one of the other things that ginger can do is reduce inflammation. That makes it a great food for people who suffer from fibromyalgia. The most effective way to take ginger is to eat or drink it in some way, and the most popular way is to drink it in some hot tea. You can also shave a bit off to place in your food, or blend a small amount in some apples, pineapple, and a carrot for a tasty and healthy smoothie.
Don’t drink ginger ale – it is high in sugar and has very little ginger in it. You can search for recipes online. Just be careful not to use too much ginger; it is very strong (speaking from experience). A little goes a long way.
I’ve recently added a ginger root capsule as a daily supplement to go along with my probiotic and turmeric to help with inflammation and overall health. Please be sure to talk to your doctor before adding or changing any medications.
Along with other leafy greens, celery is very alkaline, and an anti-inflammatory vegetable. It is an excellent source of phytonutrients and antioxidants. Celery can be powerfully effective in fighting inflammation, and keep your insides feeling good and fresh. It can be eaten or juiced for a power punch of it rich goodness.
These little berries are another great source of antioxidants. Eating a handful of these or making a morning breakfast smoothie can possibly help to lessen the effects of inflammation during a flare-up. You can also use them to sweeten some dishes and drinks when you want to add the amazing benefits to other things that you love. Blueberries and bananas have a wonderful way of uniting flavors. Smoothies are also a great food if you’re experiencing bowel inflammation, and can be very soothing to the gut.
Plant oils can be a great source of omega-3 fatty acids. Olive oil is high in omega 3’s and is heavily anti-inflammatory. You can ingest a tablespoon plain, or use it in your cooking as long as it isn’t heated at high temperatures for very long. And there is a lighter version of olive oil that doesn’t have as strong a flavor. This is great for making salad dressings and homemade mayonnaise.
Other Anti-inflammatory Foods
Other anti-inflammatory foods include most of the green vegetables, many fruits, tree nuts (as long as you aren’t allergic), eggs, herbs, and spices.
Foods That Cause Inflammation
This blog post has focused on anti-inflammatory foods, but I wanted to mention a few foods that are inflammatory. You want to avoid these to help minimalize inflammation. If you have food allergies or intolerances, it can cause histamine to be released to fight the response which can cause inflammation.
- Sugar & Artificial Sweeteners
- Vegetable oils
- Artificial Additives
- Processed Meats
Fibromyalgia and other autoimmune diseases are hard enough to combat without the added inflammation. Try to include anti-inflammatory foods in your diet and eliminate inflammatory foods. Your body will thank you.
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