Close to 10 million people in America suffer from fibromyalgia.  Even with those massive numbers, there is still much controversy surrounding the illness. Some say it is over diagnosed, while others say it isn’t diagnosed enough.

One contributing factor to the difficulty diagnosing fibromyalgia, is

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that not everyone shares the same fibromyalgia symptoms.  Some have only a few mild symptoms, while others struggle with severe fibromyalgia pain.  Doctors are many times left to guess if their patient is really dealing with fibromyalgia or not. The problem truly lies in the fact that we are lacking a clear-cut tool to diagnose fibromyalgia!

Other diseases are diagnosed via blood tests, biopsies or MRI. Unfortunately, you can’t see fibromyalgia under a microscope or from a body scan.  It is an elusive disease that many times leaves the doctors puzzled.  There is no test that is specific enough to undoubtedly diagnose fibromyalgia.

What Causes Fibromyalgia

The natural health field has done a great job of not only pushing for fibromyalgia’s validity, but also the first to offer treatments that gave significant fibromyalgia relief.  Natural health practitioners and alternative medicine physicians have come to a conclusion:

Fibromyalgia can have not one, but many possible causes.

Some of the more common causes of fibromyalgia include:

  • Emotional or Physical Trauma
  • Heavy Metal Accumulation
  • Lyme Disease
  • Hormone Imbalance
  • Chronic and Extreme Stress
  • Low Levels of Serotonin and/or Melatonin

Dietary Changes for Healing Fibromyalgia

Just as there is not a clear-cut diagnosis of fibromyalgia, there is also no clear-cut treatment.  However, many have found incredible fibromyalgia relief in making dietary changes. A clean, nutritious diet can remedy any of the above listed causes.   Some who follow a strict elimination of food culprits have experienced a complete resolution of their fibromyalgia symptoms.  Others have noted a reduction in both pain and fatigue.  It is rare that someone with chronic fibromyalgia pain not experience any relief from a radical change in their diet.

Many foods can contribute to fibromyalgia’s symptoms.  Most of those foods, aren’t really “food” at all, but rather chemical additives added to food to increase both flavor and appeal.

Some of the foods that increase pain and fatigue include:

I encourage everyone, not just those who struggle with fibromyalgia, to eliminate the items on this list from their diet.  These food additives disrupt the natural balance of the body by creating an acidic PH where disease, cancer and inflammation thrive. Additives can also cause neurological damage and disturbances in both the liver and the intestinal tract.

The Sweetest Fibromyalgia Culprit

As bad as artificial food additives are, I believe there is a particular food item that exasperates fibromyalgia symptoms far worse than all the rest.  It is extremely difficult to remove from your diet because it is in EVERYTHING!  It is also very hard to resist eating because it tastes so good!

Of course, what I am referring to is sugar!

It doesn’t really matter what form the sugar is in, it can be the highly criminalized high fructose corn syrup or all natural organic sugar.  But when it comes to fibromyalgia, all forms of sugar must all be avoided to feel the greatest relief.

Let me explain why. Sugar increases inflammation in the body.  The pain and fatigue that most people experience with fibromyalgia is rooted in inflammation. Fibromyalgia’s inflammation doesn’t cause damage to joints and tissues like other inflammatory diseases. However, it does cause pain and stiffness primarily within muscle groups. Many people with fibromyalgia suffer such intense pain and sensitivity that it hurts to even be lightly touched.

High insulin levels are also connected to pain.  Eating sugar raises your blood sugar, which in turn dramatically increases the body’s insulin levels.  Those with fibromyalgia nearly always note a reduction in pain when they completely eliminate all sources of sugar in their diet.

There are a thousand diets out there that claim to eliminate fibromyalgia.   However, just taking steps in eliminating sugar and food additives can provide a noticeable difference for those who suffer with debilitating fibromyalgia.

Find Fibromyalgia Relief

I have found in all my natural consulting, that many of my clients get overwhelmed with my list recommendations to improve their health.  In my zeal to put them on a diet and nutritional plan that will change their life, they become paralyzed. Many became so overwhelmed, in fact, that they didn’t follow through with even one of my suggestions!

This has taught me to start small and slow.  No, the results won’t be as fast and dramatic.  But, this is an approach that seems to work best with those who are plagued with a non-life threatening illness.  Fibromyalgia in itself can be overwhelming enough.  If you have a fibromyalgia diagnosis, then you know adding too many things onto the plate at once can be overload.

Take these fibromyalgia pain relieving steps first:

  • Eliminate artificial

    food additives like those listed above.  My rule of thumb is if you can’t pronounce it, then don’t eat it!

  • Eliminate sugar in all forms.

Just ridding your diet of sugar and additives could bring a complete resolution of your symptoms. If after a couple weeks of a eliminating these things, you still have lingering symptoms, then you can start eliminating more food triggers. Other possible fibromyalgia triggers are:

  • Gluten
  • Nightshades
  • Dairy

But remember, slow and steady wins the race. I truly believe you can win the race of fibromyalgia relief, one dietary step at a time.

What you done to effectively relieve fibromyalgia pain and fatigue? 

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