"Fibromyalgia and Diet" | What Changes Should I Make to My Diet?
5 Foods That Ease Fibromyalgia Pain
Muscle soreness and fatigue are among the most disabling symptoms of fibromyalgia, which is why it's a good idea to add some buckwheat to your diet. Buckwheat contains malic acid, which fights tired, sore muscles and has some of the highest amounts of malic acid found in food; ‘Granny Smith’ apples are another good source. Whip up some buckwheat pancakes for tomorrow’s breakfast, or use buckwheat groats (the steamed hull of the buckwheat plant) instead of rice in your next pilaf.
Magnesium deficiency is common in patients suffering from fibromyalgia, and spinach is rich in magnesium, as are other leafy greens. And it takes just 1 cup of cooked spinach to counteract symptoms of low magnesium levels, which include fatigue, muscle cramps, insomnia, and stress.
When applied topically to tender joints, the capsaicin found in chili peppers can relieve fibromyalgia-related aches and pains temporarily. (Really, it's one of these 8 natural alternatives to Tylenol.) You can purchase commercial capsaicin cream (just avoid those with petroleum-derived ingredients and artificial fragrances) and apply it to tender joints three to four times daily. Or just mash up a chili pepper yourself and apply the mash in the same way. It also helps to add more peppers to your diet, though it may take a few more to get the same pain-relieving effect you get when applying them topically.
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