How does Eating Paleo Help with Fibromyalgia?
Due to the lack of objective diagnostic tests available for fibromyalgia, this is a chronic condition which often remains vastly misunderstood. People who have fibromyalgia can suffer from a wide range of symptoms, and often, they may live large portions of their lives without realizing what the root cause is.
While there is no cure for fibromyalgia, there are a variety of methods that can be used to help keep this condition in better control. For one, more people are finding that they can use their diet to combat their fibromyalgia.
A Customized Paleo Diet for Fibromyalgia
In particular, more and more support has been mounting in favor of a modified form of the paleo diet for fibromyalgia patients. Robbe Wolfe, Dr. Chris Kresser, and other leading figure heads for the paleo lifestyle have spent some time informing their followers of the potential benefits that paleo eating can provide against chronic disease.
Dr. Kresser works full time as a naturopathic doctor who has become quite an influential advocate for the Paleolithic diet. In fact, he has reported seeing some incredibly remarkable results in his own patients after they started adapting the caveman diet. Building upon his own research, Dr. Kresser was able to develop his own custom version of this diet.
Eliminating Potential Fibro Aggressors
If you remember from some of our earlier posts, the modern day paleolithic diet is based on a very straightforward principal, that we should be eating the foods that our ancient ancestors lived off of. The foundation of the paleo lifestyle is a diet that is rich in lean-meat protein, vegetables, some fruits, and seeds/nuts.
By adapting this caveman diet, people can effectively remove all gluten and dairy products, as well as most processed foods and grain from their everyday meals. In some cases of fibromyalgia, such food items as eggplant, tomatoes, peppers, and potatoes (these are all classified as nightshade vegetables) can cause symptom flare-ups. However, you can also eliminate these with the help of a modified paleo diet.
Other Benefits of the Paleo Lifestyle
Advocates of the paleo lifestyle also do a lot to promote getting plenty of sunshine exposure and exercise. In fact, popular alternative methods of fibromyalgia treatment include such activities as yoga, massage therapy, and even meditation in order to help relieve some of the worst symptoms.
Now, for anyone who is afflicted with a chronic disease like fibromyalgia, they must take great care when making any serious changes to their diet or lifestyle as this can have some unforeseen effects on their condition. It is important to consult with your health care provider before you decide to make a significant alteration in your diet.
For that reason, it is often recommended that fibromyalgia patients stick to a stricter whole 30 or similar diet plan for 1 to 3 months before choosing to make any subsequent alterations to their eating habits.
According to various reports, some people have been able to achieve complete symptom reversal after adapting the caveman diet. Of course others may need to implement an elimination diet first in order to establish which food groups most affect their particular condition.
By following this elimination regimen, fibromyalgia patients can establish a full list of “approved foods” and “non-optimal foods” from which they can build their own customized paleo diet.