Fibromyalgia And Diet – Can Functional Nutrition Help Part I

Fibromyalgia And Diet

Fibromyalgia and Diet! Can functional nutrition really help you regain your health? Although, I was never officially diagnosed with fibromyalgia, the excruciating pain that consumed my body and the lack of energy certainly felt like it. I could safely say that except from insomnia, I’ve experienced all of the other symptoms of this terrible and debilitating disease, but through practicing functional nutrition, I was able to get rid of all the symptoms I suffered with.


Fibromyalgia is considered a syndrome affecting numerous disorders such as:

  • Generalized pain
  • Tiredness and fatigue
  • Changes in sleep quality
  • Depression


Currently, there is no laboratory test that is capable of detecting the disease. The medical diagnosis is usually made by a rheumatologist who assesses the presence of pain in various parts of the body. In this article we will talk about Fibromyalgia and Diet. We will also discuss how functional nutrition can help you transform your reality.


Fibromyalgia and Diet -What Causes It?

Fibromyalgia And Diet

Fibromyalgia is a disease directly related to the central nervous system due to a change in the mechanisms of pain perception in relation to a chronic pain stimulus, inflammatory, infectious, or stressful process. It is characterized by pains in the muscles, tendons, and ligaments and this leaves the individual exhausted. Many of them report also having great fatigue, excessive sleep or insomnia, anxiety, mood disorder and depression. Nowadays, it is possible to relate the following possible causes: 


  • Chronic Inflammation: a condition in which the body is constantly being stimulated through food or consumption of products with preservatives, dyes, pesticides, sweeteners, allergenic proteins, and the immune system. Imagine: the body being constantly bombarded daily by chemicals, environmental pollutants, and an inadequate diet. Consequently, to try and eliminate these substances, the immune system becomes super activated, and this results in chronic inflammation.


  • Candidiasis and Fungal Syndrome: The relationship with fungal growth and the appearance of fibromyalgia has been studied. The super growth of fungi caused by an inadequate diet, high consumption of milk and dairy products, sweets, dysbiosis etc, leads to a super stimulation of the immune system that starts to produce certain types of defences that can harm the body itself, ie, provoke autoimmune diseases.


  • Sleepless Nights: several situations lead to changes in sleep this may be caused by worries, anxiety, noise, chronic stress, coffee consumption or stimulants, obesity, etc. Sleep quality is not just measured by “sleeping all night” but rather waking up refreshed, in a good mood, without a lack of energy and without feeling tired. The quality of sleep is greatly affected with fibromyalgia disease.


  • Inadequate diet: there are several foods with allergenic proteins that can cause delayed hypersensitivity and inflammation. Such as milk and dairy products, gluten, red meat, preservatives, dyes, soy, egg, etc. Nowadays with the nutrigenetic tests, it is possible to find out the individual’s intolerances and food allergies (find out your food intolerance here). Hypersensitivity is specific to the individual, i.e. each food has a different reaction in each person. Lack of mineral such as zinc, selenium, iron, and manganese also aggravate the condition as they are fundamental for the production of antioxidant enzymes.


  • Sedentary lifestyle: A lack of physical activity and muscle production is linked to greater pain and even greater tiredness in people with fibromyalgia. It is interesting to merge not only activities such as walking, swimming but bodybuilding even. It is important to form muscles to reduce pain.


Fibromyalgia vs Conventional Treatment


Conventional medical therapy includes the use of analgesics, muscle relaxers, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and antidepressants. Treatment usually aims to attenuate symptoms, i.e., relieve pain, improve sleep, decrease fatigue/tiredness, and restore the emotional balance. However, medications rarely completely resolve symptoms. Thus, functional nutrition is an important ally in the treatment of fibromyalgia.


Fibromyalgia and Functional Nutrition

Fibromyalgia And DietFunctional food is the most powerful tool that exists on Earth. In functional nutrition, the treatment of fibromyalgia can be done with food alone, without the use of supplementation nor tests. As with any illness, the view of functional nutrition is to always start with the matrix of functional nutrition namely the background, triggers, the mediators, the lifestyle factors, the central factors of the web of metabolic interrelations and the physiological factors.


  • Background are things like the genetic factors, personal history, family history, diet history of the individual.


  • The triggers are to do with the things that initiated the disease, what triggered the process.


  • Mediators are the substances that the body produces and releases so the cells can behave in the way we command them, cytokines, chemokines, neurotransmitter hormones, prostaglandins etc.


  • The lifestyle factors of the individual.


  • The central factor tends to be modified by the background, triggers and the mediator. The part of assimilation that has to do with the gastrointestinal that has to do with respiratory, the part of defence and repair that is our immune system, inflammation, autoimmunity, allergies, hypersensitivity.


  • The energetic part which comprises the mitochondrial aspects; the biotransformation and elimination aspect –  which is how we deal with environmental toxins, our unique metabolization and how we detoxify ourselves; the transport – which is the venous and lymphatic arterial part; the communication where neurotransmitters, hormones and structural integrity is found which has to do directly with fibromyalgia which are joints, muscle and cell membranes; and the central, mental, emotional and spiritual element that is part of all of us which has an intimate relationship with our diet and with our health as well.


Fibromyalgia and Functional Nutrition

Functional Nutrition aims to reduce fatigue, improve sleep quality, contribute to the treatment of depression and anxiety, provide a great quality of life, reduce gastrointestinal symptoms and control inflammation with an individualized diet rich in antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and hormonal modulation compounds to reduce general symptoms. It is possible to greatly improve the quality of life for people with fibromyalgia.


Fibromyalgia and Food – Final Thoughts!


Although the use of painkiller, medication such as anxiolytics, soothing aid, anti-inflammatory, antidepressant helps, it does not act in the cause of the problem. Therefore, the treatment of fibromyalgia needs to include an anti-inflammatory diet, specific nutrients to help the mitochondria function better, to help the glands to produce their hormones properly and to combat oxidative stress.


Even though, life may seem terrible – functional nutrition can help you to transform your health and your life through the adoption of new habits! You must understand that we are a product of our habits, a product of our choices and that our thoughts determine our emotions and how our cells work.


Always remember, functional nutrition gives us the power to change our lives, but this can only be achieved if we respect our genes and practice functional nutrition Because in meal our fate is determined. Functional nutrition will change your life!


I hope you find this post helpful and if you have any question about Fibromyalgia and Diet in the view of Functional Nutrition or want to leave your own personal opinion, leave me a comment below. And if you liked what you’ve read, share this post with your friends and family.


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Living life to the fullest means having a great state of wellbeing with a healthy diet as one of the most important pillar. I love functional nutrition and the benefit it brings to our overall health. As Qualified Functional Nutrition Coach, my passion is to inspire and help others to make healthier lifestyle choices. My goal is to teach about the healing power of food and how to use it to obtain optimal health and achieve permanent weight loss.

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