What Is Fibromyalgia And What Causes It: Can Functional Nutrition Help Part II

In the Fibromyalgia and food -Can functional nutrition help part I, I’ve explained already what fibromyalgia is and what causes it. We have explored the fact that Fibromyalgia is considered a syndrome affecting numerous disorders such as: generalized pain, tiredness and fatigue, changes in sleep quality and depression.


Basically, fibromyalgia involves pain- a lot of pain, involves chronic pain at specific points of the body and today it is possible to relate several possible causes such as: chronic Inflammation, candidiasis and fungal Syndrome, sleepless nights, inadequate diet, and sedentary lifestyle.


It also involves the emotional aspects (how you think), feelings and emotions.  In this  article  “What Is Fibromyalgia And What Causes -can functional nutrition help?” I’ll discuss the diet recommendations and foods to avoid according to functional nutrition.


Fibromyalgia and Diet Recommendations


When treating fibromyalgia, fundamental metabolic aspects must be considered (i.e. the existence of resistance to thyroid hormone, mitochondrial issue, oxidative stress, bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine (also known as dysbiosis), sensitivity to non-celiac gluten and deficiency in vitamin D, vitamin B 12, anaemia, subclinical hypothyroidism among others.


Treatment with functional nutrition includes the following recommendations:

  • stress control is fundamental


  • To combat depression, increase consumption of foods rich in the amino acid tryptophan as it is essential for the production of serotonin – a neurotransmitter that confers a sense of well-being and relaxation, commonly referred to as the “happiness hormone”.


  • practicing physical  activity is very important to modulate the hormonal production of neurotransmitters, to improve muscle function of nerves and tendons


  • Set a regular bedtime. Fulfilling a pre-established schedule is important for a good night’s sleep, contributing to the treatment of fibromyalgia


  • Consume products rich in omega-3, a very important fat to reduce inflammation and depression.


  • Increase consumption of dark green vegetables and consume kale juice in the morning beaten with some fruit. You will have the supply of various nutrients but mainly magnesium which helps to relax the muscles and decrease pain.


  • Increase consumption of more natural foods, such as fruits and vegetables, 

  • Increase the intake of foods rich in ascorbic acid (vitamin C) and potassium, such as citrus fruits, mango, papaya, kiwi, strawberry, acerola, broccoli, banana, oat meal, nuts and apricot.  


  • Increase intake of food containing minerals such as calcium and magnesium as they are fundamental and improve muscle contraction and transmission of nerve impulses.


  • Consume good quality proteins such as fish, loins, egg or roasted turkey (contains less fat than chicken!)


  • It is also advisable to ingest infusions tea with calming properties, that induce sleep: lemon balm, Passiflora, mint, melissa and chamomile.


In relation to supplements the following can be tested: carnitine, coenzyme Q10, chlorella, D-ribose, SAMe, melatonin but of course, everything will depend on the set of signs, symptoms and the metabolism that is specific to the individual which varies from person to person. It is not because the disease is the same fibromyalgia that every person behaves in the same way.


There are people who absorb magnesium poorly so for this individual magnesium will be important, others who may absorb bad selenium or zinc, for these people these minerals will be the most important. Hence the importance of seeking help from a functional nutritionist.


Fibromyalgia and What Causes It – Foods To Avoid

There are foods that, when consumed daily or in excess, compromise the health of people with fibromyalgia, and may even trigger some of the symptoms. These foods are:


  • Rich in oxalates such as spinach, chard or beetroot.


  • Rich in purines, such as offal, red meats and shellfish.


  • Rich in saturated fats such as fat red meats, cold cuts and sausage products, butter, and fatty dairy products.


  • Ultra-processed foods, gluten, dairy products, histamines, glutamate, and sometimes FODMAPs.


  • Decrease in the intake of industrialized foods, which are also rich in salt, sugars and fats (especially trans fats).


  • Plant foods of the Solanaceae family, such as tomato, potato and eggplant.


  • Foods containing caffeine, theine, sugars and salt.


We recommend that you also avoid:


  • Alcohol


  • Smoking as nicotine is a stimulating substance.


  • Some attitudes and behaviours, such as situations of great anxiety, stress near the time of going to sleep and watching TV in bed.


Fibromyalgia and What Causes it – Conclusion 

People who suffer with fibromyalgia need to have an adequate and nutritional diet, removing what is bad to the individual. For example, if an individual has problems with milk, gluten or sugar and continues consuming milk, they will remain inflamed, if they have a problem with gluten and continue consuming it then they will remain inflamed.


More and more, people have food intolerances and food allergies (Nutrigenetic tests can help you identify this), many people suffer from mitochondrial dysfunction, with hormonal imbalances, neurotransmitter imbalances.


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 each 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 “What Is Fibromyalgia And What Causes It: Can Functional Nutrition Help (Part II)” or want to leave your own personal opinion, leave me a comment below. And please, share this article 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 pillars. 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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