Are there benefits of following the Paleo diet for fibromyalgia sufferers? The Paleo diet involves focusing on foods that humans ate back during the days of caves and fireside cuisine. It focuses on grass-fed meats, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds. All food is cooked in healthy oils such as olive and coconut.

national potato dayFoods to avoid on the Paleo diet include carbohydrates, starchy vegetables, like potatoes, all refined sugars, dairy, and salt. According to the Paleo diet, our ancestors ate much more potassium than sodium.

Sodium is thought to contribute to a host of health problems including heart disease and stroke, while potassium supports body functions.

People suffering from fibromyalgia, a not-well-understood disease in which sufferers experience widespread pain, sleeping problems, depression, and anxiety, may be able to find some relief by following the Paleo diet.

Paleo Diet for Fibromyalgia

The key to the Paleo diet’s potential powers to help alleviate fibromyalgia symptoms lies in its focus on anti-inflammatory foods.

Fibromyalgia is partially considered a disease of inflammation, even though researchers still aren’t sure how and why people develop the illness.

fibromyalgia tender pointsAlthough clinical studies on the Paleo diet’s exact benefits for people suffering from fibromyalgia are inconclusive, studies have shown that other measures to reduce inflammation–such as exercise–do help alleviate fibromyalgia-related pain.

Many patients have shared anecdotal evidence that the Paleo diet helps to reduce symptoms. One woman wrote on a blog that the diet has all but eliminated her fibromyalgia pain.

Other patients have said the diet has made them feel more energetic, diminished their respiratory problems, and alleviated their aches and pains. Some people have even claimed that they’ve been able to stop taking prescription medication.

The food you eat can make a world of difference for fibromyalgia sufferers.

Paleo Diet Flowchart

Because your body’s reaction to a changed diet does not happen overnight, expect to wait about two months before you can say with certainty if switching to the Paleo diet has helped with your fibromyalgia.

Talk to your doctor before switching up your diet for his or her take on it for your exact symptoms. 

Every person’s body is different, and what works for one person may not work for you. Additionally, you may need to add or subtract foods to customize the Paleo diet and account for your body’s specific needs.

Have you tried the Paleo diet for fibromyalgia?

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