Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain condition that can lead to widespread bodily pain, fatigue, and cognitive issues? Are there benefits of following the paleo diet for fibromyalgia sufferers? Can this trendy diet actually help reduce symptoms associated with this condition?

What’s included in the paleo diet for fibromyalgia?

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. 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
  • Some fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Some nuts
  • Seeds
  • Healthy oils, such as olive and coconut

The paleo diet is less focused on calorie-counting, and more focused on an approach to food that mimics our body’s natural tendencies. It’s naturally higher in fat and lower in carbohydrates.

What to avoid? 

Foods to avoid on the paleo diet include:

  • Carbohydrates, such as cereal grains and legumes
  • Any gluten
  • Starchy vegetables, like potatoes
  • Beans
  • All refined sugars
  • Dairy
  • Salt

According to paleo diet followers, our ancestors ate much more potassium than sodium. Because of that, sodium is thought to contribute to a host of health problems including heart disease and stroke. Potassium, on the other hand, can supports bodily functioning.

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What are the benefits of paleo diet? 

Reported benefits of the paleo diet include:

  • Improved mood
  • Increased energy levels
  • Weight loss
  • A diet lower in processed foods
  • Reduced bloat and gas
  • Improved satiety and blood sugar levels
  • Mental clarity

Of course, there are also downsides to this diet. These include:

  • It can be expensive
  • It’s not well-suited to vegetarians
  • It’s often not enough energy for athletes
  • It increases the amount of red meat you eat

Does the paleo diet for fibromyalgia work? 

Unfortunately, there hasn’t been enough research done on the paleo diet and fibromyalgia to understand if it really works to relieve symptoms. Simply put, we don’t know yet.

If it does work, however, 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.

Although 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. The paleo diet could work simply because it reduces the amount of potential pain triggers you’re eating during your day.

The fibromyalgia paleo diet could also work because it could be related to its effect on irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), which over 80% of fibromyalgia patients suffer from.

You can learn more about fibromyalgia and potential treatments for it in the video below.