Foods to Avoid If You Have Fibromyalgia


Eating a healthy, balanced diet is essential for anyone who suffers from fibromyalgia, but there are some foods that may be causing more harm than good. In this ehowHealth video, nutritionist and dietitian Charlotte Lawson from the Florida Department of Health’s nutrition department shares foods that may be beneficial for fibromyalgia patients.

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Lawson explains that there is no diet that is proven to cure or prevent fibromyalgia, but there are certain foods which can exacerbate symptoms and increase flare frequency. Among other things, she advises patients to avoid food products which contain cytotoxins as they are known to stimulate pain receptors. Cytotoxins can be found in artificial sweeteners and many types of lunch meats.

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One comment

  1. Teresa Emerick says:

    Actually, great progress has been seen in patients who avoid all gluten, dairy, and sugar, along with all MSG, artificial sweeteners, and prepackaged foods.

    Eating lots of fresh organic fruits and vegetables, drinking lemon water, and celery juice first thing in the morning. After a month, adding good fats, like avocado, olive oil, nuts and seeds.

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