People with chronic diseases such as diabetes, food allergies and fibromyalgia should develop a “look, but do not touch” mentality.
Let’s explore some of the things that are a threat to health, and the optimal maintenance of it in fibromyalgia.
Habits that could be triggering your fibromyalgia symptoms
- MSG (monosodium glutamate)
GMS is a flavor enhancer found in many processed foods, as well as in some fruits and vegetables.
These food additives activate neurons that increase pain sensitivity in patients with fibromyalgia.
In a study of patients with fibromyalgia performed by researchers at the Malcolm Randall Veterans Medical Center in Florida, they found that “everyone had a complete or almost complete resolution of their symptoms months after eliminating monosodium glutamate (MSG), or MSG plus aspartame. your diet. “
When shopping, check the label for monosodium glutamate and other additives.
Watch for these ingredients on food labels:
Glutamic acid (E 620) 2
Glutamate (E 620)
- Changes in climate
Several years ago, I began to notice extreme reactions to temperature changes.
After shopping, I would have to go home and wrap myself in a blanket. When spending time in my garden during the summer, I would experience extreme heat after returning to the interior.
My doctor informed me that people with fibromyalgia have difficulty regulating body temperature.
In fact, up to 92 percent of patients with fibromyalgia report that weather affects their symptoms.
As my own experience says, the most common weather phenomena associated with fibromyalgia outbreaks are extremes of temperature (too hot or too cold), changes in barometric pressure, and rapid changes in weather.
Take the necessary precautions to avoid or compensate for these triggers.
In extreme heat conditions, stay well hydrated. In cold weather, wear clothes in layers.
Take a blanket in your car while you travel, or do errands, in case you need to take some time to warm up.
- Excessive effort
It took me a while to understand that my “value” was not tied to my level of productivity.
I had to learn to keep up and prioritize. Also, when we have a weird “good day”, we think we have to do everything possible, while feeling good and energetic.
However, it does not take long to discover that doing so can lead to a complete outbreak / crisis. It may not happen the next day, but finally, the pain reaches us, and we spend more time recovering. Discipline to learn to “not touch that”, with respect to limits.
Sugar and simple carbohydrates provide an energy boost, but they are also followed by a large drop in energy levels.
In addition, people with FM are more sensitive to the changes that sugar produces in the blood, so you should avoid both sugar and simple carbohydrates, or at least, should be consumed in moderation.
Excessive sugar consumption causes our nerves to become inflamed as water enters. At the same time, sugar makes the outer layer of nerve cells less flexible, which causes it to crack and break.
The consumption of sugar can cause nerve damage, which often results in pain, numbness or tingling in the extremities. However, if you can not avoid sugar altogether, buy unrefined organic sugar for baking and sweetening.
I confess that I love my morning cup of coffee. Given the struggle many face with fibro-fatigue and exhaustion, caffeine is always the answer to get a “quick injection” of energy.
However, too much caffeine can produce the opposite effects on our bodies, stealing sleep and eliminating energy at the end of the day. If you can not live without your “morning cup of coffee,” limit coffee, tea, and other caffeinated drinks for the morning, and avoid drinking after lunch or at night.
Thanks for reading!