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Research scientists have only recently begun to study nutritional therapy for fibromyalgia. While there is no specific "fibromyalgia diet," some people with the condition report feeling better when they eat or avoid certain foods. If you have fibromyalgia, a healthy diet is important; proper nutrition will make you feel better in general and will also help you avoid other health problems.

Is There a Special Diet for Fibromyalgia?

Many people with fibromyalgia wonder if there is a special "fibromyalgia diet" to help slow down the progression of, or even cure, the condition. The short answer to this question is no. Although some people with fibromyalgia report feeling better when they eat or avoid certain foods, no specific diet has been proven to influence fibromyalgia or make the symptoms go away.
Of course, while there is no specific diet for fibromyalgia, it is important to have a healthy, balanced diet. Not only will proper nutrition give you more energy and make you feel better in general, it will also help you avoid other health problems. It is also important to be skeptical of "miraculous" claims and avoid elimination diets and fad nutritional practices.

The Well-Balanced Fibromyalgia Diet

If you have fibromyalgia, a well-balanced diet is important. A well-balanced diet can help you feel better and can be a positive step in dealing with fibromyalgia. It can also help decrease your chances of developing heart disease or certain types of cancer.
Some suggestions for eating a well-balanced diet include:
    • Fruits, vegetables, grains, and fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products
    • Lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, and nuts.
  • Limiting foods with saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, sodium (salt), and added sugars.
  • Limiting your intake of alcohol.
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