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    Ask This About a Fibromyalgia Diet Plan

    Fibromyalgia is a painful disorder that causes inflammation and pain at certain parts of the body. A fibromyalgia diet plan can help fight the disease, although it can’t cure it. While the cause of fibromyalgia is unknown, over 5 million people in the United States alone suffer from it. Medications can help, but because they only tend to work around thirty percent of the time, many patients are looking to lifestyle changes to combat this disease. Food and exercise are important parts of any healthy lifestyle, and studies have suggested that they can help ease fibromyalgia symptoms or at least help you not notice them as much. If you have fibromyalgia, ask these questions to learn more about how a fibromyalgia diet plan could help you.

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    Will changing my eating habits cure my fibromyalgia?
    No, it will not. Contrary to what some may claim, you cannot cure autoimmune diseases like fibromyalgia with lifestyle changes. You can, however, eat healthy and reduce symptoms, as well as make yourself less vulnerable to other conditions that may exacerbate your fibromyalgia.
    Is it true that kale will reduce inflammation?
    No. This is not true, but kale is very good for you. It is stocked full of vitamins and nutrients. It is a little strong in flavor, but it goes great in smoothies and salads.
    Does my salt intake matter?
    You should limit your salt intake, but make sure you don't consume too little. Sodium is found in almost everything, but try opting for reduced sodium options so you can add salt just to taste, instead of oversalting your food.
    Will I lose weight with a fibromyalgia diet plan?
    Unless you already a healthy weight, you will likely lose weight. Monitoring sugar and salt will keep you eating healthy. People who lost weight reported reduction in fibromyalgia symptoms and increased quality of life.
    I have a sweet tooth. Can I still have sugar?
    Sugar is found in many foods like fruit and even dairy products. The important thing is to limit your intake of added sugar - the less added sugar, the better. You can still get your sweet fix with fruits and dark chocolate.
    What can you tell me about my morning coffee?
    Caffeine is tricky for fibromyalgia sufferers. While the caffeine itself isn't linked to the disease, many patients suffer from insomnia and caffeine can keep them up. Similarly, the sugar in popular coffee shop drinks can be troublesome. Try eating almonds or leafy green vegetables for an energy boost without the extra baggage.
    Can I still eat processed foods?
    The important thing about eating healthy is that it's not a diet plan, it's changing your overall diet. That means you can still have processed food as long as it is infrequent and in moderation. 
    Should I go vegan?
    Some studies have found that diets high in plant antioxidants have shown promise in reducing fibromyalgia symptoms. These diets can be very restrictive, however, and it may be difficult to get all the proper nutrients. Talk to your doctor to avoid malnutrition if you'd like to try a plant-based diet.