What is Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is a very common autoimmune condition, affecting nearly 5.8 million Americans. Sadly it can be a very frustrating and debilitating condition. Often difficult for outsiders to understand the pain people with fibromyalgia may be experiencing, as there is little underlying etiology in Western medicine. As a result ,any physical activity, even light housework can trigger intense, incapacitating pain. Additionally employment and relationships become difficult to maintain for people with fibromyalgia.
- Muscle and joint pain all over the body
- Pain in specific areas when pressure is applied
- Fatigue and difficulty falling asleep
- Bowel issues such as IBS, constipation, bloating, and stomach pain
- Heightened sensitivity
- Depression/Anxiety/Mood swings
- Allergies and skin issues
- Sinus issues
Fibromyalgia is Difficult to Diagnose
Fibromyalgia can be difficult to diagnose as the criteria for diagnosis is still not widely agreed upon by physicians. Women are more commonly affected with fibromyalgia than men. However, the Paleo community is finding that fibromyalgia symptoms can be alleviated by following a “real food” nutrient dense diet. Those prominent in the community such as Chris Kresser, suggest that paleo is the way to go for symptom relief.
Associated with having a leaky gut (intestinal permeability), many who struggle with fibromyalgia also struggle with digestive symptoms such as IBS and constipation. Therefore following an Autoimmune Paleo protocol is beneficial for healing. Many people find relief from their symptoms by switching over to a paleo diet.
Eat a Nutrient Dense Diet
Consequently an autoimmune protocol diet involves removing all difficult to digest grains and dairy from the diet, as well as nightshade vegetables including potatoes, tomatoes, eggplants, peppers (certain vegetables/spices that many people with autoimmune condition react to). Your focus should be on increasing nutrient dense, quality foods such as fatty meats that have been pasture raised, bone broths that have been simmered for a minimum of 24 hours, and vegetables, including fermented foods.
Paleo on the Go is AIP Compliant
Paleo on the Go offers a variety of AIP complaint foods that will help those who suffer from Fibromyalgia, deal with their condition through a proper diet regime. Feel free to check out our AIP Friendly Menu to see what food options are available while living with Fibromyalgia.