Fibromyalgia Foods & Supplements:

   So little is known about the disease, much less the proper foods to consume and what foods to avoid. Fibromyalgia is not generally regarded as an "auto immune" disease but seems to be a condition of centralized pain reception sensitivity.  Nerve endings are sensitive but over time the receptor sites in the brain become hyper sensitive and general painful areas of the body becomes normal.  In some situations anti-inflammatories help certain patients however if the anti-inflammatory agent is food, not drugs, the outcome seems to be better.  Foods are vastly complicated chemical carriers and additional chemicals are ingested and may work together, or complementary to each other to enhance patient outcomes.

  It's often said the best pharmacy for fibromyalgia discomfort is found in the local produce and meat departments of your local grocer.

  Here are some of the best suggestions for combating Fibromyalgia with food, supplements, vitamins and herbs for pain control.

    Sciatica Nutritional Supplements

      Sciatica pain is often a recurring cycle of inflammation, often due to unnatural pressure on the sciatic nerve.   Constant interrupted pressure does not allow the sciatic nerve to heal as the inflammatory processes cause swelling.   Relief for the sciatica patient comes when the patient relieves pressure off the nerve such as lying down, sitting and by stopping walking.   Many sciatic nerve pains are exacerbated by standing,  as the shift in posture puts undue pressure on a portion of the sciatic nerve which then radiates from the inflammed point of pressure to the spinal cord which then sends the pain signal to the brain for interpretation.

      Nutritional supplements which eliminate, reduce, lessen the occurrences and duration of the inflammatory process also help relieve sciatic nerve pain.   Below is a list of sciatica nutritional supplements one should consider consuming while treating sciatic nerve pain.   These are guidelines for consideration and are not all inclusive but intended to explain what to eat and why.   There are other non inflammatory foods, vitamins, herbs and supplements that also may help.  

      Remember any "dosages" cited are relative to the size of the person, age, and subject to interacting with other supplements or medicines.   Your physician should be able to help establish efficacious dosage.  If one does not have a participating physician then generally it's best to begin with smaller doses and work toward higher dosages to avoid reactions.   Often overall blood levels are necessary for effective relief which means may take several days to reach a sufficient blood saturation level.

Weight Loss Supplements

    Weight loss supplements and weight loss vitamins are becoming more important in disease and injury prevention.  Many knee replacement procedures are not a result of the knee joint actually failing but more of prolonged stress on the joint due to extra weight supported by the joint.   Often the knee replacement surgery can be prevented by simply relieving the physical demands on the joint.  Even being overweight for knee joint replacement has some benefits.  The muscles supporting the joint are stronger due to the weight increasing the muscle bulk and strength over time.  Remove the weight and the musculature still remains.

     There is a plethora of products and advice about what works to "lose weight" and many are not supported by credentialed research.   Below are 4 supplements and 1 medicine reported on  by WebMD.

List of Arthritis Supplements and Foods

  Many forms of arthrits can be helped by paying attention to diet.   As with all diets though it's important to remember one of the main, undiscovered benefits, of many diets is not what you eat but what the diet restricts one from eating.  Often a diet can contribute to arthritis pain and discomfort due to what is being consumed.

  Below is a list of generally recommended arthritis supplements which can improve health if attention is paid to consuming foods rich in these supplements.


Pain-relieving Herbs

    Historically herbs, being known as "useful weeds", have been used for pain control.  Herb tinctures, creams, teas, herbs ingested in foods are primarily indicated to be used for pain.  The pharmaceutical industry tries to find the natural botanical herbs that are being used for pain control and model synthetically the compounds found for a marketable pain control drug.   Even today in many parts of the world certain societies are dependent upon using herbs medicinally simply because they do not have access, or money, to purchase synthetic drugs.  A chronic pain patient, or a patient who was recently injured, should consider as part of their nutrition the addition of fresh or dried herbs to the diet.  

   The list below is a very small part of the herb plants used for pain control.  Many, if not most, topicals use capsicum ( makes the peppers hot), or menthol (mint oil) as the primary ingredient in the topical pain relieving gels.  Capsicum isused for heat therapy and mint for cold therapy, depending on the process of inflammation going on. 


    This video by Dr. Ross explains how some of the "cleansing diets" can or can not be beneficial and why.   He cautions to use the information supplied and tailor it to your specifics.   As is our mantra so often on nutrition, many times it's not the new foods you eat that help you, but the simple elimination of certain known bad foods that bring about healthy living and weight loss.   Garden or walk each day and healthy living becomes just part of the routine to staying fit and disease free.




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Paleo Diet Menu On Foods You Should Avoid


Dairy Foods:

All processed foods made with any dairy products:

 Butter,  Cheese,  Cream,   Nonfat dairy creamer,  Skim milk,  Dairy spreads, Powdered Milk,  Frozen yogurt,  Ice Milk,  Low-fat Milk, Ice cream,  Whole milk,  Yogurt

Cereal Grains:

 Barley (barley soup, barley bread, & all processed foods made with barley)
 Corn (corn on the cob, corn tortillas, corn chips, cornstarch, corn syrup)
 Oats (steel-cut oats, rolled oats & all processed foods made with oats)
 Rice (brown rice, white rice, top ramen, rice noodles, basmati rice, rice cakes, rice flour, & all processed foods made with rice)
 Rye (rye bread, rye crackers, & all processed foods made with rye)
 Wheat (bread, rolls, muffins, noodles, crackers, cookies, cake, doughnuts, pancakes, waffles, pasta, spaghetti, lasagna, wheat tortillas, pizza, pita bread, flat bread, & all processed foods made with wheat or wheat flour)
 Wild rice

Grainlike Seeds:



 All beans (adzuki beans, black beans, broad beans, fava beans, field beans, garbanzo beans, horse beans, kidney beans, lima beans, mung beans, navy beans, pinto beans, redbeans, string beans, white beans)
 Black-eyed peas, Chickpeas, Peanuts, Lentils, Snowpeas, Green Peas,  Sugar & Snap peas, Soybeans & all soybean products, including tofu & Starchy Vegetables

Peanut butter


Starchy tubers

Sweet potatoes

Cassava root


Tapioca pudding


Potatoes & all potato products (French fries, potato chips, etc.)

Salt-Containing Foods:

 Bacon Processed Meats Pork rinds Cheese
 Salami Deli Meats Frankfurters Ham
 Hot Dogs Ketchup Pickled foods Olives
 Salted nuts Salted spices Sausages
 Smoked, dried, & salted fish & meat
 Virtually all canned meats & fish (unless you soak & drain them)

Fatty Meats:

 Fatty beef roasts

Beef ribs

T-bone steaks

Chicken & turkey legs

Fatty cuts of beef

Fatty ground beef
 Chicken & turkey skin

Fatty pork chops & pork roasts
 Lamb chops

Lamb roasts

Leg of lamb

Pork ribs

Pork sausage

Chicken & turkey thighs & wings

Soft Drinks & Fruit Juices- All sugary soft drinks

Candy -  Honey - Sugars ) Other than natural sugars, found in the fruit,  such as fructose.

Cookies, Brownies, Cakes ( all the good stuff!!)



General discussion blog talk radio about women and the Paleo diet.  Eating disorders seem to affect women more so than the general population.  This discusses some of the pecularities of how the Paleo diet can positively affect women.



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