Avoiding certain foods and electing some others is part of the approach in the treatments for confronting chronic diseases such as arthritis rheumatoid and the fibromyalgia syndrome.
In the magazine Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology, Italian researches tell about their finding regarding the fact that nutrient deficiency in some of these patients could exacerbate symptoms associated to this last condition, and among them, the fatigue, insomnia and pain.
Their findings also refer to eliminating a type of chemical substances known as excitotoxins, which are in charge of increasing flavor in ultra-processed foods. Among the most known is the monosodium glutamate (MSG) that result to be addictive and neurotoxic, although the United States of America´s Food and Drug Administration states that in general terms, its use is acknowledged as safe, except for some individuals who present sensitiveness to this substance.
Among the habits that can be included in a daily diet and can benefit the patients suffering from the above conditions, are the following:
- Try to have a diet based on plants. Eating more fruits and vegetables can provide substances such as antioxidants and anti-inflammatories that help alleviating the symptoms.
- Incrementing the consumption of Omega-3. This substance is present in oily or blue fishes (with more fat in muscles); nuts and seeds. If you don’t like fish, you can elect to take a supplement, but consult with a specialist first.
- Use species as an ally for seasoning. They also have an anti-inflammatory effect such as turmeric, red pepper, ginger, curry, anise, fennel, oregano and garlic.
- Restrict the consumption of sugar. Especially those arising from refined carbohydrates. It is not only cutting desserts or white bread, but sugar can be hidden in salad dressings, for example.
Each organism is different, and this is why keeping a food diary can help identifying your own sensibility to foods.
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