There are a lot of studies that have been conducted to answer this question as to whether a vegan diet will be effective for people dealing with fibromyalgia. However, most of the studies have shed light on raw vegan diets. Before moving towards forward, let’s make some brief differences to avoid the confusions.
The vegetarian diet is a plant-based diet but animal products like milk, eggs and cheese are also included in this diet while excluding the consumption of any flesh. However, vegan diet is totally plant based and all types of animals and animal products are excluded from it. Raw vegan diet is similar to that of vegan; only the food is whole, fresh and uncooked.
So, what is the answer to this question? Does vegan diet help in dealing with fibromyalgia? The research of the scientific community shows that the answer is definitive yes, while they are always hesitant to state the obvious. A study conducted on raw vegan showed significant improvements in flexibility, 6-minute walk and shoulder pain. Even, patients reported a 46% improvement after four months. The participants in the study ate grain products, carrot juice, raw fruits, nuts, salads and more. Another study was conducted similarly to the raw vegan diet study that found a significant improvement in patient’s joint stiffness, areas of pain, weight, quality of sleep and overall health.
It is an open secret that the corporate agriculture who products dominate your local grocer, spray a range of chemicals over the crops which are genetically modified exclusively. The effects that these chemicals have on the workers who use them are terrifying. From the range of nausea and dizziness to cancer, genetic mutations and death, these symptoms run. Just imagine for a while how much you would be affected by the effects of these chemicals if you are a fibromyalgia sufferer and you are sensitive to pain, chemicals and medications. So, if you can’t or don’t want to avoid meat, at least try to upgrade to organic and non-GMO products as much as possible. You may notice that your symptoms are improving significantly.
Dr. Amy Myers, the author of The Autoimmune Solution says, “In our modern diet, dairy is one of the most inflammatory foods, second only to gluten,” that results in gas, bloating, diarrhea and constipation and so on. People who are suffering from the overwhelming effects of fibromyalgia suffer more from these factors because it is like feeding your problem. In specific, a person who is not very active due to the fatigue and pain consumes rapid growth hormones joined with high-fat content results in rapid weight gain. Due to which the pain becomes worse and there is an increase in sluggishness as well as often compounds depression too. Moreover, a fibromyalgia patient’s worst nightmare can be inflammation.
Don’t take stress because you have enough to deal with. Think for some time about the foods you are already taking and that are vegan: vegetables, fruits, salad, salsa, hummus, nuts, seeds and a lot of bread. Figure out and think about which foods are effective for your body. Keep a journal of your progress when trying something for a few months. This will help you in knowing which thing is effective for you.
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