If you or a loved one is suffering from fibromyalgia, your quality of life is inevitably impacted by chronic pain, lethargy, sleep issues, and even depression. But, there is hope and you can improve and cure your condition (yes, cure!) with a commitment to an alkaline diet, chemical-free life, and a more Zen approach to life!
When I read and heard medical professionals tell me that my severe eczema was an incurable condition years ago, I used my knowledge of the body and the natural law to know better. And by staying committed to an alkaline diet, I was able to cure the condition within 6 months of raw vegan dietary commitment.
What is an Alkaline Diet and How Can It Help Reverse Chronic Inflammation?
A fibromyalgia alkaline diet consists of mucusless foods that hydrate the body, strengthen the elimination organs and pathways and nourish cells and tissues with electrolytes that neutralize acids that cause pain and discomfort.
Generally speaking, fibromyalgia is a symptom of chronic inflammation that overwhelms the body with acidic waste that accumulates in the body over time as a result of stress, diet, and lifestyle. The severity and localization of fibromyalgia also depend on the area of the body that is the weakest due to lifestyle, genetics, or both.
To understand the causation of any disease, all you need to understand is the two sides of chemistry that play roles both in our external environment and in governing our internal terrain. These chemical polarities are acid and alkalinity. Like Yin and Yang, acid and alkalinity are two principles that ignite life, foster growth, and cause decay in all that is alive. Their interplay in the right proportions ensures that balance and homeostasis are achieved in nature.
When we get out of balance – namely, live outside the 80 alkaline/20 acid golden ratio that governs nature’s chemical and energetic homeostasis – we experience inflammation, pain, and degeneration. But for life to thrive, it has to dwell in slightly alkaline environments that nourish its cellular function and facilitate healing of degeneration with its hydrating, electrolyte chemistry. When acidity predominates in an environment over some time and balance cannot be achieved, organisms succumb to degeneration and decay. You can only imagine how acids erode tissues and cause side effects that are analogous to reddening, burning, pain, agitation, swelling, and oozing.
The antidote to over-acidification is always more alkalization!
Benefits of a Vegan Diet for Fibromyalgia
The most ideal diet for fibromyalgia is hydrating, astringent, and alkaline and the foods that contain the most healing alkaline chemistry are organic fruits and vegetables. Indeed, fruits have the most hydrating chemistry and are the most powerful cleaners and healers of tissues in nature. Not only do they feed cells directly with simple sugars that are essential fuel for our biological bodies, but they also clean, strengthen and nourish all tissues. In fact, they are so powerful in their high alkaline chemistry, that they are able to even regenerate the nervous system!
Essentially, to heal, the body has to have enough surplus electrical energy – although this is not a simple feat in this modern world. Our digestion, emotions, activity, metabolism, and environment all deplete our energetic resources greatly, and if we don’t get enough energy from our foods (or other methods of replenishment through breathwork, yoga, Qi Gong, and more), our system will end up “borrowing” and compensating for energy it needs to vital function and healing from tissues that are not vital to our immediate survival.
These electrolytes that are leached from tissues will inevitably weaken the body over time and instigate the onset of disease. Therefore, ensuring that there is more energy entering the body than leaving the body is key to optimal health and longevity!
Most processed and packaged foods – including complex sugar, trans fats, and artificial preservatives – are highly energy-depleting and acidifying and predispose the body to disease and decay. But even foods that are seen as “healthy” can be inflammatory culprits over time, including meat, whole grains, and dairy. By going fully organic and plant-based, you can ensure that the most alkaline of foods in nature will provide your body with the hydration it needs to purge acids and heal degenerated tissue.
Along with fruits, which are detoxifying and purgative, and vegetables, which are building and nourishing, herbs are wonderful tissue regenerators used over the millennia to heal countless ailments!
Going raw is likewise advisable since raw foods contain the enzymes, nutrients, and vital energy reserves that cannot be found in cooked food that changes much of food’s chemistry due to high heat exposure. When you’re in pain, consuming mostly raw fruits and veggies will alleviate your symptoms over time, and if you commit to the diet long enough (in addition to finding a self-care practice that nourishes your mind, body, and soul), you can cure your condition!
For Fibromyalgia, I recommend a fully raw vegan diet for at least 3-6 months until symptoms have subsided significantly. Then, you can decide whether you want to continue on the regeneration journey that will fully heal your condition over time, or slow down the healing process by introducing more cooked and acidic foods into your diet. This change can reignite some of the old symptoms since the body needs more alkalinity to heal, but you can gauge how your body feels and adjust your diet accordingly.
When in doubt and experiencing pain, always go for a fruit cleanse, and see how much better you’ll feel and how your body will transform!
Foods to Avoid When Healing From Fibromyalgia
Since animal products are highly acidic and mucus forming, removing dairy and meat from the diet is essential when looking to recover from fibromyalgia. On top of these acidifying culprits, the following is a list of foods that you should avoid fully for at least 6 months until you feel most of your symptoms subside.
My advice is that if you do introduce these foods back into your diet, test them out by introducing them one by one and seeing how your body reacts to each. Also, if you absolutely must have some of these foods, try to limit your diet to only one of them once per week.
- Fried foods
- Processed and packaged foods
- Grains and whole grains
- Non-organic foods
- Packaged and processed foods
- Processed sugars, artificial sweeteners, and artificial salts
- Highly cooked foods
- Highly spicy foods
- Carbonated beverages
- Pies, cakes, pastries, and candy
Foods to Consume for Fastest Healing
The following food list will speed up the body regeneration process profoundly. These foods are not only very astringent and hydrating but also provide plenty of energy for the body to strengthen its processes and elimination pathways. Their detoxifying and alkalizing chemistry will infuse your body with acid-neutralizing agents and provide it with enough energy to promote self-healing.
This is especially important for neurological issues that are usually experienced by fibromyalgia sufferers, as neurological issues are the hardest to heal. Fruits like berries and coconut are incredibly nourishing and strengthening to the nervous system and are quite powerful healers of fibromyalgia symptoms!
Red grapes and watermelon are some of the most alkalizing fruits in nature, and I recommend them as the essential fruits to eat for breakfast when we break the fast from being “out of order” for the night. They not only clean, nourish and regenerate the kidneys, the liver, and the bowels, but they also stimulate the movement of the lymphatic system – the body’s sewage system. If you can’t find these detox gems off-season, all the other fruits and greens on this list will work just as wonderfully!
- Red grapes
- Citrus fruits
- Tropical fruits
- Bitter greens
- Peaches and nectarines
- Peaches and apples
- Herbs (basil, parsley, cilantro, and more)
- Seaweed and sea vegetables
A fibromyalgia alkaline diet consists of foods that are electric – namely foods that hydrate, energize, clean, and stimulate regeneration. These foods are only found in nature and should always be consumed organic and raw!
If you’re looking to reverse your fibromyalgia symptoms for good, the best diet to consume long-term is one that is 80% raw vegan and that is comprised of 50% fruit. The best time to consume fruit is in the morning for breakfast, the biggest meal of the day is ideally consumed during lunch and a smaller meal is usually preferable for dinner.
Likewise, it is important to eat dinner 3-4 hours before going to bed, since the body requires time to digest and absorb nutrients from dinner before it can properly rest and revitalize the body for the night. Not only will your sleep improve, but you will feel better in the morning and throughout the day.
Commitment and dedication to a lifestyle change are essential when it comes to healing, and small steps in the right direction make all the difference. Once you see some initial results, you will not only be more used to your new diet but will be quite motivated to continue with the protocol due to how much better you feel. Keep going!
And if you need more advice on how to start healing properly through detoxification and adaptation of an effective fibromyalgia alkaline diet, here is my free practical guide about the 3 things you should know before starting an effective detox. I wish you days without pain that are full of joy, energy, and vitality!