It is estimated that one in every 50 Americans have Fibromyalgia. This is a large number and as a result, many people are searching for ways to control their symptoms.
Diet is a huge component of managing your Fibromyalgia pain. Today we are going to look at milk and the role it plays in interacting with Fibromyalgia pain.
Americans drink massive quantities of milk and other dairy products over the course of their lives. Medical research has demonstrated that cow milk, typically where we get our dairy from, is ideal for breeding 500+ pound animals, but is not ideal for human consumption. Evolutionarily, we were never intended to consume the milk of other animals, particularly not for extended periods of time.
There are many diseases, including Fibromyalgia, that are negatively affected by the consumption of milk. These include asthma, diabetes, migraines, osteoporosis, prostate problems, rheumatoid arthritis, sinus conditions, tuberculosis, colon cancer, etc.
Another primary problem with dairy products is that they typically contain the residue of various health aids given the cows to help them grow. These include over 50 hormones and 50 individual antibiotics. As well, dairy products often contain pesticides and herbicides like dioxin. Another problem is that bacteria and viruses often survive the pasteurization process, which can be especially dangerous to Fibromyalgia suffers who already experience weakened immune systems.
And, not to be too gross, but blood, feces, and pus actually make it into dairy products, as well. The way this happens is that over-milked cows experience breakdowns of their udders, developing sores which become infected. This residue often makes its way into milk, as it really cannot be strained out effectively.
With all of that said, there is no definitive scientific evidence that consumption of dairy actually increases pain. However, having observed some of the negative and seemingly toxic ingredients contained in dairy products, it is not unreasonable to conclude that they could be aggravating your Fibromyalgia symptoms. But, don’t take our word for it. What you may want to do is to take a no dairy challenge.
Try eliminating dairy from your diet for 7 to 10 days. Keep a food journal and observe how your body responds to this dietary modification. At the end of the 10 days take particular account of your body and your health. Do you feel lighter? Is it easier to move? Do you feel more calm and tranquil?
Clearly, without strong confirmatory scientific evidence, we would not want to advocate for the elimination of dairy. What is important to understand is that milk and the products that contain milk also contain a range of proteins, growth hormones and other seemingly toxic substances that are worth examining in terms of their potential negative effect on your Fibromyalgia pain.
We definitely understand that in the meeting notes from your diet can be difficult. That said, there are some milk alternatives you should investigate. And not all of them are bad-tasting.
As we have said, we do not want to tell you to eliminate milk, but we do advocate examining how milk interacts with your Fibromyalgia symptoms by taking the elimination challenge. This is a good way of determining the role dairy might play in your Fibromyalgia symptoms.