Engage in Intermittent Fasting

When you eat less, there is less oxidation to your body from “burning” food.   Metabolizing food at the cellular level generates reactive oxygen species (free radicals) that can damage cell membranes, protein and DNA, so eating less will reduce this.  This can be helpful if you have fibromyalgia.

Intermittent fasting also forces your body to burn excess body fat, reducing low-grade inflammation that is present in abdominal fat.

One way to do intermittent fasting is to have your last meal of the day at 6 PM.  The next day, skip breakfast entirely and have your first meal around noon-time (so you only eat between the hours of 12 noon and 6 pm– easy to remember).

Do this at least three days out of the week.  If you feel hungry, drink a tall glass of warm water with a squeeze of fresh lemon. Engage in an activity that requires intense focus, and your hunger will subside.

If you do it long enough, your metabolism will switch to burning body fat (ketogenesis) which is a good thing.  Ketogenesis produces metabolic by-products called ketones.  In high amounts ketones are dangerous (which can never happen with intermittent fasting), but in low amounts such as that produced by measured calorie restriction, ketones suppress a protein involved in inflammation production.

So basically, burning body fat for calories reduces inflammation throughout the body.  This could also prove helpful for those with fibromyalgia.

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