Nutritionally hacking Fibromaylgia with our cellular powerhouses
Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition involving multi-systems. It presents as musculoskeletal pain all over the body that may be triggered by post-surgery, traumatic accidents, severe long periods of psychological stress and or infections. Researchers have linked certain genetic mutations in playing a roll in the developmental factor of fibromyalgia as well as an abnormal interaction amongst neurobiological and autonomic nervous systems (1). Symptoms are usually linked to overall body pain accompanied by fatigue with the sense of no restorative sleep. Some people may also suffer from what is now referred to as “fibro-fog”, affecting cognitive function by impairing memory, concentration, the ability to focus and perform day to day tasks. Interestingly, studies show a direct correlation amongst women being affected 7 time more than men. Although it is unclear as to how and why this condition comes about, but from a functional medicine perspective, we can attempt to identify the causative factor that is responsible for a myriad of symptoms in individualizing personalized treatment options. Research has gone into nutrient deficiencies, gluten intolerances, certain heavy metal toxicity (mercury), mycotoxin exposure and toxicity (coming from mold spores in the house or bathroom- check those leaks!) (2). Thyroid examination is critical as the initial stages may similarly present itself as fibromyalgia, due to the thyroid being the key holder to energy metabolism and mood! Adrenal fatigue has been correlated with similar symptoms of fibromyalgia, and last but not least the importance of gut health (SIBO, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth may produce similar symptoms to fibromyalgia. This happens when bacteria robs important energy making nutrients such as B12, significantly impacting the absorption rate of these vitamins. Here are some everyday lifestyle tips to help you manage fibromyalgia effectively at home:
What You'll Need
- Seek professional advice from relevant practitioners regarding the below supplements, products and therapies.
What You'll Do
- Supplementing with Co q 10 has proven beneficial in mitchondrial health and muscular fatigue by improving circulation and assisting in cellular respiration.
- Malic acid in combination with magnesium has seen to improve pain reduction in some studies.
- Getting vitamin D checked is extremely important as a deficiency may mask itself as non specific body pain as well as low mood, certain studies have shown significant improvement with Vitamin D levels and cognitive performance and improved mood.
- Acupuncture increases blood flow and oxygenation to points and aids in the increase of serotonin and endorphins.
- Bromelain enzymes: an enzyme found in pineapples and is commonly used as a digestive aid, is effective at reducing inflammation and reducing pain.
- Mind body therapy, talking therapy and coaching for setting routines and creating tool kits and rituals for stress and sleep.
- LED red light therapy-(can be found on amazon) non toxic non invasive yet very effective at reducing pain, improving function and may improve mood and sleep.
- Practicing active relaxation (not the type of mindless scrolling through social media- relaxing,) But mindful acts of lighting a candle and reflecting and journaling or going for a walk without the use of mobile phones, or even enjoying a meal that you love without any distractions (TV, phone).
- An anti-inflammtory diet with slow aerobic exercise.
- 5 HTp- low serotonin has been correlated with increased pain and insomnia (be cautious with other medication as there is poteintal interaction).
Tips & Warnings
- All supplements and or herbs should be discussed with your general practitioner. Reference 1: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5668398/ Reference 2: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4209093/
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