If you have Fibromyalgia or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, you may feel like you have tried everything to feel better, to no avail. It’s true that chiropractic treatments, acupuncture, and massage can all help manage your condition. But, without addressing your nutrition, you may be missing an important piece of the puzzle.
Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and high toxins levels
While there is still a lot to discover about the two conditions, studies are linking them to high toxin levels in the body (1, 2). Though our bodies are built to break down toxins, some people struggle more than others to do so.
Think of a rain barrel. It is meant to collect raindrops. However, there is a limit to the number of drops that it can hold. Eventually it begins to overflow. That is very much how our bodies respond to toxins. When there are more toxins coming in than what our bodies can handle, symptoms begin to appear.
As you probably already know, toxins can come from outside of the body. These toxins include pesticides, harmful compounds in plastic, heavy metals, and the list goes on. However, toxins are also created inside of the body.
High toxin levels from inside the body
There are all kinds of bacteria and other organisms present in everyone’s gut. Some are healthy, some not so much. Ideally, the majority of these little guys should be the healthy kind, keeping the other guys under control. However, it is common to see an excess of the bad guys.
When there are too many of the unhealthy organisms, it is common to see digestive issues. Coincidentally, research shows that people who have Fibromyalgia or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome tend to also have digestive symptoms (3).
These harmful guys release all kinds of toxic substances into our bodies. So, even if you are limiting your external sources of toxins, you may still have an excess of toxins in your body.
With the right nutrition and supplements, the balance of good organisms to bad organisms can be reestablished, and toxins can be properly cleared out. This will help manage symptoms of Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome over the longer term.
1. Wallace, Daniel J., and David S. Hallegua. “Fibromyalgia: the gastrointestinal link.” Current pain and headache reports 8.5 (2004): 364-368.
2. Maes, Michael, and Jean-Claude Leunis. “Normalization of leaky gut in chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is accompanied by a clinical improvement: effects of age, duration of illness and the translocation of LPS from gram-negative bacteria.” Neuroendocrinology Letters 29.6 (2008): 902.
3. Fatima, G., S. K. Das, and A. A. Mahdi. “Oxidative stress and antioxidative parameters and metal ion content in patients with fibromyalgia syndrome: implications in the pathogenesis of the disease.” Clinical and experimental rheumatology 31.6 Suppl 79 (2012): S128-33.