What if I could let you in on a little secret? There’s a connection between your fatigue, your pain, and two very common autoimmune conditions. And what if we could check under the hood to find the underlying toxic exposures that created these conditions which can exacerbate how you feel. Would you listen?
What can cause chronic fatigue?
We are electrical beings. There are many things in our world today that can deplete our electricity. Causes of depleted electricity can be linked to fluoride and medications containing fluoride such as SSRI’s, toxic cosmetics containing aluminum, mercury, and vaccines. Addictions to smoking, alcohol, and stress can deplete oxygen and electricity.
Food choices that can steal our energy, increase anxiety and disrupt our hormones are: pesticides in processed foods, MSG, Aspartame, HFCS and the SAD diet, all of which can lead to increase risk for inflammation and other autoimmunity disorders. According to Science News, chronic fatigue is in our gut and not our head.(1) A toxic liver and toxic gut will affect all organs without exception. It could deter healing, slow down recovery, cause fatigue, weaken immunity, decrease energy, increase weight gain, depression, and cause ailments of all sorts including autoimmunity disorders. EMF’s can deplete our energy and disrupt our sleep patterns which continue to stress the mind and body. A high caffeine diet can exhaust adrenal glands. And finally, deficiencies in magnesium can steal our energy and oxygen-rich red blood cell count can be low.
Fibromyalgia is difficult to diagnose.
There is a blood test called FM/A that identifies possible markers produced by immune system blood cells in people with fibromyalgia. But a diagnosis is really dependent on how you feel. (2) Fibromyalgia includes body pain, fatigue, and insomnia. But Fibromyalgia can also be called a skin condition. Trigger points are inflamed tissue that is located just below the skin and is especially sensitive to the touch.
The pain symptoms of fibromyalgia are believed, by many researchers, to be related to the fascia of the body. In fibromyalgia, the amount of blood flow to the peripheral tissues (the skin) is substantially reduced.(3) In layman’s terms, the immune system within the skin is acting up and this involves the the capillaries and small blood vessels. And there’s a link between IBS and Fibromyalgia. Fact is, the gut is the epicenter of autoimmunity disorders.
Pain from Fibromyalgia is recorded to be in the stomach, neck, hips, and knees. But most complaints are chronic headaches and nausea.
The exciting news is, fibromyalgia is no longer considered to be similar to arthritic condition (a disease of the joints).
If we were to take a step back, we could possibly find the hidden connections of poor circulation and autoimmunity issues.
We have a nation full of obese children and adults that don’t take time out for self-care.
Today our children from about age 7 to 10 years old are diagnosed with fibromyalgia.(5) You may find this shocking. But if we check, it’s no surprise to find that these children can also have a toxic internal environment from a poor diet and lack of movement. They’re also stressed.
Subsidized school lunches can increase risk for obesity while increased wifi use in schools and homes can disrupt brain health. Childhood obesity can play a causative role in pain, inflammation,(6) and low energy levels. Secondly, children are prescribed more antibiotics, Ritalin, statins (4) and antidepressants in the last decade. Medications can decrease good gut microbiome, decrease quality of sleep and cause additional weight problems.
Change your life with these 12 steps
*Take more time to implement healthy habits. Notice that both fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue have insomnia, depression, and poor microbiome in common. Build good gut microbiome by adding in a daily probiotic.
*Make time for exercise and avoid stimulants. Exercise can bring more oxygen into the cells, increasing circulation and stimulating the lymph system.
*Stop stress eating. Make time to chew and enjoy more fresh raw choices. Eat foods that love you back.
*Practice meditation. Focus on how you handle emotions and find healthy ways to release stress.
*Include homemade vegetable juices to your morning routine. You can add in organic green apples as they are an excellent food for sufferers of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. Fresh homemade juices contain large amounts of enzymes that help break down inflammation, reduce pain, and supply the cells with energy.
*Coffee and caffeine deplete magnesium levels and stress the body. Cashews and kale are found to be magnesium rich.
* Eat anti-inflammatory foods such as organic maca, ginger, and turmeric root.
*Eat more colorful, antioxidant-packed produce such as organic strawberries, organic bell peppers and organic mangoes, all of which are particularly high in vitamin C. Leave the GMOs behind as these have several hundreds of pesticides sprayed on them.
*Purchase organic non-toxic skin-care products to relieve inflammation in the skin.
*Purchase non-toxic and fluoride-fee toothpaste and mouthwash.
*Try not to be on your computer or cell phone all day long. Children should never be given a cell phone before the age of 16.
*Ask your doctor about weaning you or your child off of a medication, if you’ve been taking it for longer than 6 months. Every drug has side-effects.
**Please consult your doctor before making any drastic changes in diet, medications, exercise, and supplement routine.