There are a variety of steps one can take that will provide Fibromyalgia relief. We’ll explore these options today with a visitor who has the following question:
Do you have any suggestions as to specific minerals and vitamins that may be depleted if one is experiencing a Fibromyalgia flare? Generally when I feel as if I am going through a flare up, I feel as though I have a build up of toxin in my body. Is drinking lots of water the best way to eliminate any buildup of toxin? Catherine
Yes, many people find Fibromyalgia relief by taking nutritional supplements and detoxing their body.
Like many health conditions, it is believed that individuals with Fibromyalgia Syndrome have a variety of vitamin and mineral deficiencies. When nutrients are not in present in the body at adequate levels, deterioration or malfunctioning of organs and systems occurs, resulting in deterioration of physical and psychological health.
The most common nutrients related to FMS are B-12, B-1 or Thiamin, vitamin D, magnesium and amino acids. Others may include vitamin A and calcium. Supplementation with these nutrients as well as Coenzyme Q10 have been helpful with pain, mood, energy levels and cognitive functioning for some individuals.
However, it’s important to note, that deficiencies may vary from one person to another. One person may be deficient in all these nutrients, while another may be deficient in only one or two. The best way to determine which vitamins and minerals one should be taking is with nutritional testing and then take a customized supplement designed for your body chemistry and nutritional needs.
If you take a vitamin or mineral when you don’t need it, it can lead to problems as well and you may be throwing money down the drain. Many nutrients are dependent on co-factors, which means they need other nutrients in order to perform their jobs adequately, so taking one without the other can actually throw off the balance even more.
Additionally, it’s also important to keep in mind that nutritional deficiencies are only one aspect involved in Fibromyalgia. Like most conditions there are usually a variety of contributing factors.
Other common methods for finding Fibromyalgia relief include the following:
Hidden Food Sensitivities
Many Fibromyalgia sufferers find relief from a variety of symptoms by identifying hidden food sensitivities and removing them from their diet. Some of the most common foods include wheat, sugar, peanuts, dairy, corn, soy, chocolate, chicken and beef, but it can really be any food under the sun. The easiest and most reliable method of identifying sensitivities to food is through the ALCAT test.
Many experts believe that Fibromyalgia Syndrome and Candida overgrowth are one in the same. Many of the symptoms of Candida overgrowth overlap with FMS and most people find at least some degree of Fibromyalgia relief by following a Candida diet and taking probiotics and antifungals.
An imbalance in neurotransmitters can result in a variety of debilitating physical and psychological disturbances like those experienced with FMS, such as depression, pain, anxiety, cognitive and memory difficulties, muscle pain and insomnia. Many FMS sufferers find relief by identifying imbalances in their neurotransmitters and correcting them with amino acid supplementation and other crucial nutrients.
Environmental toxins that are found in many common everyday chemicals like perfume, cologne, cleaning supplies, air fresheners, laundry soap, shampoo, dish soap, pesticides, herbicides etc. alter and disrupt the endocrine system, nervous system, immune system and metabolic system which often results in a variety of debilitating symptoms like those with Fibromyalgia experience. The ALCAT test which I mentioned above for food sensitivity testing also tests for the 10 most common environmental toxins as well as mold, which can also result in many of the same symptoms.
Adrenal fatigue is another factor believed to play a crucial role in a variety of conditions like Fibromyalgia. The adrenal glands become exhausted from excessive stress, environmental toxins, poor diet etc., and then they no longer function adequately. When this occurs numerous undesirable symptoms develop such as those found in FMS.
You may also want to know that I personally live with FMS and I have found a great deal of relief in my symptoms by addressing each of the issues I mentioned above. You can find a lot more detail on these aspects in the Fibromyalgia section of my website.
Yes, detoxing the body and keeping it as pure as possible is also an important component for managing symptoms and flares. The best ways to detox your body and keep toxins from building up is to eat a clean and healthy diet – which means organic and free of additives and preservatives, no sugar, no caffeine, no nicotine, drinking lots of pure chlorine-free water, having regular bowel movements or improving colon health, removing environmental toxins from your living space, taking vitamins and minerals your body is deficient in so the liver and detoxification system will function properly and getting adequate exercise. I have found exercise to be one of the most effective and vital tools. If I go for too long without exercising my pain level will raise drastically.
Although you may not be able to “cure” or find “complete” Fibromyalgia relief, many people reduce symptoms drastically, decrease flares and improve the quality of their life with the methods we have discussed.