Do you remember the last time you had the flu or flu like symptoms? You might have tried to find relief from the muscle aches, pains, and fatigue by going back to bed, a hot shower, bath, or medication, but you discovered that nothing would eliminate the symptoms. You may have thought you could read a magazine to take your mind off of the pain but the fatigue was so bad that the weight of the magazine felt like 20 pounds. You decide to warm up some soup but by the time it was ready you were too exhausted to eat it. This is what it feels like for many people who have Fibromyalgia (FM). They experience this day after day, for weeks, months, and even years, with the amount of pain varying from mild to incapacitating. I started experiencing the symptoms of FM when I was 15 years old. I am happy to tell you that I have managed to decrease the symptoms through several lifestyle changes and supplements. I pray that you find hope and encouragement in the following information to help you have a good quality of life, despite the FM.
What is Fibromyalgia?
The Arthritis Foundation explains that fibromyalgia is characterized by long lasting pain in the muscles, ligaments, and tendons throughout the body, chronic fatigue, sleep disturbances, and tenderness at specific points on the body. It affects 3 to 5 percent of the general population which means that somewhere around 200 million to 400 million people worldwide are experiencing FM symptoms. At this time, there is not a medical cure available.
People normally do not die from FM, but it does rob them of their quality of life. The Fibromyalgia Network News explains that other symptoms of FM might include chronic headaches, memory problems, skin sensitivities, numbness, tingling, or burning sensations, irritable bladder, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, TMJ (pain in the face, jaw, and head), dizziness, and low grade fever.
Improve your Immune System
Studies show that the lack of enzymes can cause the same symptoms of FM. Enzymes are found in raw foods so it is important to eat a lot of raw fruits, vegetables, and nuts every day. The US Department of Agriculture recommends 8-10 servings a day. Take several good supplements and digestive enzymes. (I have had great success the past 20 years with taking supplements that have been “juiced” and are a whole food such as AIM’s BarleyLife, Just Carrots, and RediBeets, and the digestive enzymes, PrepZymes.) Drink a lot of water to help deliver the nutrients to the cells and remove the toxins. Symptoms of dehydrations can include muscle aches, lack of energy, cramps, and headaches. Studies show if a person is deficient in the essential fatty acids (“good fats”), they can experience arthritis, fatigue, inflammatory diseases, memory loss, low immunity, and many other symptoms similar to FM. (I take AIMega.)
Remove the Toxins from Your Body
Many studies show that a build up of toxins in your body can cause FM symptoms. The lymphatic system was designed to remove toxins from the body but it needs the help from exercise or herbs. It is also important to clean the toxins out of the colon. Studies show that two to three bowel movements a day is healthy so if the colon does not move properly, then it sets up a toxic environment that parasites love to live in. Parasites eat our nutrients and leave their waste products in our body which can cause the same symptoms as FM. Think about it: you worm your cats, dogs, cattle, and horses, so why not yourself? (I take AIM’s Herbal Release to clean the lymph system and Herbal Fiberblend to clean the colon and kill parasites.)
If you, family, or friends have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, I pray that you find hope, encouragement, and relief from the FM symptoms by improving your immune system, removing toxins from your body, and learning more about FM.