Do pain, exhaustion, and fibrofog make it hard for you to work, take care of your family, and enjoy your life?
Are you looking for a guide to take back your life and live well without taking more medication?
Allowing fibromyalgia to control your life stops right here in this book. Flourishing with Fibromyalgia is your guide to living a life without the symptoms of fibromyalgia getting in your way. Using natural treatments, such as diet, nutritional supplements, herbal medicine, and healthy lifestyle habits, we address the root cause of fibromyalgia, heal the damage done, and rebalance your body systems to get your body functioning well again and you back to the life you are missing out on.
In Flourishing with Fibromyalgia you will learn how to:
• Support your natural sleep cycle, so you wake feeling rested and refreshed
• Eliminate symptom triggers from your diet, environment, and life
• Optimize your digestion and live without unpleasant digestive symptoms
• Reprogram your stress response and train your body to relax and rejuvenate
• Reduce pain, boost energy, and clear fibrofog
Flourishing with Fibromyalgia will allow you to reduce the symptoms that are preventing you from achieving your goals, spending time with your loved ones, and living the life you’ve always dreamed of.
Targeted Age Group:: Adult
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I want to help women with fibromyalgia live healthier and more fulfilling lives. There are huge gaps in the general understanding of fibromyalgia medically and in understanding it's like to live with the condition. There are lots of effective treatment options, but very little information available to women with fibromyalgia. I wrote this book to help women implement the changes that will make a difference in their health in a clear, step-by-step guide.
You may have heard that your fibromyalgia symptoms are all in your head. This is absolutely not true and is one of the most condescending statements that can be uttered by health care professionals. Research has uncovered a variety of physiological abnormalities in people with fibromyalgia. Anyone who says otherwise has not read the research. If your health care provider says this to you, find a new health care provider.
Research performed on muscle biopsies taken from people with and without fibromyalgia has shown a number of structural, functional, and metabolic differences between these two populations. The structure of muscle tissue in people with fibromyalgia shows a moth-eaten appearance, abnormalities in the appearance of individual muscle fibres, and abnormalities in the cell membranes of muscle cells on biopsy. Some degeneration of certain types of muscle fibres also appears to be present compared to healthy controls. Blood flow to the muscles appears to be compromised in people with fibromyalgia. Biopsies show a decreased number of capillaries (small blood vessels) and thicker capillary walls within muscle tissue, which may contribute to abnormal oxygen distribution in the muscles of people with fibromyalgia. When capillary walls are too thick, gases and metabolites cannot pass through as they normally would. This abnormality in blood flow and oxygen concentration is particularly apparent during exercise, which likely contributes to symptoms of pain, fatigue, and difficulty exercising. Research has shown that people with fibromyalgia use the same amount of energy to perform less work compared to healthy participants. This research supports the observation that people with fibromyalgia have difficulty with tasks requiring muscular endurance.
If you’ve been reading up on fibromyalgia, it’s very likely that you’ve come across the term mitochondrial dysfunction. Mitochondria are the parts of our cells responsible for producing the energy that cells need to carry out the necessary functions for survival. Within mitochondria, many chemical reactions occur to produce this energy in the form of adenosine triphosphate, or ATP. These chemical reactions require a number of nutrients and enzymes to proceed quickly and meet the body’s needs. In people with fibromyalgia, the mitochondria don’t function properly to produce the energy required by cells to function. This is evident in studies showing decreased amounts of ATP in muscle and blood cells in people with fibromyalgia, both at rest and during exercise. Research has shown that this mitochondrial dysfunction occurs because of a decreased number of mitochondria, as well as defects in the functioning of key mitochondrial enzymes. Deficiencies in nutrients required for the energy production process have also been identified. When mitochondria aren’t functioning properly, the body destroys them. This destruction of malfunctioning parts is a normal bodily process; however, these mitochondria are eventually replaced with new mitochondria that also don’t function well, and the cycle is repeated. A lack of proper energy production contributes to fatigue, pain, and cognitive symptoms. The good news is that with supplementation of nutrients that are suspected to be deficient, mitochondrial function and symptoms appear to improve. We will discuss nutrients that support mitochondrial function in more detail in Chapter 11.
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