**I originally wrote this a few years ago after I initially reversed my fibromyalgia. I still had some symptoms but mineral balancing and HTMA have helped me find out what I was personally lacking in!**
Fibromyalgia is one of the most rapidly growing disorders being diagnosed right now. People get it for several different reasons and it affects people differently. Studies have linked fibromyalgia to fluoride overdose, magnesium deficiency, calcium overload, poor diet, lack of sleep, trauma (emotional and physical), and environmental factors. No matter the cause, in all cases the body seems to do the same thing- it reaches a certain point of deterioration and it decides to finally signal to you that something is going wrong.
In our society, when any sign of discomfort occurs and we automatically reach for pills or another fast solution. This may work for a time but eventually the discomfort just worsens the longer you ignore the signs.
The main symptom of fibromyalgia is widespread pain. (By the way, fibromyalgia literally means muscle pain- you think docs could have been a little more creative in the name instead of just telling you what you have in Latin!) Other symptoms vary person to person: digestive issues, sleep disruption, tension headaches, migraines, sugar cravings, chronic fatigue, depression, heartburn, heart problems, and the list goes on.
Everyone that I have met with fibromyalgia has had different symptoms, most likely because the disease started in a different way with each person.
The many symptoms of fibromyalgia can be alleviated or even eliminated once you start changing your lifestyle. There are many things that can contribute to pain and inflammation. Once you start to notice what triggers your pain, you can start to change products- food, cosmetics and household cleaners all can contribute to health problems. For my top tips on natural pain relief while working on the following things, check out this post!
Recommendations for fibromyalgia:
The most recommended kind of magnesium for fibromyalgia is Magnesium Malate but everyone is different. What may work for one person may not work for another. Magnesium is responsible for at least 300 different chemical reactions in the body. Magnesium relaxes the muscles, aids in digestion, helps regulate blood sugar, and so many other beneficial things. Magnesium also helps balance calcium. Most foods are fortified with calcium but when calcium isn’t balanced with magnesium, calcium can get built up in the body which can cause many issues.
In my experience, many people with fibro tend to be slow oxidizers with low levels of sodium and potassium along with a bio-unavailability of calcium and magnesium. I highly suggest using an HTMA to see where you are at before supplementing blindly. Even though magnesium helped me immensely to get rid of fibro symptoms, I ended up crashing my adrenals over time due to using too much mag!
Apple cider vinegar:
There are many problems that apple cider vinegar can help with and fibromyalgia is no exception. Apple cider vinegar aids in digestion and most people who have any kind of medical disorder need helps with digestion. Apple cider vinegar also detoxes the body of built-up toxins, which in most cases of fibromyalgia is a main issue.
Aloe has similar healing properties as the apple cider vinegar. It helps with inflammation, digestion, and blood sugar balance. Some people do not care for the taste of apple cider vinegar so I would recommend the aloe to them to get the same results. Aloe vera shouldn’t be taken internally while pregnant or breastfeeding.
Many food additives cause inflammation in people. MSG, artificial sweeteners, dyes, BHT, BHA, and pretty much any ingredient that you cannot pronounce on a label fall into this category. MSG and artificial sweeteners are the biggest culprits. Often upon eliminating these ingredients from a diet, the person quickly starts to feel better. Since people are becoming savvy on these effects of these additives, companies are starting to rename them on labels so it is always important to read ingredients carefully.
One of the hardest things to do when you are in constant pain is to try and get the enthusiasm and energy to exercise. Walking and swimming are the easiest ways to get a little exercise in your life. The key is always to start slow. Diet and exercise go hand in hand. This is why getting healthy is not just going on a diet. It is a lifestyle change because there are so many different aspects to health. How to exercise when you have no energy (and why over-exercising is bad).
One of the biggest lies that we have been told in our lives is that all fat is bad. In fact, there are good fats and organic extra virgin coconut oil is one of them. Coconut oil is one of the best additions to almost anyone’s diet. Coconut oil can help balance hormones, thyroid issues, skin issues (applied topically and taken internally), muscle and nerve pain. It is also anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and great for dental health. If taken internally, start with one teaspoon a day and work your way up to a few tablespoons. Easy ways to add it to your diet: oatmeal, rice, replace oil in baked goods, make your own chocolate.
Digestion is everything- the gut is considered to be the second brain so when it is not working properly, your whole body isn’t working properly. The Standard American Diet (SAD) tends to be heavy in processed foods which weaken your digestive system. Probiotics help replace the beneficial bacteria in your gut that the SAD depletes. Heartburn, acid reflux, constipation, all of these are symptoms that your gut is unhealthy. Read more about overall gut healing here.
B vitamins necessary for health as well. Magnesium needs B12 and B6 to work properly for muscle and nerve health. B12 is also crucial for heart health. While many foods have plenty of b vitamins in them, people still tend to be deficient since they are water soluble and not stored in the body (except small amounts of b12). I prefer to get the B’s from food: nettles, bee pollen, raw honey, and beef liver are all great sources of B’s
**As with any change you make in your diet and lifestyle, you should always start small with everything and work your way up. I started most of these things at once and had a very intense month of healing reactions. It was amazing to see how my body was taking in the good and cleaning out the bad but it was not comfortable! Also, everyone is different when it comes to fibromyalgia. What worked for me may not work for others. Fibro has many causes, so there is no one treatment. Conventional medicine has no idea how to treat the whole body, only symptoms which further make things worse for people. I experienced that firsthand. ***
Have you reversed a chronic, “incurable” illness? Let me know in the comments!
HTMA can play a huge role in healing from any illness. Most people with fibromyalgia have very high calcium, high “wasting” magnesium, low sodium and low potassium. Balancing these minerals is key for healing!
In a nutshell, to heal from any illness you need to:
- Heal your gut
- Clean up your diet and environment the best you can
- Heal your liver
- Use nutrient dense foods to heal
- How to cope with the stress of healing from a chronic illness