As I have mentioned in previous secrets, brain function is extremely important in treating fibromyalgia!
Our brain needs two things to survive: fuel and activation.
Fuel is glucose and oxygen, which is why we use Exercise With Oxygen Therapy (EWOT) in our office. We have addressed the glucose end of the equation: now let’s address the importance of oxygen.
As you age, your ability to utilize oxygen decreases by one percent per year each year after the age of 25. If you are 50 years old, you’ve lost 25 percent of your ability to utilize oxygen in your body. This is called oxidative phosphorylation, which is a big fancy three-dollar term meaning you’re not using oxygen as well as you did when you were younger. Again, this is why we utilize Exercise With Oxygen Therapy or EWOT in our office.
Secondly, the neurotransmitter serotonin plays a major role in brain function. There’s a place in your brain called the hypothalamus and there’s something called the periventricular nucleus. I know these are big fancy three-dollar words, but it’s critical that you know this if you’re suffering with thyroid symptoms. Serotonin acts on the hypothalamic periventricular nucleus in the central nervous system. If your central nervous system is not functioning at optimal levels, you will suffer with pain and fatigue.
Please be aware of what’s happening to your body because once you start asking medical doctors WHY you’re taking all of the medications that they have prescribed for you, they’re going to look at you like you’re crazy! They will tell you that you have a psychosomatic illness, which means to them…”it’s all in your head” and the only thing you need is an antidepressant.
The biggest influence on serotonin is blood sugar. That’s why we addressed glucose in Fibromyalgia Treatment Success #9. If you’re hypoglycemic, insulin-resistant, or diabetic, it is vitally important that you maintain your blood sugar levels within an optimal range.
This is why it’s important to eat healthy. Don’t skip meals. Quit eating junk food! Every time you eat junk food you are literally eating away at your body and you’re making your fibromyalgia worse.
By consuming a poor, junk-food-filled diet, you will increase your symptoms: feeling tired or sluggish; inability to lose weight; cold hands and feet or insomnia. You will gain weight easily. You’ll have difficult, infrequent bowel movements, you’re depressed, you have lack of motivation and morning headaches that wear off later on in the day. You suffer from brain fog, your skin or scalp are dry, you have mental sluggishness, you’re nervous; you’re emotional and you have night sweats.
You have all of these symptoms and yet your labs are “normal” in the eyes of your medical doctor. Remember, those labs need to be within the optimal or functional range.
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