8 Causes of Fibromyalgia You Didn't Know

Research on fibromyalgia goes in so many directions that many medical conditions are now linked to fibromyalgia. Here are 8 possible causes of fibromyalgia you didn’t know.

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Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)

Our gut host a complex ecology of microorganisms, which includes a thousand species of known bacteria, existing in equilibrium and harmony. Human induced factors such as consuming anti-biotics, overconsumption of sugar or an underlying medical condition can knock the system off-balance and result in SIBO. According to a study published in the World Journal of Gastroenterology, 100% of fibromyalgia participants, of a sample size of 42, were found with abnormal levels of lactulose hydrogen in a breath test indicating a presence of SIBO. SIBO exhibit symptoms not limited to indigestion, bloating, stomach discomfort and can cause serious malabsorption of nutrients and deficiency syndromes. Hence, maintaining a healthy gut is one step closer to fixing fibromyalgia.

Glutathione deficiency

Glutathione is an important anti-oxidant that plays a vital role in the human body’s detoxification system. Glutathione prevents damage done to the body cells by toxins such as free radicals, peroxides and heavy metals and promotes healthy immune system, nervous system, gastrointestinal system and metabolism. Under normal circumstances, Glutathione will be recycled within our bodies however, if we have too little GSTM1 and GSTP1, the two essential enzymes required in the process of recycling glutathione, we can be deficient in glutathione. Supplements of glutathione or its precursors can help with reducing pain, fatigue and symptoms related to toxicity and oxidative stress.

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