How to address fibromyalgia symptoms

Sometimes, reducing the symptoms of fibromyalgia is as easy as pie.

A lady came to see me for kinesiology in the clinic in Javea about a year ago, diagnosed with fibromyalgia by her Doctor. She had tender and achey joints all over her body and had digestive issues.

With the kinesiology food testing, I was able to detect that she was sensitive to wheat, dairy, refined sugar and eggs.

I balanced her large and small intestines and an area known as the ileo-cecal valve, which is next to the appendix on the right side of the abdomen using different methods of healing within the kinesiology approach.

She finished her session and took the supplements that she was tested for.

She made the dietary changes and within 2 weeks, she came to see me again and she had forgotten about the pain she once had!

It’s a funny thing really. I always make a note of how people feel to the best detail, and then with each session, there are improvements, and the client forgets how out of balance they once felt!

Symptoms of fibromyalgia

Body aches and pains throughout the body is the primary symptom of fibromyalgia, but there are some others too:

  • fatigue
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Sensitivity to touch, light and sound
  • Cognitive difficulties
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Lupus
  • Arthritis
  • Cramping in lower abdomen
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Restless leg syndrome
  • Headaches

No one really knows the true cause of why fibromyalgia affects so many people.

There does seem to be a theory that it is connected to overactive nerves. Perhaps the cause is due to high levels of substance P.

Without being too technical, substance P is naturally present throughout the nervous system and gastrointestinal tract (1) that causes the contraction of certain muscles and the dilation of blood vessels, and acts as a potent neurotransmitter especially in the transmission of signals from pain receptors.

Anthony William, Medical Medium, says that the root cause of fibromyalgia is the Epstein-Barr-Virus, which inflames the central nervous system and nerves throughout the body.

Epstein-Barr-Virus (2), is also known as mono, or the kissing disease. Most of humanity have this virus and oftentimes there are no symptoms, although the virus can stay inactive for many years in organs and glands of the body.

Poor diet, nutritional deficiencies, and increased stress can trigger the dormant Epstein-Barr-Virus to become active.

Natural solutions to decrease symptoms of fibromyalgia

1. Cayenne Pepper can block Substance P. The heat from cayenne can confuse the central nervous system which triggers the release of pain blockers. (3)

You will want to start with half a teaspoon in some water, mix thoroughly and drink. This should be done 3 x a day. Morning, afternoon and evening. It does not have to be taken with food.

Increase your dosage slowly from half a teaspoon up to 1 teaspoon.

2. If you suspect that Epstein Barr Virus is present, then you will need to do a heavy metal detox for 1 month. Check out method number 5 on the thyroid post I did Blood tests for thyroid function are not always accurate

Heavy metals are a food for the virus as well as other foods such as: corn, soy, canola oil, processed beet sugar, eggs, dairy, pork, processed foods, farmed fish, gluten, MSG (Monosodiumglutamate), artifical flavors, and artificial sweeteners.

3. Eat a diet with plenty of fresh, organic, ripe fruits and vegetables. Do not microwave as this is harmful. You are better eating it raw, steamed or baked without oil. It is a good idea to sprout any grains, or seeds, such as buckwheat.

If you need help with recipes, visit Equilibrium Recipes for ideas and inspiration. This is a place where I post all the recipes that I do.

4. Some supplements that can help reduce the symptoms of fibromyalgia are:

  • Magnesium – will help improve sleep, needed for good bowel function, and it will help to decrease muscle soreness and pain. It helps to increase energy, and reduce anxiety and depression.
  • Melatonin – will help improve sleep
  • Zinc – necessary for many functions in the body, helps to improve mood
  • Licorice root- energy booster as well as an anti-viral. It helps to reduce sugar and bad carbohydrate cravings. Do not use if your blood pressure is high!
  • Bee pollen is another energy booster that contains a lot of B vitamins.
  • Siberian ginseng, or rhodiola are both adaptogens, they help you to perceive stress much better, and will help you to cope with any stressful situation.
  • Vitamin D3 – a deficiency is sometimes associated with chronic pain.
  • CBD oil is known to help reduce pain.

5. Regular moderate exercise is helpful as this will increase your levels of circulation as well the hormones associated with improved mood such as serotinin and endorphins.

6. I would also recommend getting regular treatments to support the body.

Kinesiology will determine where the major imbalances are using muscle testing. A combination of healing modalities to correct imbalances will help address the organs, glands, muscles and every part of your body to function more optimally. Tools are given to continue the work to assist your body in creating positive changes to improve well-being.

Reflexology helps to improve circulation, levels of nerve and blood supply to congested areas.

Massage is also very good to have to increase well being, reduce anxiety, and to relieve tight muscles.

REFERENCES:

(1) Substance P. https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/substance%20P

(2) Epstein-Barr-Virus https://www.cdc.gov/epstein-barr/about-ebv.html

(3) Cayenne pepper http://articles.herballegacy.com/fibromyalgia-2/

Blood Tests For Thyroid Function Are Not Always Accurate

It may be a relief to know when your Dr says that thyroid function is normal, and that blood levels of thyroxin are within normal parameters, but how accurate is your blood test?

It is rare to have a primary thyroid problem, but functional hypothyroidism is common and often unrecognized by the modern medical community due to the blood containing thyroxin levels within the normal range, however, thyroxin imbalances will only show in blood tests if 75% of the gland is inefficient.

In this post, we will cover:

  • What is the thyroid
  • Symptoms of hypothyroidism
  • Symptoms of hyperthyroidism
  • Possible reasons for dysfunction
  • Methods of balancing the thyroid using a holistic approach
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free guide improve digestion javea

 

Many people suffer from digestive issues, therefore I have created a very simple, yet powerful guide to encourage a journey towards better digestion and health as a result.

Please feel free to download the free Guideline to improve digestion and overall health 

It is free for all and can be shared.

 

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How to beat sugar cravings

It can be quite frustrating when you want to lose the excess weight, get rid of spots/acne, have a clearer mind, and just feel better overall, but just cannot seem to stop eating sugar, when you know it could be the potential root of the problem.

In this post, I will be referring to the refined, processed sugars, and artificial sugars, which are detrimental to our health, wellbeing, and state of mind.

Where I work in Javea at Centro Terapeutico Javea, I come across people who find it hard to stop eating sugar, and some people don’t even know that they are eating it at all or excessively!

It’s hardly surprising because sugar is found everywhere.

Sugar is an addiction and the food industry knows it and uses it to their advantage.

I am typically shocked when I see what kind of food people are buying in the supermarkets. Lots of processed, pre-made food, carbonated drinks, crisps.

Hardly any fresh fruit or vegetables are in their trolley.

We need at least 7 cups of vegetables daily in our diet for our health.

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Behind the clever marketing of carbonated drinks, that make you feel sexy and cool, are the contents of which that ruin your health.

In some countries, such as Costa Rica, I was told by the locals that being seen drinking Coca-Cola, automatically makes you have the appearance of belonging to a higher class.

This is outrageous.

A 12-ounce (350ml approx.) can of regular Coke contains 39 grams of total sugar, which is about 9 1/3 teaspoons of sugar.

Do not be fooled by coca-cola zero either.

Coca-Cola Zero contains aspartame (E951) and acesulfame potassium (E-950). Both of which are 200x sweeter than sugar.

Aspartame is a neurotoxin, capable of passing the blood-brain barrier, that stimulates the cells to death by allowing too much calcium to enter the cells, thus releasing a huge amount of free radicals.

Free radicals age the body and disrupt the organs and glands than run it.

According to dr. Mercola (1) “The large majority (75 percent or more) of neural cells in a particular area of the brain are killed before any clinical symptoms of a chronic illness are noticed.”

These chronic illnesses include Multiple Sclerosis, Alzheimer’s, Hormonal Imbalances, Parkinsons, Epilepsy, Memory Loss and more.

Sugar is a huge problem in our society and it’s definitely targeted at children. Parents also contribute to making sugar alright to have as long as the children are good, labeling it as a “treat”.

Sugar is not a treat. Far from it.

Sugar contributes to obesity, unexplained pains, feeling lethargic, having skin problems, moodiness, hormonal swings/imbalances, feeling tired all the time, unable to sleep, anxiety, heart disease, kidney disease, the list can go on…

Do not wait until your birthday or someone else’s birthday is over or until the New Year to make it your New Years Revolution.

Forget it.

You must make the change now, it is a powerful way for your body to heal and recover from many years of sugar abuse.

Once your body has recovered, and no longer feels addicted, you may then have the odd coffee with a bit of sugar, the odd cake, or the biscuit.

The danger is when you are consuming sugar on a daily basis, and unable to stop.

Where is the sugar?

I would approximate 90% of your local supermarket stock to contain processed sugar and sweeteners.

Sugar is found in sauces such as mustard and ketchup, bread, cereals, biscuits, cakes, drinks, milk, yogurt, cheese, pre-made food, frozen food, salad, and the dressing that goes with it!

Sugar is labeled under different names such as buttered syrup, cane crystals, cane sugar, caramel, castor sugar, confectioners sugar, corn syrup, corn sweetener, dextrin, dextran, dextrose, evaporated cane juice, fructose, fruit juice concentrate, galactose, glucose, golden syrup, grape sugar, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Icing sugar, lactose, malt syrup, maltodextrin, sorbitol, table sugar, treacle.

Here’s a trick to remember some of the most commonly used names.

If you come across an ingredient label with the suffix -ose, you will know it’s sugar.

Carbohydrates, such as bread, pasta, biscuits, cakes, waffles, and couscous will all turn to sugar in the body eventually.  The short chained carbohydrates such as puffed pastry, popcorn, croissants are the worst, as it is akin to injecting your body with sugar without it being broken down first.

This leads to insulin spikes.

Don’t get me wrong, we need a certain amount of sugar to function. We need the correct whole food type, and not the refined, processed type. See #5 in how to stop sugar cravings below.

How to stop sugar cravings

If you come to see me for a kinesiology session in Javea or at one of the retreats I work at, there is a hormonal balancing protocol that I offer, which includes tapping meridian points, that are unique to you, that will help with the sugar imbalance in the body.

Also, your body will choose a herbal supplement or vitamin/mineral by means of your muscle strengthening, that will help with the cravings.

Sugar cravings can also be due to an emotional imbalance. We know this, for example, if someone has a bad break up with their partner, all they want to do is eat an entire tub of ice-cream in front of the TV.

This is a superficial layer of emotion, and it is important to go much deeper to find the root cause of the imbalance, which typically lies in childhood up until the age of 14/15.

This is all covered in a kinesiology session.

Simple methods to help with the cravings

#1 Start with a protein breakfast

Studies have shown that by eating a protein dominant breakfast, it helps to increase satiety, feeling fuller for longer. It also helps with increased energy and weight loss.

Now, I’m not saying go full on with the English Breakfast, bacon, eggs, sausages, beans etc.. No!

I don’t recommend eating animal meat for several reasons.

I have been taking Sun Warrior Organic Plant Based Protein (Mocha flavor) smoothie every morning. 1 scoop contains 17 grams of protein. I add a courgette, or spinach, or cucumber into it and add almond or oat milk. It tastes delicious!

There are other sources of protein too.

For example, you could eat:

  1. Apple slices with organic peanut or almond butter. Obviously, the nut butter must be without added sugars or preservatives.
  2. If you eat eggs, make sure they are organic and free-range. Make a vegetable omelet.
  3. Mix chia seeds in almond milk, leave overnight until thickened to a yogurt-like consistency. In the morning, it should be thick and you can add fruit to it. Add some hemp seeds for extra protein.
  4. Buy toasted buckwheat. Soak overnight in water. The next day the buckwheat will be ready to eat. Simply add almond or oat milk to it and add fruit.

#2 Mix a bit of cocoa in water

When the sugar cravings come, and it’s hard to handle. Simply mix a bit of organic plain cocoa to some water in a small cup and drink. This is chocolate without anything added to it. A health shop will have plain cocoa.

It will help balance dopamine levels in the brain, which is a neurotransmitter and is involved with centers in the brain that control reward and pleasure.

People with low dopamine activity in the brain may be more prone to addiction.

#3 Supplements that help with craving

  1. L-glutamine – apart from helping you come off bad sugar cravings, it helps to line the intestines, therefore it is very useful for leaky gut challenges. it also helps to take heavy metals out of the brain. I typically go for the Bonusan brand and recommend to take 2 capsules 3 times a day. It’s not expensive.
  2. Licorice Root – is very powerful at helping the body to balance sugars. It is important to note that if you suffer from hypertension/high blood pressure, then it is best to avoid as it can increase blood pressure. (side note- alcohol also raises your blood pressure up for 2 days)
  3. Chromium – another powerful blood sugar balancing supplement. Typically, if you are a woman who is pregnant, or has already had children, chances are, there is a chromium deficiency. During pregnancy, you lose half your bodies supply of chromium.
  4. Mineral complex – sugar depletes b vitamin levels as well as calcium and magnesium.

#4 Support the liver

The liver, pancreas, and adrenals work together to help balance blood sugar chemistry. It would be wise to support the liver such as taking MSM 1000mg 3 x a day, or other liver helpers such as milk thistle, dandelion, and burdock.

During this time, it is best to eliminate anything that would disrupt the liver’s healing and detoxifying function, such as alcohol, fried foods, and coffee.

#5 Eat whole unrefined foods

If you are going to eat carbohydrates, eat whole unrefined carbohydrates that will need to be broken down by the body first. It is a much healthier option to go for rye bread and brown rice.

Eat the equivalent of  7 cups of vegetables a day. Ideally fresh and organic.

“Health is like money, we never have a true idea of its value until we lose it.”  ~Josh Billings

I know that making changes by yourself isn’t always easy, especially if those around you ridicule your new ways, or if your loved ones just don’t support you.

It is important then, to find the right people that will support you , by joining groups of like-minded interest, and by connecting with well informed healers and practitioners to help guide and assist you on the path to wellbeing.

References

(1) Dr Mercola – aspartame

How to make the protective lining of your gut super strong from unwanted bacteria/matter 

 

 

As the name suggests, leaky gut results from the “leakage” of undesirable matter, including bacteria, through the bowel wall and into the blood and lymph fluid creating a toxic environment for your body to deal with.

The gut has a protective lining. You can compare it with a fine mesh that may become weak and develop holes, thus allowing undesirables to enter the blood and lymph.

Why would it become weak in the first place? And what can you do to help repair, prevent leaky gut from happening and have a thriving friendly community in your gut?

Read more to find out!

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Lose weight successfully with kinesiology

Lose Weight easily with Kinesiology

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I have quite a number of clients come to me in the recent years seeking help with their weight from the local areas of Javea, Moraira, Calpe, Denia and Benissa. And all of my clients have expressed delight with the results! There are 2 areas of Kinesiology in which I am drawn to be specialising in, and these are weight loss and digestive challenges. Why? Because I just love seeing the rapid transformation, and the body fascinates me to no end as to how quickly it can change once you give it the tools it needs.

Here in this blog I want to help you understand what contributes to weight gain, how kinesiology can help with weight loss, and various methods used to help achieve the desirable weight.

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