Fibromyalgia and The Digestive System

The digestive system is a garden dwelling within you!

The digestive system is home to more than 400 species of micro flora or good bacteria – micro-organisms that perform many functions such as:


Approximately 80% of your immune system is located in the digestive tract – It’s all about digestion!

  • Breaking down certain foods, such as plant starches, that we cannot digest on our own, enabling us to extract more energy from what we consume.
  • Promoting the storage of energy as fat, raising the possibility that a person’s predisposition to obesity or leanness may be partly determined by the composition of the microbes living in their digestive tract.
  • Helping to form our intestinal blood vessels, through which we absorb nutrients
  • Synthesize vitamin K and other vitamins that we cannot generate on our own.
  • Break down carcinogens.
  • Influence the metabolism of drugs.
  • Increase the rate at which the cells of the intestinal lining renew themselves, ridding us of damaged cells that could bring on gastrointestinal cancer.

Leaky Gut Syndrome

There is a theory that the symptoms of pain and digestive ills are due to what is called a leaky gut.

The digestive system is our biggest immune system organ.  If the digestive system isn’t healthy then you aren’t healthy. You must fix this before you do anything else.

“Leaky Gut Syndrome” comes from a lack of good bacteria (probiotics) that causes the gut wall to deteriorate and become porous allowing harmful substances to leak through into the blood stream.  Once the lining of the digestive tract becomes inflamed or damaged it disrupts the way the digestive system functions.

The spaces that open up allow large food antigens to be absorbed into the body, which are regarded as ‘foreign’ to the body’s defense system. This results in the production of antibodies against what were once harmless and innocuous foods. This is how food allergies are created as well as new symptoms that target organs. e.g. arthritis and fibromyalgia.

The digestive system, when functioning with a leaky gut:

  • Does not absorb nutrients and foods properly so it may result in fatigue and bloating.
  • When the detoxification pathways that line the gut are compromised, chemical sensitivity may also occur.
  • The leaking of toxins also burdens the liver so that the body is less able to handle everyday chemicals.
  • Carrier proteins are also damaged so nutrient deficiencies occur which cause a variety of symptoms:
    • Magnesium deficiency causes muscle spasms and fibromyalgia.
    • Copper deficiency leads to high cholesterol and osteoarthritis.
    • Zinc deficiency leads to malabsorption which causes hair loss and some eye disorders, such as macular degeneration

What can we do to remedy the effects on the digestive system?

Lifestyle modifications, such as those that reduce stress and improve the diet, may be among the best ways to treat leaky gut, particularly when no underlying condition is identified.

Leaky gut syndrome patients should:

  • chew their food more thoroughly
  • eat frequent small meals
  • take their time while eating
  • A juice fast and taking probiotics like acidophilus and bifidus can also help.  I can assist you with this.

Wild blue-green algae contains the ideal balance of nutrition, including vitamin k and fiber.


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