Understanding How Gut Health and Fibromyalgia Are Linked

Understanding How Gut Health and Fibromyalgia Are Linked
We who suffer from fibromyalgia have so many issues to deal with, including pain, fatigue, and more. We often don't take into consideration our gut health and how it has an impact on our overall health. The fancy term for this is our microbiome.  One of these issues is known as “leaky gut.” What exactly is that? According to Marcelo Campos, MD, a primary care doctor at Harvard Vanguard, here's a working definition:

“Inside our bellies, we have an extensive intestinal lining covering more than 4,000 square feet of surface area. When working properly, it forms a tight barrier that controls what gets absorbed into the bloodstream. An unhealthy gut lining may have large cracks or holes, allowing partially digested food, toxins, and bugs to penetrate the tissues beneath it. This may trigger inflammation and changes in the gut flora (normal bacteria) that could lead to problems within the digestive tract and beyond. The research world is booming today with studies showing that modifications in the intestinal bacteria and inflammation may play a role in the development of several common chronic diseases.”

There is a possible correlation between leaky gut and fibromyalgia as well as other chronic illnesses, although currently, no hard and fast evidence proves that theory. I personally believe it to be true. If you are on an antibiotic regimen, you need to understand that at the same time you are killing off the bad bacteria, you're also killing off the good bacteria, thus
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