Lets get right into things. 95% of people who have Fibromyalgia have food intolerances according to talks, forums, summits, and interviews I have listened to. To me, it makes perfect sense because although doctors still think that Fibromyalgia is neurological, meaning your nerves, my research shows it’s digestive, meaning our small intestines. Bottom line, that’s why you’re still sick. Doctors are so focused on treating your nerves, which most of the time doesn’t even work, they aren’t learning from new studies about how much we suffer from gut dysbiosis, meaning our intestinal tract is all jacked up.
One way is Fructose intolerance. So, most of this talk I am going to directly quote and obviously give credit to a report from NCBI (National Center for Biotechnology Information). Biotechnology is technology based on biology. Biotechnology uses cells molecules in our bodies to develop technologies and products that help improve our lives and our health. “Fibromyalgia Syndrome: A Metabolic Approach Grounded in Biochemistry for the Remission of Symptoms” is the name of the paper. You can find this online at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5715322/.
In this article they talk a lot about Fructose. Fructose is basically in all forms of natural sugar, especially sugars found in fruits and honey. It’s also in high fructose corn syrup, which is kind of like the crack cocaine of sugar. This article also talks about Serotonin (5-HT or 5-hydroxytryptamine), l-tryptophan (Trp), several other neurotransmitters, and how they affect the brain when they are absorbed by the body. Absorption happens in the gut or small intestine.
Our gut is where the real magic happens for Fibromyalgia, not the brain. This is why our number one trigger is the foods we eat. Please, no death threats. And no, I’m not a doctor and that’s ok because I’m not diagnosing you or treating disease. I am educating you as a good health coach should. You deserve to know why you’re not getting better.
Our gut is a complex place. It’s called our second brain. It houses most of our immune system and neurotransmitters that our brain uses, like serotonin. Serotonin is the key hormone that stabilizes our mood, feelings of well-being, and happiness. It impacts your entire body. It helps brain cells and other nervous system cells to communicate with each other. Serotonin also helps with sleeping, eating, and digestion. Low levels of serotonin have been shown to cause Fibromyalgia symptoms. Our gut makes up to 95% of our serotonin that is used by the brain.
“The transport of fructose into and out cells in human body is mainly mediated by three proteins: GLUT5, GLUT2, and GLUT7 transporters.” Most of this happens in different parts of the small intestine. “Different factors may influence the absorption of free fructose: alterations in the functional capability of GLUT5 may influence the absorption efficiency and a role might also be played by dietary intake of fructose and sucrose too, that influence the transporter expression… co-ingestion of glucose or galactose considerably enhances fructose absorption activating apical GLUT2 mechanism.”
“Fructose malabsorption is characterized by the inability to absorb this molecule efficiently. As a consequence, fructose reaches the colon where it is broken down by bacteria to short fatty acids, carbon dioxide, hydrogen, methane, and lactic acid. Bloating, cramps, osmotic diarrhea and other symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) are the consequence.” Most people are asymptomatic, so they don’t even know that they have a fructose malabsorption. How you react to fructose depends on your own personal tolerance. Everyone is different.
“Symptoms of fructose malabsorption may be exacerbated by the sugar alcohol sorbitol.” We will be eliminating sorbitol in our 5-Day No Sugar Challenge.
So, to make the neurotransmitter, serotonin, that is made mostly in our gut we need tryptophan. Remember, they believe that low levels of serotonin contribute to Fibromyalgia symptoms. “Lower plasma Trp (tryptophan) concentrations were observed in subject with fructose malabsorption and higher scores in depression inventory evaluations compared with subjects with normal fructose absorption. “It was proposed that fructose malabsorbers have greater probability for forming the non-absorbable fructose-Trp complexes due to the presence of high fructose concentrations in the gut. “As a consequence, not only fructose but also Trp is absorbed to a lesser extent.”
“Even though absolute fructose concentrations remain low in comparison with glucose concentration, it was not excluded that the large percentage increases in serum fructose or sucrose might have clinical consequences.” Basically, this means glucose could be a player in the game too. So why is this such a big deal? So, you can’t absorb fructose, or glucose. There are several reasons but according to this paper the malabsorption of fructose, possibly glucose, sucrose and sugar alcohols, like sorbitol, decrease the absorption of l-Tryptophan.
After absorbing L-tryptophan (TRP) from food, our bodies convert it to 5-HTP (5-hyrdoxytryptophan), and then to serotonin (5-TP).
“The distance among symptoms of FMS is only apparent and the common denominator among them is clearly 5-HT. This neurotransmitter plays a leading role in human body, regulating critical functions: besides pain sensitivity and sensory function, mood and cognition, sex and sleep, even appetite, emesis, endocrine function, gastrointestinal function, motor function, neurotrophism, and vascular function are under its control. So, it is clear that an impairment in 5-HT pathway has a great potential for triggering a disease condition involving different apparatuses. Since 5-HT is synthesized from the essential amino acid Trp, an impairment in Trp absorption is expected to have an impact on 5-HT synthesis.”
This is what it all means for Fibromyalgia: SUGAR STOPS PRODUCTION OF SEROTONIN AND CAUSES US PAIN.
Let me a say it again.
SUGAR STOPS PRODUCTION OF SEROTONIN AND CAUSES US PAIN.
So, learn how to kick the sugar habit starting Monday 2/1/21. Sign up HERE so you get your welcome kit before the challenge begins and make sure you join the group HERE for extra guidance and support.
I look forward to seeing you there!