Another cause of these muscle aches has to do with a digestive condition called “leaky gut syndrome”. In a patient with leaky gut syndrome, the lining of the intestines are more porous than they should be allowing tiny food particles to enter the bloodstream. These food particles cause an allergic reaction in the system, leading to chronic inflammation and pain. Food sensitivities, chronic use of NSAID pain relievers, and antibiotic use are the most common causes of this syndrome.
Fibromyalgia or any type of autoimmune disorder usually goes hand in hand with digestive trouble. For that, there’s papaya. This nutritious fruit not only tastes good, it contains high doses of natural digestive enzymes in addition to vitamins C and E.
Papaya contains a chemical called papain. Papain breaks down proteins, carbohydrates, and fats. Papain is a protease enzyme from the Papaya fruit, known to reduce pain and inflammation. Many hospitals use papain to break down fibrin build up in wounds. Papain also helps to speed up the healing process, to treat ulcers, and reduce swelling. You can get papain through eating fresh papaya or in supplement form.
Personally, I keep a bottle of papaya near my nightstand in case I wake with digestive turbulence in the middle of the night. Just a few tablets and I'm good to sleep again.