Practicing meditation, prayer or some relaxation technique regularly is said to greatly help. Research is being done with EEG training to help the pain of fibromyalgia. EEG trains the brain to balance itself electrically and to relax the body. Research with children raised in abusive situations has found that they have double the output of adrenal stress hormones and tend to be in a heightened alert state all the time. People in pain live in this type of distress each day and can benefit from overall relaxation techniques. Most of these individuals may suffer from low adrenal function which causes lower than normal thyroid levels even though the basic test ordered from your primary physician returns negative.
Proper adrenal function is essential for proper thyroid function and blood sugar metabolism. Also, high levels of cortisol, an adrenal stress hormone, can damage pituitary function resulting in altered metabolic function. Without sufficient adrenal hormones thyroid hormone can’t work properly. Low energy may be causing the body to be in the constant pain of retaliation.
Researchers now know that increased energy associated with eating coconut oil is related to the length of the fatty acid chains contained in coconut oil. Coconut oil contains what are called medium chain fatty acids, or medium chain triglycerides (MCTs for short). These medium chain fatty acids are different from the common longer chain fatty acids found in other plant-based oils. Most vegetable oils are composed of longer chain fatty acids, or triglycerides (LCTs). LCTs are typically stored in the body as fat, while MCTs are burned for energy. MCTs burn up quickly in the body. Coconut oil is nature’s richest source of MCTs that increase metabolic rates and lead to weight loss. MCTs promote what is called thermogenesis. Thermogenesis increases the body’s metabolism, producing energy. People in the animal feed business have known this truth for quite some time. If you feed animals vegetable oils, they put on weight and produce more fatty meat. If you feed them coconut oil, they will be very lean.
Several Fibromyalgia sufferers have blogged about the numerous beneficial effects of ingesting virgin coconut oil. Some have stated their pain is almost gone! Recommended daily amounts are 1-3 tablespoons each day. I've long been toting my recipe for theFibromyalgia Smoothie and have taken personal note that if I do not drink my smoothly daily, wracks of pain will plague me the following day.
If natural alternatives are of great interest to you, I recommend the book The Coconut Oil Miracle. When I first became ill, it was the voice of God directing me to seek natural alternatives due to my body's heightened sensitivity state that made it unable for me to ingest various prescribed medications. Rather than sit in bed an deteriorate, I was compelled to make dietary changes to foods I would not normally ingest each day. With these changes over the first year, I felt more and more periods of pain free days and was able to walk longer periods of time. As my journey of research continues, now into 2 1/2 years, I am finding actual validation to the products I was driven to buy. Although I can't tote a pain free miracle, I am now able to resume my life at 80%.