Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Metabolism Math: Why Counting Calories Doesn't Add Up

 
A body dealing with chronic illness is already compromised. Among other things, the inflammation we experience affects our ability to process, absorb, and put the nutrients we consume to use. Because of this, many of us are (unknowingly) malnourished. Due to an unhealthy digestive system, we may not be able to efficiently absorb the healing nutrients we need. This contributes to a cascade of systemic (throughout the body) problems including immune system dysfunction, hormonal dysfunction, and an inability to effectively eliminate toxins from the body.

I remark in my book, FibroWHYalgia, that fibromyalgia should be referred to as "Systems Gone Berserk Syndrome." While I was poking fun at the inability to define our condition in just one word, the fact is that fibromyalgia does affect every part of the body. The fibromyalgia body reveals significant imbalances within each body system. Restoring balance is therefore not easy, but oh-so worth it.

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