Both Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue have become very common diagnoses for people who suffer from general aches in their bodies or an overall lack of energy. Despite the spike in these conditions across the country, there isn’t a whole lot known as to why they develop. However, in my opinion, both chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia have a direct link to lifestyle, especially diet and exercise. Without a proper diet, there are many key nutrients that can be depleted and lead to a multitude of conditions, including these two.
The body needs a wide variety of nutrients in order to function properly. These nutrients range from fats and proteins to vitamins and minerals. All of these nutrients work together in a symphony of complicated bodily processes that are forever operating every second of the day. With depletion of even one nutrient, this balance can be affected and symptoms of that deficiency may develop. One major function of the body is to make adenosine triphosphate (ATP). ATP, to put it simply, is the body’s energy supply and without ATP, we simply would not be alive. ATP production is both important and complicated, as it has a long series of steps with very specific nutrients involved. One of these key nutrients is magnesium. Magnesium is a mineral that plays a part in many body processes, and ATP production is one of the important ones. Because its role is so crucial, a deficiency in magnesium may severely limit the body’s ability to produce adequate ATP for optimal function. Limited ATP production translates into limited energy production and a chronic feeling of fatigue.
What about fibromyalgia? That feeling of chronic pain in multiple parts of the body surely is an unpleasant one. Though it is not completely known why fibromyalgia develops, there are many theories and there are different treatment approaches. In my opinion, one chemical that may aid in reducing chronic pain is malic acid. Like magnesium, malic acid plays a part in the cycle that ultimately creates ATP. Without the step with malic acid, this process of ATP production cannot continue. In addition, if this point of the process cannot continue, an increase of lactic acid may develop. Excess lactic acid builds up in muscle leading to acidosis and muscle pain. Keeping all of these steps in mind, helping along the ATP cycle with malic acid may reduce chronic pain by limiting lactic acid build up.
At Brown Chiropractic, one of our treatment approaches to fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue is to supplement our patients with an ATP Energy supplement. Besides containing ATP, this supplement also contains magnesium and malic acid to aid in the processes discussed above. It can be just what a person needs to increase their ATP production and maybe even reduce their chronic pain. With the state of the current American diet, I also find supplementation of magnesium to be especially helpful as it deficient at a subclinical level in many people. Outside of fatigue and chronic pain, supplementing with magnesium can be helpful in many other areas of the body, such as bone health.