Do you always struggle with feeling hot and overheated and told that this is part of fibromyalgia and CFS? Guess what? Your body is trying to tell you something! Find out the real reason why you feel hot here…
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Feeling Hot is a Huge Complaint of People Living with Fibromyalgia & CFS
Seems to me that many of us fibromyalgia and CFS warriors struggle with our body temperatures running hot. On our Facebook group Fibromyalgia, CFS & Chronic Pain Life, body temperature is a hot topic!
I know that I am far from being alone regarding temperature fluctuations and running hot (overheating) all the time….and it seems that for many of us, our bedroom fan has become our best friend – 365 days a year, even with sub-zero temperatures!
Struggling with Feeling Hot?
You know that this isn’t just menopause and the dreaded hot flashes and night sweats… But you also know that there is definitely something else going on?
And perhaps, just perhaps – it is all connected to why you are feelingso ‘blah’, and achy, fatigued and so many other health issues you are struggling with…
Have You Ever Wondered Why You are Feeling So Hot?
I am sorry. I am going to say it and you may not like it.
The whole, ‘feeling hot is a symptom of fibromyalgia/CFS’ is a cop out answer from your doctor. (And you will find out below a lot more about why this is and what may be causing you to feel hot, and many of your other fibro/CFS symptoms…).
There are OTHER things going on that are obviously causing you/us to overheat!!!
Overheating is a Sign of Inflammation
For most of us, we are dealing with major inflammation going on in our bodies. Our bodies are overheating, so no wonder we are hot! But what is actually CAUSING this inflammation?
When we understand this (and what I am about to share with you), then it means that you are in a better position to make decisions on what you can do to improve your health.
It is all about ROOT CAUSES! When we know WHAT is the base problem causing the issue, then we have the best opportunity to fix it and feel better!
As with everything…Education is critical!
Is Food Really the Root Cause of Inflammation?
One of the big trends we are seeing at the moment, are anti-inflammatory diets, that basically eliminate foods such as:
- artificial sweeteners
- fast foods
- trans fats
- conventionally raised meats
There is no doubt that food and proper diet and nutrition is a key player in our overall health, and that the above foods are definitely culprits regarding inflammation, pain – and body heat.
Is food really, the root cause of the inflammation? Or…
In many cases, it it really what is in and on the food which is the underlying root cause of inflammation – and what is making us hot?
Does This Make SENSE To You?
I feel it is important to share with you the toxic truth regarding why you may be feeling hot, and therefore I am just going to select a few items from the above list as a ‘taster’…
Gluten intolerance is a relatively new thing…it has only hit the scene in the past few years. In your grandparent’s time (and parent’s most likely), this was not a ‘thing’. And now it is a huge issue! Ever wonder why that is?! Think about it…something has to have changed to cause the ‘gluten intolerant’ epidemic…
So what is really causing the problem?!
Did you know that it is thought that gluten intolerance isn’t actually the gluten at all causing the issue – it is the glyphosate sprayed on the wheat.
In fact, here is an interesting study that found that fish had similar gut issues when exposed to this evil weed killer that is coating our wheat, fruit, veg…and killing the bees…(and us, as it is considered a ‘probable carcinogenic’…).
According to the US Department of Agriculture, as of 2012, 99% of durum wheat, 97% of spring wheat, and 61% of winter wheat has been treated with herbicides (ie glyphyosate). This is an increase from 88% for durum wheat, 91% for spring wheat and 47% for winter wheat since 1998.
There is another good article about glyphosate, wheat and gluten intolerance here.
Eating ‘Healthier’, Low Fat, Fresh Fruit & Veg Etc. Isn’t All That Great…
Here is an eye-opening article about our ‘healthy’ fruit and veg not being that healthy.
Dairy & Conventionally Raised Meat…our dairy and conventionally reared meats and poultry are so pumped full of growth hormones, antibiotics, and fed foods that are highly concerning (and unethically raised. Look at the whole mad cow disease outbreak from feeding cows food – made from other cow by-products…).
What foods the animals eat and are shot full of…you are also eating as well…In your eggs, dairy, meat, farm-raised fish and poultry…
Ps. You can of course buy organic products -but unless they are in a glass container or wrapped in paper, the toxic chemicals such as the widely concerning endocrine disruptor, BPA, will be leaching into the food anyways… (just thought I would share that to cheer you up!).
You Can See The Toxic Crud!
Look at the crud floating on the top of the water in this picture that I took – this is from soaking the fruit in a 1:3 vinegar to water solution…I had to rinse and repeat 5x before this was no longer visible (but that certainly doesn’t mean it was much safer to eat!). –>
Artificial sweeteners aka poison handily served in a jar/packet or found in a multitude of foods – even foods that are not ‘sugar-free’ (because it is cheaper than sugar…). As our government cracks down on sugar in kid’s food, guess what they are going to replace it with?
Yep. You guessed it. SWEETENERS. (Creating a whole new generation of health issues to go with it…). Plus – it’s cheaper to produce chemicals than rely on the fickleness of sugar crops! (Which are also sprayed with crap…but I digress…).
Formaldehyde is product broken down from aspartate (so, aspartame). It is a known carcinogen and causes retinal damage, birth defects and interferes with DNA replications. The EPA recommends a consumption limit of 7.8 mg/day.
Brace yourself…1 Liter of an aspartame sweetened beverage contains about 56 mg of methanol, seven times the EPA limit. (1)
Your ‘Organic’ Food Ain’t So Organic…
The USDA states as high as 43% of products of organic foods are not organic at all -either being contaminated through drift (or fraudulently labelled)- we have a problem!!!
This stuff is not only causing inflammation and health epidemics we have never encountered to this degree in living history – and it is beyond shocking!
How Toxic Are You? Take the Quiz –> HERE
We’re Overheating And Fatigued Because Our Organs Are Struggling…
On top of the inflammation being caused by the foods we are eating our liver, colon and other organs are attempting to process the toxic sludge built up in our systems, they are working harder…and not only increasing the heat generated in our bodies, but also causing…major fatigue as they are working overtime.
As just one example – our livers are our body’s filtration units! And when they are clogged up…guess what? You overheat.
Ten signs your liver is telling you it needs help:
- Abdominal bloating
- Pain or discomfort over the liver – (right upper abdominal area under the rib cage)
- Excessive abdominal fat; pot belly; or a roll around the upper abdomen
- Trouble digesting fatty foods
- Had your gallbladder removed
- Acid reflux/heartburn
- Dark spots on the skin commonly referred to liver spots
- Overheating of the body & excessive perspiration
- Acne/rosacea or itchy, blotchy skin
- Unexplained weight gain and inability to lose weight even with calorie restriction
What To Do About It
Well. I have to be honest here. I am struggling with this all. Because it is all so very overwhelming. Toxins are in the water we drink, the food we eat, the body care products we use, the car, the carpet, the house, the cat...(seriously, the cat…).
This is the protocol I use:
- Eat clean – No processed foods, no sugar, no sweeteners. I am now vegetarian and almost 90% vegan (my downfall is cheese and butter, 🙁 )
- Cut out wheat – including gluten-free substitutes (they are still covered in glyphosate)
- Grow my own veg (when I can)
- Buy organic
- Use glass vs plastic containers and reduce plastic use (which is pretty much impossible btw!)
- Soak ALL veg& fruit (organic and not) in a 3:1 water to vinegar solution for 10-15 mins, rinse and repeat until residue is gone
- Detox with my ‘miracle tea‘ on a daily basis
I fully believe that those of us living with fibromyalgia and CFS are also dealing with a lot of toxicity issues, which can affect everything from our hormones to our livers and have a vast role in inflammation and making us feel hot.