The mucosal barrier allows nutrients to pass from our stomach and intestines into the body while blocking toxins and infection. The health of the barrier is vital to our overall health, since a breakdown in the barrier can open us to bacteria, viruses, parasites, and toxins.
Fibromyalgia affects muscles and tissues, causing fatigue, poor sleep, and chronic muscle pain. While conventional western medicine treats the symptoms, the goal of functional medicine is to understand the root causes and treat them directly.
A plant-based diet has numerous health benefits that cannot be understated. Diets heavy in plant components may help ward off disease including some forms of cancer. And while a plant-based diet obviously includes the vegan diet, it doesn’t have to be exclusive to plants.