Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)

Chronic Fatigue SyndromeWhat is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

Everyone feels tired from time to time. However, when your tiredness seems to be unusual and it is already hindering you from performing your daily tasks, you might be suffering from just the normal form of tiredness. You might be undergoing chronic fatigue syndrome.

Chronic fatigue syndrome, also known as CFS, is a collection of symptoms, particularly that pertaining to having a feeling of fatigue, however, it excludes other illnesses that could actually cause fatigue.



What Causes Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

  • Viral infections. There are so many types of viral infections that could lead to CFS. Some of these are herpes, Estein-Barr virus, Ross River virus, HIV, retroviruses, and cytomegalovirus.
  • Parasite infections could also cause CFS.
  • Fungal infections. One example of a fungal infection that could cause CFS is candidiasis.
  • Bacterial infections could cause CFS as well.
  • Allergies.
  • Toxin overload.
  • Stress could cause CFS too.
  • Chronic illnesses like hypothyroidism, chronic pain, endocrine dysfunction, diabetes, cancer, and hypoglycemia.
  • Deficiencies in nutrients like folic acid, iron, and magnesium.
  • Prescription medications. Some examples of which are anti-depressants, sedatives, steroids, blood pressure medication, antihistamines, and contraceptives.

Diagnosis, Signs and Symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

  • Disabling fatigue. You would often feel tired that you would not be able to do your daily tasks anymore.
  • Feeling excessive fatigue after exercise. You would feel so tired right after exercising which is already beyond the normal tiredness.
  • Diarrhea, lack of appetite, nausea, and decreased libido are also symptoms of CFS.
  • Stress, insomnia, poor concentration, irritability, headaches, and depression are all signs of CFS.


Remedies, Treatment and Cure for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Some Lifestyle Hints

  • It is always best to consult with a doctor or a naturopath for a proper diagnosis of your condition. Do not assume.
  • Make sure that you avoid smoking, but if you can, try to quit.
  • Get rid of recreational drugs from your daily regimen.
  • Counseling and homeopathy can help your condition too. You should try probing these alternatives, as they can help in increasing the rate of your healing.
  • Exercise. Do some walking, stretching, yoga, Tai Chi, or reflexology.

Nutrition Tips for You

  • Eliminate foods that could trigger sensitivities or allergic reactions. Examples of these foods are nuts and dairy.
  • Steer clear of foods that have caffeine and alcohol content.
  • Water is very important for the body, so try to make sure that you drink at least 8-9 glasses of water everyday.
  • Drink green vegetable juices, or fresh fruit juices daily. You can go for spirulina, barley, chlorella drinks. Carrot and apple juices are perfect as well.
  • Eat 3 small meals every day. Also have 3 snack-sized meals in a day to assist your metabolism, and blood sugar levels.
  • Avoid refined foods, particularly refined carbohydrates.
  • Avoid consuming sugar in excessive amounts.
  • Saturated fats, fried foods especially those that you can derive from fast foods must be avoided too.
  • Organic foods should comprise a large part of your diet. Vegetables and fruits that have been grown using pesticides, herbicides, and food stabilizers will put a lot of stress on the body.
  • Choose whole foods over refined or process foods.
  • Eat an adequate amount of protein coming from meat or vegetables.

Some Helpful Supplements

  • Magnesium (500mg – 1200mg daily). Deficiency from magnesium could cause various symptoms that have a degree of similarity to CFS.
  • Multivitamin and mineral supplements (500mg tablets 3 times daily). This could help in enhancing nutrition.
  • Kelp. This is very rich in iodine and also contains high levels of minerals. This could nourish the thyroid glands. If you have iodine sensitivity, then this is not for you.
  • Ubiquinone or Coenzyme Q10 (75mg – 300mg daily). This could help in preventing chronic fatigue, and increases cellular energy levels.
  • Vitamin B-complex (250mg daily) and Vitamin C (3g daily in divided doses). This could do wonders for your body.

Recommended Herbs

  • Olive leaf extract (270mg 3 times daily). Take the standardized 12% Oleuropein. This has been known to fight bacterial, viral, and fungal infections.
  • Burdock (2g – 6g dried root daily), red clover (2g – 4g daily), cleavers (2g – 4g daily). These could help in cleansing the blood and in clearing the lymphatic system to help in healing abnormal cervical tissues.
  • Dandelion (3g – 5g dried root daily), milk thistle (9g – 10g of seed daily). These herbs cleanse the liver and are important for the enzymatic processes of the liver.
  • Acidophilus and bifidus (1 billion in capsule form daily). Having the right number of acidophilus and bifidus could help in increasing bowel health, thereby reducing the number of toxins in the body.
  • Astragalus (10g – 30g daily). This helps in balancing the immune system, helping chronic fatigue. This alleviates stress, and has positive effects against viruses. It also protects the liver, heart, and adrenal glands.
  • Pau d’ arco (1.5g – 3.5g daily). This is very effective against candida and viruses.
  • Korean ginseng (600mg – 10g daily), Siberian ginseng (2g – 4g daily), and liquorice (1g – 2g daily). These are some of the herbs that have positive effects against depression, adrenal exhaustion, and microbial infections.
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