Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is controversial in it’s diagnosis and exact causes are not completely known or understood. Some possible causes include immune disorders, nutrient deficiencies, food allergies, poor blood sugar control, stress and environmental toxins.
Chronic fatigue syndrome generally presents as debilitating fatigue in addition to other symptoms such as headache, insomnia, and joint or muscle pain.
For a medical diagnosis of CFS, symptoms must continue for 6 months or more with four or more of these additional symptoms:
- Concentration or memory problems
- Sore throat
- Tender lymph nodes
- Muscle pain
- Joint pain
- Sleep that is not refreshing
- Tired during and right after exercise
Conventional medical treatments today try to treat chronic fatigue with anti-depressant and pain killers which have serious adverse side effects. But research has found there are chronic fatigue natural cures and remedies using plant based medicine.
Top Foods for Chronic Fatigue
Sea vegetables – Seaweed or green/blue algae provide critical minerals for proper nutrition.
Clean lean protein – Protein slows the absorption of glucose and balance blood sugar levels.
Foods high in probiotics – Probiotic rich foods include kimchi, sauerkraut, kefir and yogurt to help balance gut bacteria that may be triggering fatigue or joint pain.
Omega-3s – Choose wild-caught fish for a good dose of omega-3s which support immune function and are critical for brain health.
Water – Dehydration can increase fatigue, so try to drink a glass of water every 2 hours.
Foods to Avoid
Alcohol – Is a depressant therefore it will exacerbate fatigue. It can also lead to a poorly functioning immune system.
Caffeine – Too much caffeine can cause fluctuations in energy levels or dependence.
Sugar – Taxes the immune system and worsens hypoglycemia, leading to fluctuations in energy levels.
Gluten-containing grains – Chronic fatigue may be a sign of gluten intolerance. Try to avoid all foods containing wheat.
Foods that trigger allergies – Try an elimination diet to determine which foods you are intolerant to or which foods make symptoms worse. Chronic fatigue may be a sign of food allergies.
Top 5 Chronic Fatigue Natural Cures
#1 Ashwagandha (Indian ginseng- 250 mg daily)
Ashwagandha an balance cortisol levels and naturally increase energy.
#2 Green superfood powder (Wheat Grass, Spirulina, Matcha)
Since chronic fatigue may be related to nutrient and an acidic diet a green powder can help alkalize your system and address nutritonal deficiencies.
#3 Vitamin B-complex
B vitamins, especially vitamin B6 and vitamin B12, help with energy metabolism.
#4 Rhodiola (300 mg daily)
An adaptogen herb that has been shown to increase energy production by increasing EPO and increasing body fat being used as energy.
#5 Magnesium (200-300 mg daily)
Magnesium is an important mineral that helps with cellular function.
Reducing stress, getting plenty of rest, and emotional healing are all vitally important for overcoming chronic fatigue. Also, vitamin B5, Pantothenic Acid and Vitamin C are also important nutrients to consider.
Essential Oils For Chronic Fatigue
Using frankincense oil may be an effective natural remedy for CFS because it supports brain function and cellular healing. Peppermint oil may also improve symptoms because in studies it has been proven to improve fatigue, focus and concentration. Frankincense can be taken internally 3 drops 3x daily as well as topically or through inhalation. Peppermint can be taken in the same manner.
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