It is estimated that over 1 million people worldwide suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). If you or a loved one suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome, turn to these natural remedies.
What is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?
Chronic fatigue syndrome is a disorder characterized by a sudden onset of fatigue that is not relieved by rest or sleep and is accompanied by flu-like symptoms such as swollen lymph nodes, low-grade fever, muscle and joint pain. Other symptoms include digestive disturbances, mental confusion, hypersensitivity, depression and irritability. This disorder commonly affects woman more than men and the average age of onset is 35, though it can strike at any age.
What Causes Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?
The cause of chronic fatigue syndrome is currently unknown though certain triggers may account for some cases. Those who have a history of chronic viral infection such as Epstein-Barr, human herpes virus 6 and cytomegalovirus could be more at risk of developing CFS. Immune dysfunction and hormonal imbalances, such as an undiagnosed thyroid condition could also be a related factor in CFS.
Diet for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Health begins with diet. Those who suffer from any type of chronic health condition should take two things into consideration: Hidden food intolerances and a proper and balanced diet. Many people who have strange symptoms and chronic ill health can trace their symptoms back to a hidden food intolerance. The most common foods that trigger an autoimmune response are wheat, gluten, corn, soy and dairy. Other possible food intolerances are citrus, nuts and shellfish. The best way to find and weed out the food or foods that might be causing your symptoms is to do an elimination diet. For one week, cut out all the above mentioned foods from your diet. The next week, reintroduce one new food each day and note how you’re feeling. When you find the culprit food or foods, you’ll know and be able to eliminate them for good. Now, onto a proper and balanced diet. Pre-packaged and processed foods chock full of dangerous chemicals and additives such as aspartame, food dyes and high fructose corn syrup only make chronic fatigue syndrome worse. Cut them from your diet immediately. Also, when choosing meats, go for organic. The antibiotics and growth hormones in meat and dairy products are not meant for human consumption despite reports to the contrary. In addition to organic meat and poultry, add a variety of organic vegetables, fruits and whole grains to your diet. Also, spice up dishes with potent antiviral garlic and onion. You may notice a huge improvement in your health by simply eliminating problem foods and introducing your body to healthy fare.
Supplements for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Potassium is a critical electrolyte responsible for water balance and distribution within the body. It is also essential for proper nerve and muscle function and for the proper conversion of blood sugar into glycogen. Glycogen is the primary energy source for exercising muscles. Magnesium is responsible for over 300 enzymatic reactions in the body and is necessary for a balanced nervous system, proper heart function and deep sleep. Magnesium deficiency has been linked to fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. When choosing supplements, be sure to pick out chelated potassium and magnesium as these are more bioavailable (better absorbed by the body). It is important to note that those with kidney or heart disease should consult their healthcare provider before using either of these supplements. Probiotics are an excellent way to boost the immune system and infuse the body with a healthy dose of “good bacteria” designed to populate the gut and crowd out bad bacteria and viruses. Eating yogurt is not enough. A probiotic supplement of 10-20 billion should be added to the diet. Start slowly as diarrhea could result at first. This is natural and will regulate once the body becomes used to the dose. Omega 3 fatty acids are important to reduce inflammation and correct the chemical imbalances in the brain that contribute to CFS.
Herbs for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Astragalus is an excellent herb to heal and boost the immune system. Unlike echinacea, which should only be taken for two weeks at a time, astragalus can be taken over longer periods of time. Do not take astragalus if you have a fever. Pau d’Arco is a great remedy to treat a build-up of candida yeast in the body. It can be taken in capsule form or steeped in a tea. Those who are on blood thinners or who have a clotting problem should not take this remedy. Olive leaf has strong antiviral and antifungal properties. Valerian is a natural herb that can be used to treat the insomnia associated with chronic fatigue syndrome. An herbal colon cleanse can work wonders for those suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome. Those who suffer from autoimmune conditions have more difficulty eliminating toxins from their bodies. If you have never used a colon cleanse before, consult with an herbalist or professional at your local health food store for tips on the best cleanse for you. Take care to follow all dosing instructions when taking any natural herbs.
The Healing Arts for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Chiropractic care is a disciple of medicine that uses subtle manipulations of the spine to heal the nervous system. A healthier nervous system will increase the body’s ability to recover naturally.
Acupuncture is an ancient practice characterized by the use of fine, hollow needles on specific body points called ‘meridians’ to rebalance life energy called, ‘chi’. Those suffering with chronic fatigue syndrome may benefit from this energetic rebalance by enjoying more restful sleep and an enhanced immune system.
When blocks are removed, the body heals itself naturally.