Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or CFS can be a debilitating disease which consumes the life of an individual and significantly decreases a person’s quality of life. A patient who has CFS can have several symptoms for an extended period of time.
Common Symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Inexplicable pains and aches throughout the body but can also move from one spot to another without the redness or swelling
- Memory loss
- Inability to focus
- Lymph node enlargement in the armpits or neck
- Constant fatigue
- Inability to feel refreshed even after a 7-8 hour sleep
- Severe tiredness which lasts more than 24 hours after mental or physical exercise
- Psychological symptoms which include mood swings, irritability or panic attacks
Those with CFS feel completely worn out, over fatigued, exhausted and their body totally feels tired after doing a mental or physical exercise. These individuals cannot function optimally. Many are plagued with constant muscle and joint pains, fatigue, panic attacks and irritability. Even after sleeping for 7-8 hours, a person with CFS may not feel invigorated the next day.
Due to its limitations, conventional medicine is unable to determine the cause. In fact, those with CFS are often discouraged by medical doctors from donating blood (or organs).
The Role of Nutrition and CFS
The thyroid, adrenals, kidneys and the liver are exhausted in most people with CFS. To restore optimal organ function, it is best to adopt a whole foods diet with strict avoidance to sugars, starches and refined grains. The body requires whole food nutrition and many of us simply don’t receive enough nutrition in our daily lives as we rely far too often on processed foods. Whole foods help to restore organ function and allow the body to heal itself.
Foods to Include in Your Diet
- Nutritional Yeast – Nutritional Yeast is an excellent source the B Complex vitamins. B vitamins from food sources strengthen the running of the Krebs cycle and enable cellular mitochondria to produce energy for the body to run.
- Liver – Liver is the most nutrient dense food on the planet. It is also a rich source of Vitamin B4, which is the most important B vitamin for energy production.
- Beets & Beet Leaves – Rich in betaine and methyl donors to strengthen liver, gallbladder, kidney and muscle function.
- Seaweed – A very mineral rich food containing over 72 trace minerals, essential for balanced endocrine function. Also an excellent source for iodine, potassium, magnesium and calcium.
- Fermented Sugar Beets – Rich in highly utilizable calcium lactate and magnesium lactate. These minerals help to regulate proper nerve function and restore healthy blood sugar patterns.
It is essential to reduce sugar intake as much as possible as well as increase the consumption of complete proteins and raw fats for sufficient essential amino acid and essential fatty acid intake. Processed foods and sugar can promote inflammation and worsen any health condition. Additionally, be sure to drink enough water for proper hydration.
Speak with a holistic health care practitioner for your safest and most natural options. With proper diet filled with whole foods, you can restore organ function and reduce or eliminate your symptoms altogether. Find out more about this condition here in these helpful articles.