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How to Treat Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Naturally


Chronic fatigue syndrome, or more recently Systemic Exertion Intolerance Disease, is a chronic disorder characterized by severe fatigue that lasts for at least six months. This condition is notoriously difficult to diagnose via conventional laboratory tests, yet many doctors now acknowledge its existence as a real disorder since it has become so prevalent in modern day life.

CFS, as many of its sufferers know, is a very real condition indeed. Its symptoms are debilitating and affect the sufferer’s ability to participate in regular everyday activities, even things as simple as getting out of bed, getting dressed, or showering.

These simple everyday tasks that non-sufferers do with ease are tasks that are often impossible for those with chronic fatigue syndrome.

Today, I want to go over how you can treat chronic fatigue syndrome naturally so that you can begin to get your life back with at least the semblance of energy you used to have.

It’s a long process that requires consistency, but it CAN be done!

How to Treat Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Naturally

It is believed that over 1 million Americans suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome and the numbers are steadily rising.

This is most likely due to the stressful environment we now live in including exposure to chemicals and pollutants, hormone imbalance, and poor diet – all of which affect the body on a cellular level.

When one thing gets out of balance, other factors soon follow which is why diagnosing CFS has become increasingly difficult.

The Most Common Symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Constant and debilitating fatigue is the primary symptoms of CFS, but it usually is accompanied by several of the following:

• Altered levels of irritability
• Anxiety
• Chills
• Depression
• Difficulty concentrating
• Digestive and intestinal problems
• Exhaustion after mild exercise
• Fatigue that lasts for more than 24 hours
• Headache
• Loss of appetite
• Low-grade fever
• Mood swings
• Muscle and joint pain that moves from one spot to another without redness or swelling
• Night sweats
• Panic attacks
• Poor sleep
• Sore throat
• Swollen or sore lymph glands/nodes
• Temporary loss of memory
• Upper respiratory infections
• Weakness

It is thought that CFS is caused by a combination of factors that result in a depressed immune system. The key, of course, is to rule out as many symptoms as possible and to pinpoint the root cause of your CFS.

Chronic infections often play a role in the development of chronic fatigue syndrome like Epstein-Barr, cytomegalovirus (CMV), human herpes virus (HHV-6), mycoplasma, Lyme disease, chlamydia, and even candida albicans can all be considered a suspect cause.

Take a look at the list below to see if you exhibit any of the conditions below.

The Root Causes of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Include:

• Chronic fungal infections
• Chronic infections (general)
• Chronic stress
• Dysbiosis in the gut
• Environmental toxins and pollutants
• Food allergies and intolerances
• Hormonal imbalance
• Hypoglycemia
• Hypothyroidism
• Immune-system damage
• Leaky gut – like celiac and gluten sensitivity
• Low blood pressure
• Neurological malfunction
• Neurotransmitter deficiency
• Nutritional deficiencies
• Parasites
• Poor adrenal function or adrenal burnout
• Side effects caused by medications
• Sleep disorders like insomnia and sleep apnea
• Sluggish elimination pathways/impaired detoxification

Go over these possibilities with your physician and see if they point to the unique root cause of your CFS.

Once you pinpoint that, you can much more easily begin treatment.

However, you may need a few tests that your doctor can perform in order to confirm a CFS diagnosis.

How Chronic Fatigue is Tested

If your doctor suspects chronic fatigue syndrome, they may conduct the following tests:

• Blood tests to determine an immune system imbalance or disease, possible anemia, low blood pressure, blood sugar imbalances, nutritional deficiencies, food allergies, and hormone levels

• EKG for heart function

• Hair analysis for toxic metals

• Saliva tests to determine certain hormone levels – especially cortisol

• Sleep study for possible sleep disorders

• Stool analysis for microbiome, parasite, and candida testing and overall digestive function

• Urine tests to determine intestinal health and permeability, detoxification ability, toxic metals, and hormone levels

Once you have your results you can then start formulating your treatment plan. This can take up to a year or longer to reverse the symptoms of chronic fatigue, so I suggest you buckle down for the long haul and be willing to practice “constant vigilance”.

If you can do that, you will start to feel improvements within a few weeks. Just keep in mind that lasting recovery takes time and cannot be rushed, especially when the adrenals are involved.

Natural Remedies for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Treatment for CFS is pretty straightforward – eat clean, stay hydrated, get plenty of good sleep, don’t over-exert yourself, and use supplements and essential oils to your advantage.

The worst thing you can do is deprive your body of the sleep and nutrients it needs to rebuild itself and produce cellular energy more effectively on its own.

Follow the tips below to get started!

Diet and Detox

Poor digestion coupled with sluggish elimination pathways is another factor to consider when treating chronic fatigue syndrome naturally. Impaired absorption of nutrients from our food can lead to nutritional deficiencies that the body needs to carry out everyday functions including producing the enzymes needed to produce energy.

Hormones

The most common finding among those with CFS is an imbalance in the adrenal cortex hormones being produced – namely an insufficient amount of cortisol and DHEA which leads to adrenal burnout. These hormones are often depleted in those with chronic fatigue syndrome.

Supplements

Below are some of the top supplements to consider when treating chronic fatigue syndrome naturally. Be sure to consult with your physician before taking new supplements to make sure they are right for you. Some of them react to certain medications and conditions, so I implore you to do your own research.