Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a condition characterized by extreme fatigue due to physical or mental activity which doesn’t resolve even after rest. Although the cause of CFS is not well known it is thought to be caused by a combination of factors. These can include poor diet, lack of sleep, hormonal imbalances, or immune system problems. Common symptoms include fatigue, unrefreshing sleep, problems with memory or concentration, or extreme exhaustion after either physical or mental exercise. Although there is no definite cure for CFS lifestyle changes and medication may help. To learn more visit the websites below.

-https://www.cdc.gov/me-cfs/index.html
-https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/chronic-fatigue-syndrome-cfs/

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What Can I Eat?

One way to try and alleviate symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is to improve your diet. Whether we have CFS or just day-to-day low energy, having some staple recipes is a great way to make sure we eat well and in a way that maximizes energy.

Try these simple tips for eating well when energy is low:

– Include protein with every meal such as having nuts with an apple. Protein supports the brain and may improve mood and immune function.

– Avoid stimulants such as coffee, sugar and alcohol. These will give you short term energy but are not sustainable long term.
– Include bitter foods such as dandelion greens or arugula- available in supermarkets in with bagged salad section. The bitter taste helps stimulate your taste buds, and improve absorption of nutrients from your food.

– Try batch cooking meals and keeping portions in the freezer. A curry or chili recipe is easy to make and can be packed full of healthy and delicious foods.

-Use a program such as Metabolic Balance ® to stabilize your blood sugar and energy levels and add consistency to your life.

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