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Foods to Manage Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Home Remedies to Treat Symptoms of CFS

Updated on October 30, 2012
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome affects a Large Segment of the Population
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome affects a Large Segment of the Population

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Prevelence: Facts about CFS

There are different reports about the prevelence of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome across the globe. As per estimates from the United States, approximately 1 million people suffer from the disorder and about 80% of these cases remain undiagnozed. Estimates from the United Kindgom indicates that about 250,000 people suffer from the illness.
The condition of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is poorly understood. While it is common among the age group of 40 years and above, it is frequently observed in younger age groups.

CFS is also related to a weak and impaired immune and defense system. Constant and unrelenting fatigue and exhaustion, with flu-like symptoms is seen in a large section of the population. Treatment for chronic fatigue syndrome comprises of boosting the immune mechanism by eating the right kinds of foods.

What is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

The condition of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is poorly understood. However a person suffering from the condition is always exhausted, tired and weary.

Cognitive trouble, such as, poor memory, forgetfulness, absentmindedness and low levels of concentration are seen as well. Furthermore, the disorder tends to affect females more than males and is more frequently observed in population above the age of 40 years.

CFS is also frequently observed in people who are prone to emotional disturbances, psychological stress, etc

Causes of Chronic Fatigue: What Causes CFS?

Chronic Fatigue Syndromehas no precise etiological factor; however, the condition has been linked to certain specific infections,

  1. Research and clinical studies link CFS to Epstein-Barr virus, whilst some link it to bacterium chlamydia pneumonia.
  2. Chronic Fatigue is also associated with candidiasis or yeast infections, bronchitis and frequent and recurrent diarrheal conditions.
  3. Adrenal insufficiency and Thyroid disorders are also linked with the condition
  4. Chronic disease conditions, resulting in immune depression including AIDS, cancer, kidney or liver ailments are noteworthy causes
  5. Physical and Psychological stress is also linked with the development of CFS

Fatigue Symptoms: Extreme Fatigue

While the symptomatology is very obvious, there are certain symptoms that are used to identify the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome,

  • Fatigue is the chief manifestation with symptoms like weariness and apathy. Fatigue usually begins as a result of an infection, and continues even after it has been successfully treated. Extreme exhaustion sets in after a couple of months, such that, he cannot carry out his every day activities.
  • Cognition is impaired with poor memory and absentmindedness being common; concentration and attention span decrease, and you will be vague about everything.
  • Depression develops in due course
  • Other systemic symptoms include body pain, headache, fever and muscle spasms.

Diet for Chronic Fatigue: Foods to Help manage Exterme Fatigue

The following foods alleviate fatigue, exhaustion and physical stress. They combat tiredness, lethargy and apathy; and support vigor and vitality; almost instantaneously.

  • Cinnamon: Cinnamon has powerful warming; fortifying and stimulating properties; it helps chase away infections, stomach disorders and exhaustion. Cinnamon essential oil is an excellent anti septic, which battles infections; it also allays muscle and joint pains and headaches. To a bowl of boiling water add one spoon of pounded cinnamon. Consume this every day, for at least a month.
  • Rose :Rose has potent detoxifying properties. It is also an outstanding immune booster.It battles infections and helps reinstate normal bacterial populations after the use of too much anti-biotics. The flower acts powerfully on the nervous system and helps deal with depression and melancholia effectively. It uplifts the mood and dispels gloom and obscurity. Boil about 10 to 12 rose petals in a bowl of water; consume daily for about 3 months.
  • Vitamin C rich foods: Vitamin C found in limes, lemons, sweet limes, oranges, bell peppers, papayas, mangoes and grapes, is an immune enhancer. Vitamin C boosts the working of the immune system substantially and treats infections effectively. It is a potent free radical destroyer, thus protecting the body from injury. Include one of these foods in to your every day menu.


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      6 years ago

      Please have a look at the internationally accepted Canadian guidelines for ME/CFS for a more thorough understanding of ME/CFS

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      January Moon 

      6 years ago from NY, Now Living in Atlanta Ga

      Olive leaf oil is also great for chronic fatigue, great hub, voted up.


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