• Changing Your Diet Helps You Fight Chronic Fatigue

    by Caroline Ryther
    on Nov 1st, 2018

No matter what anyone else tells you, chronic fatigue syndrome is a serious and often debilitating condition that can severely impact your whole life. It doesn’t go away if you get enough rest and its causes are yet to be fully explored and understood. Because of this, CFS is often incredibly difficult to diagnose.

Although there aren’t too many major studies on CFS, certain ones have shown that one of the things that appears to affect chronic fatigue is our diet. Specialists agree that some types of food can make the CFS symptoms worse or better, which is why people suffering from this condition should pay close attention to what they are and what they’re not eating.

While more research still needs to be performed regarding this topic, there are plenty of ways for you to help boost your energy levels and make sure you’re eating a well-balanced diet. Here are some tips that can help you lead a more healthy lifestyle and, hopefully, somewhat reduce your CFS symptoms.

Stop Eating Inflammatory Foods

According to experts, inflammation seems to play a role in chronic fatigue, which is why it’s recommended that you go on an anti-inflammatory diet or at least start eating fish, olive oil, and other anti-inflammatory foods. In addition to this, be sure to cut down on sugar, processed meat, and fried foods, all of which are inflammatory foods.

Always Stay Hydrated

Drinking a lot of water on a daily basis won’t suddenly cure your CFS, but you should keep in mind that dehydration can make fatigue worse. That’s why it’s incredibly important to stay hydrated no matter what—plus, drinking lots of water is great for your overall health.

Limit Your Caffeine Intake

As tempting as it may be to drink gallons of coffee or other caffeinated drinks to fight fatigue, remember that caffeine actually only gives you a temporary burst of energy, and that when this false energy fades away, you’ll be left feeling even more tired than before. A bit of caffeine might be okay for some people, but just make sure that your intake doesn’t affect your sleeping patterns.

Focus on Non-starchy Vegetables

Vegetables are not only tasty to eat, but they’re also full of useful nutrients and can greatly benefit your health. For example, red vegetables are filled with phytonutrients, which act as antioxidants and reduce inflammation in your body. As you recall, in order to fight CFS, we need to avoid inflammation at all costs. Yellow vegetables, on the other hand, are full of important minerals and vitamins, such as vitamins A, C, and B6.

Avoid Heavily Processed Foods

As you probably already know, processed foods have fewer nutrients than whole foods, which is why it’s best to avoid them altogether. Instead of eating meat products, canned goods, and anything friend, load up on all kinds of plants and whole grains that can support your body’s needs.

It’s All in the Healthy Fats

Healthy fats or, as you might know them, omega-3 fatty acids are highly important both for brain and heart health, plus they can help reduce inflammation in our bodies. It’s easy adding omega-3s to our diets—it’s enough to add a couple of walnuts, some trout, or a couple of slices of avocado to your plate on a daily basis, and you should start feeling better in no time.

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Author Caroline Ryther

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