Chronic fatigue syndrome is a complex disorder that involves profound fatigue affecting brain and body systems that doesn’t improve or get relieved by rest. The cause of CFS is not yet known, but researchers speculate that hormonal imbalance, virus or hypotension could be the probable reasons.
Some of the major symptoms include weakness, muscle and joint pain, headache, lack of mental concentration. Impaired memory, insomnia, frequent sore throat and tender lymph nodes.
Natural Cures For Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Natural cures for chronic fatigue syndrome involves eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly and using herbs and nutritional supplements to manage the debilitating symptoms of CFS. Eating right and practicing muscle relaxation techniques will boost your immune system, increase your overall energy and help you feel better by harmonizing and improving the function of major systems of the body like nervous, immune, hormonal and cardiovascular systems.
A “Balanced Diet”
Your diet must include foods from each group. Eat lot of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, protein, legumes and essential fatty acids found in seeds, nuts and fish. Avoid refined, processed, sugar, alcohol, caffeine and saturated fats.
Regular exercise for at least half an hour on a daily basis will help to increase your energy level and overall well being. Develop a moderate exercise program by visiting a physical therapist.
Maintain a steady and moderate amount of activity but do not overdo. You can also practice stress reduction techniques like yoga, meditation or deep breathing exercises that help to reduce stress.
Nutrition And Supplements
Following nutritional supplements can help to combat fatigue and other symptoms associated with chronic fatigue syndrome. But before taking any supplement, consult with your physician.
Magnesium often helps to reduce fatigue; but overdose of this supplement can cause diarrhea, interfere with some medications and also affect blood pressure. So taking exact dose is crucial.
Deficiency of vitamin B12 often causes weakness, anemia and fatigue. Taking vitamin B12 injections (2,500mcg to 5000mcg) twice or thrice a week for few months has shown to boost energy level and reduce fatigue.
Taking injection works best because it is easily absorbed by the body.
Coenzyme Q 10
Coenzyme Q10 is a compound naturally found in mitochondria on which cellular functions of our body depends. They are the centers of energy-producing cells and make the production of ATP possible, the molecule on which all the cellular function of our body depends. It is also an antioxidant.
The deficiency of coQ10 can lead to mitochondrial dysfunction and have complete negative effects on different organs and body systems. A clinical research has shown that persistent use of coenzyme Q10 for 2-3 months can help to treat chronic fatigue syndrome successfully.
Essential Fatty Acids
Essential fatty acids and evening primrose oil may also help to treat fatigue syndrome. But those taking blood-thinners should stay away from consuming this supplement.
Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide (NADH)
NADH is crucial for cellular energy production. It is a naturally occurring molecule that is formed from Vitamin B3. It is an essential component for the functioning of the body. Without NADH, mitochodria cannot produce energy and eventually cell can die.
Carnitine is naturally found in all body cells and it works to transport fatty acids to mitochondria, which is the center for energy producing cells. Carnitine helps fatty acids to convert into energy. It has been observed that most people with chronic fatigue syndrome have decreased level of carnitine in their body. Taking L-carnitine supplement helps to relieve the patient from chronic fatigue syndrome symptoms.
Herbs have been used for centuries for strengthening the body system and treat the root cause of the disease. There are many herbs like Ginseng, Echinacea and essential oils like jasmine, primrose etc. that have been used for years for treating chronic fatigue syndrome.
But herbs should be taken only under the supervision of your health care provider because they can interact with other medications, supplements or other herbs.
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