Natural Tips To Help Knock Out Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
You'll never get the most out of life if you're constantly feeling fatigued or run down.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is the label given by the medical community to patients who suffer from periods of prolonged sluggishness and who struggle to get through the day performing the simplest of physical tasks.
Doctors will usually have you do a blood test, before telling you that you're low in iron or deficient in a host of other vitamins and minerals or that you have hypo or hyperthyroidism that needs to be treated with some form of prescription medication.
The reality is though, whilst this method may provide short term relief, it can lead to drug dependancy and does little to address the true source of the problem so that you can heal and get your life back.
The first thing to realise is that symptoms of chronic fatigue don't usually show up by chance. It's a condition that forms due to a number of lifestyle choices and factors that have taken their toll on your health over time. And the good news is, with some adjustments, you can play a big role in healing the problem so that you can feel your best self and have energy again.
What is Chronic Fatigue?
Symptoms of Chronic Fatigue generally include:
- Constant tiredness and lack of energy
- Ongoing aches and pains
- Poor concentration and irritability
- Memory Loss
- Frequent anxiety and nervousness
- Food addictions
- Easy weight gain
- Blood pressure problems
- Digestive issues
- Regular symptoms of stress
- Susceptibility to sickness
- Irregular sleeping patterns.
These symptoms will show up differently for different people and not everyone will experience ALL of what is listed above.
Doctors tend to focus on medicating the 'hormonal imbalance', rather than helping people address 'the cause', which ultimately comes down to internal chaos in the blood, nervous system and the pancreas not being able to perform its job - which can all be traced back to diet and lifestyle.
What causes Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?
Almost always, the root cause of chronic fatigue can be pinpointed to high levels of stress, a poor diet and not enough of exercise. It's not rocket science.
But the real problem is a lack of consciousness around what constitutes healthy daily habits that will help to avoid such a condition.
Unfortunately, the medical world tends to offer only symptomatic band-aid solutions in the form of drugs, rather than educate patients about the true 'cause' and unfortunately this leads people to becoming depressed and losing hope that they can overcome such a condition on their own.
The primary causes of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome are:
- Processed Foods and Allergens - over 80% of foods on today's supermarket shelves are processed, preserved and chemically altered foods that undernourish and even course chaos within the body if they become the staple diet e.g. canned foods, bottled sauces, processed meats, packaged foods and hydrogenated oils (everything from white bread, white flour, cookies, cakes, breakfast cereals and commercial dairy, to sausages, bacon, salami, margarine and everything in between). Also, food allergens like gluten and lactose intolerance are generally the result of the processing of foods rather than the food itself;
- Refined Sugars and Grains - processed and refined sugars and grains, as well as artificial sweeteners are among the biggest culprits for obesity and chronic fatigue. Whilst they may provide short term energy, these "fast" sugars cross the blood-brain-barrier quickly, causing the pancreas to over produce insulin which eventually wears it out and triggers the body to lay down fat and causing constant fatigue;
- Over Eating - if your cells are starved of quality whole food nutrition, more food will not energise you. Constant hunger or an addiction to food is generally a sign of a lack of nourishment both physically and emotionally;
- Chronic Dehydration - your body and brain need water every single day to perform vital functions. If you don't drink enough pure, clean water every day, you'll experience mental fog, headaches and fatigue, which often will cause you to reach for substitute drinks like cola and artificially infused caffeine. These contribute to the cycle of fatigue;
- Stress - work pressure, relationship and financial problems and parenting, can all contribute to stress, anxiety and overwhelm, which can take their toll both physically and emotionally if you don't take time out to allow your body and mind to rest and re-set;
- Stagnant Air - if you're regularly breathing stale or stagnant air, you'll deprive your respiratory system of quality oxygen which your body and brain need to thrive and stay alert. Additionally, stagnant air is a breeding environment for impurities to proliferate and infiltrate your blood stream;
- Irregular schedule - a lack of routine or constant adjustment to your work schedule can upset your body clock and ability to lock in healthy daily habits, which will eventually take its toll on your health;
- Constipation - a digestive system that is not functioning efficiently transmits signals for help to the central nervous system, sapping energy and causing irritability and fatigue;
- Lack of exercise - Energy creates energy. So conversely, the less you do, the less you can do. So some form of exercise needs to be a daily priority to break the vicious cycle of fatigue.
Solutions for dealing with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome:
- Do a 2-4 Day Colon Cleanse - one of the major causes of sluggishness, irritability and chronic fatigue is a poor functioning digestive system. One of the best ways to reset your digestive tract so that it can again perform optimally, is to help the process of releasing stored toxic and metallic waste from your digestive tract with a natural, clay and seed fibre colon cleanse. Cleanse Me is our signature colon cleanse protocol which consists of Australian Food-Grade Bentonite Clay, Ground Flax, Psyllium Husk and Dried Apple, Cinnamon and Ginger. It's a two-part protocol that you follow over 2-4 days depending on your state of health and response to the cleanse - every individual is different;
- Fast for 7-14 Days on fresh juices - A juice fast will help detox and cleanse your body and allow your digestive system to re-set. We recommend preparing and consuming cold-pressed juice as it is a slow, expeller-pressed method which retains the vital nutrients and enzymes in the juice so that your cells can be nourished. The problem with most centrifugal juicers is that they are high speed machines which pulverise the produce and oxidise the nutrients. This is why most fresh juices prepared at your local juice bar or cafe will quickly separate if you don't drink them in a hurry. Experiment with Green Juices using ingredients like Spinach, Kale, Celery, Cucumber, Apple and Lime and other blends like the ancient CABALA recipe (Carrot, Apple, Beetroot & Lemon);
- Walk 30-45 minutes every day - walking is one of the most important foundational exercises you can do for your health and energy. We recommend walking first thing in the morning and outdoors whenever you can, to stimulate your senses, get fresh air and kick start your metabolism during your morning digestive cycle;
- Drink at least 2 litres of pure water each day - your body and brain are comprised of about 70% water, which is similar to the earth's water composition. In other words, we are a microcosm of the macrocosm. As a bare minimum, you should replenish the weight of your brain every single day, which is approximately equal to two litres of water. If you're suffering from fatigue or other health problems, you should aim to kick up your water intake to around 1 litre for every 22 kilos of body weight. Your body needs water to perform vital functions including to flush out toxins and keep you energised;
- Boost your natural salt intake - Salt is the electrolyte of your cells, so it's important that you're including pure, unrefined nature-made salts like Celtic Sea Salt and Himalayan Salt in your diet on a regular basis. Salt is also an effective digestive aid and it also ionises into calcium within the body, helping you to build strong joints and bones;
- Add more whole food to your diet - A diet rich in locally sourced, fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and whole grains will go a long way to helping you heal fatigue, keep you nourished and maintain energy and strength. Eat a raw green salad every single day drizzled with extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice and fresh herbs. Add a green smoothie or cold pressed juice to your morning routine, prepare vegetable broths and soups, steam and bake veggies and make stir fries. Snack on raw almonds, macadamias, dried fruit and/or Pulse Raw Food to keep your blood sugar stable;
- Eat Fermented Foods - One of the most important aspects of healing fatigue is to ensure a healthy gut microbiome, which means the good bacteria in your gut must outweigh the bad. Your gut is a critical nerve and energy centre that regulates so many key functions in your body. Including probiotic rich, fermented foods cultivates the growth of healthy bacteria inside your gut to ensure a strong immune system and robust energy and health. Regularly include in your diet fermented foods like raw organic dairy, kefir (if you're not vegan), olives, sauerkraut, pickles, kimchi, tempeh, miso and kumbucha.
- Consume good fats - Your gut health and immune system is dependant on a healthy supply of wholesome plant oils. Suggestions include, add extra virgin olive oil to salads and smoothies, eat avocados and cook with Coconut Oil. Other cold-pressed plant oils like flax, macadamia, walnut and avocado are also very beneficial and can be substituted for olive oil.
A final important point: If you're concerned about sugar in fruit, please don't be. Fruit contains liquid energy from sunlight that is a polar opposite to processed and refined sugar.
All complete plant sugars cross the blood brain barrier slowly, sending a signal to your pancreas that life's good, there's no chaos, which does not cause the body to over produce insulin like processed sugar does.
When this happens, there is a steady stream of energy flowing throughout the blood stream because the brain tells the body to produce the other mega-hormone, known as glucagon, which the adrenals convert into energy.
Fruit is an astringent, meaning it is nature's detoxifier and should be mostly enjoyed in the early part of the day to support your digestive cycle.
So, if you're suffering from chronic fatigue, try embracing some of these tips to help you regain your health and energy. You don't have to do everything at once, but step by step you can make a big difference if you move to a self care approach.
Tolman Self Care.