Nutritional Treatment Suggestions For Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

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Welcome to my blog post ‘Nutritional Treatment Suggestions For Chronic Fatigue Syndrome’.

You may also be interested in the section of my blog dedicated to chronic fatigue syndrome, click here, in particular:

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Does Diet Effect Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

The simple answer is yes, absolutely, 100%.

We have ALL experienced how food influences how we feel which is a basic but easy first example when considering this question.

But when we also appreciate that our diet influences every aspect of our physiology from levels of inflammation to the make up and diversity of our gut microbiome, to the health and functioning of each cell, how can someone possibly say that diet doesn’t effect our energy levels?!?!

The challenge is understanding what dietary habits are appropriate for each individual suffering with CFS. In my clinical experience, as a framework, I recommend move towards what Dr. Alex Vasquez calls the ‘paleo-Mediterranean’ diet. A diet based on:

  • Plenty of phytonutrients
  • Fresh, in season and local produce
  • Healthy fats such as olive oil and wild oily fish (salmon, mackerel, sardines)
  • And  a little dark chocolate and coffee (I can’t possibly ask my clients to remove these completely!)

I would add this nose-to-tail eating meaning, if at all possible, including some organ meats in your weekly diet such as liver, heart and kidneys. These are so incredibly nutrient dense, containing key nutrients for cellular energy production.

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What Vitamins Are Good For Chronic Fatigue?

Nutritional supplements suggested in chronic fatigue syndrome include (1):

  • Vitamin B12 1–10 mg/week
  • Folic acid 1–5 mg/day
  •  Supradyn® 1/day
  •  NADH 20 mg/day
  • coenzyme Q10 200 mg/day
  • D-ribose 3×5 mg/day

I would recommend working with an experienced practitioner who will be able to evaluate your needs for some of these nutrients however. There is a saying in Functional Medicine which is “treat the individual, not the disease”. So rather than thinking about what supplements are required because you have ben diagnosed with CFS, we first want to understand why, in your unique case, you have received the diagnosis in the first place. Especially considering it is a diagnosis based on a constellation of symptoms – it is not helpful to our understanding of how to get you back to optimal health.

This is where functional testing can be extremely helpful, and where a detailed enquiry in to your health is essential

Has a gut infection or other gut imbalance caused your fatigue?

Has mould exposure caused your fatigue?

Have nutrient deficiencies contributed to your fatigue?

Has trauma played a role?

Has a viral infection triggered the condition?

There are so many factors to consider, and sometimes, it is a combination of a few things that have accumulated over the years that have resulted in chronic fatigue.

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References:

  1. Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS): Suggestions for a nutritional treatment in the therapeutic approach: click here.
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