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Diet – Recommended Food

Your diet should be dense with nutrients and strong in immune-building foods. Sea vegetables and whole grains are high in minerals that your body may lack; cultured foods with probiotics will fight infection, especially candidiasis; cruciferous vegetables are high in nutrients and fiber; and nuts, seeds, and cold-water fish contain lots of essential fatty acids, which support immune function.
Fatigue Treatments. Drink a glass of clean, quality water every two waking hours to flush out toxins and encourage good general health.
Intestinal pain is an unpleasant symptom of CFS. Keep your digestive tract working efficiently by eating foods that are high in fiber, especially cruciferous vegetables.

Food to Avoid – Fatigue Treatments

People with CFS usually have severely depleted immune systems. Keep as much stress off the body as possible by avoiding caffeine, alcohol, junk and processed food, and refined sugars. In addition to taxing the immune system, some of these items aggravate conditions that may cause CFS. Caffeine depresses the adrenal glands, excess sugar consumption can lead to hypoglycemia, and junk and processed foods contain additives that stimulate chemical sensitivities.
CFS is often accompanied by food allergies; in fact, allergies may cause some cases of CFS.
Be wary of wheat. Fatigue is a common symptom of wheat or gluten allergy or intolerance. Talk with your nutrition-oriented doctor about testing for a reaction to this food. Or, avoid gluten products for two to four weeks, and see if you notes an improvement.

 Whiteout

When eliminating processed foods, a good rule of thumb is to watch out for the “whites.” White flour, white sugar, and salt are all hallmarks of artificial or junk-food products.

A study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that D-ribose significantly reduced clinical symptoms in patients suffering from fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. The dosage in the study was 5 grams taken three times daily.

Reflexology

Since CFS is a systemic disorder, it’s best to massage the entire foot. If you want to focus on specific symptoms, here are some suggestions. For fatigue, work the adrenals, the diaphragm, the spine, and all the glands. Work the endocrine glands, the solar plexus, the pancreas, and the head in case of depression. If your doctor suspects that hypoglycemia is a cause of your CFS, massaging the pancreas area can help (although it’s not a substitute for other treatment). The liver, the gallbladder, and the stomach will ease indigestion.

Aromatherapy

Many oils may reduce your levels of tension and depression. All of the oils mentioned here can be used as inhalants (with steam or without), in baths or diffusers, or as part of a massage. To stimulate your muscular and nervous systems, use lavender, peppermint, or rosemary. Fatigue Treatments.

Geranium, bergamot, and neroli combat fatigue related to depression. Tea tree oil fights bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Because it strengthens the immune system, it’s an especially good complement to a lymphatic massage.
For general relaxation and calming benefits, try rose, jasmine, lavender, or bergamot in any preparation you like. If you need all-day stress relief, consider using a diffuser that allows the scent to fill your home or office.

Stress Reduction

General Stress-Reduction Therapies

If you suffer from anxiety, consider EEG biofeedback to teach you to control your brainwaves.
Join a support group for CFS.

If you’re ready for a gentle workout, take a yoga class. Yoga relieves joint and muscle pain, and several of the poses help strengthen the digestive muscles.
If you suffer from anxiety, consider EEG biofeedback to teach you to control your brainwaves.

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Other Recommendations

• Take a walk every day in the early-morning sunlight. You’ll stimulate your immune system, get vitamin D, and ward off the depression and the anxiety that often attend CFS.

• Don’t try to do too much. Fatigue Treatments. Listen to your body; when it tells you to get rest, do so.

• Don’t smoke or expose yourself to secondhand smoke. You’ll wreak havoc on your immune system.

• Breathe slowly and deeply to encourage relaxation and to diminish stress.

• Try to keep an optimistic outlook, and focus on a positive outcome.

• Go to bed by 9 P.M. and take a thirty-minute nap after lunch each day.

• Intravenous nutrient therapy and ozone intravenous therapy have been very effective for our patients with CFS.