Are you feeling tired and exhausted all the time, and think it’s just because of your busy lifestyle? Are you feeling sluggish when you wake up and find it hard to get going in the morning? Do you have more energy at night rather than during the day or feel like you need a nap mid afternoon? You could be suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome!
Symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome:
- Feeling Fatigued for at least 3 months
- Fatigue that doesn’t improve with bed rest
- Extreme fatigue after physical or mental activities
- Feeling unrefreshed after a nights sleep
- Insomnia or extremely restless sleep
- Loss of memory / reduced concentration / Brain fog
- Getting dizzy when going from lying down to standing
- Greatly lowered ability to do activities like you did before
- Often people with chronic fatigue syndrome are tender to touch and may also have sore glands
What causes CFS?
Fatigue may be caused by numerous factors including nutritional deficiencies, lack of exercise, and lack of sleep but mainly due to these reasons:
1. Depleted Adrenals
The adrenal glands are small, but they have a very big role, because they are responsible for managing stress. The glands are an integral part of the endocrine system, and secrete hormones that manage a range of body functions, including adrenaline. The adrenal glands can become depleted due to stress, chronic inflammation, lack of sleep, excessive exercise, and overwork. When this happens, chronic fatigue is often the result. Adrenal fatigue is often a driver of hot flushes on menopausal woman.
2. Digestive Issues
Food is processed through the digestive system. However, if food is not broken down so that it can be absorbed in the blood stream, this can give rise to problems in the digestive system. These problems can trigger internal discomfort, inflammation, poor absorption and cause fatigue. The functionality of the liver, its ability to clear toxins and process foods and chemicals can also contribute to fatigue.
3. Food Intolerances
Chronic Fatigue Symptoms can also be caused by food intolerances, which is a chemical response that some people have after eating specific types of food. Foods that often cause intolerances include milk and other dairy products, wheat, gluten, yeast and eggs. Eliminating the food is the best way to alleviate the problem. This may require a visit to the clinic to see Tony Daniel our naturopath so that he can perform a Food Intolerance Test to help identify the offending foods. Most people experience a significant increase in energy and reduced brain fog when the eliminate foods that they are intolerant to.
4. Mineral Deficiency
Minerals are literally the ‘Spark plugs of life’ and deficiencies in these essential nutrients will result in symptoms such as fatigue, brain fog, cramps, aches and pains. Every process in the body is mineral dependent and therefore ensuring you have the right balance of minerals is critical to a healthy functioning body. Most people with Chronic fatigue Syndrome have mineral deficiencies, often Magnesium, phosphate and iodine. Magnesium deficiency is often responsible for the muscle aches and pain, headaches and fibromyalgia type symptoms associated with chronic fatigue.
5. Heavy Metal Toxicity
With today’s society being so polluted and with the use of pesticides and herbicides the body accumulates heavy metals which it doesn’t know what to do with. Excess levels result in many negative symptoms and often mimic chronic illness, especially the symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
The main symptom associated with heavy metals is fatigue along with brain fog, poor memory, joint pain and poor concentration. Removing these toxic substances can significantly improve your health and well being and increase your vitality.
6. Viral Infections
Scientists have recently discovered that certain viruses can trigger Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. This can also be referred to post viral syndrome or post viral fatigue and can last for months after being struck down with a virus. The most common culprit being Epstein Barr Virus though other viruses can also create this type of fatigue.
How to treat it:
If you have have been suffering from the above symptoms for a few months and things aren’t improving there is a good chance that you have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or Adrenal Fatigue. Here at Capalaba Natural Health our award winning naturopath Tony Daniel specialises in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. We can do a complete naturopathic assessment and test for all of the causes of fatigue and advise you which ones are driving your fatigue and then put together a natural health plan to correct any imbalances found.
It’s Tony’s belief that everyone should have 8/10 energy levels and strives to achieve this for his clients. If you would like to book an appointment with Tony then call the clinic today on 3823 3103 or click here for more information on treating Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.