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CFS: Foods to Avoid

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

The most important change you can make to your diet is to limit the amount of toxins and chemicals entering your body. The more energy that your body expends to process these toxins, the more fatigued you will feel.

Switching away from over-processed foods, and eliminating one or two of your vices, can really transform your energy levels.


An alcoholic drink may be just what you think you need after a tiring day, but alcohol is toxic for your body and high in sugar.

It puts stress on your internal organs, weakens your immune system, dehydrates you and sucks vitamins and minerals from your body. Definitely an energy zapper. Even those who don't suffer from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome often notice several days of low energy after a drinking session.


Many CFS sufferers drink far too much caffeine. Although they works great in the short term when you just can't seem to wake up, caffeinated drinks put stress on the adrenal glands and cause adrenal exhaustion. Caffeine also puts stress on your internal organs and depletes vitamins and minerals. A cup of coffee now and then is ok but it's best to cut back to a minimal intake.

Preservatives, artificial colors, artificial sweeteners

Avoid processed foods as much as possible. Foods containing these toxins can poison your body and make the symptoms of CFS worse. Keep your diet as clean and natural as possible.

Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) is one of the worst offenders. Watch out for the food in Indian and Chinese restaurants as these are the most likely to contain MSG.

Trans fats

The link between trans fats and heart disease is now well documented, but they can also be a real energy killer.

Eating out at restaurants is when you are most likely to bump into these nasty chemicals. Some cities like New York have banned trans fats from the menu altogether. If you're not sure, check with your local authorities and your favorite restaurants,

Refined sugar and sweet foods

It's best to avoid refined sugars as they cause unstable blood sugar levels - that feeling of being picked up and dumped again. Sugar also increases inflammation and causes pain in some sufferers of CFS.

White flour

Products like white noodles, pasta and white bread are empty of nutrition, cause unstable sugar levels and can contribute to weight gain.

The process of making white flour causes the loss of most of the nutrients. The chemicals used to bleach the flour white are toxic and poisonous to the body.


The adverse effects of smoking on the body are numerous and well-known. In 2004 the US Surgeon General (the nation's most senior health official) released a report that once and for all lists these effects. They range from lower fertility to cancer and heart disease, not to mention the lower energy levels that affect sufferers of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

The report also highlights some terrifying statistics. Between 1995 and 1999, 440,000 people suffered a premature death from smoking in the US alone. The life expectancy of a male smoker is 13 years less than for a non-smoker, while this figure rises to 15 years for females. The reason for these extraordinary numbers is that smoking really does affect each and every part of the body.

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