Although changing your diet can't completely cure Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, it can definitely help manage the condition. Mostly, its all about having a healthy diet - you need to be quite strict with yourself about what you eat and put into your body.
The most important thing is to address any possible nutrient deficiencies in your diet, and be sure to eat a varied diet of high quality, natural, whole foods. This may all seem quite tiring but good food is medicine and if you want to get better you need to give your body what it needs to fight your condition. If your budget allows for organic, go for it. Organic food has less pesticides, chemicals and hormones.
Fruit and vegetables provide many energy-increasing minerals, vitamins, enzymes and antioxidants. Eating plenty of these is great way to revitalize your body, rebuild your immune system and restore your energy levels.
Antioxidants are essential for CFS sufferers as they remove the harmful free radicals that damage your immune system. Try to eat lots of blueberries, cherries, goji berries and pomegranate.
Fresh squeezed fruit and veggie juices provide high concentrated doses of vitamins and minerals.
Try experimenting with combinations of beets, oranges, celery, carrots, apples, cucumber, garlic, ginger, cilantro, wheat grass and cayenne pepper.
Whole grains are important to keep your digestive system moving, while also providing many vitamins and antioxidants.
A sluggish colon can contribute to fatigue and improper body function. Here are some ideas for whole grain foods:
Although it’s much better if you can obtain enough fiber from real foods, you can also use fiber supplements such as Psyllium husk.
Eating a variety of unroasted nuts and seeds is important for CFS sufferers. Nuts are great sources of protein, heart-healthy fat, antioxidants and fiber. Add 1-2oz ounces a day
Every cell in the human body contains protein. An adequate supply of protein is essential to build and maintain your body tissues. Protein is also important to balance blood sugar fluctuations that lead to fatigue.
Additionally, protein is important to alleviate pain symptoms and muscle weakness. Eggs, poultry, fish and lean cuts of meat are excellent sources. For vegetarians, try rice and beans (eaten together), tofu, nuts, seeds and legumes.
This is an important one for CFS sufferers. Omega-3 oils have anti-inflammatory properties that help ease pain in the body. Omega-3's are also important for the balancing chemicals in the brain function which is important to combat depression, enhance mood and alleviate CFS symptoms.
Good sources of this fatigue-fighting acid can be found in flax seed, hemp seed, walnuts, pumpkin seed, salmon, mackerel, sardines and herring. Many people use flax oil as a supplement.
A healthy, well-hydrated body is important to combat fatigue. Many people don't realize they are simply not drinking enough water. Importantly, an adequate amount of water is necessary to flush out fatigue-causing toxins and chemicals.
A simple way to determine if you are consuming enough water is to take note of the color of your urine. If it is colorless or light yellow you are on the right track, if it's any darker you need to increase your water intake.