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Lifestyle Changes for Combatting Chronic Fatigue

written by Christopher Davis, M.D., F.A.C.C. June 10, 2020
Lifestyle Changes for Combatting Chronic Fatigue

We all know what it feels like to be overwhelmed with exhaustion. However, if your exhaustion never seems to end, it could be more than a product of your stressful lifestyle. Chronic fatigue syndrome, formally known as myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), is a medical condition that causes severe and unusual exhaustion.

Chronic fatigue isn’t a disorder that can be cured with a prescription. It requires attention to the whole body and mind, including strategic lifestyle changes to improve your health.

Signs and Symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic fatigue syndrome is more than just exhaustion. It is fatigue that makes it impossible to function normally. In addition to feeling devoid of energy, CFS is also defined by the following symptoms:

  • Loss of memory
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Enlarged lymph nodes
  • Unexplained muscle or joint pain
  • Headaches
  • Difficulty sleeping or poor sleep

If you experience at least four of these symptoms for six months or more, you likely have chronic fatigue. The following lifestyle changes can help you improve your wellness and overcome your symptoms.

Learn Food Sensitivities and Change Your Diet

Your health is directly linked not just to your eating habits, but to your specific food sensitivities. The gluten protein found in wheat, sugar, and casein protein found in dairy are the three most common food allergy triggers. Try to remove one trigger at a time from your diet and observe the differences in your symptoms.

Take More Vitamin B and Magnesium

Vitamin B6 and magnesium are both essential nutrients for energy. Wild tuna, salmon, bananas, grass-fed beef, sweet potatoes, and cooked spinach are all rich sources of vitamin B. Eating more of those foods can help you combat chronic fatigue symptoms.

Magnesium does the same, and research shows that it also addresses the pain associated with CFS. Spinach, pumpkin seeds, almonds, avocados, black beans, and fermented foods are all rich in magnesium. Since nearly 80% of all Americans are magnesium deficient, it’s wise to stock up on these foods!

Balance Sleep and Exercise

Overcoming chronic fatigue requires more than sleeping. Balance high-quality, restful sleep with regular exercise. Getting physical activity on a daily basis will boost positive hormone production, support healthy energy levels, and help you feel better.

For more help diagnosing and treating your chronic fatigue syndrome, call Reveal Vitality at (941) 217-2777. The team at Reveal Vitality is committed to helping you obtain your optimal health and wellness without relying on medications.

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