Imagine what life is like for someone who is suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. They feel like they have the flu 24X7, on some days they just can’t get out of bed – leave alone the daily chores, even something as simple as pouring themselves a glass of water seems like an uphill task for them! You feel depressed, defeated and baffled by your health condition because there isn’t a clear-cut explanation for what you are feeling and neither is there a sure-shot way to make it go away. Frustrating indeed! Here are some ways to beat Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. These simple and natural tips can help you fight that fatigue and will help in stepping up your energy levels without popping pills.
Food is fuel
Of course, we all know that our body gets energy from what we eat. The trick is to eat right. Keep it simple and consistent. Punch in enough protein in the form of chicken, soy, dairy products, fish, and pulses. Have ample of fruits (any fruit is good for you) and nuts (almonds, walnuts, peanuts, Macadamia Nuts etc) as they are high in antioxidants, contain plenty of vitamins, minerals, and omega-3 fatty acids. And over and above that, drink lots of water. It keeps all the cells in your body well-hydrated and provides your body with the necessary electrolytes it needs, our body is 75% water after all.
Exercise can energize you
When we exercise our body releases ‘feel-good’ endorphins which help in giving us an energy boost. Those suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome do not have enough energy to exercise like the rest, for them, Graded Exercise Therapy (G.E.T.) is the best. In G.E.T. you perform low impact exercises which are low in intensity too. Simple stretching and guided movements under the guidance of fitness experts trained in G.E.T. is the best way to fight CFS.
Getting some uninterrupted sound sleep is the way to replenish your energy levels and beat exhaustion. Most of the CFS patients are over-achievers and are also known to have broken or disordered sleep patterns. You should aim to get at least eight hours of sleep each night. If you have trouble with getting adequate sleep, you should try meditation. It is the best way to de-stress and wind down. Use Eucalyptus, Chamomile or Jasmine essential oils, they are known to aid relaxation and sleep.
Make sure the vitamin supplements you have been taking have adequate amounts of Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Vitamin D3, Magnesium, and Potassium. Vitamin B6 improves your immunity levels, Vitamin B12 is an excellent nerve tonic – it prevents depression and neurological degeneration. Magnesium and potassium prevent fatigue, muscle cramps and reduce pain and exhaustion.
We understand that living with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome can be challenging and frustrating. But no matter what, don’t lose hope and patience. If you stay positive you can beat CFS and regain your healthy self again!