If you find yourself constantly tired and worn out, you may just have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). There are many reasons for being tired, so just because you are tired a lot doesn't always mean that you have CFS. However, if it persists for more than 6 months and is accompanied by symptoms like memory loss, sore throat, headaches, or muscle pain, you may need to talk to your doctor. Although there are several potential reasons for chronic fatigue, it's safe to say that one of the contributing factors is poor nutrition. Other causes could be faulty digestion, food allergies, obesity, sleep problems, tension or depression.
Smoking, alcohol and drugs could also make the problem worse. The main indications are physical and mental weariness. It can be so severe that people are unable to participate fully in normal, everyday activities. Even getting plenty of rest doesn’t seem to make any difference for most sufferers. But, with basic lifestyle changes and a diet rich in whole food nutrients, almost anyone can help prevent or even reverse these symptoms.
You may even want to consider easing into a raw food diet to boost your energy and reverse the effects of aging. You can switch to a more wholesome diet that consists mainly of fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. Citrus fruits, berries, tomatoes, potatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, red and green bell peppers, cabbage, and spinach are all full of vitamin C, which helps promote a healthy immune system. Zinc does the same and can be found in many types of nuts as well as other mineral sources.
And, for protein, focus on foods high in omega-3 oils. They are loaded with essential fatty acids (EFAs) which improve circulation and oxygen uptake with proper red blood cell flexibility and function. It’s imperative to get EFAs from your dietary choices, as the body cannot manufacture them. EFA deficiencies are linked to diminished mental capacities and immune function. When following a raw food diet, you will need to eat plenty of nuts, avocados and legumes for protein.
Other things that will help alleviate chronic fatigue include decreasing stress and getting plenty of rest and regular exercise. Drink lots of pure, clean water, and avoid sweets, caffeine, sodas, processed and salty foods. Set obtainable goals and think positively. It's important to know that your body was created to heal itself as long as it is maintained properly. And while seeking proper medical attention should always be your first step, there are things in your control that can help get your body back on track.