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Home Treatments For Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Eat A Balanced Diet

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If you have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, you are probably very sensitive to the foods you eat and may even feel worse after meals. CFS may be making it difficult for you to eat a balanced diet, but remember that wellness does not spring forth from junk food. There are myriad diets and food plans that all claim to help but mostly contradict each other. Do not be discouraged by these claims; find what works for you by starting with a healthy, balanced diet, and eliminating foods that exacerbate your condition.

The Elimination Round

Avoid refined sugars like cookies, cakes, and soda. Try to limit your intake of natural sugars as well by cutting back on fruit and juice. Stay away from alcohol and caffeine. Low blood sugar may be a symptom of your Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and if you find yourself craving sugar, it will be difficult to abstain. However, when you eat refined sugars your body will inevitably crash and you will feel even worse. Resist the urge to give in to your craving and you will find your energy sustained.

Breakfast like a King

The saying goes "breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, dinner like a pauper." This is a good guide for optimum energy throughout your day. Many different diets compete for your allegiance; don't confine yourself yet to a low-carbohydrate or low-fat fad diet. There are also many diets tailored to specific body types, which again may or may not work for you. Instead, strive for balance and wellness; the food pyramid is your friend.

Your healthy diet should include:

  • Several dark-colored vegetables and fruits, which are anti-oxidant rich
  • Foods high in fiber
  • Foods high in Omega-3 fatty acids, found in some fish and oils
  • Increased salt intake if you have low blood pressure.
  • A limited amount of saturated fats (animal products).

Water, the life-giving wonder

Every time you reach for a soda, pour a tall glass of ice cold water instead. Do this 8-12 times a day, and if you are hungry before bedtime, drink water as well. Not only are you eliminating the sugar crash and dehydration that soda causes, you will be flushing toxins and re-hydrating your body with water, which will improve your health dramatically.

Snacks

When you find yourself hungry throughout the day and a meal is hours away, a healthy snack is an excellent way to pack in extra nutrients. Purge your pantry of junk food, and restock it with dried fruits, nuts, and granola. Yogurt is an excellent way to add some beneficial bacteria into your digestive system. Use these snacking opportunities as a supplement to your healthy meals, not as a chance for some guilty junk food binge eating. If you can overhaul your diet and adhere to these guidelines, you will experience a dramatic change in your health very soon. Remember to respect your body and to only put into it what will nourish it.

Sources: http://www.umm.edu/patiented/articles/lifestyle_psychotherapeutic_treatments_chronic_fatigue_syndrome__000007_6.htm

http://www.chronicfatigue-help.com/six.htm

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