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Tackling Chronic Fatigue Syndrome with a Healthy Diet

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Chronic fatigue syndrome is difficult to diagnose and treat. The unexplained feelings of extreme tiredness and lack of rest can hinder your way of life in numerous ways. There are several ways to treat chronic fatigue syndrome, but one of the best measures is a healthy diet. Making lasting changes to the foods you eat can help alleviate symptoms when combined with other treatment.

Limit Caffeine

If you are suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome, you should limit your caffeine intake. Caffeine inhibits restful sleep and can leave you feeling more tired than before that cup of coffee. It also gives you a burst of energy, during which you may overdo it and cause even more fatigue. While some people are okay with a little bit of caffeine each day, be careful to keep it limited to one or two beverages and never near bedtime.

Eat Several Small Meals

Instead of focusing on three meals a day, try eating five or six smaller meals. Eating frequently will help keep your energy up. It can also keep you from losing too much weight due to not having an appetite, which is common with chronic fatigue syndrome.

Focus on Vegetables

Eating fresh or steamed vegetables is a great way to boost your energy. Non-starchy vegetables have many vitamins and nutrients that can provide you with the fuel you need to get through your day. Incorporating snacks of fresh red, yellow, and green starch-free vegetables can greatly improve your symptoms.

Other Dietary Changes

Each individual, symptoms, and factors are different. The foods that might cause you to feel more fatigued might be different for you than another patient. Keeping a food and symptom diary can help you identify foods that cause your symptoms to flare. Going over your diet options with an experienced doctor can also help you discover the best diet for your chronic fatigue syndrome. To discuss diet and other treatments, contact us today.