It is perfectly normal to feel tired after doing some strenuous physical activity, such as chopping and gathering firewood or walking up a steep hill. Usually, after a short period of rest, you should be well recovered. However, if you find yourself feeling tired for seemingly no reason at all and the feeling of exhaustion has been persisting for months, you may want to visit your doctor to enquire about chronic fatigue syndrome or CFS.
It is still unclear as to what causes chronic fatigue syndrome. Some theories suggest that it is due to a viral infection, mainly because the symptoms associated with CFS are very similar to those of common viral infections. For instance, headache, sore throat, muscle aches and joint pain are some common symptoms. Others symptoms include brain fog, impaired concentration or memory, irritable bowel issues and feeling unrested after adequate periods of sleep.
So far, no medication has yet been developed that can cure CFS. Similar to viral infections that do not have a known cure either, current best practice to conquer chronic fatigue syndrome is to strengthen your immune system by regularly taking vitamins, exercising and resting as needed. The following are some helpful tips and home remedies that may help you boost your energy and feel more invigorated.
- Eat more raw fruits and vegetables. The vitamins and minerals found in these healthy foods are excellent for strengthening the immune system and making you less susceptible to CFS. Drink at least 8 glasses of pure water a day to help flush out the toxins inside your body. You may want to supplement with Acidophilus or consume raw yogurt to keep your digestive system functioning properly.
- Get regular exercise. Ideally, 20-30 minutes of moderate exercise each day is recommended. It is vital to keep your joints and muscles supple and your body strong to help protect against chronic fatigue syndrome. If you don’t have the time for this you may have to settle for a 15-20 minute workout 3 times a week.
Many people think they need to drive to a gym in order to get adequate exercise. This is not the case.
- How about incorporating a brisk walk into your day?
- Taking the stairs whenever possible?
- Jogging with the dog or mowing your lawn with more enthusiasm?
There are many ways you can add exercise into your day. Try doing lunges while you are brushing your teeth. Or perhaps doing triceps dips and abdominal crunches during commercials when watching TV? Get creative. Turn the music up and dance your way through your house cleaning routine!
- Try natural supplements. Herbal medicines which have been found to contain immune system boosting qualities include Echinacea, Goldenseal and Ginseng root. Taking these supplements on a semi-regular basis is a great way to help protect yourself from CFS.
Herbal therapies are safe, natural and effective if you allow them time to work and follow directions. Some herbs such as Echinacea are not recommended to be taken more for more than 6 weeks to 8 weeks at a time, so be sure and check with your health practitioner. Glucosamine, Chondroitin and Devil’s Claw are successfully used by many individuals who suffer from joint pain as well.
Taking extra Vitamin C and Zinc can help boost your immune system. Taking Essential Fatty Acids, such as Omega 3, 6, and 9 oils, is not only great for your brain and cognitive function but also lubricates your joints from the inside out, making them even more useful if you are experiencing muscle pain and soreness.