Almost all of us have been affected or know of someone who has been affected in terms of health and economic reasons. Before Covid entered our lives many of us were experiencing increasing levels of stress. Trying to maintain that work-life balance has lifted levels of emotional stress to stratospheric levels. It is a well
known theory amongst psychiatry professionals, that emotional stress is a potential link to the emergence of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).
WHAT IS CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME (CFS)
It is perfectly normal to feel tired after strenuous bouts of physical activity, and usually, after a short period of rest, you should feel well rested and recovered.
However, if you find yourself feeling tired for no apparent reason at all and this feeling of exhaustion persists, you may wish to visit your doctor in case you are displaying signs of chronic fatigue syndrome or CFS.
Despite the staggering amount of medical knowledge there is today. It is still unclear as to what causes chronic fatigue syndrome. Some theories suggest that it is caused by 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 examples of common symptoms of CFS. Other less common symptoms include brain fog, impaired concentration or memory, irritable bowel issues and feeling unrested after adequate periods of sleep.
To date so far, no medication has yet been developed that can ‘cure’ CFS. This is a similar situation 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 taking time to rest as needed.
The following information contains some helpful tips and home remedies that may help you boost your energy and feel more invigorated.
Choose Natural Dietary Sources
- Eat both raw fruits and vegetables. The vitamins and minerals found in these foods are excellent for strengthening the immune system.
- Drink at least 8 glasses of pure water a day to help flush out toxins. This can be either high quality tap water or mineral water.
- Take a supplement containing Acidophilus or consume raw yogurt to keep your digestive system functioning properly.
Taking Regular Exercise
Ideally, aim for 20-30 minutes of moderate exercise each day. This is recommended to be the least amount time. Where possible, aim to increase this. Even an extra 30 minutes every couple of days can make a difference. It is vital to keep both your joints and muscles supple. Doing this will help keep 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 minutes daily workout, 3 times a week. Your aim should be to maximize the available time each week you have for exercise.
Many people think they need to drive to a gym in order to get adequate exercise. This is simply not the case. There are many ways you can add exercise into your daily routine.
- How about incorporating a brisk walk into your daily routine?
- Taking the stairs whenever appropriate?
- Jogging with the dog or mowing your lawn with more energy and enthusiasm?
- Try and do lunges while you are brushing your teeth.
- Doing triceps dips and abdominal crunches during commercials whilst watching TV.
- Think outside the box. Turn the music up and dance your way through your house cleaning routine!
Taking Natural Supplements
For many centuries many herbal medicines have been found to contain immune system boosting qualities. These include Echinacea, Goldenseal and Ginseng root just to name a few. Taking these supplements on a regular basis is a great way to help support your immune system and getting some protection from CFS.
Many herbal therapies are safe, natural and effective. But you need to allow them time to work. 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 medical health practitioner before taken any herbal therapies.