Archive for May, 2010

Is the food you’re eating stealing minerals from your body?

Monday, May 24th, 2010

There are food that you can eat or drink that can steal minerals from your body as a result your body will have a hard time recovering from it.  An example of this is drinking coffee.  Aside from being a stimulant that can tax your adrenals (which is a possible cause of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) it also steals your iron from you body.  Losing additional iron through drinking coffee can have effects on your chronic fatigue symptoms because the iron lost affects the amount of oxygen your body can move via your blood cells.  Less oxygen means more tired you are because your cells are staving from having lower levels of oxygen then they need.

Coffee isn’t the only food or drink that cause this to happen.  All of the B vitamins are needed as well for energy production.   Without them your body isn’t going to have the energy available to function properly.  Coffee and tea along with diuretics can cause a reduction in B vitamins in the body.

When dealing with chronic fatigue symptoms and chronic fatigue syndrome that you should re-evaluate your diet and what you eat and drink on a daily basis.

Yuppie Flu or Adrenal Burnout

Monday, May 10th, 2010

Yuppie Flu or Adrenal Burnout are both names that Chronic Fatigue Syndrome used to be called before it became known as CFS.  They describe the same physical state, the state of fatigue and overwhelm where the body doesn’t feel like it can go.  Pushing to hard, dealing with stress, is how CFS was originally named Yuppie Flu and/or Burnout.

Some of the typical culprits of what could be behind CFS is a lack of fiber in ones diet, not eating enough vegetables, eating to much sugar and high sugar foods, not drinking enough water, consuming to much caffeine and coffee, to much high fat in your diet from meat and other sources, food allergies such as soy, dairy, peanut, etc; and the big one, stress.  To much of the bad stuff, not enough of the good stuff can cause your body to go into stress mode and cause problems, that result in CFS.

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Changing your diet can often improve your Chronic Fatigue Syndrome symptoms

Sunday, May 9th, 2010

If you wake up tired every night you may be suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.  The cure could be as simple as changing your diet and eating better foods.  There are people who sleep 8+ hours a night, night after night and still feel tired.  The tired that keeps them from having energy past 2 pm in the afternoon.

There are studies that have been done that say that nearly 20% of America has fatigue symptoms that interfere with their daily lives.   The primary reasons that can cause this is every between eating a poor diet, to drinking too much caffeine, inactivity / lack of exercise and excessive stress in ones daily life.

Cutting out the caffeine in ones diet, over time, can help the fatigue by allowing your body to recover from being over stimulated on a daily basis.  Exercise can help speed up the metabolism to heal and recover.

Diet; can have a large part to play in fatigue from everything from being anemic to having low energy.

Those that are anemic and suffering from low iron have less red blood cells to move oxygen around the body.  When the body has less oxygen then it feels tired and doesn’t have the energy.  Some people also have deficiencies in B12 a common ingredient in energy drinks (which is why they give you energy).

Adding more green leafy vegetables and live foods that contain iron and b12 could help improve ones fatigue.  The old addage, you are what you eat, is very true.