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Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is often described as relentless, disabling, and unexplained fatigue.
Because there is still no single test to confirm a diagnosis of chronic fatigue syndrome, your physician must rule out other disorders first.
Unexplained fatigue for six months or longer may result in a diagnosis of chronic fatigue. You can alleviate debilitating symptoms by healing a wounded inner ecosystem with help from glutamine found in Vitality SuperGreen, known to reduce chronic fatigue.
Recently, researchers from the Osaka City University Graduate School of Medicine in Japan have been able to identify markers of inflammation in the brain associated with chronic fatigue.1
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You may receive a diagnosis for chronic fatigue syndrome if you have had unexplained fatigue for six months or more.
You must also have four of the following symptoms:
While scientists aren’t sure what causes chronic fatigue, many studies point to a relationship with inflammation.2
This inflammation may be in the brain. It may be systemic, whole-body inflammation. Or, the inflammation may happen in the gut. Often, we see all three.3
For example, in 2012 researchers found that patients with chronic fatigue syndrome had immune markers in their blood that mimicked irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) — or an inflamed gut. They were also more likely to feel tired, have flu-like symptoms, and feel sad or irritable.4
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In addition to an inflamed gut (along with an inflamed body and an inflamed brain), there is also evidence that chronic fatigue syndrome is associated with changes in the inner ecosystem.
The inner ecosystem includes communities of microbes living within the digestive tract, mostly in the colon or large intestine.
Those with chronic fatigue syndrome have a wounded inner ecosystem.5 This means fewer good microbes and more microbes that inflame the lining of the gut.
Did you know that microbes living in the gut also influence levels of anxiety?6 Anxiety is one classic sign of chronic fatigue syndrome. Eating more probiotic foods or taking a probiotic supplement can help reduce fatigue in people diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome.7
At Body Ecology, we recommend eating fermented foods with every meal. This is because we know that the probiotics found in living foods are far more robust than those found in a probiotic supplement.
There are so many more fermented food options than you've been led to believe. You can find our tastiest Body Ecology recipes here.
Professor Michael Maes at the Clinical Research Center for Mental Health in Belgium shows that key nutrients like glutamine can seal a leaky and inflamed gut, which is associated with chronic fatigue syndrome.8
Glutamine, a core ingredient in Vitality SuperGreen, reduces the risk of leaky gut.9 Glutamine also keeps the gut barrier strong and intact when the body is inflamed.10
Professor Maes recommends using glutamine in conjunction with diet.
This is because diet directly shapes your inner ecosystem, feeding — or selecting — specific microbes. For example, foods filled with refined sugar will feed the yeast Candida. Your diet can also contain irritants that inflame the gut and “turn on” an immune response. Examples of common food irritants include wheat gluten and milk casein.
At Body Ecology, we recommend a diet that is:
Addressing inflammation in the body is a crucial step in overcoming chronic fatigue.
Chronic fatigue syndrome is a difficult condition to diagnose, characterized by unexplained, debilitating fatigue. A doctor will normally rule out a number of other health conditions first since there is no test to diagnose chronic fatigue syndrome. Chronic fatigue may come with other unpleasant symptoms, like memory loss, sore throat, muscle pain, headaches, and extreme exhaustion.
Though there is no known cause of chronic fatigue syndrome, researchers believe that the condition is related to inflammation. The inflammation may be found in the brain, throughout the body, in the gut, or as a combination of all three factors.
Repairing a wounded inner ecosystem is the most important step to alleviate chronic fatigue:
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