Chronic fatigue syndrome, also known also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis or ME, is more common than previously thought with many people believed to be living with the condition undiagnosed.
To give you a quick overview of the illness: it tends to affect more women than men, though exactly why this happens is unclear, and can only be diagnosed after six months of persistent fatigue. The persistent fatigue that is felt by sufferers does not go away with either rest or sleep.
Other symptoms include: sleep problems, muscle or joint pain, headaches, a sore throat or sore glands that aren’t swollen, problems thinking, remembering or concentrating, flu-like symptoms, dizziness and sickness and fast or irregular heartbeats.
Currently, there is no treatment for chronic fatigue syndrome, so we’ve suggested six natural ways to deal with the disease and ease the symptoms whilst research develops.
1. Boost your Vitamin B
Research has shown that those who suffer from Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) have a reduced level of B vitamins. The deficiency of vitamin B6 and B12, in particular, could be linked with symptoms of chronic fatigue. Found in fish and organic meats or starchy vegetables, garlic, cooked spinach and hazelnuts, vitamin B6 helps relieve fatigue and can keep your immune system healthy.
Sometimes B vitamins can be a struggle for vegetarians and vegans to get into their diets, Vitamin B12 can be found in some nut milk as well as meat. It is critical for those who suffer from chronic fatigue as it is required for the methylation process: this is the process where compounds are utilised in key functions of the body, immune function, energy production, mood, inflammation and nerve function. When these key functions are not working adequately, chronic conditions such as fatigue are more likely to occur.
Aside from helping the methylation process, vitamin B12 itself can increase energy, helping to stimulate moods to reduce depression. These B vitamins are essential to aiding the treatment of chronic fatigue and stimulating other functions in the body that ease the illness.