When you are feeling tired all the time even if you believe you are well rested, you may be suffering from chronic fatigue. Chronic fatigue makes you feel exhausted no matter what you try to do about it. That is, unless you address this issue with functional medicine modes of treatment.
Chronic fatigue syndrome is described as the feeling of extreme tiredness that won’t go away, which can’t be explained by any underlying medical condition. Symptoms include frequent headaches, chronic insomnia, muscle pain, frequent sore throat and multi joint swelling or pain. For a conventional physician, this problem is a challenge to diagnose because there are a lot of other illnesses that produce the same symptoms.
Luckily, the functional approach to medicine does not just treat symptoms with medication and hope the problem would go away altogether. Instead, it works to identify why a person is suddenly feeling so tired all the time. To give you a better idea, here is how functional medicine would approach treating chronic fatigue.
Wrong Diet Can Encourage Fatigue
There are certain foods that can readily trigger symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome. This is why if you are already suffering, they should be avoided completely. These include caffeine, added sugar, fried foods, white rice, pasta and all kinds of hydrogenated oils. Removing all of these from your daily diet can go a long way in preventing you from experiencing any more symptoms of chronic fatigue.
Your body’s deficiency in a number of vitamins may explain why you feel exhausted almost all the time. For instance, experts have found that the deficiency of vitamin D in the body can cause chronic fatigue syndrome. Taking a vitamin D supplement may help address this issue. On the other hand, some experts also believe that increasing intake of vitamin B6, B12 as well as other B vitamins can also help fight off chronic fatigue.
There are several hormonal imbalances that can readily cause chronic fatigue in a person. These include imbalances in testosterone, estrogen, insulin and thyroid hormones. Any issues here can readily contribute to fatigue and even sleep apnea.
As you can see, you will not end up just taking several kinds of medication if you choose to go tackle your chronic fatigue syndrome through a functional medicine approach. Instead, the functional kind of medicine would work to determine the root cause the exhaustion that you have been feeling and then prescribe the appropriate treatment. The approach will take care of the problem for good, allowing you to live a normal and active life.
Study Suggests Hormones, Autoimmunity and/or Viruses at Work in ME/CFS, simmaronresearch.com
Vitamin D deficiency results in chronic fatigue and multi-system symptoms, iacfsme.org
4 Steps to Overcome Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, draxe.com