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Chronic Fatigue

What is chronic fatigue? What are the causes and drivers of chronic fatigue? Read supplement, lifestyle and dietary advice, as well as herbs helpful for chronic fatigue, Therapy Approved by our expert Nutritional Therapist team in Wilmslow Cheshire

Chronic Fatigue - What Is it?

Chronic fatigue is a condition defined by prolonged and debilitating fatigue that is not relieved by rest or sleep. Naturopathic medicine views chronic fatigue as a complex condition with multiple underlying causes[i].

From a naturopathic perspective, chronic fatigue may be caused by a combination of possible factors such as chronic infections, adrenal fatigue, hormonal imbalances, nutritional deficiencies, food sensitivities, stress, and poor sleep quality[ii].

Nutritional Therapists aim to identify and address the underlying causes of chronic fatigue through investigative questions and functional testing. They use a personalized and holistic approach, this may include a comprehensive medical history, physical exam, laboratory tests, and other diagnostic tools. The results of testing and the naturopathic timeline will inform the treatment plan created. These treatment plans made for your individual needs may include dietary and lifestyle modifications, stress reduction techniques, nutritional supplements, herbal medicines, and other natural therapies[iii].

The goal of naturopathic treatment is to restore the body's natural balance and promote optimal health and wellbeing, thereby reducing symptoms of chronic fatigue and improving overall quality of life.

Why Do We Get Chronic Fatigue And Who Is At Risk?

Let’s look deeper into the potential causes of chronic fatigue:

It's important to note that chronic fatigue is often multifactorial, meaning that there may be multiple underlying causes that contribute to the condition.

Nutrition and Dietary Advice For Chronic Fatigue

Naturopathic nutritional therapy is a method that uses food and supplements to encourage the body's natural healing processes and tackle underlying imbalances that lead to chronic fatigue. People with chronic fatigue may be given the following dietary and nutritional recommendations:

1. Consume a nutrient-rich diet - A diet that is abundant in nutrient-dense whole foods, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, and lean proteins, can provide the necessary nutrients to promote optimal health and energy production.

2. Refrain from consuming inflammatory foods - Inflammatory foods like sugar, processed foods, and refined carbohydrates can lead to chronic inflammation and aggravate chronic fatigue symptoms[vi]. (Read our article on inflammation)

3. Identify and address food sensitivities - Food sensitivities like dairy or gluten intolerance can cause chronic inflammation and contribute to fatigue. Identifying and avoiding these trigger foods can help decrease inflammation and increase energy levels[vii].

Note: please bear in mind everyone has a different health journey, there is often no one size fits all which helps to resolve symptoms. Please speak to our nutritional therapist team here at Therapy Organics in Wilmslow, Cheshire. Our expert team can look deep into your personal journey and causational factors which are unique to you. We can recommend a nutrition, supplement and lifestyle plan and also recommend testing which will help us get to the bottom of the issues for you.

Supplements For Chronic Fatigue and Their Benefits

Try: A Vogel Siberian Ginseng Eleutherococcus Drops: Siberian Ginseng helps to increase energy levels and fights symptoms of fatigue through supporting your psychological health[viii], its also a great option for balancing female hormones[ix].

Try: Terranova Cordyceps Rhodiola & Ginseng Super-Blend Powder: Cordyceps, Rhodiola Root, American Ginseng, Ginger Rhizome/Root, Avena Sativa (Green Oat Seed), and Cayenne Fruit are adaptogenic herbs with various benefits such as supporting healthy energy metabolism, nerve function, and circulation. They may also help with exercise tolerance, endurance, and nutrient distribution in the body. Cordyceps: Cordyceps have long been used in traditional Chinese medicine among older populations to provide energy, reduce fatigue and boost libido and sex drive[x].

Try: Viridian D-Ribose Powder: A nutritional kick-start providing high-potency support. Featuring Ribose with the supportive nutrients Magnesium, Acetyl-l-carnitine and Malic Acid. Studies show significantly improved symptoms of chronic fatigue conditions, including: Increasing energy levels. Improving sleep quality. Improving mental clarity[xi].

Try: Cytoplan Nicotinamide Riboside: Nicotinamide Riboside (NR) is a very unique member of the vitamin B3 family. The body converts NR into Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide (NAD+) which is an essential molecule found in every living cell.

NAD+ enables cells to convert the food that we eat into energy. Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NADH) may be depleted in chronic fatigue syndrome[xii].

Try: Sun Chlorella A: Chlorella is a freshwater single-cell green algae, a natural whole food that contains a spectrum of nutrients perfectly designed by nature. Those nutrients include Iron, Vitamin B12, Vitamin D and Folic Acid Chlorella is of great interest to many who suffer from Fatigue (AFS) and become exposed to heavy metals in the environment[xiii]. These algae can help your body to detox.

Try: Terranova Beetroot Juice, Cordyceps & Reishi Superblend Powder: Beetroot Juice, Cordyceps & Reishi Super-Blend is an energy-powering powdered combination of fresh freeze-dried Beetroot Juice & Greens, Cordyceps Mycelia, Reishi Mycelia and Wheatgrass Juice with Ginger and Cayenne. Beetroot has been studied in light of fatigue due to its high levels of potassium and iron are invaluable for those getting over a viral illness or suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome such as ME [xiv]. Studies show that reishi mushrooms may reduce the severity of chronic fatigue[xv].

Try: Terranova Vitamin C 250mg Multi-Ascorbate Complex (Non Acidic): Vitamin C 250µg Complex with a blend including Acerola, Rosehips & Sea Buckthorn. Vitamin C at higher doses can be helpful for symptoms of chronic fatigue. Studies show high-dose vitamin C showed a significant reduction in fatigue in almost all studies [xvi].

Try: Living Nutrition Fermented Ashwagandha: Wholistic Ashwagandha is a natural formula to nourish the mind and relax the nervous system[xvii].

Try: Dr. Schulze's Superfood (400g): The 14 botanical foods in Dr Schulze's Original Superfood Plus (four weeks supply) provides high levels of protein as well as high levels of vitamins B6 and B12. In studies, some patients with chronic fatigue syndrome benefit from taking B vitamin supplements [xviii].

Try: Pure Encapsulations O.N.E. Multivitamin (ONE Multi): O.N.E. Multivitamin is a once-daily formula with a comprehensive profile of highly bioavailable vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients and other factors to support optimal nutrition.

Functional Testing For Chronic Fatigue

Functional testing can help identify underlying dysfunctions that contribute to chronic fatigue. Tests such as Adrenal Stress Index, Thyroid Panel, Genetic Testing, Intestinal Permeability Profile, Coeliac & Gluten Sensitivity Panel, and Dietary Antigen Test can assess adrenal function, thyroid function, genetic variations, gut health, gluten intolerance, and food sensitivities. By identifying these factors, targeted treatment strategies can be developed to address the root cause of chronic fatigue.

Lifestyle Advice For Chronic Fatigue:

In addition to dietary recommendations, naturopathic nutritional therapy may also involve lifestyle changes to support the body's natural healing processes and improve energy levels:

A naturopathic practitioner and nutritional therapists can work with an individual to develop a personalised lifestyle plan that addresses their unique needs and supports optimal health and wellbeing.

Treatment Options For Chronic Fatigue:

Naturopathic medicine offers a range of treatments that can be effective in addressing the underlying causes of chronic fatigue. Here are some of the naturopathic treatments that may be recommended:

For more information on naturopathic treatments contact us today, or have a look at our treatments section to see the treatment options we can provide.

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Please note that the information contained within this website does not and should not replace medical advice, and is not intended to treat or diagnose. We always recommend you consult with your doctor. Our Nutritional Therapy team is highly trained and we offer one to one Nutritional Therapy Consultations, which are designed to be complementary to any medical treatment from a functional medicine approach, as well as offering a preventative & optimal health focus.