The key to combatting chronic fatigue is in your gut

There’s a reason why they call it “chronic fatigue.” When you’ve got chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), you never feel fully rested – no matter how much sleep you get.

You feel absolutely exhausted after barely exerting yourself. You’re weak… your muscles ache… and you even have trouble concentrating and remembering things.

It’s not just “old age” – it’s a debilitating condition, and one that most commonly plagues women in their 40s and 50s

Chronic fatigue syndrome has mystified the mainstream medical community for years. Because it causes a range of issues that masquerade as other diseases, it can be incredibly difficult to accurately diagnose.

And some doctors don’t even think it’s a real medical condition – and if they think you’ve got it, they’ll ship you off to a psychologist for “talk therapy.”

Well, the time to stop talking about chronic fatigue and start actually doing something to treat it is now – because a recent study from Cornell University has traced the beginnings of CFS back to your BELLY, not your brain!

This makes perfect sense, because the bacteria in your gut do a lot more than digest your food. They help direct your immune system, regulate your metabolism, and even send signals to your brain that control your emotions.

In the study, researchers found that stool samples from chronic fatigue syndrome patients had a less diverse gut flora – and the difference was so distinctive that they were able to diagnose CFS patients based on those samples alone with 83 per cent accuracy.

Blood tests also showed markers for inflammation, which researchers theorized were likely due to a “leaky gut” from intestinal issues paired with CFS. These “leaked” bacteria in the blood trigger an immune response that could worsen CFS symptoms.

Leaky gut has been shown to trigger allergies and a variety of common illnesses. And these same biological markers are often found in people with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

We still don’t really know whether CFS is a symptom of a gut issue… or the gut issues are a symptom of CFS… understanding that they’re linked to each other means there’s something we can do about it.

Eliminating the causes of leaky gut syndrome – like alcohol consumption and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) – can certainly go a long way toward improving your symptoms. But it can also be caused by infections, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, and Candida overgrowth.

Supplementing with probiotics can help rebalance your gut flora and prevent bacteria from leaking into your bloodstream. And giving your gut a healthy dose of good bacteria can help ward off everything from depression to diabetes.

Start with a quality probiotic supplement from a maker you trust. Look for one that contains several different strains of bacteria.

And limit the amount of sugar and processed foods you eat, which provide fuel for bad gut bacteria, and focus instead on the meats, vegetables, nuts and other natural foods that our ancestors would’ve eaten.

The Paleo Diet provides all the gut-healthy foods you’ll need to get your flora back on track.

Wishing you the best of health,

Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Editor
Nutrition & Healing

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Sources:

Chronic fatigue syndrome is in your gut, not your head, sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/06/160627160939.htm

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), cdc.gov/cfs/general/index.html

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