TOP ELEVEN FOODS AND DRINKS TO HELP WITH CFS AND FIBROMYALGIA…

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CFS and chronic fatigue in Fibromyalgia can be quite debilitating and something I really struggle with so I am always looking out for ideas on how to help with the fatigue. Hopefully one of these tips will help someone else suffering from either of these diseases.

  1. Limit your dairy intake and use low fat milk, cheese or yoghurt
  2.  If it’s during the day and you are desperate to get a job done then go for the chocolate or cheese option but don’t make a habit of it.
  3. Tea or coffee but again only during the day and NEVER taken after 6pm or your evening sleep will be interrupted. Some good teas to drink are Chamomile and dandelion chai and of course green tea.Tea contains 2 things that appear to offer health benefits: polyphenols and theanine which they say has a lot more to offer for people suffering from Fibromyalgia and CFS.
  4. Eat your greens.
  5. Eat Protein – Getting enough protein in your diet is especially important, because your body needs it for growth and maintenance. Protein is directly responsible for about 20% of the material in your cells and tissues. Animal-based proteins (such as milk, meat, fish, poultry and eggs) will give you the amino acids your body needs to build protein.
  6. Avoiding aspartame can dramatically reduce pain and improve cognitive function in many.
  7. Add dark-coloured fruits, including berries, which are also recommended.
  8. Herbs that may help with symptoms of chronic fatigue include:
  9. Ginseng (Panax ginseng) may help improve energy (100 – 300 mg 2 times per day). One test tube study found that ginseng and echinacea increased the immune response in cells taken from people with CFS. But no studies have been done where people took ginseng for CFS. Ginseng can increase the risk of bleeding, especially if you already take blood-thinners such as clopidogrel (Plavix), warfarin (Coumadin), or aspirin. Ginseng also may interact with several drugs, including those taken for diabetes or to suppress the immune system. People with heart disease, schizophrenia, diabetes, or those with hormone-sensitive cancers — including breast, uterine, ovarian, or prostate cancer — should not take ginseng.
  10. Echinacea (Echinacea species) may help boost the immune system (200 mg 2 times per day). No studies, however, have looked at echinacea as a treatment for CFS in people. People with autoimmune disease, such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis, should not take echinacea.
  11. Take flaxseed oil as all those omega 3’s and 6’s are a great way to get the blood flowing and the creaky joints moving.

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