COULD VITAMIN AND MINERAL DEFICIENCY BE BEHIND YOUR CHRONIC FATIGUE?
The world moves at a hectic pace these days. Are you tired and exhausted daily, even after a good night sleep? Do you struggle to keep your engagements with friends because you barely have the energy to get out of bed? Imagine that a simple errand, exhausts you for days. You can barely get out of bed to take a shower or fix a simple meal.
It is NOT normal to feel constantly tired; it is most often a sign of an underlying health issue or the hallmark of the increasingly common Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS).
For people struggling with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), this is their everyday reality. No matter how much rest they get, they just can’t seem to shake the extreme fatigue they feel.
Being chronically tired can be both physically and emotionally devastating for someone who is used to being highly productive.
CFS is extreme tiredness that doesn't improve with rest. The fatigue can affect one's entire life and prevent them from the simplest day-to-day activities. Unfortunately, CFS often impacts highly successful, driven people who are used to performing at the top of their game.
MOST COMMON CAUSES OF CHRONIC FATIGUE
The exact cause of CFS is unknown, but there are several theories. While the root of CFS can be challenging to uncover, there is always a reason for the symptoms.
It is not in your head; it is not because you are getting older, and it is not due to a deficiency of an antidepressant!
GUT HEALTH AND INFLAMMATION
Inflammation is a leading cause of many illnesses, and CFS is one of them.
Inflammation can come from many sources, including diet, food allergies or sensitivities, infections, medications, heavy metals, environmental pollutants, mold, previous surgeries, and tooth infections.
Gut inflammation is one of the most significant sources of CFS . It is a big category that includes a lot. It includes SIBO - small intestine bacterial overgrowth, leaky gut, low stomach acid, poor digestive enzyme production, malabsorption, parasites, fungal overgrowth; other infections, food intolerances, or an imbalance of the gut microbiome - bacteria in your gut activates the immune system.
Nutrition provides the foundational blocks for body processes, and as such, it plays a crucial role in preventing and limiting disease. One of the most common contributors to fatigue is nutrient deficiency related to inadequate consumption and absorption of essential vitamins and minerals.
While the etiology of chronic fatigue syndrome remains elusive, there is likely a connection between mitochondrial dysfunction, oxidative stress, and inflammation. Mi mitochondria are tiny factories that turn food and oxygen into energy. In other words, mitochondria are where metabolism happens. Mitochondria are susceptible to damage. When mitochondria are not working correctly, you suffer all the symptoms of low energy — fatigue, memory loss, pain, rapid aging, and more. Fatigue is the most common symptom of poorly functioning mitochondria.
Therefore, major players associated with mitochondrial dysfunction and chronic fatigue syndrome include, but are not limited to:
While getting these nutrients from food may provide additional phytochemicals that support mitochondrial health, oxidative balance, and other body processes, those with chronic fatigue syndrome may require more than they can get from food.
Many patients with chronic fatigue syndrome have increased levels of inflammation in their body, leading to pain and symptoms of Fibromyalgia, a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain.
Those individuals need to be tested for chronic infections such as Epstein Barr Virus, which causes Mono and Lyme Disease - an infectious disease caused by a tick bite.
Proper thyroid functioning is essential for regulating vital bodily functions like breathing, heart rate, and muscle strength. The two main hormones the thyroid releases are Triiodothyronine (T3) and Thyroxine (T4). A deficiency in these hormones can contribute to chronic fatigue.
These hormones are necessary for maintaining salt levels and regulating your metabolism and blood pressure. Low levels of those hormones can also lead to chronic fatigue. Chronic stress can also overwhelm the adrenal gland, which is crucial in producing and distributing hormones like Mineralocorticoids, Glucocorticoids, and Testosterone into the bloodstream.
How is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Treated?
Since CFS has different underlying causes, the treatment is often tailored to the individual. Whole h that said, a few general guidelines are recommended for most CFS patients.
PROTECT YOUR MITOCHONDRIA BY ADDRESSING THE CAUSES OF THE DAMAGE!!!
The typical American diet is chock full of sugar, starch, and processed foods and often lacking in the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients we need to stay healthy. As a result, your diet could worsen brain fog and chronic fatigue. Certain vitamin deficiencies also contribute to mitochondrial damage and CFS.
Minimize your intake of processed food, junk food, sugar, empty calories, artificial sweeteners, artificial colors, and other chemical food additives. Their toxic effects can damage your mitochondria and prevent them from producing energy properly.
Create a diet and eating plan focusing on whole foods, healthy sources of clean, grass-fed animal protein, and plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Treating Chronic Fatigue Syndrome requires optimizing nutrition and learning to deliver nutrients to your cells effectively. Eating a healthy, balanced plant-based diet will fuel the body and help decrease the production of stress hormones.
Although it is tempting to turn to caffeine when you have chronic fatigue, it will increase your cortisol (stress hormone) levels, irritate the stomach, prevent the absorption of essential nutrients, and make it more difficult for your body to manage stress. The best way to manage cortisol levels is to exercise regularly. Exercise releases endorphins and reduces stress levels in the body. Although people with chronic fatigue may experience extreme exhaustion after physical activity, working out a personalized treatment plan that balances exercise and rest is essential.
Address inflammation. Chronic inflammation slowly destroys our organs and ability for optimal functioning which leads to rapid aging. The nutrients, or anti-nutrients, you put into your body are the resource your cells use to grow, repair, and function properly. Giving your cells what they need to regenerate and self-cleanse yields a reduction in inflammation, which means you start feeling better.
Take mitochondria-protective and energy-boosting nutrients. These include but are not limited to Acetyl-L-Carnitine, Alpha-Lipoic Acid, Coenzyme Q10, N-Acetyl-Cysteine (NAC), Resveratrol, Magnesium, and NAD+. While not a cure-all, these nutrients, combined with a whole-food, plant-based diet, can provide metabolic support for those low on energy.
Rejuvii offers Intravenous vitamin therapies like Immunity Boost, Myers Cocktail, Vitamin C, and many other drips that can help correct nutritional deficiencies and provide relief to many individuals. In addition, we utilize Glutathione, a small protein and super antioxidant that helps with immune system boosting, liver detoxification, and free radical scavenging, to name just a few of its actions.
We take pleasure in offering individualized service, which includes listening to your objectives and goals and tailoring a drip plan to meet them.
Please take a look at our drips menu and choose the perfect IV infusion for you or give us a call at 224-372-3747 and ask for a consultation.
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