Chronic fatigue and immune dysfunction syndrome (CFIDS) is sometimes referred to as a condition without a cause. Today, we know the opposite is true. There are a wealth of causes. Experts say CFIDS is a result of mixed infections with a wide group of viruses involved… among the most common, Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), herpes simplex viruses (genital, oral and herpes virus 6, which causes childhood roseola), and cytomegalovirus (CMV) are clearly implicated.
Environmental contaminants can contribute by lowering immune response, allowing CFIDS a path to develop through exhausted adrenal glands. Growing evidence points to high stress lifestyles, overwork and a degenerative imbalance in the endocrine/metabolic systems.
Latest estimates reveal that between 800,000 to 2 million Americans are struggling with chronic fatigue syndrome right now. Over 85% of CFS victims are women, usually between 30 and 50, most are outgoing, productive, independent, active, overachievers. Women under 45 are at the highest risk. Clearly it seems, today’s overworked, overstressed “superwomen” are paying the price of their hectic lifestyles in terms of health.
Energy Renewing Diet for CFS
1. Keep the diet at least 50% fresh foods during intensive healing. Emphasize foods that build immunity. Include often: Defense foods: white and green tea, cruciferous vegetables; Antibody forming foods: shiitake mushrooms, onions and garlic; Oxygenating foods: wheat germ, spirulina, sea veggies; Mineral-rich, B-complex foods: seaweeds, brown rice, dark greens; High fiber foods: prunes and brans; Cultured foods: fermented soy foods like miso, raw sauerkraut; Protein foods: seafoods, nuts, seeds and whole grains.
2. Avoid allergen-prone, body-stressing foods: junk and fast foods, caffeine, refined sugars, alcohol, dairy, gluten and chemicals.
3. Immune defense cells are created in bone marrow. Take a dairy-free protein drink every morning to keep new cell development strong.
4. Add green superfoods to your daily diet: barley grass, green kamut , spirulina, chlorella.
5. Add 2 tbsp. sea veggies daily. They speed healing by combating hypothyroidism, improving gland and metabolism balance.
Lifestyle and Fitness Tips
Take a daily deep-breathing walk for oxygen uptake. Walk for a half hour to stimulate lymphatic system and cerebral circulation. Highly recommended: Yoga and swimming.
Get 20 minutes early morning sunlight on your body every day possible for vitamin D.
Relax. An optimistic mental attitude and frame of mind help release body stress, a big factor in immune response. Stimulating immune response itself has an anti-viral effect.