By Sarah King Feldman, Shine Integrative Health
Chronic Fatigue is a disorder characterized by extreme fatigue and prolonged tiredness that does not get better with rest. Unfortunately it is a condition that is becoming more and more common and though difficult to diagnose, is estimated to affect up to 2.5 million Americans each year. Other symptoms of chronic fatigue can include muscle aches, headaches, flu-like symptoms, joint pain, sore throat, difficulty concentrating and excessive tiredness. The cause of chronic fatigue is not readily known, but the disorder is thought to originate from a combination of factors including, stress, a weakened immune system, inflammation, toxins, negative emotions, hormonal imbalance and viral infection.
Tools for Combating Chronic Fatigue Thankfully, there are ways to combat the affects of chronic fatigue. Treatment is a combination of detoxification and the intake of nutrients into the body. Mitochondria health and ATP production also play a large role in this. In short, mitochondria (the powerhouse of the cell) use glucose and oxygen to produce ATP (among other things.) ATP is what fuels your cells with energy. Without healthy mitochondria and adequate ATP production, your body struggles to utilize nutrients, repair itself and detox.
There are different tools you can implement to help your body detox, intake the nutrients it needs, and increase ATP production and overall mitochondria health. In regard to nutrition, consuming fish, cod liver oil, ground flax, flax oil, avocado and extra virgin olive oil (Bragg’s brand is SKF approved) increases your intake of Omega 3s. Omega 3s are known to positively affect mental disorders, depression and joint pain, all of which can be experienced through chronic fatigue. Additionally, nutrients such as magnesium, B3, carnitine, glutathione and CoQ10 are used by the body to combat chronic fatigue. Thankfully, it is easy to incorporate foods in your diet that are high in these nutrients, as highlighted below. Magnesium: leafy greens, almonds, avocado, pumpkin seeds Vitamin B3 (Niacin): salmon, lentils, sunflower seeds, mushrooms L-Carnitine: chicken breast, asparagus CoQ10: strawberries, sesame seeds, pistachios, broccoli, cauliflower, oranges Glutathione: broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, chickpeas, spinach, beets
Other tools that can be used to boost mitochondria health and increase ATP production are the Prism Lightpod and BEMER therapy, explained in more detail below.
Prism Light Pod