Chronic fatigue diet

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Any chronic fatigue diet should be based on food that is natural, unprocessed and if possible organic and include both protein and fibre.

The Metabolic Typing Diet is an excellent means of obtaining lasting health. It is not just a 'chronic fatigue diet'. It is the product of many years of detailed research and looks at the many ways the body metabolises food. It is based on the obvious but hitherto little understood fact that each individual has a unique metabolism.

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'Metabolic Typing', as the name suggests, is an analytical process that defines each individual's unique nutritional requirements by determining how they metabolise food and categorising a person according to their needs.

If you really want to pursue this path as fully as possible I recommend that you seek out a qualified Metabolic Typing practitioner for a consultation and hair analysis. The hair analysis will give you insights into who you are as a physical being that will likely revolutionize your views on health in general and nutrition in particular.

Small frequent meals are often a help for blood sugar imbalances so should also be a part of your chronic fatigue diet. After a large meal there is a temporary drop in the level of progesterone, due to an increased metabolic clearance rate of that hormone, so symptoms can become worse for a while.

Food should be natural, unprocessed and if possible organic and include both protein and fibre, particularly the gel forming fibre such as apple pectin, guar gum and oat bran as these have been shown to stabilise blood sugar, as has unrefined buckwheat.

As a substitute for sugar in your chronic fatigue diet, use xylitol, isomalt or stevia. Stevia is a natural extract from the plant Stevia rebaudiana, a member of the daisy family, native to Paraguay. The extract is 200-300 times sweeter than sugar, but has none of the drawbacks and does not affect blood sugar in any way. The fresh or dried leaves are easier to use and taste better.

Xylitol and isomalt are sugar alcohols, which look and taste like sugar, but are metabolized by the body at a much slower rate, they have respectively 2.4 and 2.1 calories per gram. A beneficial affect is their ability to reduce pathogenic bacteria and to act as a prebiotic for the good bacteria, a drawback is the high cost. If used in large quantities they can cause flatulence and have a laxative affect.

The link between progesterone and chronic fatigue is provided by the bodies' production of the stress hormones. Chronic fatigue is characterized by...

  • muscular weakness
  • exhaustion
  • confusion
  • procrastination
  • lethargy
  • excessive yawning
  • lack of libido
  • shortness of breath
  • joint pains
  • Some or all of these symptoms can be experienced after a stressful situation, be it an emotional trauma, an illness, giving birth (when it is termed post natal depression) or during the five to ten years preceding menopause.

    Many people have benefited from using progesterone, in combination with a soundly based chronic fatigue diet, to overcome the condition. As stress hormones are made in the adrenal glands from progesterone, a lack of it during these times could lead to the above problems manifesting themselves.

    Unfortunately many women now experience adrenal exhaustion, particularly in their mid thirties, rendering their adrenals incapable of making enough progesterone to counter the stress: a vicious circle.

    High levels of progesterone are needed to overcome chronic fatigue - 200mg/day of supplemental progesterone have found to be beneficial when maintained until the symptoms have disappeared. Once the symptoms have subsided the amount can be reduced to the level of stress being experienced.

    To find out more about progesterone therapy in general and how it benefits health issues other than in conjuction with a chronic fatigue diet, please click here.

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