Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a debilitating illness that causes extreme fatigue, muscle pain, disturbed sleep patterns, cognitive problems, and hormonal imbalances that lead to deficiencies. Fibromyalgia, on the other hand, is a long-term disorder that causes widespread muscle pain, fatigue, trouble thinking (called “Fibro Fog”), stiffness, headaches, and trouble sleeping. People with these conditions tend to gain weight because their hormones are out of balance, their activity levels change, and their sleep patterns get messed up. Hormonal imbalances, like hypothyroidism, which is common in people with CFS, can slow down the metabolism, which makes people gain weight. Also, cortisol, which is often called the “stress hormone,” is usually low during the day but can rise at night. This can make it hard for people with CFS to sleep and make them gain weight. Cortisol can make you gain weight, especially around your middle and waist.
Getting better with Fibromyalgia and CFS
Think about the following to make things better:
- Give your adrenal glands the help they need: Most people with fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome have adrenal glands that are worn out. It’s important to stay away from things like caffeine (found in coffee, black tea, and chocolate), soda, alcohol, and sugar, which can put stress on the adrenal glands. Also, take supplements like vitamin C, vitamin B5, enzymes, and pantothenic acid that can help support the adrenal glands.
- Stick to a diet low in sugar: People with fibromyalgia and CFS can benefit from the Weekend Weight Loss Diet because it is low in sugar and full of nutrients that can help the body heal. It’s important to stay away from foods that are high in carbs and instead eat more vegetables and healthy fats, like avocado, extra-virgin olive oil, and virgin coconut oil.
- Eat foods that have a lot of magnesium in them: People with CFS and fibromyalgia often have low levels of magnesium, which is why it’s important to eat foods that are high in this mineral. Magnesium-rich foods include legumes, seeds, nuts, and green leafy vegetables like beet greens, spinach, Swiss chard, collard greens, and parsley. You could also take a supplement that has both magnesium and malic acid in it
- Get rid of the toxins in your body: Cleansing is an important part of treating these conditions. If you have CFS or fibromyalgia, you might want to start a cleansing program right away.
- Incorporate virgin coconut oil into your diet: Some people with fibromyalgia have said they got better and no longer have pain after starting the coconut diet and drinking more fresh juice. Try taking 2 to 3 tablespoons of virgin coconut oil every day to see if it helps your symptoms.