In my previous article on chronic fatigue we examined the relationship between chronic fatigue and the Epstein Barr virus and what you can do about it. Today I wish to continue with more practical advice so that you can continue to take action to overcome chronic fatigue. The things I will be talking about are things I’ve learned about the hard way through my own personal battle with chronic fatigue.

Please remember that in my experience there is no one single cure-all for chronic fatigue. While a compromised immune system is one very common denominator we are all individuals with different health histories and very different bodies. What this means is you must take responsibility for your health and experiment for yourself. Discard what doesn’t work for you and keep what does.

How to Boost Your Immune System
Before I ended up with chronic fatigue I had major food allergies. This I feel played a major part in my personal health profile that eventually resulted in such chronic fatigue. Food allergies can cause a large reduction in white blood cell count. White blood cells are an important part of your immune function. In addition if you’re eating something you’re allergic to regularly then this will cause intestinal inflammation eventually leading to leaky gut syndrome and autoimmune reactions.

Low thyroid function is common in people who suffer from chronic fatigue. This can result in a lower metabolism and immune function. Recently I’ve written a number of times regarding the wonders of coconut oil. It is one natural way to boost thyroid function and metabolism.

Other things that have been shown to help with chronic fatigue and boost immune function you might like to investigate further include cod liver oil, magnesium (eat your leafy greens!), CoQ10, thymus extract supplements, Astragalus, Echinacea, and DHEA.

Stress Management Skills are Vital
Stress management is a major key to health. Learning good stress management skills and practices that you are able to continue to use even when stressful situations are at their worst is very important. For me meditation is one of the best stress management tools I know of.

Meditation can be learned by anyone. Simply sit and pay bare attention to your breath as it passes in and out through the nostrils. As you do so you’ll notice that your breath gradually becomes more and more refined. Everything slows down and tension may suddenly and unexpectedly fall out of your body. In modern life we are almost perpetually walking around with our sympathetic nervous system switched on.

This is the fight or flight system that nature only intended for us to use episodically in moments of life or death. When the sympathetic nervous system is active functions important for health such as digestion and assimilation, repair and immune function are inhibited. You can switch your body from the sympathetic nervous system to it’s opposite, the parasympathetic nervous system, through meditation.

Coming next we will finish this series of articles on chronic fatigue with The Psychology of a Sick Person Who Became Well. However, I will soon be writing a series of articles on Adrenal Fatigue. Treatment for adrenal fatigue is something the majority of chronic fatigue suffers respond well to. In the meantime you might like to enjoy the many health and wellbeing articles already here at Balanced Existence.

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