This article follows on from How to Overcome Chronic Fatigue.

Many people, who have chronic fatigue, first catch the Epstein Barr virus and then gradually decline into chronic fatigue. This is how I ended up with chronic fatigue. Thus I think it is important that if you are going to overcome chronic fatigue you need to understand what it is the Epstein Barr virus does to the body.

A feature of the Epstein Barr virus is its ability to establish lifelong latent infection after the initial infection. Essentially once you have it you have it for life. However, this latent infection is kept in check by a healthy immune system. Which is precisely why in my first article on chronic fatigue I emphasized the necessity of making health your number one priority in life.

If you do not, even if you manage to pull yourself all the way out of chronic fatigue only to return to a lifestyle that is not health focused you are likely to gradually revert back to a chronically fatigued state. Thus if you’re like me you have no other choice but to be as healthy as you can be.

Epstein Barr
People with an already compromised immune system are susceptible to latent infections including such as from the Epstein Barr virus. Moreover the infection itself can compromise the immune system. Essentially it is very important for you to understand that a disturbed immune system is central to chronic fatigue. With Epstein Barr the most immune system abnormality is a decreased number or activity of natural killer cells. Natural killer cells are used to destroy cells that are infected with cancerous or viral toxins.

This is not to say that a compromised immune system is the only causal factor of chronic fatigue brought on by Epstein Barr. Usually there is a complex of issues that together induce this chronic illness. Just two that I’ve written about previously are parasitic fungal yeast overgrowth and intestinal dysbiosis. Such issues must be found and eliminated if you are to overcome your chronic fatigue.

Essential Fatty Acids and Epstein Barr
With your immune system potentially compromised you need to give it and your body a helping hand. The good news is there are many things you can do to do just that. The one thing we will look at today is Essential Fatty Acids (EFA). A viral infection such as from Epstein Barr actually lowers the level of EFA in the blood. More importantly EFA have direct antiviral effects and are lethal to many viruses.

Salmon, flaxseed and walnuts are the best food sources of EFA. Some research indicates that EFA may be better absorbed from food then from supplements. This fits with the idea that good nutrition is a complex of necessary compounds that interact in complex ways not yet fully understood. Other good sources of EFA include scallops, cauliflower, cabbage, halibut, shrimp, cod, tuna, soybeans, tofu, kale, collard greens, and Brussels sprouts.

As much as 99% of the United States population does not consume enough EFA. The symptoms of omega 3 fatty acid deficiency include fatigue, dry and/or itchy skin, brittle hair and nails, constipation, frequent colds, depression, poor concentration, lack of physical endurance, and/or joint pain. Sound familiar?

In the next article on Chronic Fatigue – How to Boost Immune Function and Overcome Chronic Fatigue – we’ll examine a host of other immune boosting compounds as well as a fantastic stress management technique.

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