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A self-help guide - diet, nutrition and exercise to help chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia (CFS/ME)

Monday July 3, 2017

Chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia are hot news issues following a recent episode of the BBC’s ‘Doctor in the House’ where Dr Rangan Chatterjee coached a patient with diet and exercise to relieve symptoms.


Social media chat was disappointed that the tv show trivialised the condition, though Dr Chatterjee has indicated that each one-hour episode is edited from 3 months of recording, and the final edit is beyond his control.


Viridian Nutrition Technical Director, Ben Brown ND, shares this research paper which may offer further information on this debilitating condition.


He looks at:

Diet and Nutrition:
“It is plausible to suggest that dietary intervention could improve functional status in chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) or ME, considering that a healthy dietary pattern such as a traditional Mediterranean style diet could counter functional impairments, such as lowgrade inflammation and oxidative stress, and improve mental vigor, mood, and physical fitness.23-27 Some evidence that supports this hypothesis comes from a dietary intervention with high-polyphenol dark chocolate. In this study, eating dark chocolate for eight weeks—15 grams, three-times per day—significantly reduced fatigue and reduced anxiety and depression in CFS/ME sufferers.”

The gut:
“Low levels of Bifidobacterium, high levels of Enterococcus and Streptococcus, and small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) have been identified and may influence systemic CFS/ME pathology.”

Psychological and Physical Stress:
“The role of stress and the functional dynamics of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis in the development, maintenance, and treatment of CFS/ME have attracted considerable research.”


Explores whether exercise can really benefit those with the chronic condition.


Read the research paper 


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