How to recognise CFS: Functional medicine approach
With our functional medicine approach to CFS, we begin by ensuring the foundation layers to health are in place initially, such as blood sugar balancing. Optimising blood sugar levels can help improve CFS symptoms as many people with CFS/ME might have issues resulting in both low levels of blood sugars for some, and elevated levels in others.
What You'll Need
- Track your triggers
What You'll Do
- We resolve this with the right food like eating sufficient protein with each meal and snack, but also paying by attention to eating at the right times.
- Looking at the gut and digestion is also a key foundation layer because we know that gastrointestinal problems such as IBS are very common with CFS/ME. This is important to get right, because if the gut isn’t working optimally, it’s difficult to have maximum nutrient absorption from food and supplements, which are often desperately needed because the body can be so depleted. Among other systems, our gut health is central to our immunity and mental health via the gut-brain axis, so these areas tend to also improve as we restore gut function.
- Rather than looking for labels, I find it is much more constructive to identify and fully understand the causes and drivers of a client’s chronic fatigue illness. There may be some commonalities such as adrenal issues, mitochondrial dysfunction, food intolerances, infections and the presence of various toxic components behind the illness.
Tips & Warnings
- Each person presents with a unique picture of potential insufficiencies and toxicities that require a personalised approach, to truly improve symptoms and begin recovery. This requires skilled and experienced practitioners, and a huge amount of patience from all involved, as it can take a lot of time to address and resolve.