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Dr. Oz on chronic fatigue syndrome

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Chronic fatigue syndrome is now recognized as a real disease and not just a figment of the imagination, thanks to Dr. Oz. Thousands of people, mostly women, suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome. It interferes with daily life, livelihood, and peace of mind. Dr. Oz has helped bring attention and awareness to chronic fatigue syndrome, a condition which often leaves victims to face the challenges on their own.

What is chronic fatigue syndrome? Chronic fatigue syndrome is a serious condition that causes complete physical exhaustion. The exhaustion is further exacerbated by mental or physical activity. To make matters worse, chronic fatigue syndrome usually does not improve with bed rest. In fact, most people with chronic fatigue syndrome wake up already feeling exhausted. They usually suffer with poor concentration, muscle aches, and headaches. “People with chronic fatigue syndrome feel as if they have the flu that never goes away,” said Dr. Oz.

What causes chronic fatigue syndrome? Doctors are not sure what causes the condition. According to Dr. Oz, anemia and hypothyroidism are both contributors to chronic fatigue syndrome. People with anemia should increase their iron intake by eating iron rich foods such as broccoli and spinach. They should also use iron cookware. Talk with your doctor before taking iron supplements which may cause constipation, or other problems if taken in excess. If hypothyroidism is responsible for your chronic fatigue symptoms, discuss treatment options with your doctor. In the meantime, eat a healthy, well-balanced diet, rich in vitamins and nutrients to help increase your energy level. Also consider taking magnesium supplements. "Magnesium will help your body convert food into energy," advised Dr. Oz.

Chronic fatigue syndrome could lead to other health problems including depression, high blood pressure, and weight gain. Seek treatment if you are experiencing symptoms that could indicate chronic fatigue syndrome.

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