Chronic fatigue syndrome update: CFS diet, managing CFS in winter, tips for boosting energy

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is often characterized by the inability to perform most activities due to feelings of tiredness. What’s more troubling is that no amount of sleep or energy drinks seem to help. We at Bel Marra feel this is an important condition that our readers should stay informed about, so we have gathered up all the information you need in one spot.

For you, the weekly health news round-up will help you learn about managing CFS in winter, depression, and CFS, as well as our best tips for boosting energy. For some added knowledge, we have also included the best foods for a chronic fatigue syndrome diet.

Chronic fatigue syndrome diet: Foods to eat and avoid


is a disorder that is characterized by extreme fatigue not attributed to any underlying condition. The fatigue experienced by those affected is often worsened with additional physical or mental activity and is not improved with rest.

CFS also goes by the name myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) and systemic intolerance disease (SEID). However, while chronic fatigue is a common trait among these definitions of the disorder, variations may exist depending on which is chosen. Continue reading…

Chronic fatigue syndrome patients may benefit from guided exercise: Study

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a debilitating condition for patients as they constantly live with low energy. It can make daily life a struggle and the worst part is that there aren’t FDA-approved treatments for it, so patients are often left in the dark about what to do to improve their symptoms. Symptoms of CFS include extreme fatigue, muscle and joint pain, sore throat and tender lymph nodes, headaches, and difficulties with memory and sleep. Continue reading…

Depression and chronic fatigue syndrome: How are they linked?

Depression and chronic fatigue syndrome, although different, may actually be linked. In both conditions, the patient will feel extremely fatigued, regardless of the sleep quality the night before. It is possible that a patient may have depression and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) simultaneously, or mistake one condition for the other. It’s important to recognize the key difference between depression and CFS in order to receive a proper diagnosis. Continue reading…

Managing chronic fatigue syndrome in winter: Tips to cope with winter tiredness

Winter tiredness stems from an increased production of melatonin, the hormone regulating our sleep-wake cycle. When it’s dark, our body believes it is time to go to sleep, so it makes more melatonin. Hence, sunlight is a good way to combat melatonin production and keep you awake. But with the sun nowhere to be found in the middle of winter, how can we fix this problem?


Winter tiredness is the feeling of sleepiness in the early evening. The sun is long gone, so your body goes into sleep mode in the absence of light. As more melatonin is produced, you feel like you’re ready to go to bed when it’s only 6 p.m. Continue reading…

Feeling exhausted? The reasons why you are feeling tired and tips for boosting energy

Tiredness, especially chronic, can negatively affect your day-to-day experience. You may have difficulties concentrating, you complete tasks slower, and worse yet, your weariness can affect your ability to drive, increasing your risk of accidents.

There are numerous reasons to feel tired, and poor sleep is the most obvious one. But did you know there are many medical conditions and lifestyle habits that can be contributing to your tiredness? It’s important you uncover the cause of your fatigue and address it effectively to get back to your old active life. Continue reading…


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