Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and the Liver

Healthy liver function is critical for an individual with chronic fatigue syndrome. The liver is responsible for receiving and processing all nutrients that enter the body. An individual with this disorder has a depleted immune system and if this same individual weakness the livers ability to filter nutrients properly then the symptoms worsen.

One of the livers functions is to regulate carbohydrates. What this means to a person with chronic fatigue diagnosis is that if they ingest an imbalance of carbohydrates the liver will filter those into the blood stream thus raising the blood sugar level of that person. This will result in an increase in the level of insulin and it will increase the feelings of fatigue, lethargy and muscle weakness.

The liver also regulates protein metabolism, the production of cholesterol, Kupfer cells that attack bacteria, blood clotting, and it controls how the body processes lipids. If these processes are out of balance the individual will experience a flux greater than that of a healthy individual. Where a healthy individual may recover from too much cholesterol, a lower density of Kupfer cells, the body’s ability to have the blood clot properly and the removal of stored lipids the individual with chronic fatigue syndrome will experience a downward spiral of symptoms such as bloating, sluggish metabolism, gall bladder pain, and blood that has a difficult time clotting.

The individual with chronic fatigue causes can offset an unhealthy liver by detoxification. The liver has the ability to do this naturally, but if the liver gets out of balance with too many toxins there are ways to help the liver along. A detoxification program will remove excess chemicals from drugs, steroids, fats, waste products supplied by the intestines, and ammonia storage that results in destroying proteins. Proteins are an essential part of cell regeneration and are usually depleted in an individual with chronic fatigue symptoms.

Another way to insure the liver functions properly is to practice healthy eating habits. Avoid foods with sugar, white flour, saturated fats, caffeine, alcohol, processed foods and peanuts as they contain a type of mold that is difficult to metabolize in individuals with autoimmune diseases.

Foods that should be eaten regularly are fresh fruits, vegetables, seeds, walnuts, almonds, and oatmeal. Foods high in omega 3 boost the livers ability to filter waste. Examples of foods high in omega 3 are salmon, fish oils, tuna, and anchovies. If possible purchase organic foods, as they do not contain residue from pesticides and chemical fertilizers that will accumulate in the liver and have an effect on chronic fatigue symptoms.

Lifestyle is another way to reduce toxins in the liver. Smoking places toxins in the liver that need to be filtered out. This additional effort of the liver to process toxins from cigarette smoke weakness the metabolic process in an individual that already has a suppressed immune system.

Increased stress shuts the liver down by withholding the hormone cortisol. This hormone will increase the insulin level in the bloodstream and cause a spike in blood sugar. The symptoms will be shakiness, thirst, blurred vision and dehydration. Dehydration leads to constipation that will affect the overall health of the lower gastrointestinal track.

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