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increasing your intake of raw food is could be helpful. when you consume cooked food there is actually an immune system response (analysis of the blood shows the immune system in a state of emergency). with the body actually viewing the food as a foreign invader. this saps your energy as the body sees fighting off the deemed invader are more important avenue for energy useage. but also digesting cooked food is very energy consuming (ever noticed feeling tired after eating). raw foods contain enzymes that aid digestion considerably and free up this energy to a large extent. a diet based on raw grain muesli, salads, nuts and seeds, lightly stir fried vegetables, raw veg juices and raw whole fruits, alongside cooked whole grains, lean meats and fish and cold pressed vegetable oils will give your body real food it will thrive on. a high protein diet can be helpful in one respect in that it raises noradrenaline and dopamine levels in the brain (two chemical messengers which keep you alert and motivated and full of energy). but bare in mind that the main energy source for the body is carbohydrate, the brain included (it can only use glucose or glutamic acid for fuel). so a high protein diet will raise noradrenaline and dopamine levels in the brain but will in its nature be low in carbohyrates which the body best sources glucose from (it can from protein but much prefers it form carbs), so it may actually contribute to fatigue in the end (this is why many atkins diet followers get tired on the diet).
there is a way round it. follow a healthy diet as recommended above no more than 20% protein, 30% fat and 50% carbs. in between meals take L-tyrosine tablets (experiment to see how many you need at a time, they come in 500mg doses, so start off low and take more of need be). tyrosine is the precursor amino acid to the two chemical messengers i mentioned before (dopamine and noradrenaline) and taking it between meals can promote vitality and energy. this is a much healthier and more effective way of promoting this alert brain chemistry. a high protein body when it isn't needed for an actvity such as body building strains certain oragns and can cause a state of over acidity in the blood which leads to the body releasing calcium form bones to neutralise the acid environment which can contribute to osteoporosis over time. precursor therapy can be very effective depending on the condition. another example is depression and anxiet, where 5-HTP is given as a supplement to boost serotonin levels.

alex.
Natalie,

Low carb does [I]not[/I] mean that you don't eat veggies or fruit, you just try to avoid those that have a high carb content. You might want to do some research on the concept. Just a suggestion.

Concerned Male,

Going low carb was one of the best things I did for my CFS (in terms of lowering fatigue levels) and it also lowered my cholesterol. After you've been doing it for awhile the suggestion is that you add more grains and other things, but in small amounts so that you still maintain the low carbs and keep blood glucose level down.
[QUOTE=peregrine]Natalie,

Low carb does [I]not[/I] mean that you don't eat veggies or fruit, you just try to avoid those that have a high carb content. You might want to do some research on the concept. Just a suggestion.

Concerned Male,

Going low carb was one of the best things I did for my CFS (in terms of lowering fatigue levels) and it also lowered my cholesterol. After you've been doing it for awhile the suggestion is that you add more grains and other things, but in small amounts so that you still maintain the low carbs and keep blood glucose level down.[/QUOTE]


I knew that you would jump on me for my comments. I was talking about STRICT LOW CARB. That is why I used the word STRICT. Meat, cheese, eggs, fats. That is strick low carb.

I don't need to do any research, I am fully informed of the dangers of STRICT low carb, for healthy and unhealthy (CFS) individuals. Perhaps you and other low carb people should not be so quick to take offense. It is just a diet, afterall, and nothing that needs to be defended so aggressively.





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