Got Chronic Fatigue Syndrome? You’re not alone. Once a disease that was considered to be “all in your head”, it is now recognized as a real disorder that affects an estimated 1 million Americans. The majority of them are women. Chronic Fatigue can be a serious condition since it can interfere with everyday activities and may also include symptoms of depression, insomnia and brain fog.

Have no fear though. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome can be treated with proper nutrition and supplementation. Nutritional treatments should focus on enhancing cells’ mitochondria. One possible way to do this is to eat a high-protein diet low in sugar and gluten-containing grains. Getting regular exercise, even though it seems hard to do when you’re chronically fatigued, can help increase energy levels as well.

Additionally, here are 6 supplements that can help increase energy:

B-complex Vitamins

B-complex vitamins are especially important for energy production because they help with the Krebs cycle, which helps convert food to energy. Make sure you’re getting adequate amounts of B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B5 (pantothenic acid), B12 and folate. Taking a quality multivitamin with at least 50mg of each of these B-complex vitamins is a good idea.

Coenzyme Q-10

Research has shown that those who suffer from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome have low levels of Coenzyme Q-10. Supplementing with this nutrient can increase energy levels. Try supplementing with at least 200mg and make sure you’re taking it with some type of fat for better absorption.


Carnitine helps transport fats deep into cells so they can be burned for energy. It is especially helpful to take carnitine with coenzyme Q-10, which has been shown to improve mental and physical fatigue in older individuals. The best form of carnitine is acetyl L-carnitine, which should be consumed in a 1,000mg dose once a day.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C (along with the B vitamins) helps you produce your own carnitine. An early symptom of low vitamin C levels is fatigue. Try getting at least 1,000-5,000mg divided doses of vitamin C daily. The dosage depends on how much vitamin C you’re getting from your food.

Alpha-lipoic Acid

Alpha-lipoic acid has been shown to reduce fatigue levels in patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. It plays a key role in cells’ energy-generating mitochondria, which enhances energy production. Get at least 200-300mg of alpha-lipoic acid daily


Ribose helps form DNA and RNA and also makes the body produce energy. Supplementing with it has shown to increase energy in those with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome by as much as 60%. Take 2,000-4,000mg daily.

Find specific supplement recommendations for these 6 energy-increasing supplements here.



What I Ate Wednesday is a food gawking link-up party created by Jenn and hosted by Laura and Arman each Wednesday. Join me as I share some things I ate.


Aloha. Another Wednesday is upon us and I can’t say I’m too excited about it. Wednesdays are my Mondays and my work shift starts at 5am. I’ve been up since 3:45am and I’m probably all sorts of cranky. At least I’ve been eating good food. Lets take a look at some things I ate one day last week.

Breakfast was my last smoothie for a while. It contained almond milk and frozen cherries (which I purposely ran out of) along with almond butter, Vital Proteins hydrolyzed collagen and whey protein, and raw cacao powder.


I defrosted a small piece of flaxseed foccacia bread and drenched it in Kerrygold for a quick pre-work snack.


Lunch was mixed greens, spicy pickled veggies, ground turkey taco meat, Tessemae’s balsamic vinaigrette, and kombucha.


My boss saw me eating this and asked, “Do you always eat healthy?” And the answer is yes, for the most part I do. My body really rejects processed foods. Especially those that contain crappy carbage and gluten. I enjoy eating this way and don’t have to force it upon myself like some people.

Dinner was salmon, steamed veggies, sauteed red onions and sweet potato rounds.


Butter had to make an appearance here too. Because everything is better with butter.

And then I had a square of this chocolate and called it a night.


Do you always eat healthy?


Grab a cup of tea and sit down for some good reads. It’s the Wholesome Weekend Roundup featuring my top health and wellness links from around the web this week.


Do You Really Need 8 Glasses of Water a Day? – Drink according to thirst. Except the problem is most people confuse thirst with hunger. That’s why I recommend that when you’re “soooo hungry” you drink a glass of water first. Just don’t overdo it. This article suggests that water toxicity is a thing.

Here’s What’s Actually Happening When You’re Bloated – Is what you’re feeling normal? Read this to find out. And then find ways to beat the bloat.

Low-fat Diets Stuffed with Misconceptions – Avoid avocados, almonds, and dark chocolate?? Never! Replace whole milk with a watered-down fat-free version of a chemical shit storm?? No thank you! Find out why we were advised to give up fat and why it’s not a good idea.

When Americans Got Hooked on Sugar Instead of Natural Fat, Obesity Ballooned – This ties in nicely with the above link. A rise in sugar consumption and a decrease in fat consumption has done our waistlines a huge disservice.

Coke and Pepsi Give Millions to Public Health, Then Lobby Against It – I have a huge problem with mega corporations such as Coke and Pepsi and this is one of many reasons why. I’m all for soda regulations. But I’m even more for voting with your dollar. Stop buying this stuff. You don’t need it.

8 Things I Do Everyday to Keep my Hormones Balanced: A Doctor Explains – Yes to all these things. Number 7 is especially interesting. I need to try inverting before bed.

Top 10 Ways to Overcome a Sore Throat – Notice how antibiotics is not on this list.

Common MTHFR Mutations and General Health – An interesting (read: nerdy) read if you suspect that you’re one of the estimated 40% of humans living with the MTHFR gene mutation.

Is Alzheimer’s Really a Form of Diabetes? – Some experts are calling Alzheimer’s Type 3 Diabetes. Find out why.

How Expressing Your Emotions – or Not – Affects Your Health – Don’t hold it all in. Stoicism is not an attractive quality. Just saying.

The 11-Point Diagnostic Roadmap to Chronic Fatigue – Chronic fatigue is a real problem that a lot of people face. Get control of it by learning about what could be causing it.

ADHD Drugs Fail to Help Kids Complete Homework – This article should be titlted “ADHD Drugs Fail Kids”. Period. There’s a root cause for your kiddo’s ADHD and masking it with toxic drugs is not the answer.

Stay warm and dry this weekend if you’re in the PNW with me. Actually, stay warm and dry this weekend where ever you are. Have a good one!