Some chronic fatigue research points to chemical and food allergies as being the possible causes of chronic fatigue. Over the past fifty years people we have been exposed to more manmade chemicals than we have in all of history so it is no owned that some people have become sensitive to chemicals.

Chronic fatigue is actually a consequence of having one or more chemical allergies. It becomes overwhelmed by its own defense systems. When the body is exposed to certain foreign chemicals it may respond by producing antibodies to defend it against the foreign invaders.

How We Develop Allergies

Allergies can be a tricky business. Just about any substance can provoke a reaction in some individuals and at any time. You can be not allergic to a chemical for many years and then suddenly develop a resistance to it. Some of the environmental contaminants that frequently cause problems include air pollution, gas, oil or coal fumes; chlorine, formaldehyde; phenol carbolic acid; insecticide, disinfectants; paint; hairspray; household cleaning products and metals such as nickel, mercury, chrome and beryllium. Perfumes and colognes are also a big culprit with most people feeling unwell and not realizing how their favorite scent is actually making them six.

These allergies often manifest themselves as skin reactions. Other possible allergic response includes watery eyes, ringing the ears, stuffy nose, nausea, upset stomach, asthma, baronetcies and headache. Some people have a reaction immediately after encountering the allergen another develops a rash twenty four hours after coming into contact with the irritant.

The idea is that prolonged exposure to a substance that really irritates you can provoke a long term case of chronic fatigue syndrome. This is because people with chronic fatigue do suffer from rashes, nausea, headaches and also an inability to function in general.

How a Naturopathic Doctor Can Help

If you suspect that your case of chronic fatigue is caused by exposure to chemicals there are some things you can do about it.

The first step is to discern which chemicals you are allergic to and how you are coming into contact with them in your life. If the problem is not that obvious then it might be a good idea to have scratch tests and blood work done to try and get to the bottom of why you are experiencing violent inflammatory reactions to common every day chemicals.

You should also avoid eating foods that have been sprayed or that contain artificial colorings (as is the case with some apples and oranges) ripening agents or protective waxes (found in some apples, cucumbers and other items. Chronic fatigue diet experts also have recommended avoiding things that contain FD&C yellow dye.

Make sure that you are eating plenty of the kind of fibre that can help sweep chemicals out of the body. Oat bran is a good source of fiber. Apple pectin can also be a good addition to your diet as it removes unwanted metals from the body that might be making you sick.

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