Most if not all those who suffer from ME/CFS have problems with the gastro-intestinal system. This may include irritable bowel like symptoms, development of food sensitivities or full blown food allergies, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea or constipation
We cannot stress the importance of this aspect of management/recovery enough. As the great philosopher and father of medicine Hippocrates stated “Let food be thy Medicine and Medicine be thy food”.
The gut is essential to supplying the body with the micro and macro nutrients it needs to restore health. When the gastro-intestinal system is compromised then healing will be severely affected.
The gut is often overlooked by modern medicine this is not surprising when you consider medical students receive less than a day’s instruction in nutrition throughout their four years training. So do not be surprised if your GP is unaware of the gut symptoms associated with ME/CFS.
ME/CFS sufferers differ with regard to the symptoms they present; this will also be reflected in the symptoms which arise from within and around the gut. One individual may be able to digest raw vegetables no problem, while someone else may suffer a fermenting gut hours after enjoying the meal. Food sensitivities may irritate the small intestine and cause undigested food molecules to permeate into the blood stream, resulting in auto-immune responses.
The difficulty with regard to the above symptoms is that they will either not occur until hours or days after the food was eaten or they will become mixed within the multiple symptoms which make up ME/CFS.
Many symptoms of ME/CFS can be treated through addressing abnormalities in the gastro-intestinal system. However, there will not be one diet that suits all.
We recommend you seek out a suitably qualified nutritional therapist to guide you or your loved one through a diet specific to reducing symptoms and promoting healing. Try to find a suitably qualified practitioner who has had experience with treating those living with ME/CFS.