You sleep through the night… and maybe even take a “power” nap… but you still feel wiped out.
When you’ve got chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), it can feel like NO amount of rest will ever replenish your “get-up-and-go.”
And finding proper medical care for your condition can be exhausting in and of itself.
That’s because CFS is tough to diagnose… and even tougher to treat. Many docs don’t even believe that it’s a real disease!
And even though there are several theories about what gets the ball rolling on CFS — from viral infections to immune system problems — we haven’t yet found a smoking gun.
But a new study may have found an important piece of the puzzle, because it turns out that those with CFS are more likely to have low levels of key thyroid hormones.
In the study, Dutch researchers measured the blood levels of thyroid hormones in a group of CFS patients and compared them to those of healthy folks.
The picture that emerged was really intriguing: The CFS patients had significantly lower levels of T3 (the most active thyroid hormone) than the healthy subjects.
In fact, their levels were SO low that it looked a lot like they had hypothyroidism, which happens when your thyroid gland doesn’t produce enough thyroid hormones, causing significant fatigue.
But the CFS patients DIDN’T have hypothyroidism. Their thyroids were actually PRODUCING plenty of T3.
But as I’ve shared with you in the past, thyroid function is a much more complicated issue than a single blood test result.
Now, we know that a number of things — from stress and trauma to infection and inflammation — can decrease T3 levels even in folks whose thyroids are working just fine.
And in the study, those with CFS were more likely to have low-grade inflammation — which is a cardinal sign of an activated immune system — than the healthy folks.
That means that you may be able to boost your T3 levels and ease CFS by fortifying your immune system… and reining in those flames.
I should note that you can produce plenty of T3, but it can’t do a thing if it doesn’t properly attach to cell binding sites. And that mechanism requires a good amount of zinc and selenium available in your body.
You can get both of these essential minerals by taking a good multivitamin along with eating a nutrient-rich diet, although they’re available individually as well at your local health food store.
While you’re at it, make sure you’re getting proper levels of vitamin A and B vitamins.