Jul 17 2016

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & poor gut composition

Published by at 11:41 am under probiotic supplements

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome linked to poor gut composition.1*
New research shows a connection between an unhealthy microbiome and the perplexing condition known as Chronic Fatigue Sydrome.1*


Do you experience chronic fatigue, joint and/or muscle pain, frequent headaches and extreme exhaustion after exerting yourself? Do you have sore throat and sleep that leaves you still tired? Is it a mystery to you as to why you feel this way and even after several visits with your health care practitioner, you still can’t figure it out? If you are nodding your head yes, you may have Myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), also known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). CFS is not well understood and doesn’t have a commonly accepted therapy. It is characterized by “debilitating fatigue” and other associated symptoms which can last up to six months. People suffering from CFS often feel  defeated and depressed  as CFS keeps them from easily participating in life’s daily activities due to the extreme and lasting fatigue. And because there are no tests to confirm the diagnosis. it has long been thought to be a psychological condition rather than a physical ailment.(1,2,3)*

But research published last month in the publication Microbiome is shedding new light on CFS and even ending the theory that it is a psychological condition, but rather physical, with findings centered around the health and composition of the gut. This connection was first made, because many people suffering from CFS also report that they experience extreme gastrointestinal issues. 2*

The study involved researchers examining 48 people with CFS compared with 39 healthy individuals. They analyzed the quantity and diversity of bacterial species found in each participant’s stool, and looked in the blood for inflammation markers. What they discovered was that the stool samples taken from those with CFS had a lower diversity of bacterial species than those of the healthy control group. This coincides with typical finding in individuals with inflammatory bowel disease and other gastrointestinal disorders to include dysbiosis.  They also found that those with CFS had higher levels of lipopolysaccharides in the blood. These inflammatory molecules may indicate that bacteria had moved from the gut into the bloodstream where various symptoms of disease can develop. (1,2,3)*

“…”It is documented that gut microbiota plays a key role with respect to pathological intestinal conditions to include Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis and type 2 diabetes. Additionally, people suffering from CFS seem to have immune dysfunction and immune activation, with many of the symptoms reported being characteristic of inflammatory diseases…”  (2,3,4)*

Though this new study does not mean an easy and accurate CFS diagnosis every time, but it does provide a new avenue for identifying Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in patients. “…Using these criteria, the researchers were able to accurately identify more than 83 percent of CFS cases based on the diversity of their gut bacteria and lipopolysaccharides in their blood…”1*

It also offers new clues as to why people have these symptoms. One day, researchers hope to develop a diagnostic test for the condition. According to the lead author of the study, Maureen R. Hanson, professor of molecular biology at Cornell, the importance of the finding is that it offers answers as to why people have CFS symptoms, showing there is a  “…biological difference between people with CFS and healthy people.”…” The long-lasting idea that it’s a psychological illness should be abandoned.”…”(1,2)*

The importance of gut health continues to surface with such studies. Many chronic conditions can be avoided, identified and treated holistically by ensuring we address the composition of our microbiome. Instead of continually masking our health problems with a medicine chest full of various prescription drugs that only put a band aid on what is truly happening rather than healing from within, can be taxing, dangerous and expensive. Start with addressing your health from the core. Eat organic, whole foods, while avoiding processed junk foods and sugars. Continue to stay on a healthy regimen of BODY BIOTICSâ„¢ BIO IDENTICAL SBO PROBIOTICS CONSORTIAâ„¢. Exercise regularly and get plenty of sleep. Take care of your gut first, and hopefully, we can avoid so many of these inflammatory conditions that occur due to an unhealthy balance of bacteria in the microbiome.*

Healthiest wishes,






  1. http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2016/07/07/gut-bacteria-are-different-in-people-with-chronic-fatigue-syndrome/
  2. https://microbiomejournal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s40168-016-0171-4
  3. http://www.annualreviews.org/doi/abs/10.1146/annurev.med.49.1.1
  4. http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v490/n7418/full/nature11450.html

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