How to Get Rid of Chronic Fatigue in 3 Easy Steps Using Just Diet & Supplements – Based on 20 Years of Experience

By Deborah Barns (CanXida Health)

There’s a lot of information online on different websites about chronic fatigue and whether you can do anything about it.

Most of this information is put together by people who’ve never seen a chronic fatigue patient (unlike our team who actually have).

Many of these websites are a loss on how to treat chronic fatigue syndrome or what they call Myalgic Encephalomyelitis.

The general message is that there's no treatment, nobody recovers from it & the best you can do is learn to live with it & "manage" what little energy you have during the day. 

And this just isn’t true.

Remember, a lot of the information out there is written by people who've never treated a single chronic fatigue patient in their whole life. Yet they’re telling you what treatments will or won’t work for you.

The truth is, you can get rid of chronic fatigue / chronic fatigue syndrome naturally at home. Even if it's very severe and you've had symptoms for many years. And you don't need to take any drugs or go on a crazy restrictive diet either.

Keep reading and we'll prove this to you.

As well as dispel every myth other there concerning what causes chronic fatigue & how to get rid of it.

We'll also explain our 3-step chronic fatigue treatment we developed based on over 20 years of research & hundreds of case studies (to learn more about us & what we do, see the bottom of this page).

This page is long so feel free to click the table of contents below to instantly be taken to the topics you're most interested in.

Part 1: How Do You Know You've Got Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & What REALLY Causes Your Symptoms?

How it REALLY Feels to Have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

There's no test you can take to determine if you've got chronic fatigue.

In the U.S. the diagnosis criteria is having fatigue that is... 

  • so severe it interferes with your ability to do daily activities you did before becoming ill
  • started at a definite time in your life (often after having an infection or stressful life event)
  • not alleviated by rest or sleep
  • gets worse by physical, mental or emotional exertion

It's also common for people with chronic fatigue to suffer from other health issues. Most notably: sleep disorders and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

At CanXida, we call IBS a "garbage can diagnosis." It's where doctors lump you into when they're tired of looking for the cause of your symptoms. IBS, like CFS always has a cause.

You can learn more about that in the video below which is from our YouTube channel.

If your fatigue meets the 4 criteria listed above and you also suffer from sleep & digestion issues, chances are you've got chronic fatigue syndrome or what they call ME/CFS. The ME refers to Myalgic Encephalomyelitis which basically means "muscle pain related to central nervous system inflammation."

That means inflammation of the brain and spinal cord. Most patients diagnosed with ME/CFS have no central nervous system inflammation which shows how little the medical community understands about the problem.

Getting an ME/CFS diagnosis is very difficult (& in our opinion pointless as there is no's official treatment) so don't worry if you don't have one. If you've got the symptoms mentioned above, this page is for you.

Patients with chronic fatigue syndrome report that it's almost like having the flu.

You wake up feeling drained in the morning & your bones & body hurts so much you can't even get up. But while the flu goes away, chronic fatigue lingers. Sometimes it lingers for months or even 10 years or longer.

On days when it's particularly bad, you can't even get out of bed. You can't find the energy to swing your legs. You experience shortness of breath and need to pause just to complete a sentence. Symptoms can come on suddenly & you feel like you can't do anything & need to lay down.

You bounce from doctor to doctor and each one tells you nothing is wrong and that your symptoms are psychosomatic (all in your head) or just diagnose you with depression.

You may feel like you're missing out on life or that you don't exist anymore because you barely ever have the energy to go outside. Maybe you're housebound and feel lonely & isolated as a result. 

Some have described it to us as feeling like you're a 90 year old with a walker who can only go so far & not farther. Others say it feels like having a 100 lb weight on you at all time.

If this is how you feel rest assured that there is hope for recovery. This page will tell you how. 

The 7 Hidden Causes of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

You may not like hearing this but . . . from our experience CFS is the result of a poor lifestyle & a slow breakdown of your hormonal & immune health over many years. 

Our team has worked with MANY chronic fatigue patients & the BIG patterns we see are:

  • high stress
  • poor lifestyle (too much processed foods, alcohol, etc)
  • exposure to chemicals or toxins
  • low grade inflammation
  • sleeping disorders
  • gut dysfunction
  • adrenal fatigue and/or thyroid issues

We're not here to say it's your own fault you got sick. You could have a stressful job or stressful relationship. 

A classic case we see is a person who used to be an overachiever. You worked too hard, stayed up late too often, took too many extra classes. And you ended up pushing your body too hard. You pushed your adrenals or your thyroid too hard. 

You were achieving so much that you pushed the hormonal axis of your body to a critical point.

The body can only handle being in overdrive for a certain amount of time before it snaps & something happens that pushes you off a cliff. Usually this something is an infection. It can be a stomach bug or a virus or a stressful life event. And then .

We've seen chronic fatigue in women looking after a couple of autistic kids. We've seen it in people who had major emotional crisis or breakdowns. 

We've also seen as a result of working with chemicals. One guy got it as a result of working at a printing factory & developing serious toxicity. We've also seen it in patients who worked with pesticides & sprayed fields 5 days a week. And in people who worked in leather tanneries & got exposed to chromium.

Or who worked with gasoline, spray paint or did a lot of welding.

One way to pinpoint the cause of your chronic fatigue is to look at your blood tests over several years (assuming you had them). You want to look for signs of low grade inflammation. For example elevated C reactive protein, low vitamin B12, low vitamin D & lowered white blood cell count.

Another marker you can look for is called eosinophil which is often elevated in patients with chronic fatigue.

The key is to look for dysfunctional patterns. Sometimes normal, sometimes low & sometimes high. If you see one, it's usually means there's a background of low grade inflammation and immune dysfunction. We'll teach you how to fix this later when we talk about the anti-inflammatory diet & supplements.

You can also check for low iron, potassium, sodium, calcium and magnesium. These aren't signs of inflammation but are a sign your treatment should include a multivitamin. As you need these minerals in order to not feel weak.

Most patients with chronic fatigue have some kind of sleeping disorder. Sleep & gut problems are the big ones. Even if you go to bed at 2 in the morning each night because you can't sleep, make it a habit to get some rest in the afternoon.

Even for 20 to 30 minutes.

This isn't about getting more rest to help with the fatigue. This will bring your cortisol levels down and then cause them to be more balanced later in the evening (which means you'll have less trouble falling asleep). 

Sleep issues can also be a sign of adrenal fatigue or thyroid issues (which go hand in hand).

Half the population has some degree of thyroid dysfunction, and three quarters have varying levels of adrenal fatigue issues ranging from mild to extreme.

There's also a high correlation between people with gut disorders, chronic fatigue and adrenal fatigue. Adrenal fatigue means there’s not enough cortisol being produced. Without cortisol the immune system can’t be powered up enough to help fight off infections.

An easy way to check for adrenal fatigue is to get a salivary cortisol test done. Chances are you've got very low cortisol levels. Which can create big problems with your blood sugar (meaning more energy crashes) & drive immunity down & cause you to have more immune reactions (particularly to food).

And that's going to make you feel tired. Especially in the morning and the afternoon.

If you test your cortisol, be sure to also get the thyroid checked. The thyroid is responsible for proper adrenal function. When the adrenal goes down, the thyroid will often go down as a consequence. Signs of thyroid issues to look out for include problems with weight, hair loss & high cholesterol.

Thyroid issues will cause you to feel tired faster then if you just have adrenal fatigue.

To check your thyroid, get a TSH or thyroid stimulated hormone test done (this is a blood test). You can ask a conventional doctor to perform it for you. For a salivary cortisol test we recommend going to a functional medicine doctor. 

The final cause we want to talk about is gut disorders. This is a BIG one. In fact...

Gut Disorders Are the #1 Contributing Factors to Chronic Fatigue 

If you've got CFS chances are you've also got gut problems. This can include severe gas, bloating, food allergies, constipation & diarrhea. Maybe you've been diagnosed with IBS & been on several rounds of antibiotics during the process.

Antibiotics (especially if you've been on several rounds) are the primary cause of gut disorders such as IBS. And if left untreated the gut disorder will eventually manifest it as severe fatigue in addition to IBS like symptoms.

The problem with antibiotics (as you’ve probably read elsewhere) is they indiscriminately wipe out everything in your gut, including the beneficial bacteria. 

What most people (including many general practitioners) don't understand is beneficial bacteria are what PREVENT gut disorders in the first place.

Good bacteria, primarily lactobacillus and bifida, are necessary to having a normal functioning digestive system. They also act as your gut’s IMMUNE SYSTEM. They’re like a defense force or a police unit. They keep “bad guys” (yeast, bad bacteria & parasites) in check and prevent them from gaining a foothold.

Most patients we've had over the years with chronic fatigue infections have been to 2, 5 or 10 different doctors. They'd have 5, 10, 20 rounds of antibiotics for gut issues or other infections. They went from the bottom end to the top shelf of drugs and they still didn't work. 

Many also developed adrenal fatigue as a consequence of being sick for a long time.

In some cases it took a year for them to recover because we had to repair all the damage to their gut membrane these drugs caused. The gut becomes increasingly permeable (meaning leaky gut) with each round of antibiotics. 

If your symptoms include severe gut problems like IBS, try to get what's called a Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis (CDSA x3) test done. A CDSA test is different from a colonoscopy. A lot of these tests just look at the macro level. They look for problems you can see with the naked eye. 

A CDSA looks at what's going on in your gut at the MICROSCOPIC level.

This is the least invasive, most advanced test you can do for the gut.

It's going to tell the levels of beneficial bacteria like Lactobacillus and Bifida you have, the levels of bad bacteria, their species, if you've got yeasts or parasites, inflammation & a whole lot more. 

What you're most likely going to find is a lack of beneficial bacteria. Over 60% of CDSA tests from chronic fatigue patients these days come back with no beneficial bacteria at all. The lab couldn't culture them and they couldn't find them.

Many will have elevated levels of dysbiotic bacteria like Pseudomas Citrobacter. Many will have an overgrowth of candida which is a type of yeast. Gut disorders always have a cause. And a CDSA test is going to reveal it.

Whatever the issue is, you need to fix your gut if you want the chronic fatigue to go away. Because a healthy gut is what's going to generate health for the entire body. As soon as the digestive system takes hit it starts pulling your energy levels down with it. 

Any kind of gut disturbance can cause chronic fatigue. This includes yeast overgrowth, bad bacteria, microscopic parasites such as blastocystsis, & low levels of good bacteria. 

Everything we mentioned in this section is important to consider if you want to work out why you're not recovering from CFS. Often it's a combination of several or all of the factors we mentioned. It could be your gut needs fixing, your hormone system needs improving and your diet needs improving. 

And this is where most patients with chronic fatigue get overwhelmed.

That's why we put together this page. It outlines a 3-step diet & supplement treatment plan that targets all of these issues at once. That includes fixing the gut, getting rid of inflammation, adrenal fatigue & more. 

The only contributing factor we won't do in-depth into today is sleep disorders. But you can learn about those too if you like by doing a search on our YouTube channel. We've got over 2,000 (not joking) free videos there like the ones you just saw (mostly related to gut health).

Keep reading & we'll teach you everything you need to know about the proper diet you need to follow to put chronic fatigue behind you. Then in part 3 we'll teach you how to combine this diet with supplements & fast track your recovery.

Part 2: Everything You Need to Know About Treating CFS Using Diet – Based On Over 20 Years of Experience

We'll talk about supplements in Part 3 of this guide.

If you take a look at the 2000+ free videos on our YouTube channel (which you can learn more about on the bottom of this page), you'll see we've been at this for a LONG time.

One of our specialties is helping patients with chronic gut issues like IBS, candida overgrowth, leaky gut, SIBO (small intestinal bacteria overgrowth) & more.

We've also got many videos on chronic fatigue syndrome as this is one of the BIG symptoms that overlaps with gut issues. A lot of patients diagnosed with IBS suffer from chronic fatigue & a lot of people diagnosed with ME/CFS suffer from IBS like symptoms.

They're both symptoms of the same core issues as we discussed previously. 

So believe us when we say these 2 problems are connected & the treatment for both is very similar.

CFS is a bit more difficult to treat because there are often some hormonal imbalances involved (like with cortisol). But these generally will clear up as well once you fix up your diet, make a few lifestyle changes, and take a few natural supplements to cleanse your gut & restore your beneficial bacteria.

The treatment plan below is the end result of thousands of hours spent in the clinic working with patients, researching countless books, online resources, speaking with many experts, & old fashioned trial & error. 

It wasn't made up out of thin air by some blogger like other chronic fatigue treatments you'll find online.

That's why we can say WITHOUT A SHADOW OF A DOUBT what you're about to learn works. It works no matter how sick you are, how long you've been struggling with chronic fatigue, how many previous treatments you've tried or how many "specialists" you've been to.

Our 3-step diet is simple to understand, easy to follow and has NO-SIDE EFFECTS.

It's meant to restore gut function, balance your gut bacteria, clear up inflammation, calm down the immune system & detox and heal the body. It's also going to help with any adrenal and thyroid issues you've got.

The first two steps are special diets. The 3rd step is where you slowly reintroduce foods back into your diet.

The 3 steps are as follows:

Step 1: The MEVY Diet (3 - 4 weeks)
Step 2: The Low Allergy Diet
(2 - 8 weeks)
Step 3: The Food Re-introduction Stage
(2 - 4 weeks)

If this is your first attempt at using diet to treat chronic fatigue, we also recommend you go through something we call the "14 Day Big Cleanup" before you start Step 1: The MEVY Diet.

The 14 Day Big Clean-Up

The 14 Day Big Clean-Up is sort of like a Step 0.

It serves 2 purposes. First it allows you to slowly ease yourself into the new diet without experiencing withdrawal from things like alcohol, caffeine, take-out foods, candy, ice cream & chocolate.

It also reduces your chances of experiencing aggravations symptoms during your treatment.

This might sound odd but you'll likely need to get rid of a lot of the foods in your kitchen pantry during this step. The more severe your fatigue is, the more CRITICAL this step is.

The best thing to do is grab a big bag and fill it with all the foods that have been sitting in jars or bottles in your fridge. If you haven’t looked at or touched them for a long time, they NEED to go.

Get rid of sauces, syrups, jams, etc. All these tend to be stored for long periods & develop mold.

Even if you can’t visibly see any mold, don’t take any chances. Throw it away.

Next you want to get rid of anything containing white sugar, high fructose corn syrup, and especially artificial sweeteners because these will prevent your recovery like nothing else. You need to give the candy away, the ice cream, the cookies. All that stuff needs to go. That way you won’t be tempted by it later.

Same goes for highly processed foods like potato chips, microwave meals, deli meats, pastries, etc. Give it away to a neighbor or friend or just throw it in the trash. 

These are the foods that aggravate chronic fatigue symptoms. They also the foods bad bacteria, yeasts & parasites (the root cause of most gut issues) thrive on. By removing these foods from your diet, you take away their food source. This leaves them weak & far easier to get rid of later.

That way you can replace them with the beneficial bacteria you need for recovery.

If you don't want to do this & wish to continue eating these foods (even in small amounts) during the treatment, you may as well stop reading this now. It’s that important.

Do this over a period of a few days if you must, but get it done.

Here’s a short list of foods to get rid of:

• Soda drinks
• Chocolate (even unsweetened or 100% cacao)
• Ice cream
• Sweets or candy
• Biscuits or cookies
• Donuts, muffins or cakes
• Pastries
• White breads
• Chips
• Pizza, fried chicken & any take-out foods
• Nutella, peanut butter, jam or spreads (unless you make them yourself)

For more information about the Big Cleanup, click the video link below:

Step 1: The MEVY Diet

MEVY stands for Meat, Eggs, Vegetables & Yogurt

This is a well tested diet designed to bring your intestinal flora back into balance. It calms and heals your gut from a multitude of conditions including inflammation, candida overgrowth, bad bacteria and more.

We didn’t create this diet.

It’s been around for a long time. Since at least 1986 when it was recommended in “The Yeast Syndrome” by Dr. Morton Walker. You don’t need to read it. You’ll learn everything you need about the MEVY Diet through this page & our YouTube channel.

The MEVY diet is a short term diet. You only need to be strict with it for 3 to 4 weeks. For best results, follow it strictly for at least 2 weeks. Then you can loosen up a little for the next 2 to 3 weeks as you start to implement the Low-Allergy diet (this is step 2). 

It’s up to you to decide how long you want to stay on the MEVY approach. 

Either way, we can assure you of one thing – the MEVY Diet WORKS. It works very well in fact & can quickly reduce most (if not all) of the chronic fatigue & digestive symptoms you’re struggling with.

It’s a tasty and healthy diet. You’re not going to starve or feel deprived.

Meats generally are not favored at all by gut pathogens.

You're not going to have a problem with fresh fish, lean beef, or free range eggs. Just be careful not to overload your diet on red meat because that can cause constipation and clogged up bowels.

If you’re a vegan there’s plenty of other options you’ve got.

These foods also discourage bad bacteria like Citrobacter freundii and get rid of things like Candida albicans, and all kinds of other nasty bacteria & yeasts we found in people who've had chronic fatigue for a long time. 

The MEVY diet is a low-carb diet.

It’s been around long before low-carb diets became popular. Unlike other low-carb diets, the goal of the MEVY approach isn’t to lose weight. Although you most certainly will lose weight if you have excess weight to lose (particularly if you follow it well).

You’re allowed to eat all meats, eggs, most vegetables (except high starch vegetables like potatoes, carrots, pumpkin, sweet potato, peas, corn and beets) and plain yogurt.

Fruit generally isn't a problem. If you're reacting to fruit (especially small amounts) you may want to get a stool test done because it may be a sign that you've got a candida problem as well.

Most grains are OK to eat as are foods that contain gluten. If you react to these, take them out of the diet as it can be a sign of candida overgrowth. We'll talk more about gluten in the next section.

Eliminate foods such as heavily processed cereals, pasta, conventional breads (which contain yeasts and sugars), pastries, chips and alcohol. Alcohol is a big one. If you can't make a commitment to stop drinking alcohol (even one glass of wine a week) for a period of at least 6 months, you need to stop reading this page.

Alcohol has a very powerful effect on gut bacteria & will prevent your recovery the same as eating donuts on a regular basis will. If your goal is to restore your levels of beneficial bacteria, the alcohol NEEDS to go. Most patients who are serious about getting their health back are willing to take a break from alcohol for a while.

You can go back to drinking wine on the weekends once your health is back to normal again.

Sourdough bread is OK to eat, especially rye. You also want to avoid all dairy products, with natural unsweetened yogurt being the only exception.

Don’t worry about keeping track of the specific foods you can and can’t eat on the MEVY diet. We've created a free CanXida Grocery Shopping Guide PDF for that. Along with a one page printable checklist that lists all the fruits, vegetables, grains & other foods you can eat.

You can grab both of them for free at the bottom of this page.

If you've got IBS like symptoms along with chronic fatigue & have never had a stool test done, stick to the foods listed in the PDF.

If you did get a stool test done & know you have an overgrowth of bad bacteria like Citrobacter, you can do a search on our YouTube channel & see what minor tweaks you may want to make to help with that.

If your gut symptoms are only mild while your chronic fatigue is severe, follow the diet and treatment plan outlined on this page anyway as it's also going to address any inflammation or immune response issues you may have. As well as help with adrenal & thyroid health.

We'll talk more about these issues in the supplement section.

Also make sure you watch the YouTube videos linked in this section as these will explain the MEVY Diet in much more detail.

Step 2: The Low Allergy Diet

Once you’ve been on the MEVY Diet for a few weeks, we start the Low Allergy Diet.

The purpose of this diet is to restore your gut’s immune system.

Most people with chronic fatigue problems will have leaky gut syndrome and a background of antibiotic use. They’ll have poor levels or good bacteria and all sorts of gastrointestinal distress.

That’s why it’s best to come off what are considered key allergy foods.

These Foods Are:

• citrus (especially oranges)
• pineapple
• banana
• shellfish
• peanut/peanut butter
• wheat/gluten
• chocolate
• cow's milk

Cow's milk is a big one.

We’ve seen testing on over 350 young children that found nearly 70% had a problem with cow's milk. Bananas came back around 14%. Pineapples and shellfish came back nearly 20%.

Bread and gluten allergies are not as common as you think. 

Chocolate however is. Even dark chocolate, 70% cocoa or whatever it is, it's GOT TO GO for a while. There’s no way around it. Chocolate aggravates IBS & other gut disturbances (& it can make fatigue worse). Even if it's raw cacao you need to take it out of your diet for at least 3 to 4 weeks.

A Special Note on Wheat:
Too many people point the finger at wheat and gluten when in fact, these people have bacterial and yeast problems that need clearing up BEFORE they start taking gluten out of their diet.

We’re not big fans of telling people to eliminate wheat or gluten from their diet forever.

In fact, we’ve seen people get BACK into gluten after they were told by doctors they could NEVER eat wheat ever again. Because once your gut bacteria levels are restored – gluten is no longer a problem. 

Just because every blog site out there says you should eat gluten-free doesn't make it true. "Gluten free" is almost like a religion today. 

Remember, only 1 or 2% of the population has Celiac Disease.

Are you celiac? Probably not. Are you gluten intolerant? Probably not.

Do you have a disturbed gut microbiota? Probably yes.

What we're doing with the Low Allergy Diet is taking out the foods that could potentially trigger an immune response.

This is very smart because you've likely got food allergies and intolerances right now that are creating immune dysfunction.

By taking all these foods out, it stops the immune system from reacting.

That way, once your digestion is in better shape, you’ll be able to eat these foods without having to worry whether the next bite of the “wrong food" will send you running to the toilet or cause gas, bloating or other symptoms. 

All you do at this stage is remove the foods listed previously in this section, and keep it that way for a period of several weeks to several months. You should continue to eat the MEVY Diet in the meantime (although you don’t have to be as strict with as you were in the beginning).

Step 3: The Food Reintroduction Phase

At this point you should be feeling a lot better and much of your gut problems and fatigue symptoms should have disappeared. So we can start reintroducing the foods we eliminated in phase 1.

You'll get the exact details once you download the free PDF report at the bottom of this page but what you'll basically do is get a piece of paper and write down all the foods you really love but feel you can't eat because they give you problems.

We're talking about ice cream, beer, wine, pizza, chocolate chip cookies, pastries, whatever you like.

Then what you'll do is slowly start to reintroduce these foods & see what effect they have on you.

Yes, even ice cream and pastries. We don't like being the "food police." If you like, you can choose healthier versions of them like oat milk ice cream vs a cheap dairy one.

And it may sound shocking but once you go through our treatment plan, you'll be VERY SURPRISED to find that most (if not all) the foods currently on your "to avoid" list no longer give you trouble.

Of course this doesn't mean you can go on a 100% junk food diet and expect to stay healthy, but you can be sure an occasional ice cream or pizza with friends isn't going to bother you anymore

You don't have to be gluten, dairy, sugar, alcohol or whatever else free for the rest of your life.

We can tell you now after helping over 1000 folks overcome chronic fatigue – PEOPLE GET SICK AND TIRED of having these restrictive diets.

They hate it.

Every label has got to be scrutinized rigorously. Every time you go out with friends 90% or more of the menu is off limits and you're stuck with the blandest salad. What a pain in the butt!

A Precaution About Reintroducing Foods:

The first foods you reintroduce are NOT the foods you love the most.

You want start with the foods you feel a bit indifferent about. 

You haven't eaten them in a while but you could take them or leave them.

It could be carrots or it could be some fish. If you really love some particular food, it's not a good idea to introduce it back into the diet right away on day 1. You can bring them in after a few days or a few weeks.

If you bring those foods back in the diet too quickly, there's a possibility you're going to overeat and have too much of them. And then you can get your blood sugar worked up and this can push you off-track.

We've seen this happen again and again, so just take it slow and you'll be fine.

Can You Get Rid of Chronic Fatigue With Diet Alone or Should You Also Take Probiotics, Multivitamins or Other Supplements During Your Treatment?

A question we often get is, "should I take probiotics or supplements during my treatment?" Or "I want to beat chronic fatigue through diet alone & without taking anything extra. Is this possible?"

And the answer to that is yes. You can beat chronic fatigue with diet alone (assuming you fix your lifestyle). 

But it’s hard. REAL HARD.

And we can tell you right now – it DOESN’T HAPPEN in the vast majority of cases. 

Trust me, if you've got moderate to severe chronic fatigue you won’t get rid of it with diet alone. You also won't get rid of it with multivitamins or probiotics alone. You need to do BOTH if you want long lasting recovery.

Listen: You may be able to alleviate some of your chronic fatigue using diet alone but to truly fix your health you need high doses of “powerful agents” to cleanse the gut and get rid of inflammation. Things like allicin from aged garlic extract, grapefruit seed extract, standardized rosemary & more.

You’d have to go on a hardcore diet to adequate doses of all these from food. So hardcore you’d irritate your digestive system so much you’d throw your beneficial bacteria off balance and start to get problems.

We didn't always have this approach.

We told patients with CFS to go to health food stores. We told them to buy anti-inflammatory foods like organic garlic, anise and cardamon. We told people to focus on eating whole foods & not rely on supplements.

And it didn't work.

People just got overwhelmed with the amount of stuff they had to eat.

Diet alone doesn’t work for most people. We’ve seen people eat the most amazing diets. Stuff like ten cloves of garlic plus big chunks of ginger and tablespoons of turmeric powder each day. Yet they had chronic fatigue & digestion problems.

Part 3: How to Choose a Natural Supplement That's Actually Going to Help Get Rid of Chronic Fatigue

What Works Better For Chronic Fatigue, IBS, Inflammation & Adrenal / Thyroid Issues – Natural Supplements Or Pharmaceutical Drugs?

The answer is – natural medicine supplements.

Don't worry about probitoics vs other supplements. We'll get to those in a minute. 

Many people ask, "why should I take a natural product for chronic fatigue or my gut issue vs a pharmaceutical drug? Are natural products really going to be effective?"

There's several reasons why we ONLY recommend natural remedies for any illness where the health of your gut plays a crucial role in recovery.

The key reason is because natural methods don't harm your beneficial bacteria. They let you take out the cause without harming the "good guys" or causing damage to your internal environment. It's the difference between using a sniper rifle and a nuclear bomb. A nuclear bomb is something like an antibiotic.

Another benefit of natural medicine is gut pathogens can't become resistant to natural ingredients.

That happens with drugs. This has been confirmed many times with studies done on things like grapefruit seed extract, black walnut hull extract, neem, clove oil, and other natural gut cleansers. Resistance just doesn’t happen. It happens with pharmaceutical drugs because they are synthetic. They’re only made up of one thing. They’ve got one ultra refined chemical compound with a very narrow band of action.

Remember, yeast & bad bacteria are very adaptive. If you only hit them with one action they will soon work out how to fool this action. And you know what happens next. The drug no longer works and the problem comes back. And then you go back to the doctor who puts you on a new drug and the cycle repeats.

You've probably experienced this yourself if you ever visited a conventional doctor for gut problems.

Eventually the drugs go nothing at all & you end up with ZERO beneficial bacteria – and that's when the chronic fatigue gets REALLY BAD.

That's when you start waking up some mornings feeling so exhausted you can't even get out of bed.

Remember, beneficial bacteria are necessary for your body to break down food so your cells have energy. You can't digest food properly without them and that means nutrient deficiencies, hormonal imbalances & more.

They also serve as your gut's immune system or defense force. They release special molecules that prevent yeast, bad bacteria & parasites from latching onto the gut wall and causing inflammation & other issues. Good bacteria also plays a big role in regulating immune response which explains why people with low beneficial bacteria counts tend to have food allergies.

That's why oral supplements are so important. They let you attack the chronic fatigue at it's root.

Natural Gut Cleansing Supplements Vs Probiotics Vs Multivitamins – Which Should You Take For Chronic Fatigue?

For chronic fatigue, the answer is ALL 3.

We at CanXida recommend different combinations of supplements for different issues. And for chronic fatigue that combination is:

  1. A natural herbal based broad spectrum gut cleansing formula with anti-fungal, anti-bacterial & anti-parasitic components.
  2. A probiotic formula that also contains digestive enzymes.
  3. An easy to digest multivitamin that contains anti-microbial & anti-inflammatory ingredients.

Patients with mild to moderate CFS can often get away with just taking a cleansing formula and a probiotic (assuming they also follow the 3 stage diet outlined above). For severe CFS symptoms, take all three.

Trust us when we say the multivitamin component really makes a difference with chronic fatigue. 

Many people believe that if you take a probiotic and something like an anti-fungal or anti-bacterial together, the probiotic is going to be canceled out. This is not true. 

In fact they work better together, not against each other. Particularly if you take a gut cleaning formula that contains only natural ingredients. Such as aged garlic extract and grapefruit seed extact. Because as we learned previously, natural medicines don't harm beneficial bacteria. They only harm the bad stuff.

You don't even need to take these 3 supplements apart. You can swallow all 3 the same time.

That way as one travels through your digestive system clearing away pathogens, the probiotic is right there & REPLACES them with the exact beneficial bacteria that keeps the problem from coming back. And the multivitamin supplies your body with extra minerals & cleans up the inflammation.

Don't make the mistake of just taking one of these such as the probiotic. 

You'll slow down your recovery. The whole point of taking supplements for chronic fatigue is to speed up your recovery. So there's really no reason to only choose one. Sure you'll save a bit of money but is it really worth it if it means having to deal with CFS symptoms for an extra 3 to 6 months? I don't think so.

These supplements work synergistically to target the root cause of CFS from every possible angle.

And you’ll get far better results if you take all 3.

How to Choose an Gut Cleansing Supplement That's Going to Help With Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

When choosing a gut cleaning supplement, go with a compressed tablet vs a cellulose capsule product. 

Don't buy those cheap cellulose capsules that have a blend of different herbal powers. They're not nearly as effective as tablets. A tablet will almost always have more antimicrobial activity because more natural ingredients can fit into it. As the capsule itself takes up a lot of space that can be used for herbs instead.

When you select a tablet, make sure that it’s sustained release. Sustained release means when you swallow this tablet, your digestive system doesn’t get access to everything immediately.

But over a period of several hours it slowly breaks down in the gut.

That way it targets all parts of your GI track. It cleanses all the yeast and bad bacteria right from your mouth and keeps working all the way through the colon and “back passage.”

Now, likely whatever supplements you were taking before were not sustained release.

They weren’t put together by someone with decades of experience treating your specific health problem. They were likely put together by a company that’s got a 1000 other products and they pay lip service to making an anti-bacterial formula.

Or they’ve just put out a product with one thing like oregano oil.

That's one of the reasons we made our own supplement formula, CanXida. We got disappointed with the stuff available in grocery stores.

Too many supplements these days are filled with fake ingredients

This isn’t an opinion. It’s a fact. Back in 2015, the New York Attorney General Office conducted 390 tests on a wide range of supplements. They gathered bottles from the shelves of 4 major retail stores. 

These were GNC, Target, Walmart and Walgreens. They then sent the bottles over to a lab and DNA tested every tablet to see if the ingredients matched the label. And guess what they found. . .

Only 21% of the products actually had the herbs advertised on the bottle. 

79% didn’t contain ANY of the herbs and were just full of crap like rice powder and wheat!

Here’s a screenshot of an article from CBS News reporting on it:

And it gets worse. . .

One survey done by the FDA found 68% of the supplements tested didn’t even have the MAIN INGREDIENT advertised on the bottle. For example, one “St. John’s Wort” supplement contained nothing but “senna,” a laxative that can cause anal blistering.

Imagine taking something like that when you’ve already got a gut problem.

This is why we tell folks to avoid generic brand supplements from places like Amazon or iHerb.

The way you find good supplements is by asking “Where did this product come from? Where did the company get the raw materials? What kind of research has gone into this product?"

Was the product formulated by a person who’s an expert on it? Has it been tested and proven to work on your specific problem? 
Do they provide extensive education about dosage or the best way to use that product? 

Does the product use standardized ingredients?

Standardized means that each time you take this supplement, you're getting a consistent therapeutic dose. It doesn't vary in potency from batch to batch as is often the case in non-standardized supplements. It's a bit like how pharmaceuticals are made.

You get the same strong therapeutic dose every time you take it.

Don't just go for the cheapest product. You’ll get cheap results.

If you want to test out a high quality natural supplement, check out our CanXida RMV formula.

CanXida RMV is an advanced 12 ingredient anti-fungal, anti-bacterial & anti-parasitic formula based on two decades of experience. It’s the only formula that targets the BIG PICTURE of gut disturbances & is in our opinion the most premium gut cleaning supplement ever created.

This is a "heavy duty" formula designed to work even for extremely severe cases where the patient has been sick for YEARS & every other supplement and drug they tried in the past either failed them or the gut infection came back.

We've designed it with CFS in mind as nearly all patients with severe gut disturbances suffer from chronic fatigue to some degree.

Don't think this is just a candida product. It's NOT. CanXida is equally suited for candida yeast infections, SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacteria Overgrowth), Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), inflammatory bowel syndrome, skin issues like eczema, persistent diarrhea or constipation, chronic fatigue, the list goes on and on. . .

CanXida is non-toxic, has no side effects & is safe even for children.

You won't find anything stronger. It meets all the criteria we mention above & more. 

You can learn more about CanXida by watching the video below or by visiting

Why Most People Get Nowhere With Probiotics & 5 Things to Look For When Choosing a Probiotic to Help With CFS

Below are the 5 things you want to look for when choosing a probiotic that'll alleviate chronic fatigue.

1. Is the Formula Centered Around Good Bacteria Strains Scientifically Proven to Inhibit Gut Pathogens?
If you’ve ever compared different probiotic formulas before you’ve no doubt noticed that there's lots of different bacteria strains out there and some products contain more strains than others. 

Some products contain 50 strains. Others contain 20. Most of these are just there for marketing purposes to make you think you’re getting “lots of stuff.” 
They don't do anything at all to inhibit yeast or bad bacteria & they do nothing against chronic fatigue syndrome.

The 6 strains that do inhibit gut pathogens are:

  • Lactobacillus acidophilus
  • Lactobacillus casei
  • Lactobacillus plantarum
  • Lactobacillus rhamnosus
  • Bifidobacterium bifidum
  • Bifidobacterium longum

You've probably heard of lactobacillus and bifidobacterium as they're the most researched probiotic strains out there. What most people don't understand is these strains are the #1 natural enemy of yeast, bad bacteria and parasites.

They're the #1 competitor of pathogens in the gut. Countless studies show yeast, bad bacteria & parasites can't grow in areas with high levels of lactobacillus & bifidobacterium. 

L. acidophilus releases lactic acid which interferes with the metabolic process of wide variety of gut pathogens (including the ones seen in CFS). It causes them to have a stress response & stops them from multiplying.

Other antimicrobial agents created by the Lacobacillus species listed above include hydrogen peroxide (which also protects your gut from bad bacteria infections) & special molecules called bacteriocins & biosurfactants.

Bacteriocins are tiny protein-like molecules that slow the growth of fungi, bad bacteria and parasites.

While biosurfactants are molecules that interfere with gut pathogen's ability to latch onto the gut wall. Studies show when high levels of Lactobacillus is released into an environment colonized by yeast & bad bacteria, the good bacteria will literally unhook "bad guys" from the epithedial cells that line the gut wall

You don't need to understand all of these scientific terms.

Just understand that "bad guys" HATE these 6 strainsThey compete with yeast & bad bacteria for food, nutrients, colonization space, "poison" them by releasing molecules that prevent its growth, & will even "evict" them from their "home" & send them packing. 

They also have additional benefits such as in the case of Lactobacillus casei.

Casei is very important when you’ve got chronic fatigue. Why? Because it mops up immune debris & waste particles (toxins) created by yeast & bad bacteria that like to lodge themselves throughout your body.

It stops them from getting into your bloodstream, causing inflammation & making you feel sick.

This allows your immune system to focus more on the big issues (like cleaning up your gut). 

It also helps with food allergies because it trains your immune system to relax and not be hyper-reactive. 

These are the strains that are most responsible for fixing your gut environment. The list above includes the 4 best Lactobacillus and the 2 best Bifidobacterium. 

To learn more about these 6 strains, check out the product page for our CanXida Restore (RST) formula which goes over the each of them in more detail. You can get to it by clicking here.

Don't worry about any other strains. They're nowhere near as important.

Also remember that only so many probiotics can fit into a capsule. So if a formula has 12 or 20 strains, it's going to have lower levels of the strains you actually want.

2. Avoid Formulas that Contain Prebiotics or FOS
Prebiotics (also known as FOS or fructooligosaccharides) are a special type of sugar naturally found in foods such as broccoli, coconut and bananas. These sugars are what feed probitoics (beneficial bacteria) and make them grow.

That’s why they’re called prebiotics. So why do we tell you to avoid any probiotic formula that contains them?

Because we've seen them cause too many bad reactions when taken in supplement form. Any time a customer tells us they tried a probotic formula in the past and it made them feel sick or bloated or gave them brain fog, we know right away that formula contained prebiotics.

Companies add these sugars in thinking they’re going to feed the beneficial bacteria.

Oh yeah, they feed the bacteria alright. . . They feed everything from the e. coli to the clostridia and all the other bad bacteria that cause bloating and brain fog & make you feel like crap.

Companies will tell you these sugars are from "natural sources" but in reality that “source” is a factory or lab.

We’ve had it with prebiotics. We’ve seen them cause too many aggravations in customers. Get rid of any supplements that have them. You’ll get much better results if you take a probiotic without prebiotics.

It’s fine to eat foods that naturally contain FOS like the ones we mentioned but don’t take supplements that contain them.

3. Does the Probiotic Formula Also Contain Enzymes?
Instead of prebiotics, get a formula that contains digestive enzymes.

Research in the past 7 years has shown that when you take enzymes and probiotics at the same time, you get an amplified effect.

There’s lots of reasons this happens. First, enzymes kick start the gut and improve the acid / alkaline ratio of the stomach and small intestine. 

This creates a more favorable environment for the beneficial bacteria to grow. It also creates a hostile environment for the yeast, bad bacteria and parasites.

They annoy the bad guys and encourage the good guys & shift your bacteria population from bad to good.

Enzymes also help with the healing process. Many people with gut disorders have damaged or inflamed digestive systems caused by yeast overgrowth & bad bacteria. Enzymes help with this by allowing your gut to heal at a faster rate.

They can also help mop up any garbage that needs cleaning up.

It's like sweeping a floor that hasn’t been cleaned thoroughly for many years. You might notice that you pass out bowel plaques or mucous. You may have more frequent bowel motions or larger stools.

Enzymes are especially important in the first and second month of the gut healing process because they’re going to break down all the vegetable starches your good bacteria are going to feed on. This is how you feed the good bacteria without feeding the bad.

That's why you should look for things like amylase, hemicellulase, protease, invertase, and glucocoamylase on probiotics labels. 

Because these target all the different kinds of carbohydrates, proteins and fats you’ll need help digesting if your gut isn't in great shape yet. 

Not all enzyme formulas are compatible with probiotics.

So don’t just grab an enzyme supplement from Amazon or iHerb and combine it with whatever probiotics you’ve got laying around.

It takes a special skill that a clinician develops over time to understand how to combine these two successfully so you get an amplified effect like we described. 

If you’re taking a probiotic formula right now and you’re not taking enzymes along with it, you’re missing the boat.

You really are. Enzymes make all the difference.

If you want the best possible product, make sure the probiotic + enzyme formula you choose contains an enzyme called serratiopeptidase.

This is a very powerful enzyme that will bind to circulating immune complexes in the blood. That means that once you take it, it will actually start to hunt down little bits of debris in your bloodstream created by yeast & bad bacteria as they die off.

This is particularly important for people suffering from Leaky Gut or auto-immune diseases because this debris is one of the main causes of things like rheumatoid arthritis and joint pain.

As well as brain fog, headaches, and many other symptoms. . .

4. Does the Probiotic Come In a Time-Released Capsule?

Another thing to check for is if the probiotics come in what’s called a time-released capsule

These capsules are very expensive to manufacture so usually a company will tell you on the label if it’s time-released or not.

These aren’t the cheap cellulose capsules that break down in the stomach.

They survive the stomach and only open up in the small intestine.

That way nothing is lost due to stomach acid. Nearly all probiotics you buy don’t do that. They don’t fully survive the stomach bypass. They actually get destroyed before they get to the intestine.

A time-released capsule is different. It’s not affected by digestion.

5. Is the probiotic GMP Certified or Made in a GMP Certified Facility?
Be VERY vary of any probiotic that doesn’t have a “GMP Certified” seal on the label.

Particularly the cheap probiotics you see on store shelves.

Many years ago before GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) were enforced on the supplement industry, we spoke with many experts in America and Europe regarding probiotics and how they were made. 

And we were quite amazed to discover that when a survey was done on U.S. probiotics just before GMP was enforced, many of them were found to be USELESS and DEAD.

The cheap probiotics had NO VIABLE BACTERIA in them at all — people were just getting ripped off and they had no idea! And we can tell you right now that chances are, especially if you’re buying some “el-cheapo” product at the supermarket or Walmart, you’re probably still getting scammed.

An easy way to tell is to see if the factory or supplier has a GMP certification.

Before you check out other probiotics take a look at our CanXida RST formula.

This is a heavy duty probiotic we designed specifically for folks with severe health issues who need help fast.

It meets all 5 of the criteria above (including serratiopeptidase).
You can learn more about this formula by visiting

How to Choose a Multivitamin That's Easy to Digest & Helps With Chronic Fatigue

Many patients with chronic fatigue will have digestive issues preventing them from absorbing nutrients. Their body can’t absorb them from the food they eat or from supplements.

That’s why we don’t recommend people with gut problems take conventional multivitamins. Many of these multivitamins contain inferior quality nutrients. Others contain fake & unwanted ingredients that could make your condition worse. Many also contain sugars.

We've created our own multi (called CanXida Rebuild) specifically for folks with gut problems & we did it by combining a multivitamin with 9 antimicrobial & anti-inflammatory herbs & and making it sustain released. 

The 9 herbs we used are:

  • gum mastic powder 
  • goldenseal root
  • slippery elm bark
  • ginger root
  • cinnamon
  • thyme
  • rosemary (both leaf & flower)
  • chamomile
  • anise seed

You can read more about each of these herbs & why we included it in CanXida Rebuild here.

CanXida Rebuild is a synergistic formula of 32 vitamins, minerals, & trace elements – plus 9 antimicrobial herbs & extra ingredients like betaine hydrochloride, glutamic acid, citrus bioflavanoids (antioxidants), biotin & more.

CanXida Rebuild is unique in that it’s got a back-end of different herbs that are anti-microbial. And as you can see, it actually mentions chronic fatigue on the box label.

We sourced not only the highest quality raw materials in terms of their active ingredients, but also ones that
are easiest for your body to absorb. You can learn more about it at

Be sure to check out our YouTube page before you leave this page.

We run the largest gut disorder related YouTube channel (called the CanXida Gut Health Networkwhere you can find over 4,000 educational videos (along with several ebooks) that teach you step-by step how to get your health back to normal. 

The channel was originally exclusively about Candida but has since expanded into virtually every other gut health related issue and we plan to continue expanding it to cover many other health related issues. We've even got a candida recipes YouTube channel which you can check out later.

Why do we give away so much information for free?

Because we like to see people recover. It’s fantastic and the best part of our job. 

Please be sure to grab your free Chronic Fatigue Recovery Kit before you leave this page.

This is a collection of 5 in-depth free PDF reports we created specifically for people like you who are just getting started with CFS treatment.

Inside you'll discover how to slowly transition to our 3-step diet – as well as everything you need to know about how to shop for fruits, vegetables, herbs, grains & flours, pasta, noodles, beans, nuts, breads, soups, spreads & dips, seafood, poultry, meats, dairy, oils, fermented & cultured foods and more.

The PDF titles may say "candida" but make no mistake about it – the information inside is equally applicable to CFS, candida yeast overgrowth, SIBO, IBS and a long list of other health issues where gut health plays a critical role in the recovery process.

You can grab it by
clicking the button below.

Hope to talk to again soon,

-Deborah Barnes, CanXida Customer Care Team

Click the Button Below to Grab Your 100% FREE Chronic Fatigue Recovery Kit - 5 Free PDF Reports

What's Included in the Chronic Fatigue Recovery Kit:

  • Candida Crusher Grocery Shopping Guide: 187 Foods That Get Rid of Candida (24 pages)
  • Candida Friendly Recipes: 40+ Delicious Recipes to Alleviate Symptoms & Restore Gut Health (94 pages)
  • 21-Days To Fix Your Gut Health: A Step-By-Step Guide to Healing Your Gut of Candida, Leaky Gut, IBS & Almost Any Other Digestive Problem (67 pages)
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2.  Gut inflammation in chronic fatigue syndrome.

Effectiveness of probiotics in irritable bowel syndrome: Updated systematic review with meta-analysis.

4. The Effectiveness of Processed Grapefruit-Seed Extract as An Antibacterial Agent: I. An In Vitro Agar Assay.

5.  Adaptation of bacteria to the intestinal niche: probiotics and gut disorder.

6. A Comprehensive Update of the Current Understanding of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

7. DNA barcoding detects contamination and substitution in North American herbal products. . .

8. Using probiotics and prebiotics to improve gut health. . .

9.  Predictors of new onsets of irritable bowel syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia: the lifelines study.

10. Pediatric functional constipation treatment with Bifidobacterium-containing yogurt: a crossover, double-blind, controlled trial.

About CanXida Health:

About CanXida Health:

We launched CanXida Health in 2013 with one goal – to provide people like you with all the tools needed to finally heal your gut from Candida, Leaky Gut, IBS, SIBO & (almost) any other gut issue.

In addition to making premium grade supplements to target a wide range of gut disorders, we also run the CanXida YouTube channel where you'll find over 2,000 educational videos (along with several ebooks) on how to get your gut working normal again. Visit our website to learn more.

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