A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Fatigue
I had a question the other day about fatigue.
Do you feel like you’re always tired?
Most of us know what it’s like to be tired, especially when we have a cold, flu, or some other viral infection.
But when you suffer from a constant lack of energy and ongoing fatigue, it may be time to check things out.
Fatigue is a lingering tiredness that’s constant and limiting.
With fatigue, you have unexplained, persistent, and relapsing exhaustion.
If you’re fatigued, you might wake up in the morning feeling like you haven’t slept.
Or you may not be able to function at work or at home.
In most cases, there’s a reason for fatigue.
It might be allergic rhinitis, anemia, depression, fibromyalgia, or some other health condition.
Sleep experts say fatigue affects the daily activities of 40% of us.
A quick nap can get rid of daytime drowsiness and get you back on track.
Research shows a short, 10-20-minute nap makes you more alert and improves performance.
A cup of coffee can also help you through the drowsy part of your day – just don’t overdo it.
As with naps, moderation is the key when it comes to caffeine.
To deal with fatigue it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 10 cups of purified water daily to hydrate and flush toxins. Drink a full glass every 2 hours while awake.
*Teas brewed from burdock root, dandelion, and red clover promote healing by cleansing your blood and lymphatic system, as well as enhancing immune function. Combine or alternate these herbal teas, and drink 4-6 cups daily.
*Also drink juices, preferably freshly made organic vegetable juices.
*Ginkgo biloba improves circulation and brain function. (Don’t use if you have a bleeding disorder, or are scheduled for surgery or a dental procedure.)
*Skullcap and valerian root improve sleep.
*Eat a well-balanced diet of 50% organic raw foods and fresh “live” juices. Your diet should consist mostly of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, plus raw nuts, seeds, skinless turkey, and some deep-water fish. These quality foods supply nutrients that renew energy and build immunity.
*Add some form of acidophilus to your diet, and regularly eat soured products like yogurt and kefir. Many people with fatigue also are infected with candida. Acidophilus helps to keep candida under control.
*Don’t eat shellfish, fried foods, junk foods, processed foods; stimulants like coffee, tea, and soft drinks; sugar; and products containing yeasts and/or white flour, like bread and pasta. You may find this difficult – people with fatigue generally have cravings for sugar and carbohydrate products, and could also develop a craving for alcohol – but it’s important.
*Make sure your bowels move daily, and add fiber to your diet.
*Take chlorophyll in tablet form or get it from the liquid of vegetables, like a “green drink” from leafy vegetables or wheatgrass.
*Take a protein supplement between meals.
*Get plenty of rest, and make sure you don’t overexert yourself. Moderate exercise may be helpful. Deep breathing exercises in particular are recommended.
*Avoid chocolate, soft drinks, caffeine, and highly processed foods. These foods deplete your body of magnesium, which leads to fatigue.
*Don’t smoke, and avoid secondhand smoke. This can make symptoms worse.
*Don’t take aspirin.
*Relax, eat slowly, chew well, appreciate your food.
*Rebalance intestinal microflora (see my post on Candida).
*Investigate possible triggers/sensitivities (environmental and/or food).
*Understand any side-effects of any medications.
*Have thyroid and adrenal function checked. Have hormone levels checked.
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