All-Natural Fatigue Busters
Clinical Herbalist Reviewed on September 23, 2009 by Paulina Nelega, RH
In today’s hectic lifestyle many people are plagued with chronic fatigue. And it’s really no wonder! What with all the business meetings, school and work projects, family get-togethers, rushing to get from one place and activity to the next in rush hour traffic can cause fatigue to creep up on us very quickly. Before we know it, we are tired, grumpy and in dire need of a good night’s sleep.
When you are thinking about moving forward with your life, you will find that it is entirely possible to feel that you are too tired to do so! Given the pace at which so many of us live our lives, it only makes sense that we would start to feel tired and run down. If you are someone who is ready to get away from that, you need to think about what your options are going to be when it comes to getting rid of the fatigue that plagues you. Fatigue is something that can dramatically affect the way that you live your life and when you want to really be at your very best in life, you will certainly need to have combated your fatigue and put it to rest once and for all.
Between fifty and seventy five years ago our soil, in which our food was grown, was extremely rich in natural minerals, which provided our bodies with the precious nutrients we need to ensure good health. However, modern farming practices have made it virtually impossible for our bodies to absorb all of the nutrients that we need from our food and water supply. For example, drinking the mineral rich water from our wells is no longer possible due to pollution and contamination. Most of the fruits and vegetables that we buy from the grocery store is deficient in nutrient content, leading to malnutrition in people all over the world.
Therefore when you really want to rid yourself of fatigue, you should take a good look at your eating habits. Since a good night’s sleep is tied to eating good food, you will find that if you are eating unhealthily, you are also going to have bad sleeping habits as well. Therefore an easy way to combat fatigue is to rid yourself of any bad and unhealthy eating habits. Eating eggs is great way to incorporate natural protein into your diet. Eggs also contain iron, vitamin A, and folic acid. This can be a perfect way to get your body back in order.
Another way to make sure that you are going to be feeling in good shape is to make sure that you are taking care of your immune system. When your immune system is working overtime and if your ability to stay healthy is working too hard, you will find that you are going to feel constantly tired and run down. Look into the different supplements that are said to help boost your immune system, such as fish oil and vitamin C.
Carnitine is another great supplement as it is an amino acid that provides fuel to the body’s cells. The additional benefit to Carnitine is that is helps the body to flush out wasteful toxins that keep a body from functioning at its best.
Coenzyme Q10, also called CoQ10, is a supplement that works alongside carnitine, by making energy from the fuel that carnitine provides the body. It also helps by restoring the body’s cells.
When you are thinking about making sure that your life is free of fatigue and when you want to make sure that you are well rested for important events, you will also discover that it is important to make sure that you stay well hydrated as well.
Drinking lots of liquids such as natural, sugar-free, fruit juices, milk and water are preferred over drinking sugary, carbonated, caffeine-rich sodas. Keep in mind that sodas are a type of diuretic and can leave you feeling more dehydrated in the long run.
Drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day will help keep your body feeling more energized.
A really quick pick-me-upper is to drink a glass of equal parts grapefruit juice and lemon juice.
There are also quite a few herbal remedies that you can use when you are looking to bust fatigue. For instance, St. John’s Wort can keep your energy high and keep you moving from project to project during the day. For the night, look into valerian root and melatonin to ensure more restful sleep.
As a breakfast treat try sprinkling fresh ground cinnamon on your porridge, cereal, or toast. Cinnamon actually triples the power of insulin to metabolize glucose.
Add garlic to your dinners, as it can help relieve chronic fatigue symptoms.
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Paulina Nelega, RH, has been in private practice as a Clinical Herbalist for over 15 years. She has developed and taught courses in herbal medicine, and her articles on health have appeared in numerous publications. She is very passionate about the healing power of nature. Ask Dr. Jan