“How to Overcome Fatigue”
How tired are you right now on a scale of one to ten?
Ten meaning you’re bursting with energy and one meaning you’re reading this with one eye open.
That tired huh?
Now because a number of people who will be reading this are active members of our clinic, a majority of you will be saying they have a score of 7 or 8 or 9 out of 10.
Most patients when they first enter the clinic give me a score of 2, 3 or 4.
If you are early on your journey your score might be 5 or 6 right now, but be assured once your 3 steps have been implemented your tiredness or fatigue will no longer be apart of who your are.
And within this blog I give NEW and the latest information on how to get even more energy out of your body.
If your tired or fatigued . . . Well you’re not alone; many of us struggle with fatigue and tiredness throughout our lives.
Simple daily activities can feel very taxing and you may have to dig deep to find the energy. If you’re tired during the day, chances are you’re not sleeping well.
This could lead to a vicious cycle of tiredness that is difficult to overcome.
What causes fatigue?
In this article we’ll explore those connections and discuss ways to overcome tiredness so you can reclaim your energy.
First off, what is the difference between tiredness and fatigue symptoms?
Are they the same?
You may find that these terms are often used interchangeably; however there are distinctions between the two.
Tiredness vs. Fatigue
The biggest difference between tiredness and fatigue is duration.
With tiredness you may feel low energy; however this is resolved by rest.
Fatigue is an ongoing state of low energy where your body has trouble keeping up.
A few additional differences are: (1)
|Challenges with concentration||Forgetfulness; alleviated by rest|
|Difficulty sleeping||Decent Quality of sleep|
|Steady decline in stamina||Stamina is restored after sleep|
Fatigue, generally speaking, is an ongoing feeling of excessive tiredness that continues to worsen over time.
Chronic Fatigue would be an example.
It could decrease your quality of life if you are too tired to participate in activities you once enjoyed.
From an Ancient Medicine model tiredness is suggesting you may have a sub clinical liver challenge and Fatigue tells the astute Practitioner it’s the kidney filter that is having a hard time detoxifying.
Since fatigue is more of a chronic condition and tiredness is temporary, we will focus on the causes of fatigue, and explore natural remedies.
Fatigue and Insulin Resistance
- When the cells in your body are resisting insulin it could lead to feelings of exhaustion
- The resistance of insulin means that the glucose is not getting where it needs to go, which leads to low energy
- The inconsistent blood sugar levels in your blood can throw you into a bit of tailspin, alternating between energy levels. 2
- Reversing insulin resistance can improve energy levels
- Co Q10: An Australian study showed that patients who took CoQ10 were able to maintain healthy blood sugar levels that were already within the normal range.9
Fatigue and Inflammation
A study in ScienceDaily revealed how inflammatory diseases can cause fatigue.
The research found that white blood cells called monocytes infiltrated the brain and caused behavior changes such as fatigue.
The researchers went on to block the entry of monocytes into the brain:
In the mice with inflamed livers, preventing the entry of monocytes into the brain reduced sickness behaviors; mice showed more mobility and social interaction. These findings suggest that people with chronic inflammatory diseases may benefit from treatments that limit monocyte access to the brain.(natap) 3
Omega 3s are beneficial treatment for inflammation.
Supplements for inflammation also include:
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
- Milk Thistle
- Devils Claw
- Mercury removed EPA / DHA (Fish Oil) . . . Omega 3’s
Weight Gain and Fatigue
The connection between fatigue and weight gain seems obvious . . . right?
If you’re tired than you’re not as mobile, and thus more likely to gain weight.
Well it’s not as straightforward as it seems.
When our bodies expend energy it’s usually pulled from carbs. If you use all of your carb energy, the next source is lean muscle.
Those who are fatigued are usually burning lean muscle instead of the energy from stored body fats. This could happen as a result of yo-yo dieting which throws the metabolism off.
Your body constantly burns lean muscle and leaves the fat.
This in turn leaves you fatigued.
Other noticeable effects are . . .
- Loss of flexibility
- Muscle stiffness and soreness
- Loss of grip strength
- Loss of muscle tone
- Abdominal or Inguinal Hernia’s
- Varicose veins / spider veins
- Bleeding gums
- Wrinkles and premature ageing
- Saggy under arms
All the above signs and symptoms are the end result of connective tissue breakdown or lean muscle wasting.
Interestingly fatigue can be caused by all 3 as suggested above . . . that is insulin resistance, inflammation and weight gain and these 3 can also cause fatigue.
It’s like being on a roller coaster that will not stop.
Once on this roller coaster it’s very hard to get off.
That’s why unless Professional help is sought it can be an endless battle of disappointment because your fatigue just won’t go AWAY.
Here are some Natural Remedies for Fatigue . . .
Fortunately there are several ways to give yourself a boost of energy and get through your day without nodding off. Some of these are quick stable fixes and others require lifestyles changes.
We’ll jump into the quick stable remedies first:
- Firstly ensure your urine and saliva p/H is between 6.8 to 7, because if it’s lower it means you are acidic and up to 80 % of oxygen is unavailable for energy production
Here are some simple ways to Alkalise . . .
- Most vegetables, including Ocean vegetables
- Millet, amaranth, and quinoa
- Lemons, limes, berries, and unsweetened pomegranate, cranberry, and black currant juice
- Seeds, except for sesame
- Soaked/ activated and or sprouted almonds
- Salt especially pickling salt
- Herbs and herbal teas – including our liver cleansing tea
- Raw apple cider vinegar
- Cultured foods like . . .
- Fermented vegetables of all kinds (cabbage, carrots, kale, collards, celery spiced with herbs like ginger and garlic)
- Fermented raw milk such as kefir or yogurt, but NOT commercial versions, which typically do not have live cultures and are loaded with sugars that feed pathogenic bacteria.
- Lassi (an Indian yogurt drink, traditionally enjoyed before dinner)
- Kim chee.
- Avoid eating before bed because it may destroy the powerhouses of your cells called mitochondria. 10 A minimum of 3 hours is recommended between eating and going to sleep, 6 hours is best.
- Increase good quality organic meats, reduce carbs and increase good fats like coconut oil and avocado.
- Ensure good quality sleep by darkening the room, fresh circulating air, have no electrical gadgets in the room or at least 3 meters or 9 feet away form you and no watching any computer gadget for at least 1 hour before bed. Reading a good book is better.
- Peppermint Oil – If you’ve ever taken a whiff of peppermint oil then you’re well aware of how quickly this stuff will wake you up. Pick up a bottle and keep it handy. Mix a few drops in with your hand lotion and rub it in. (the oil is not to be consumed internally – for external use ONLY) Another idea is to drink a cup of peppermint tea for an afternoon pick me up.
- Water – Dehydration can make you feel fatigued. You would be amazed at how energizing a glass of water is. The next time you feel tiredness coming on, refresh yourself with some H2O. Ensure it’s filtered. Never cold, never / never / never iced this includes juices . . . if possible this goes for any liquid. A hot lemon drink with a piece of ginger is awesome.
- Deep breathing – Breathing helps your body to detoxify, but not just regular shallow breathing. Instead take deep diaphragmatic breaths that expand your stomach as you breathe in. Breathe in for a count of 3 and breathe out 1, 2, 3. Feels great right?
- Gentle exercise such as yoga can also be an excellent part of your exercise program – and yoga benefits the mind as well as the body.
- Address and emotional stress. Try Our Emotional Freedom Program.
Here are a few changes you can make to your diet that will increase your energy:
- Include more B vitamins – The body uses these B vitamins to metabolize energy. In fact, B vitamin deficiency can result in chronic fatigue. Foods high in B vitamins include beef, wild salmon, turkey, eggs, oats, avocado, spinach, almonds and squash to name a few.
- Maca – This is a superfood that balances many systems throughout the body. It also increases energy levels and normalizes hormones. You can find Maca in pill or powder form. Take it as a supplement or add it to your morning shake. (Note: Not recommended for pregnant or lactating women, hormone-related cancers, or men with prostate problems.)
- Vitamin B12 is a very busy nutrient. Make sure it’s activated. If it’s not activated it can be huge waste of money. It’s responsible for hundreds of critical functions your body takes care of every day. Even with a slight deficiency you’ll feel the results of its absence. Confusion, memory loss, including Dementia and Alzheimer’s and constant fatigue can sneak up on you…
- Raise Your Glutathione Levels. One good substitute is to use a high quality whey protein, 12 made from organically-raised raw milk, without added sweeteners. Foods that are high in sulfur and/or selenium also encourage your body’s production of glutathione.
- This includes eating more of:
- Cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, cabbage) Lightly steamed is best.
- Animal foods (eggs, dairy, and organ meats for sulfur, beef, lamb, chicken, and turkey for selenium)
- Certain herbs, such as milk thistle, cardamom, cinnamon and turmeric
- Brazil nuts and sunflower seeds.
- Cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, cabbage) Lightly steamed is best.
- Avoid Caffeine – Caffeine can trick your body into thinking it has more energy. This could lead to burning metabolism incorrectly and fatigue.
Ongoing fatigue can have significant impacts on your quality of life.
Making changes to your lifestyle and diet will provide your body with the extra fuel needed to improve your quality of life.
If you are a member of our clinic and interested in Regain Your Energy Now Program and you would like to know more about fatigue and how it’s related to chronic inflammation or pain, insulin resistance and or weight gain, just let Wayne know at your next consultation.
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To find out more, and to learn if fatigue symptoms are causing you to have chronic inflammation or pain, insulin resistance and or weight gain, you can book a naturopathic consultation with Dr Wayne Pickstone (Dr of Chinese Medicine) at the Unique Health and Wellness Centre TODAY!
Yours in Health
From the Team at Unique Health and Wellness
P.S. As mentioned earlier . . . Fatigue can be caused by chronic inflammation or pain, insulin resistance and weight gain and Fatigue is also one of the common reasons for pain, insulin resistance and weight gain. The roller coaster unfortunately doesn’t stop until help is sought and we are here to assist you with natural solutions that are proven to work.
P.P.S. I’m pro-active about improving my energy, I want to book now and I realise the consultation is Normally valued at $300.00 and if I act NOW I will receive the consultation for ONLY $147.
- Hodgson JM, Watts GF, Playford DA, Burke V, Croft KD. Coenzyme Q10 improves blood pressure and glycaemic control in a controlled trial in subjects with type 2 diabetes. Eur J Clin Nutr. 2002 Nov;56(11):1137-42.
- Epoch Times June 26, 2015
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