In today’s face paced society in which we live it is not unusual for you to suffer fatigue you feel tired, sleepy and lacking in energy. Often fatigue is due to stress, lifestyle choices or more complex medical conditions.
When you are fatigued, the main feeling is exhaustion, weakness and no stamina. In addition it can affect concentration, mood and libido.
Why it happens?
You may suffer fatigue for any number of reasons including:
- Depression, anxiety or grief
- Too much or too little sleep
- Poor diet or lifestyle choices
- Iron deficiency
- Excessive physical demands
- Medical causes may include infections such as flu or glandular fever, pain, chronic fatigue syndrome or myalgic encephalopathy, restless leg syndrome, blood sugar irregularities, digestive disturbances, under active thyroid
- Mitochondrial dysfunction – the mitochondria is considered ‘the power house of every cell’ since it generates energy for the cell. Mitochondrial impairment is linked to fatigue.
What natural therapies can help?
When we are stressed our body utilises magnesium, calcium, zinc, B group vitamins, and vitamin C. Invest in a good daily multivitamin supplement to ensure you are not missing out on any of these key nutrients since even a minor deficiency may contribute to fatigue.
Iron – iron deficiency anaemia is due to inadequate iron intake – again invest in a supplement – tablets and liquids are available.
Valerian, passion flower, chamomile and St John’s wort are calming herbs and may help if you are experiencing sleeping difficulties.
Liquorice – an adrenal tonic.
Korean ginseng – traditionally used short term for debilitated conditions. It increases the body’s resistance to stress and builds up general vitality. Herbal tonics can help revitalise you when you are feeling run down. Many such as Korean ginseng and astragalus have been traditionally used for centuries to fight fatigue.
Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) a vitamin-like compound, is present in the mitochondria of every cell.
Did you know?
- With our busy lives, we all get tired now and then but occasionally tiredness indicates there’s something going physically wrong. Iron deficiency is one common cause, but hormonal imbalance and other factors could also be at play. If your energy levels are consistently low in spite of getting enough sleep, it might be time to come and talk to one the health specialists at your local Go Vita.
- Keep yourself well hydrated. Aim for two litres of water daily.
- Maintain blood sugar levels. Eat small regular meals rather than three large meals. This will help to keep your metabolism working at a higher rate throughout the day and maintain blood sugar levels in a good zone.
- Never skip meals because you are more likely to grab high fat or sugar foods to give you that quick energy hit.
- Watch the waistline – the more you eat, the more stress you put on your heart and you can feel fatigued.
- Don’t overburden your body with the extra stress of late nights, alcohol, excessive caffeine and junk food. Get adequate rest and follow a healthy diet.
- Chill out – exercise and stretching helps clear your mind and relaxes your muscles. Try deep breathing exercises and meditation if you can’t slow down.