Fatigue is a term used to describe tiredness or weakness. It is a symptom that may simply appear due to stress and hard work. However, it may also be a symptom of an underlining condition. In many cases, people tend to use energy drinks, caffeine and other stimulants to boost their energy levels. Some doctors actually prescribe drugs like Ritalin or Adderall to treat it.
As I have discussed in my article on ADHD, Ritalin has a wide range of side effects and is better to avoid. Stimulants and energy drinks burn out your endocrine system, and cause further deterioration of health. In this article, I will discuss a few simple remedies to overcome fatigue as well as several of the underlining condition which may be causing your symptoms.
There are many type of fatigue:
In most cases, simply getting a good rest is enough to correct fatigue. However, some conditions may require medical intervention.
Causes of fatigue:
– Heavy Work
– Excessive consumption of refined foods
– Eating foods containing pesticides, preservatives, and which are genetically modified.
– Constantly sitting in front of a computer, tv or simply lack of movement.
– Over eating
– Poor nutrition
Conditions that cause fatigue:
– Iron-Deficiency Anemia
– Vitamin deficiencies (B12, B6)
– Addisons Disease
– Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
– Low blood pressure
– Low blood sugar
– Intestinal Parasites
– Liver Conditions
The first principle of treatment is to remove the causative factor, therefore it is imperative that the cause is identified.
The second step is to identify the condition (If there is one) causing fatigue in order get the appropriate treatment for it
General Treatment protocol
Start with boosting the metabolism. Before consuming any natural medicines, you must first consume a metabolic stimulant, in order to enhance absorption. This is because, a sluggish body, tends to have a sluggish metabolism
Metabolic Stimulants include:
– Black Pepper
– Long Pepper
(Ask an Ayurvedic doctor about which metabolic stimulant is best for you.)
The next step, is to administer medicinal herbs & vitamin rich foods suitable to the condition.
In cases of Hypothyroidism, Addisons Disease, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Low blood pressure, Ashwagandha is quite beneficial. Being the primary choice for general debility, this medicinal plant is the number one option for by most Ayurvedic doctors in the case of fatigue. It boosts thyroid function, adrenal function and mildly increases blood pressure. Ashwagandha also helps to increase weight due to its naturally-occurring steroidal content.
In the case of Infections, Intestinal Parasites, and several Liver conditions, Guduchi can be quite useful. It has a powerful immunomodulatory effect which results in a substantial boost in immune function. It stimulates hepatic function and is also well known for being hepato-protective. Guduchi, being an immune booster, assists in ridding the body of a wide range of infections, both chronic and acute.
Vitamin deficiencies are getting much more common in recent times, mainly due to the fact that our mass produced foods lack nutrients. As mentioned before, the lack of these vitamins and minerals, tend to result in fatigue as well as a wide range of troublesome symptoms.
Good sources of B-vitamins and Iron include:
B6 – Tuna, Salmon, Beef, Chicken, Banana, Spinach, Bell Peppers
B12 – Liver, Sardine, Chicken, Eggs, Cottage Cheese
Iron – Beef, Liver, Spinach, Seafood, Beans
(Speak to an doctor about which medicinal plants, vitamins and minerals are needed in your case.)
Finally, consume a diet which includes then above mentioned B6, B12, and Iron as well as other energy giving foods, such as:
– Sweet Potato
– Grass-fed beef
– Green Leafy Vegetables
Sugary drinks and foods, processed foods, junk foods, high sodium foods, refined foods and sugars. Alcohol, sodas and other unhealthy drinks. Limit cookies, cakes, ice-cream etc. Of course it is not reasonable to completely avoid these foods, but at least try to limit them to the least amount possible.
(Always use medicinal herbs under the supervision of a doctor)
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by Dr. Nishal R.
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