Wednesday August 7, 2019
What is extreme fatigue?
Discovered in 1988, extreme fatigue can sometimes be described as living with a constant dead battery. Simple tasks such as changing clothes and preparing a meal can be strenuous.
Signs and symptoms may include:
- Loss of memory or concentration
- Sore throat and flu-like symptoms
- Enlarged lymph nodes in neck and/or armpits
- Unexplained muscle or joint pain
- Persistent inflammation
- Severe fatigue that’s not improved by rest
- Post-exertional malaise (PEM) where symptoms get worse after any physical or mental activity
- Dizzy and lightheadedness
- Digestive issues, like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or Chrons
- Chills and/or night sweats
- Allergies and sensitivities to foods, odors, chemicals, or noise
Although there is no direct treatment for persistent fatigue, there are some natural ways to boost your energy….
Natural ways to boost your energy
Here are some ways to naturally boost your energy:
- Limit caffeine intake
Did you know? Caffeine stays in the body a lot longer than you think, during which time it can wreak havoc on hormone levels. Hormone levels are very sensitive to what you eat and drink, including caffeine. People consuming excessive caffeine find they’re more susceptible to mood swings and sleep struggles caused by hormonal imbalance.
- Reduce alcohol intake
Did you know? Several hours after consuming alcohol and going to bed, alcohol can raise the body's level of a stress hormone that increases the heart rate (epinephrine) stimulating the body. This can result in nighttime awakenings and bathroom trips.
- Refrain from smoking
Did you know? Smoking siphons your energy by causing insomnia. You see, nicotine in tobacco is a stimulant, increasing your heart rate, blood pressure, and brain-wave activity. This can cause issues when trying to catch some Zzzzzzs. Create a regular sleep routine here
- Acupuncture or yoga to help reduce stress
Did you know? Stress over works the adrenal glands (fight or flight) regarding any form of stress to the body. Although this is a good thing in a real emergency situation, prolonged stress leads to adrenal exhaustion resulting in extreme fatigue. Manage your stress naturally here
- Learn to say “no” and keep your daily activities balanced
Did you know? It’s only by saying ‘no’ that you can concentrate on the things that are really important.” – Steve Jobs
Saying “no” can help you maintain a balanced life. Remaining balanced allows you to remove the distractions and pressures causing stress to your adrenal glands.
Did you know? The Department of Agriculture's Human Nutrition Research Center discovered that women with magnesium deficiencies experienced higher heart rates thus requiring more oxygen to do physical tasks than they did after their magnesium levels were restored. Overworking your body that hard long term can leave you feeling depleted of energy. Learn other ways to naturally boost your mood here
- Drink more water
Did you know? When you are dehydrated your body redirects blood to working muscles and away from the skin. This impairs your body’s ability to diffuse heat. The increase in internal heat can result inflammation, muscle cramps, lightheadedness, and you guessed it! Fatigue. Save water at home with these 9 tips
- Decrease sugar intake
Did you know? Individuals become addicted to simple carbohydrates due to the sharp increase of serotonin levels or the “feel good” effect. The “feel good” effect is short-lived because the elevated mood declines quickly as serotonin levels decline. This rapid decline is also known as a sugar crash. Eating foods with a low glycemic index (sugars absorbing into the body slowly), may help you avoid the lag in energy that typically occurs after eating quickly absorbed sugars. Proteins and fats have glycemic indexes that are close to zero.
Did you know? Robert Thayer, PhD, at California State University, says a brisk 10-minute walk not only increases your energy, but the effects can last up to two hours! That’s the equivalent energy of a mid-afternoon snack. In another study individuals with persistent, unexplained fatigue were able to decrease their tiredness by 65% by regularly participating in low-intensity cycling.
- Get Social
Did you know? Social isolation can cause fatigue and decrease in mood as you get older. In fact, people with stronger social networks are known to experience better physical and mental health as they age. Want to get out of the house? Come take a tour and visit us at the farm!
- Eat regularly
Did you know? Many people with persistent fatigue often experience digestive issues or are too tired to eat. Try consuming smaller meals more frequently to ease digestive issues and maintain your blood sugars and energy levels. Read about raw foods here
- Eat whole foods high in natural antioxidants
Did you know? Being under a constant state of stress can cause your body to oxidize at a faster rate. Natural foods contain polyphenols (a type of natural antioxidant) that may assist in reversing oxidized damage to molecules from overactive adrenal glands. Raw noni fruit is one of the best sources for antioxidants. One 2x2 inch serving of Noni Fruit Leather has 6024 ORAC.
Did you know? Two compounds scopoletin and quercetin have been known to help with chronic fatigue. Scopoletin is known for natural pain relief and mood elevation by binding with serotonin thus keeping serotonin levels elevated. Quercetin has a significant effect in suppressing IL-1β production (mediator in inflammatory response) reducing inflammation in the muscles, joints, and digestion tract.