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Fatigue and What to Do About It

Posted in: Conditions, Nutrition, Herbs, Supplements
By Dr. Pantea Etminan, NHD
Jan 12, 2012 - 12:15:46 PM

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In today's world, we are constantly going and trying to meet goals. Doing too much may have become part of what we need to do on daily basis to get our goals met. But it ends up making us feel fatigued and ran down. If this would go for too long, it would eventually places effect on the immunity which could lead to making you sick. That is why so many end up not feeling so well after a while of running around or when taking time off. At this time, the body's natural response kicks in--now it is ok to relax and it may just go down--making you feel sick. So many are so bothered by this issue, that why just when they do take time off for themselves they get sick. Well, it is the way that your body is trying to protect you, for one. For another, it is a sign that your body is ran down and pushed to its limit, thus creating dis-balance within the system. How to help that and, potentially, avoid it?

What to Do So That Your Body Stays Healthy Through It All

First, try to get your daily routine in order. Yes, there always is more for you to do, that is the way it may be. But become mindful of what you can do and set priorities. Try to set reasonable expectations. And get that done. In an instance that you may not be able to finish all, be reasonable towards yourself too, and give yourself a break--don't get uptight and upset that why you were not able to fulfill all that you planned. Realize that you are human and you do what you can. Evaluate your time, and perhaps, set different schedule or expectations. You see, emotionally, we tend to run ourselves down when we set expectations that may set us up for disappointment. Then in return this gets manifested internally and physically. Not so good.

Try to get your daily routine so that you have enough time to take care of you and your body. This really is the only way you can do it all and proceed successfully. The sooner you will realize this the better and quicker you results will be. Make adequate changes in your daily routine, so that you have enough time to get some fresh air, exercise, good food and sleep. These are not optional things, but rather necessary. If you treat your body right and keep it in good mental and physical standing, then your body will treat you right and make it all work out. Then you wouldn't end up having to spend days not feeling well and unable to do much at all, because your body has become so ran down--that all you can do at the time is rest. You'll be able to do your job successfully and go on vacations and enjoy them too. Wouldn't that be nice!?

Of course, let's not forget your diet either. That is one of the most important factors in keeping your body healthy and allowing it to do what it needs to without getting ill. Pay attention to your needs. We each are different, thus may have different needs and requirements. Get educated and or consult a natural health practitioner, who will work with you and educate you in what your body demands and needs are. This will take you a long way for being in great health--and very much worth it. Once you lean what your body's needs are, it is just a matter of time to apply them and see results for years to come. Of course, we are constantly changing too and may need help in future for something else--but in general, once you learn your particular body's needs, you will be amazed at how great you will feel.
In general, sticking to a diet that is rich in whole foods, including whole fresh, preferrably, organic vegetables and fruits will be very helpful. This is necessary for anyone. What whole fresh foods offer are vital nutrients that the body needs and demands. Only this alone sets you up for much stronger immunity, thus mind and body. Learn what foods your body likes and dislikes, from cellular level and stick to that type of diet. Usually, good fresh foods are as follows:

  • Whole fresh vegetables: variety--leafy greens, crucified veggies, celery, zucchini , green beans and such
  • Root vegetables: carrots, turnip, parsnip, different types of potatoes, onion, garlic, leeks, fennel
  • Herbs: cilantro, parsley, mint, basil, tarragon, sage, thyme
  • Whole fresh fruits: variety--citrus (orange, grapefruit, lemon, lime) apples, passion fruits, papaya, mango, melons
  • Legumes: beans (pinto, kidney, black, navy, white), garbanzo, fava, lentil
  • Whole grains: rice, wild rice, quinoa, millet, teff, barley, oats

It is best that foods are consumed in their whole and organic form as much as possible. There's been much disruption of produce in this country that has made some of them not so good, such as GMO (genetically modified organisms) or produced marked with numbers that start with 3. These foods are not real foods and should not be consumed by any living being. They have been found to promote and affect that body with disease and disruption of its natural state. For more details, you may want to look at the previous articles on Genetically modified foods. Besides all that, we have the pesticide matter, which makes the commercial produce toxic. Some have less pesticides and are on the safer list (could find that in the previous articles as well). In general, fruits and vegetables that do not have thick skins would contain a lot more pesticides than those, such as melons, where you could remove the thick outer part to eat the flesh. Even with that it is best to buy organic, if possible. Aside from its toxicity levels, organic produce would contain a lot more natural nutrients and would taste a lot better.

Supplements that Could Be Helpful

There are some supplements that could be very helpful for fatigue and building up immunity towards stress. Again, it is best to consult with a natural health practitioner, who can work with you and advice you which one of these would work best for you. Because we are different, one supplement may do wonders for one individual, while it can make someone else, feel horrible. Gauge how you feel after taking a particular supplement, both immediately (within the next couple of hours) and in longer term. Your body is a good indicator in how well this would work for you. If it makes you feel not so good after taking it within the next 2-3 hours, then I would advice that may not be the right one for you.

  • Whole food vitamin or supplement (from greens and natural whole foods only)
  • Eleuthero or Ginseng (allows the body to deal with stress over time, adaptogen)
  • Gingko balboa (increases blood flow, especially to the brain)
  • Ashwagandha (an Ayuravedic herb prized for its ability to allow the body to deal with stress, an adaptogen)
  • Cordyceps (traditional Chinese Medicine mushroom that helps with strengthening immunity, fight fatigue, and boost energy)
  • Coenzyme Q10 (vital nutrient that is in charge of cellular energy of each cell within the body. As we age, if we have an illness and are taking pharmaceutical drugs, especially statins (statins have been found to destroy Co-Q10, thus the importance of anyone taking any cholesterol type medication to also, add CoQ10 to their daily regimen), we tend to not have as much available, thus the need to take such supplement.
  • Vitamin B complex (another vital vitamin necessary for energy production)
  • Magnesium (best to take this as a whole herb, many of natural greens contain magnesium plus other minerals that are helpful for energy production)

As these are examples of some supplements that assist in building immunity and giving energy, there are many others. In addition, it is important to find out what your specific needs are--because once you start to address that then you would feel more energized with more optimal immunity.

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