You know that “I can barely get out of bed in the morning” feeling that happens even after you know you should have gotten plenty of sleep the night before? Even if you go to bed early, and wake up late, you still feel tired. No matter what you do. You’re tired. That’s fatigue. It can feel as though lifting your body from a chair or bed takes Herculean strength, even when you haven’t been to the gym for weeks. We feel tired, worn down, and lethargic, and seemingly for no reason, but there are reasons for your fatigue.
Fatigue is caused by eating low-quality food comprised of unhealthy fats, processed sugars and carbohydrates, and even “diet” foods containing artificial flavorings, and chemicals which mess with our hunger hormones. This in turn interferes with satiety (feeling full) and causes us to eat more of the very same foods that keep us overweight, and under-inspired.
Fatigue is also linked to a sedentary lifestyle, stress, and toxins we are exposed to in our diet, our air, our water, and even in products we use every day like shampoo, or soap.
Toxic, Tired, or Both?
It is likely that your feelings of lethargy and even chronic fatigue syndrome are due to your body’s inability to free itself from a heavy toxic burden. You’re tired, because your body is tired! It spends all its precious energy trying to get rid of the toxic junk that has accumulated in you.
There are more than 65,000 toxic chemicals in our environments, and when we don’t sweat them out or poop them out, they have little recourse but to be recirculated in our blood, causing us to feel absolutely exhausted.
Between the toxic food we eat, the paint thinner, hair spray, soaps, chemical perfumes, adhesives, solvents, paint, flame retardants, and many other common products, and dirty air we breathe, it’s no wonder our bodies start to feel overburdened, and revolt!
Fatigue can also be like an endless negative feedback loop. We feel tired so we don’t want to exercise. The lack of exercise, then, keeps us feeling tired. Our health and vitality can only suffer from this unhealthy lifestyle habit.
Other contributors to fatigue can be physical conditions such as nutritional deficiencies, cancer, underactive or overactive thyroid, obesity, pregnancy, diabetes, allergies and persistent pain that contribute to the body feeling worn out.
Grief after a major loss and depression can also cause fatigue, as can the loss of sleep – and oddly, even when we are desperate for a good night’s sleep, we are often too stressed from our condition to get one.
Chronic fatigue can also damage your memory, cause flu-like symptoms, make it almost impossible to have a good social life and excel at your career, and contribute to generalized pain felt all over the body.
These symptoms reveal a more sinister underlying condition – an overly toxic body suffering from chronic low-grade infection, high acidity, inflammation, and an unhealthy gut – all contributing to chronic fatigue and listlessness.
Cures for Fatigue
There are many cures for fatigue which you can research further. Some are very sound methods, but others may not be right for you when you consider their long-term effects on your health. Some of the remedies listed below can also be used with others to boost their effectiveness for a long-term, lasting cure for chronic fatigue.
Allopathic cures for fatigue usually include medications that can cause some rather serious side effects. Some doctors even prescribe medications meant for people suffering from ADHD, such as Riddalin or Adderall which can cause severe anxiety and even suicidal tendencies.
Anticonvulsants, antidepressants and even narcotic drugs are also prescribed – some of which are highly addictive and dangerous to the body when used for even short periods of time.
Antidepressants (SSRIs or drugs like Prozac) are also one of the most commonly prescribed drug classes, being given out like Halloween candy even when people are not depressed. They rarely are effective for treating depression, and certainly aren’t ideal in treating fatigue.
Corticosteroids are also sometimes given to people suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome, but these can cause serious side effects as well, including: high blood pressure, retina problems, thinning of the bones, elevated blood sugar, and a suppressed adrenal system.
Needless to say, none of these medications is ideal, and they don’t even address the most likely cause of your fatigue – toxicity.
Many natural cures involve lowering the stress response in your body. When we are stressed out every so often, our bodies can handle this without a problem. When we are chronically stressed, the adrenal glands, responsible for regulating our stress hormones, start to “fry.” They simply become over-taxed and cannot continue producing anti-stress hormones when we need them most. Following are natural methods of reducing stress which, in turn, seems to help those suffering from chronic fatigue.
- Aromatherapy utilizes different essential oils to positively affect the nervous system. You can try rose, lavender, marjoram, bergamot, chamomile, cinnamon, lemon, vetiver, fennel, rosewood, and sandalwood for starters. These essential oils can be applied directly to the skin in many cases, or added to a warm bath to help reduce stress.
- Herbal remedies such as Kava Kava, St. John’s Wort, and Valerian root aim to calm the nervous system and reduce stress. Most herbal remedies are meant to be used as a temporary solution, and should not be relied upon as a primary means to reduce toxic overload.
- Getting more sleep can seem like an impossible dream, but you can encourage a good night’s sleep by turning off all electronic devises at least one hour before bed, getting at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise, avoiding caffeine at least six hours before going to sleep, and making your room as dark as possible to encourage the production of melatonin and serotonin – hormones which help you to sleep soundly.
- Spending time in nature can also help to reduce stress, and thus improve your fatigue. Nature not only relieves fatigue, but it can make you kinder, calmer, more creative, and happier. It boosts serotonin (a happy hormone) and reduces cortisol production (stress hormones) linked with elevated stress.
Traditional Chinese Medicine
Traditional Chinese Medicine, or TCM offers its own set of cures for fatigue. This modality focuses on healing the immune system as well as correcting both yin and yang deficiencies thought to contribute to the feelings of fatigue and pain.
When the blood is “cleaned” the toxic burden is lessened, and people usually feel a burst of energy. When qi is circulating unobstructed, patients also feel vitality and strength.
The only caveat with TCM is that it can take many treatments to overcome chronic fatigue and may require periodic treatment to keep it from returning. Though some acupuncture and TCM clinics are reasonable, many treatments, especially the number required, can become a financial burden for those using this modality.
Yoga for Chronic Fatigue
Research has shown that many people who turn to yoga after exhausting allopathic cures for their chronic fatigue, experience great success. Even young people suffering from debilitating fatigue found that reducing their stress through yoga, helped them overcome their disease.
Some of the most stress-reducing yogic postures include:
- Balasana (Child’s Pose)
- Setu Bandha Sarvangasana (Bridge Pose)
- Uttanasana (Standing Forward Fold/Bend)
- Garudasana (Eagle Pose)
- Savasana (Corpse Pose)
- Utthita Trikonasana (Extended Side Angle Pose)
You can also incorporate yogic breathing practices, and meditation to reduce stress even more, thus reducing chronic fatigue.
Some common stress-lowering pranayama (breathing exercises) and dhyana (concentration exericises) include:
- Simple deep breathing
- Alternate nostril breathing, also called Nadi Shodhana
- Vipassana, called clear-insight meditation
Another possible cure for your chronic fatigue comes in the form of a 100% all-natural, FDA-approved herbal medication made by GroCare India. This medication, called Activiz is an anti-stress stimulant that rejuvenates the body and helps improve blood circulation and blood supply to all parts of body, thus restoring normalcy. When our blood is clean and flows easily, it helps to usher toxins out of the body through our blood, bowels, skin, and urine.
Activiz is made from a combination of very powerful antioxidant, anticarcinogenic (anti-cancer), antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory compounds which help to reduce the toxic burden on our bodies – the root cause of our feeling that we just can’t get out of bed in the morning to face another day.
When we combine this 100% natural medication with a healthier lifestyle that involves stress-reducing measures, a cleaner diet, time in nature, and a more activity, our bodies can more easily clean themselves, and no longer revolt against our daily demands in a busy world.