How to Beat Fatigue Naturally

How to Beat Fatigue Naturally

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Fatigue (lack of energy; overall tiredness or weariness) is the number one complaint that GPs hear from their patients.

Contributing causes

  • Poor nutrition
  • Sleep problems
  • Pain
  • Depression/ melancholy moods
  • Low thyroid function
  • Adrenal gland dysfunction
  • Chronic low-grade infection (teeth, hepatitis, glandular fever) o
  • Allergy
  • Low iron (anaemia) and iron stores (ferritin)
  • Anaemia due to B12/ folic acid deficiency
  • Systemic candida
  • Blood sugar imbalances (diabetes, hypoglycaemia)
  • Heart or lung problems
  • Stress and/ or anxiety
  • Drugs (caffeine, alcohol, antihistamines, sedatives)

Testing

  • Questionnaires (adrenal, thyroid symptom list, candida)
  • ┬áBasal body temperature charting- persistent low body temperatures first thing upon waking often indicates low thyroid function.
  • ┬áSaliva testing for cortisol and DHEA levels (adrenal function)
  • Blood tests to rule in/ out…
    • anaemia
    • thyroid problems
    • diabetes
    • infection
    • nutrient deficiencies

Treatment considerations

  • Adrenal fatigue: adrenal glandulars, licorice, rhodiola, Siberian ginseng, vitamin C, B vitamins, magnesium, Celtic sea salt, DHEA
  • *Hypothyroidism: thyroid hormone, iodine, L-tyrosine, zinc, selenium, magnesium vitamin D, iron (if deficient) *Thyroid Patient Advocacy UK website is a GOLDMINE for information on hypothyroidism
  • Candida: low sugar diet, herbal antifungals (Oregon grape root, oregano oil, grapefruit seed extract, garlic, caprylic acid), probiotic
  • Anaemia: ferrous sulphate or gluconate iron taken with vitamin C (iron deficiency anaemia); B12 in form of methylcobalmin and folic acid (pernicious anaemia)
  • Blood sugar imbalances: Low GL diet; protein with every meal; chromium; cinnamon
  • Poor nutrition: whole foods diet (whole grains, organic dairy/ live yogurt, meats/ fish or beans, eggs, fruits, vegetables, non-processed, non-packaged foods, nuts and seeds, fresh juicing); bitter foods/herbs to stimulate digestive juices
  • Sleep disturbance: passionflower, valerian, wild lettuce, GABA, melatonin, 5- HTP, magnesium, avoid caffeine, balance female, adrenal and/or thyroid hormones,
  • Infection: use antiviral/ antibacterial herbs or prescription antimicrobials when necessary, antioxidants (vitamins A, C, E, zinc, selenium), avoid sugar
  • Pain: natural anti-inflammatories like ginger, bromelain, and turmeric; bromelain, MSM; long-term, need to deal with source of pain, rather than just covering up the symptom
  • Stress: herbal nervines (wild lettuce, passionflower, motherwort), magnesium, B complex, exercise, good sleep routine

Resources

  1. Adrenal Fatigue by James L. Wilson, ND; copyright 2001
  2. From Fatigued to Fantastic by Jacob Teitelbaum, MD; copyright 2001
  3. Overcoming Thyroid Disorders by David Brownstein, MD; 2nd ed. Copyright 2008
  4. Your Thyroid and How to keep it Healthy by Dr. Barry Durrant-Peatfield; copyright 2006