Fatigue is more than a state of mind. Your body’s cells are lacking an important nutrient or are overwhelmed by toxins and calling out for help when you are fatigued. Don’t ignore the pleas from your cells for help.
Your best strategy is to return your cells to their optimum state and commit to giving yourself extra tender loving care the minute you start feeling fatigue. Take it easy and relax a bit.
Here are 10 ways to start combating fatigue to get your energy back:
Eat More Protein in Your Diet
Protein foods are one of the best rejuvenators because they don’t cause a big surge in blood sugar followed by a drop in sugar levels an hour and a half later like carbohydrates do. Protein foods keep you on an even keel, no matter how much stress you are experiencing. They include beef, lamb, buffalo, pork, fish, shellfish, dairy products, poultry, cheese, yogurt and eggs so you have much to choose from. Strive for an additional 4 ounces on days you are dragging yourself around with no energy.
Cut Out the Sugar Immediately
As good as sugar tastes, it’s equally bad for your energy levels. Sugar affects your blood sugar levels negatively, causing your moods and energy levels to increase and then fall. Stop sugar for five days in a row and you’ll see an immediate jump in your energy level. Why five days? It takes four days for a food to clear your system, so by day 5, you’ll be feeling your normal self again.
Eat a Large Quart-Sized Bowl of Vegetables
Most people don’t eat enough life-giving, nutrient-filled, teeth-building, and energy-building vegetables. One little salad bowl of lettuce with a dinky slice of tomato on it per day is ridiculous when you consider your needs for these foods to rebuild your energy. Boost your level of vegetables to a quart bowl a day and include lettuce, kale, spinach, dandelion greens, swiss chard, parsley, cilantro, turnip, radishes, cucumber, and carrots. Now this salad would truly give you energy.
Get a Vitamin D Test
When vitamin D levels are low, you’re going downhill. You’re more susceptible to infections. Your bones and joints ache. You don’t have the get-up-and-go mentality. Find out what your levels are by asking your doctor to order a vitamin D test for you. The scale goes from 0 to 100 ng/dl and the ideal level is 65 ng/dl according to some prominent physicians. Anything less means you’ll need 5000 IU to 10,000 IU vitamin D3 daily for at least 3 months. Then re-test.
Take a Magnesium Supplement
Magnesium decreases inflammation in the body that contributes to low energy levels. Magnesium also allows your body to absorb phosphorus and calcium from foods you eat. The phosphorus that is absorbed goes directly into the ATP molecule in your cells, which is sheer energy. Try a 300-500 mg magnesium supplement once daily, not exceeding 750 mg. Then watch your energy soar.
Spend Time Getting a Massage
A massage can release any kinks in your muscles that are zapping your energy. Try a series of three massages in a week to totally remove any hint of fatigue that your body may be harbouring.
Soak in a Mud Bath or in a Hot Springs
Detoxifying the body is the best way to restore your energy levels. The toxins leave your body with a mud bath or in a hot springs and your cells will feel exceptionally invigorated.
Add Adaptogen Tea to Your Daily Routine
Adaptogens are herbs that are meant to reduce your stress level, rejuvenate your antioxidant systems, and give you the extra oomph you need for the day. They also increase libido. These herbs include Suma, Chinese Ginseng, Maca, Ashwagandha, Korean Ginseng and Schizandra. Mixing one teaspoon of any of these herbs into a cup of boiling water to make tea is a healthy way to combat fatigue and may be taken daily.
Get More Sleep
Analyse your sleep habits to make sure they aren’t contributing to your fatigue. Is it time for your mattress to be replaced? Is your pillow too fluffy and puts your neck at an angle that causes muscle spasms during the night? These are easy things to change. Restful sleep goes a long way in beating fatigue for the next day.
Take a CoQ10 Supplement
CoQ 10 directly supports the mitochondria of your cells where energy is produced. Dozens of prescription medications deplete the body of its CoQ10 and can leave you feeling wiped out without even lifting a finger, working out or doing any type of housework. The dosage to take is 100 mg CoQ10 or 50 mg Ubiquinol, a more easily absorbed form of CoQ10. Both these are taken once daily.
Start with any one of these recommendations and then add more as needed. There is no harm in using all these methods to reboot your energy levels.