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Home Remedies For The Treatment Of Fatigue

March 26, 2011

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Whatever is causing your fatigue the number one best way to cure your symptoms is to rest. Physical and mental fatigue can be relieved through physical rest and relaxation. This gives your body and mind time to recuperate from the strain, tiredness, weariness, and exhaustion that it is going through. Although, resting is your first choice for treating and curing fatigue, the time is not always available, especially in today’s busy lifestyle. Therefore, there are some additional home remedies that are quick, inexpensive and you are able to do them at home to relieve your fatigue.



Although, overworking and stress most often causes fatigue, it can also be caused by a poor diet, lack of exercise, and dehydration. When it comes to this type of fatigue the answer is simple, change your diet and lifestyle. A well balanced diet filled with fruits and vegetables, protein and complex carbohydrates fuels the body and brain to work efficiently throughout the day. Diets that are low carb or low protein can both cause the body to fatigue because you are eliminating one of the essential nutrients that the body requires to function. Plus a well balanced diet provides vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants, which boost immunity, energy and metabolism.



Part of your daily diet includes not just what you eat but when you eat as well. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. The name breakfast literally describes the action that occurs in the body after eating, it breaks the fast that occurs during the night while you are sleeping. As you sleep the body your body fasts, however it still uses stored energy to maintain essential body functions such as breathing, heart rate, and rapid eye movement. When you wake up, your body requires fuel. If you skip breakfast, your body continues to fast. Metabolism slows to conserve energy and you become tired and fatigued because your body and brain don’t have sufficient fuel to function. That is why breakfast is so essential to replenishing the body’s fuel, boosting metabolism, and increasing energy.

Iron deficiency anemia is another cause of fatigue. To remedy this situation, consuming appropriate amounts of iron is required. Iron is needed in the body to help form hemoglobin, a part of red blood cells. Hemoglobin helps to transport oxygen throughout the body; therefore a lack of iron decreases the ability to carry oxygen in the body. Without sufficient oxygen fatigue sets in relatively quickly. Iron rich foods such as lean read meat, seafood, beans, leafy green vegetables, egg yolks, dried fruits, liver, artichokes and iron enriched cereals should be consumed on a regular basis. However, if you are still having difficulty maintaining appropriate amounts of iron in your body, a doctor can recommend an iron supplement. Consult a physician before starting any nutritional supplement regiment to verify dosing and contraindications.



One way to increase the absorption of iron in the body is to consume it with vitamin C. Vitamin C is an essential vitamin that helps to stave off infections and build strong bones and muscles. Vitamin C can help to boost energy, decrease fatigue and enhances the absorption of iron, which helps to circulate oxygen within the body. Vitamin C can be found in many fruits and vegetables as well as some meats and milks.

While consuming the right foods is vital to ones nutrition, consuming the right liquids just as important. Our bodies are made up of 70% water and each day we deplete our water supply through respiration, expiration and perspiration. If these supplies are not replenished it causes dehydration, which causes the symptoms of fatigue, weakness, and mental incoherence. Drinking water daily is necessary to continuously replenish our body’s water supply. Although it is recommended to drink 8, 8 ounce glasses of water a day, they say if you feel thirsty then you are already slightly dehydrated. That’s why consistently drinking water throughout the day and keeping a bottle of water with you wherever you go will keep your body hydrated.



Additionally, when you are feeling fatigued drinking a cold glass of water can boost your metabolism and increase your energy. When you consume cold water the body has to warm up the water before it can be used at the cellular level. To warm the water the body increases its metabolism, which boosts energy and decreases symptoms of fatigue.

Exercise is an important part of maintaining weight, strength, balance, muscle and mobility. When there is a lack of exercise the muscles lose their strength making it harder for the body to hold itself up. Ultimately, normal activities such as walking, climbing stairs, etc. become more difficult, causing you to become fatigued very easily.  Additionally, as you put on more weight (due to inactivity) it will be harder to be mobile. Therefore, physical activity is an essential aspect of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Even if you are not looking to lose weight or gain muscle, exercise will maintain and increase the strength, agility, and mobility that you already have. So, the next time you are feeling fatigued or a little run down take a walk, do some gardening, play a sport or do some house cleaning. Physical activity doesn’t have to mean going to the gym or working out on a machine for hours and hours at a time. It means 20-30 minutes of activity where you are actively engaging your body with motion an your heart rate and breathing increases. You will be pleasantly surprised by the boost to your energy.



Stretching is another great way to increase your energy, reduce symptoms of fatigue and increase mobility. Stretching is a great exercise that can be done anywhere. Stretching should be done everyday, however most people forget to do it. When feeling fatigued a quick stretch can activate energy stores that boosts energy and eliminates feelings of weariness.

If all else fails and you are looking for a quick energy boost, caffeine will do the trick. A cup of coffee, tea or a piece of dark chocolate stimulates adrenaline production which boosts ones energy, increases alertness and enhances your mood. Using caffeinated beverages or foods to reduce fatigue is all right every so often however, should not be used repeatedly day after day. This can cause your body to become dependent upon these products to boost ones energy and can have several side effects when not consumed.