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Fatigue

Fatigue, Chronic

Chronic fatigue is a combination of symptoms that cause a decline in vitality. Chronic fatigue can also be a side effect of a disease. Fatigue can arise from numerous causes. Therefore making sure that you have visited with your physician and have shared your concerns is important. Chronic fatigue is something that you can live with, but not very well. Often times fatigue is an indicator for anemia, immune challenges, thyroid and adrenal health, and can be accompanied by:

  • Sore Throat
  • Low grade fever
  • Lymph node swelling
  • Headache
  • Body aches and pains
  • Emotional distress/Depression
  • Loss of focus

Treating chronic fatigue requires a comprehensive approach. Often times it can arise from lack of nutrients or an imbalance in your bodily systems. So, it is important to make sure you are taking care of your basic needs, daily nutrient requirements, healthy sleep, and proper hydration. Once the basics have been covered, you will be able to begin building up your immune system and energy reserves.

Sleep Hygiene

First, it is essential to make sure you get 7-8 hours of sleep on a nightly basis. If you have been consistently getting less sleep than this specified amount, increase your sleep and see if it helps. If you find that it is hard to fall asleep, stay asleep or become comfortable, this is consistent with the vast majority of people who report fatigue symptoms.
Make your sleeping area comfortable:

  • Make the room as dark and cool as possible.
  • Have it be as quiet as possible.
  • Use as ergonomic pillow to support the head and neck and blood flow.
  • Try to avoid being anxious about sleep.
  • Maintain a sleep routine, wake up and go to sleep at the same time each day.
  • Try not to eat food 2-3 hours prior to your bedtime.
  • Avoid stimulants like coffee, alcohol, and sugar 2-3 hours prior to your bedtime.

This seems to help people go to sleep and have a deeper, more restful sleep. As anyone that has suffered from a sleepless night or awoken tired will attest, quality sleep is priceless.

Hormone Levels

It is important to not underestimate the importance your hormones and thyroid has in your overall health. Many people who suffer from low thyroid and have been appropriately diagnosed report that it has been life changing. If you suspect your thyroid needs attention, consider getting your thyroid levels measured when they are fatigued.

Also, if you suffer from blood sugar deregulation, either too high or too low (hypoglycemia) can contribute to fatigue. Consider seeking medical advice and possible testing of a fasting glucose and a HA1c, to make sure that long term blood sugars are at healthy levels. Once you have been evaluated and you wish to work on blood sugar control, focus on consuming a high fiber and low carbohydrate diet along with supplements to regulate your nutrient deficiency.

Even with sufficient sleep time, quality is also equally important. If you snore at night, wake up with a dry mouth or wake up tired regardless of the amount of sleep you are getting, then being evaluated for sleep apnea (obstruction of your breathing at night) as an underlying issue is valuable. Chronic infections or auto-immune disease can all short-circuit your energy as well. Making sure you have these conditions well controlled is absolutely essential. If you have been losing weight without trying or losing muscle strength, then it is very important to visit your doctor. Some simple lab tests can give you the insight needed to reach for a higher level of wellness.

Mental Fatigue

Chronic fatigue can leave you with a feeling of hopelessness when your life only ever consists of being tired and generally feeling “under the weather”. Stress has numerous negative effects including promoting inflammation, increasing susceptibility to illness, and contributing to fatigue and lack of mental focus. It is one of the major causes of Chronic Fatigue. Stress can lead to other negative feelings like Depression. A vicious cycle can occur when depression, stress and fatigue are involved. Addressing stress is critical if you are serious about creating a strong health foundation for longevity, wellness, and improved quality of life. The online Stress Solution Tool (SST) can evaluate your source of stressors to discover hidden and unrealized areas of stress that may be robbing your health and quality of life.

Muscle Fatigue

Poor posture can lead to muscle fatigue. Prior to the advent of computers, and online games and communications, our parents told us to have good posture. Now due to poor posture and extended hours on the computer, we are starting to see degeneration of the spine at age 29. This degeneration is silent until 100,000’s of cells have been damaged. Proactive prevention prior to having symptoms including injury to bones, tendons and muscles is a good idea. Postural awareness can enhance your preventative steps before symptoms develop including injury to bones, tendons, ligaments and muscles.

Maintaining proper hydration is also critical in order to maintain optimal energy and to be successful in battling fatigue. It is important for all of us to remember that proper hydration is not just avoiding dehydration or drinking sufficient water. Healthy hydration is absolutely dependent upon the intake of sufficient water along with electrolytes so that the cellular matrix can optimally utilize the fluids consumed and a “wash-out” effect does not occur. This “wash out” is caused from drinking plain water without the salts essential for cellular functioning. Vital XP is a hydrating mind and body performance supplement that you simply add to drinking water. This is an excellent way to consume fluids while providing the body an array of nutrients important for hydration, energy and performance.

In terms of pumping up your energy, once you have explored these and other issues with your personal physician then the use of supplements that are designed to provide you antioxidants, nervous system, muscular and cellular energy production are good options to nurture your body from the mere survive mode to the optimal thrive zone. Many people like the balanced energy provided from a high antioxidant, mitochondrial energy support dietary supplement called Vital XP. This formula is added to 16 oz of water and provides increased mental and physical energy in about 20 minutes, which can last for up to 6 hours. It is sugar-free and can provide that extended afternoon lift you crave, without crashing like most other energy drinks. It contains a therapeutic blend of Amino Acids, B Vitamins and Minerals to support hydration.

Other popular supplements to support energy levels include Panax Ginseng, B-Complex vitamins and higher levels of vitamin C.

Nutrient deficiency is a common cause of chronic fatigue. It has been linked to fatigue since it can affect all areas of your health including hormone levels, and mental acuity. It has also been recommended by leading medical experts that everyone can benefit from taking a high-quality and complete daily multi-vitamin. Few people actually eat a sufficiently health and broad diet to ensure the adequate intake of nutrients for all the biochemical processes necessary to not just sustain the human body but to help it truly thrive.

Summary

Fatigue can be an important signal to evaluate your life and lifestyle behaviors. If you feel you are fatigued and have been for a while, consult with a medical professional. Aside from professional help there are options to consider when pin-pointing the cause of your condition. Many changes can be made including supplements, proper Sleep Hygiene, ergonomic solutions, and proper hydration. After all, life is worth living with energy and focus.

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Improve Posture

  • 1.Avoid slouching. Be aware of your posture as you walk, sit, and drive, keep shoulders squared and head pulled back and up.

  • 2.Imagine a thread pulling the top of your head toward the ceiling. Visualization can help improve your sense of position.

  • 3.If your job requires you to sit for long periods, take frequent breaks to stand, stretch and shake it out.

  • 4.Maintain a strong core to help support proper posture. Add core-training exercises to your daily routine.

  • 5.A firm mattress and ergonomic pillow help achieve proper back support while you sleep, so you'll stand straighter in the a.m.

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