Fatigue also called tiredness, exhaustion and lassitude is completely different from drowsiness. Drowsiness is the need to sleep, whereas fatigue is lack of energy and motivation. Many times depression, underactive thyroid, sleeping disorders, cancer, diabetes, anemia and medications cause fatigue. Fatigue, which is pro-longed for at least six month is also called chronic fatigue. Fatigue is described as physical fatigue and mental fatigue.
More than 1 million Americans live with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Chronic fatigue is a medical condition characterized by extreme fatigue after physical or mental exertion that is unrelated to an underlying condition. There are several theories on what leads to this syndrome, but the exact cause still remains unknown.
If you have chronic fatigue syndrome you know that on some days, even brushing your teeth can feel like a marathon.
If you’re searching for an alternative, here are some natural ways and herbs to boost your energy and fight against fatigue without popping pills
1. Graded Exercise Therapy
Studies have repeatedly shown that graded exercise therapy helps those with CFS. This type of therapy allows you to start exercising very gradually with stretching and guided movements. Over time you will be able to increase the intensity and duration of your exercise. In one randomized, controlled study, those participants undergoing graded exercise therapy reported significantly less fatigue than people in the control group, who got standard medical care
People with CFS often have broken or disordered sleep and may even suffer from insomnia. Increasing sleep time and quality has been shown to help “replenish the bodies energy and heal its’ muscles,” according to a study published in the Journal of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Adequate sleep reduces tiredness and improves energy and muscle strength in people with CFS. Aim to get at least eight hours each night. If you are having trouble getting to sleep or staying asleep, try some of these sleep tps.
Ribose is an extremely important sugar your body uses to help with energy production. Don’t confuse this with common sugar (and don’t reach for a bag of cookies or chocolate cake!). Ribose is a key component in the energy-creation process within cells. It can be taken as a supplement (you may see it listed as D-ribose). One study showed that taking D-ribose significantly reduced symptoms — specifically sleep problems, mental fogginess, and pain — in people who had both chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia Typically, you start with 5 grams of ribose twice daily.
4. St John’s wort
St John’s wort has been used for ages to combat anxiety, sleep disorders and depression, which are main causes of tiredness and exhaustion. This herb helps to regain clear thinking because of it’s calming effects. Hypericin and hyperforin are the two important compounds available in St John’s wort, which helps to inhibit the breakdown of neutrotransmitters in the brain for those suffering from depression. St John’s wort herb is available over the counter local shops in tablet as well tincture form. Pregnant and nursing women should avoid using this herb.
5. Gingko Biloba
Gingko also well known as ‘gingko biloba’ is an excellent herb useful in treating numerous health conditions including tiredness. The leaves of this plant is used for it’s medicinal purposes such as exhaustion. Gingko biloba relieves from anxiety and depression, which is due to bad blood circulation. This herb contains antioxidants helping to improve your blood circulation and is best taken in tea form.
Echinacea is a popular herb containing immune stimulating and anti-inflammatory properties, which is considered as blood purifier, thereby treating chronic fatigue. Echinacea is to be consumed every two hours and the dose should be then reduced to three times a day for optimal immune function. It is recommendable to take 40 drops of the extract or 1000 milligrams of the ground herb.
If you wish to prevent from tiredness eat a healthy and balanced diet, which includes fruits and vegetables, maintain a consistent sleep schedule, drink at least 8 ounce of water daily and exercise regularly.