Home Remedy for Fatigue

Many people don’t feel fully awake in the morning until they’ve had their first coffee. Unfortunately, coffee has only a short term effect. Instead, rediscover some traditional techniques to get you moving. Open the window wide and breathe in the fresh air. Get your circulation going with a couple of deep knee bends and move your arms in a circle. Follow this up with a healthy breakfast. If you are still not feeling energized, here are a few other things you can try.

• Alternate hot and cold water in your morning shower. A cold arm shower (see box, below) will give you a kick start, especially if low blood pressure is causing your fatigue. If you’re in a hurry, take a cold arm bath for a few seconds: just dip your arms up to the elbows in a sink filled with cold water.

  • Cold Arm Shower
    • Direct a cold stream of water along the outside of your arm, moving slowly from the fingers of your right hand up to the shoulder
    • Go back down with the water, this time on the inside of your arm
    • Do the same with the left arm

• Eat smaller, more frequent meals. High blood sugar levels can switch off the brain cells that keep you alert, making you feel sluggish after a big meal.

• If fatigue is a result of stress, get moving and take a walk. Exercise releases “feel good” endorphins, leaving you revitalized and more positive.

• Drink 2-3 cups (500-750 ml) of stimulating nettle leaf or ginger root tea a day.

• Go herbal. For thousands of years, rosemary has been treasured for both its aroma and its medicinal effects. It is thought to help blood circulation and improve memory and concentration. When added to a cool, brief bath, rosemary can provide an effective remedy for fatigue and exhaustion. Or try 5 drops peppermint or juniper essential oil in your bath.

  • A trusted home remedy is molasses mixed with apple cider vinegar.
    • In a cup, stir together 2 teaspoons (10 ml) molasses and 4 teaspoons (20 ml) apple cider vinegar.
    • Fill the cup with honey and mix.
    • Take 2 teaspoons (10 ml) when you get up, before bed, and 1 teaspoon (5 ml) before lunch and dinner.
  • Increase your iron levels. If your diet is low in iron, blood cells aren’t able to carry their usual load of oxygen around the body and your energy level plummets. Eat iron rich foods such as red meat, liver, whole grains and green, leafy vegetables.
  • Iodine deficiency can also cause chronic fatigue. You can counter it by eating oily fish and sprinkling food with iodized table salt.
  • Buy whole grain products. Whole grains break down slowly in the body, releasing sugars into the bloodstream evenly. This means your body gets a constant energy supply and blood glucose levels won’t fluctuate dramatically, causing fatigue.
  • Fresh vegetables, plus milk and milk products, contain a wide spectrum of vitamins and minerals crucial to well being. They can boost the body’s performance capacity, so include them in your diet.
  • Enjoy a tasty, healthy vitamin and mineral boost.
    Spread a slice of whole grain bread with cream cheese and add avocado, alfalfa sprouts and chives.
  • Avoid coffee, cola and any other caffeinated drinks. They are often promoted as pick me ups, but the boost doesn’t last long and frequently has a boomerang effect.
  • Avoid sweets such as chocolate and candy. They contain “simple sugars” that quickly elevate blood sugar levels and performance capability—but this high is followed just as quickly by a crash, sending you into an energy slump. • Snack better. Instead of sweets or fast food, have a yogurt cup or a piece of fresh fruit.
  • WHEN TO CONSULT A DOCTOR If fatigue persists, see a doctor. A blood test can determine if you are suffering from a condition such as anemia (low iron levels) or hypothyroidism (low thyroid levels) that can cause extreme tiredness.

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