The home remedies found below are easy to locate. With a couple adjustments to your diet, you may find yourself well on your way to a life with less fatigue.
From the Home Remedies Cabinet
Coffee. Caffeine is a known pick-me-up. And the American Dietetic Association says there's no harm in drinking the stimulating stuff, as long as you do so in moderation. Studies confirm that caffeine does perk up the brain and get those mental faculties humming. The ADA says a couple of cups a day should do you fine -- more than that, and you risk anxiety and insomnia -- but be careful. People's tolerance for caffeine varies greatly from one person to the next, so pay attention to your body's signals.
From the Refrigerator
Eggs. This is a folk remedy that is backed by sound nutrition. One of the most important ways you can battle fatigue is to eat a well-balanced diet, and eggs are loaded with good things such as protein, iron, vitamin A, folic acid, riboflavin, and pantothenic acid. Eat one egg a day, however you like it, and you may be feeling better in no time.
Fluids. Drink plenty of water, juice, milk, or other beverages to keep yourself hydrated. Dehydration can contribute to fatigue.
Skim milk. Mixing a little protein with your carbohydrates can keep you energized. Eating only carbohydrates, such as a doughnut or a pancake slathered in syrup, can cause serotonin, a neurotransmitter, to build up in the brain, making you feel drowsy. Eating protein with your carbohydrates can block that sleepy feeling and leave you feeling energized. What's a good meal to start your day? Try cereal covered with a good dousing of skim milk.
From the Home Remedies Spice Rack
Ginseng. Ginseng is an age-old energy booster. This root has a sweet, licorice-like taste and has been used for thousands of years to treat weakness and exhaustion. Be cautious: Don't take ginseng unless you are really fatigued. It can be too stimulating if you're feeling fine. In America you're probably wise to buy Asian ginseng. Another variety, Siberian ginseng, may not be as potent as the Asian variety. Both Asian and Siberian ginseng varieties of the herb have been labeled "adaptogens." That means they help you adapt to stresses in your environment. You can buy ginseng powder at a reputable herb shop. Take 2 grams of ginseng powder a day for a six-week stint. Then take at least a two-week break before using the energizing herb again.
- Take some time for yourself. Try taking a prayer walk or simply sitting in the garden and meditating on your blessings. Play some soothing music. Focusing on what's important can restore your energy.
- Get moving. Exercise at least 30 minutes, three days a week. Walk up and down the stairs in your office building or take a dance class at your local gym. Exercise releases endorphins in your brain that make you feel better and give you more strength mentally and physically to face anything that life throws at you.
- Take off a few pounds. If you're carrying around a spare tire or two, you can get tired faster. Taking off the weight slowly and nutritiously can restore your energy.
For more information about fatigue related issues and how to combat them, try the following links:
- To see all of our home remedies and the conditions they treat, go to our main Home Remedies page.
- Learn more about anxiety and how it can contribute to fatigue in Home Remedies for Anxiety.
- Not getting enough sleep at night will put a damper on your motivation for sure. Learn more about how to get enough sleep with these Home Remedies for Insomnia.
- Stress affects us in many ways. Read about how to deal with the pressure in Home Remedies for Stress.
- Knowing exactly what causes stress can help you stay above water. Learn more about this malady in How Stress Works.
David J. Hufford, Ph.D., is university professor and chair of the Medical Humanities Department at Pennsylvania State University's College of Medicine. He also is a professor in the departments of Neural and Behavioral Sciences and Family and Community Medicine. Dr. Hufford serves on the editorial boards of several journals, including Alternative Therapies in Health & Medicine and Explore.
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