Chronic Fatigue is in the news a lot, especially if you have suffered from Covid-19. Here are 10 Natural ways to help with fatigue.
1. If you are suffering from a case of afternoon slumps then eat or smell peppermint. It is known to wake up and help decrease fatigue. In fact, research at the University of Northumbria found that in a test involving word recall, peppermint-gum chewer’s scores were up to 36% higher than non-chewers.
2. They also say that Siberian Ginseng which has been around for centuries is known for its anti-fatigue qualities. It acts like a tonic, which can then increase the body’s vital energy. Anyone taking antidepressants, diabetes, or blood clotting medication should consult their physician first.
3. Vitamin B12 is also popular and it is naturally found in fish, dairy produce, organ meats, beef, and pork and is water-soluble. Vitamin B12 contributes to normal energy-yielding metabolism, the functioning of the nervous system, homocysteine metabolism, psychological function, red blood cell formation and function of the immune system.
4. Graded Exercise Therapy. Studies have repeatedly shown that graded exercise therapy helps those with CFS.
5. Sleep, of course, is a natural remedy for fatigue… People with CFS often have broken or disordered sleep and may even suffer from insomnia. Going to bed and getting up in the morning at the same time every day. Avoid naps during the day (although I cannot manage without mine) and take time to relax before you go to bed.
6. Liquorice root, in a standardised form, is a commonly used natural remedy for chronic fatigue. This herb, which helps regulate normal system function and allows your body to better cope with stress, has been used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine. To help restore cortisol levels, look for standardized liquorice root in extract or pill form. Speak to your physician if you take blood thinners, potassium, or blood pressure medications as interactions can occur.
7. The NHS added that an excellent way to keep up your energy throughout the day is to eat regular meals and healthy snacks every 3 to 4 hours, rather than a large meal less often.
8. Cut out caffeine, the NHS say try to stay off caffeine completely for a month to see if you feel less tired without it.
9. Healthline quote the top 11 best vitamins and supplements for boosting your energy including Ashwagandha, Rhodiola Rosea, CoQ10, Vitamin B12, Iron, Creatine, Citrulline, Beetroot Powder, Melatonin, Tyrosine, Caffeine with L-Theanine.
10. Very Well Health writes that Tea contains two things that appear to offer health benefits: polyphenols and theanine. While tea hasn’t been studied specifically as a treatment for FMS and ME/CFS, research suggests that these two ingredients may hold some promise for sufferers.
Please remember to check with your GP first before taking any supplements especially if you are taking any other types of medication.
Source: Very Well Health University of Northumbria The Healthy Science Direct NHS Healthline