What Causes Chronic Fatigue & How to Reduce It
It’s National Health Week! That means it’s time to talk about one of the biggest health issues people face: chronic fatigue. When it comes to our health, there is a lot we can do to ease stressors. Some are out of our control, but some we can do a good thing about. Chronic fatigue is no different.
Did you know that fatigue (even the chronic kind) is the first symptom in over 300,000 different illnesses? It’s the number one symptom we experience when our bodies have too much going on. It’s also the base of many autoimmune disorders, illnesses, and cancers.
Often, the first thing my clients tell me is “I’m tired all the time.” They don’t have enough hours in the day to accomplish all they need and they’re spreading themselves too thin.
Fatigue is our body’s way of telling us something isn’t right. Maybe it’s as simple as our work life balance or as complex as a chronic illness! No matter what, we need to listen to our body. Easier said than done, but it’s worth trying.
Once you understand what your body is saying, it’ll make a world of difference in your health.
Mitochondria's Role in Chronic Fatigue
You might remember a little something called the mitochondria if you think back to high school science class. They’re known as the “powerhouse of our cell.” In essence, they are what gives us energy.
It’s not the caffeine in our morning coffee or the stimulants we think we need throughout the day. Our mitochondria produces our real energy in the form of ATP.
But, I’m not here to make you repeat high school bio. So, let’s jump into what we can do to help balance and bring our energy back up!
Basically, we need to understand that our mitochondria are destroyed by stress. Cellular stress can have many causes, including heavy metals, carbon monoxide, and internalized stressful emotions.
Ways to Empower Your Mitochondria
Mitochondria have the highest concentration in muscle and nerve cells. This means that exercise is often the first thing we need to get back on track! You can do any sort of movement you enjoy, provided it leads to 30 minutes of sweating every 48 hours, or more.
This is important because more mitochondria per cell means greater energy production. So, if you’re activating these cells with a high concentration of mitochondria with exercise, you’ll get a lot of benefits.
Diet is also incredibly important to properly fueling your mitochondria. Eating healthy and, ideally, organic is essential. In a perfect world, our diet would consist primarily of fruits, vegetables, grains, healthy fats, and little animal proteins. But, this can be a challenge with the ever-increasing prices.
Fortunately, a little research and some elbow grease can go a long way to improving your health and reducing chronic fatigue! A healthy diet can begin with something as simple as eating more greens every day (without the dressings). If you have a yard, patio, or even a deck, you can also grow your own food!
Gardening is an amazing experience that helps reduce overall stress. It also increases oxygen levels in the blood and gives us a sense of accomplishment.
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What you MUST Buy Organic for Overall Health
You might have heard of the “dirty dozen and clean 15.” This former refers to a group of food that you’ll always want to buy organic because of large pesticide and other toxins sprayed onto them. The Clean 15 are fine whether organic or conventional.
Remember, toxins can damage your mitochondria and play a role in chronic fatigue and other illnesses.
The “Dirty Dozen” (Buy these Organic)
The Clean 15 (Safe to eat conventional)
- Sweet corn
- Frozen sweet peas
- Honeydew melons
How Water and Sleep Help Chronic Fatigue
Water is a crucial element that is vital to our health. It increases our ability to focus and it is essential in order for the body to detox. Drinking water in the morning helps clear the trash that accumulates overnight while we sleep.
Here’s a tip: drink at least half your body weight in ounces. So, if you weigh 140lbs, you’ll want to drink 70oz of clean water.
In addition to good hydration, we also need good sleep. When we don’t sleep, we can’t heal. If we can’t heal, everything in our body begins to fall apart.
The body always strives to find balance and keep our life-sustaining organs functioning. This is its primary goal. So, non-life-saving functions can get overwhelmed and lead to chronic fatigue. Not to mention how often we get fatigued and then we get sick!
(It’s always good to see a doctor when you’re under the weather. Don’t risk your health by not going when something is amiss!)
Overall, most chronic fatigue can be remedied by simple lifestyle changes like better sleep and nutrition, staying hydrated, and not overextending yourself. But, if you feel chronic fatigue persists make sure to see a doctor or consult with your ND, Herbalist, or practitioner. We all have a different story and different bodies, so an expert opinion is ideal. When starting new herbs, we’ll be able to guide you in this.
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*For educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. (Because why would we want to do that?)