Home Medications and Treatments for Fatigue
Fatigue is a feeling of weariness, tiredness, or lack of energy. Almost every one has to work long hours on certain occasions, sacrificing rest and sleep. This may cause temporary fatigue.
Symptoms of fatigue include the following:
Weakness, lack of energy, tiredness, exhaustion
Passing out or feeling as if you are going to pass out
Palpitations (feeling your heart beating)
Shortness of breath
Possible Causes of Fatigue:
Sleep disturbances - Not enough sleep, Too much sleep, Sleep apnea , Shift work (changing shifts, night shifts), Alcohol
Heart diseases - Congestive heart failure, Cardiomyopathy
Lung diseases - Asthma, Emphysema or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), Pneumonia
Nutritional disorders - Malnutrition, Obesity, Vitamin deficiency (thiamine, B12, B6, folate, vitamin C)
Electrolyte disturbances - Low potassium, Low magnesium, Low or high calcium, Low sodium
Endocrine disorders - Low blood sugar or high blood sugar (diabetes), High or low thyroid, Low cortisol (Addison disease), High cortisol (Cushing disease)
Gastrointestinal disorders - Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) - Peptic ulcer disease (PUD)
Neurological disorders - Multiple sclerosis, Stroke, Lou Gehrig disease
Infectious causes - Any chronic disease, HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, Hepatitis, Mononucleosis, Chronic fatigue syndrome, Urinary tract infections
Connective tissue disorders - Arthritis, Lupus (SLE), Fibromyalgia, Acromegaly
General disorders - Cancer, Anemia
Gynecologic - Pregnancy, Menopause
Exercise - Lack of exercise, Too much exercise (worn out), Excessive workload
Psychological - Depression (loss of interest, ambition), Anxiety, Grief, Stress
The patient suffering from fatigue should eat nutritious foods, which supply energy to the body. Cereal seeds in their natural state relieve fatigue and provide energy. These cereal seeds are corn seeds, wheat seeds, rye seeds, maize seeds, barley seeds, and oat seeds. They must be freshly milled. In uncooked cereals we have a perfect food for perfect health, which contain the essential vitamins and energy creators. In addition to cereal seeds, fresh raw nuts should be taken directly.
The patient should also take natural vitamins and mineral supplements as an effective assurance against nutritional deficiencies as such deficiencies cause fatigue. Lack of pantothenic acid, a B vitamin, in particular, leads to extreme fatigue, as deficiency of this vitamin is associated with exhaustion of the adrenal glands. A daily dosage of 30 mg of pantothenic acid or vitamin B5 is recommended. However the entire B complex group should be taken with the recommended quantity of pantothenic acid, so as to avoid imbalance of some of the other B vitamins. In fact the entire B complex group protects nerves and increases energy by helping to nourish and regulate glands. Foods rich in vitamin B are brewer's yeast, wheat germ, rice polishing, and liver.
Minerals are also important. Potassium is essential for protection against fatigue. Green leafy vegetables, oranges, potatoes and lentils are rich in the mineral. Calcium is essential for relaxation and is beneficial in cases of insomnia and tension, both of which can lead to fatigue. Milk and milk products, green vegetables, sesame seeds, almonds, oats, and walnuts are rich sources of calcium. Sodium and zinc are also beneficial in the treatment of fatigue. Foods such as celery, cucumber, lettuce, and apples are good sources of sodium; while legumes, wholegrain products and pumpkins seeds contain ample quantities of zinc.
Dates are an effective home remedy for fatigue and those suffering from tiredness should consume them regularly. Five to seven dates should be soaked overnight in half a cup of water and crushed in the morning in the same water after removing the seeds. This water with the essence of the dates should be taken at least twice a week.
Grapefruit has been found valuable in allaying fatigue. Taking a glass of grapefruit and lemon juice in equal parts is an excellent way of dispelling fatigue and general tiredness after a day's work.
The herb lemon balm is also very useful for brain fatigue or mental tiredness. A cold infusion of the blam should be taken freely in the treatment of this condition. This infusion is prepared by placing thirty grams of the herb in half a liter of cold water and allowing it to stand for twelve hours. It is then strained and taken in small doses throughout the day.
1. An overall healthy diet – This includes using fresh foods as close to the natural, unpro-cessed state as possible. Eat daily servings of leafy green vegetables, whole grains, fruit, and proteins with a minimum of animal fat. Keep your intake of sugar foods and refined carbohydrates (such as white bread and white rice) to a minimum. For more information, refer to the article on healthy diet.
2. Be sure to get enough high-quality protein, such as in fish, beans, and soy products. Re-place red meat with fish and chicken as much as possible, and include beans, nuts, and seeds in your diet.
3. Another consideration is food allergies. Certain foods seem to be more likely to aggravate the symptoms of chronic fatigue. Eliminating these foods from the diet is a good way to determine if one or several of them are responsible for the problem. The main problem foods are dairy products (including milk, cheese, and ice cream), eggs, wheat, corn, yeast, and sugar.
After eliminating all of those foods from your diet, and the symptoms have gone away, one food at a time can be reintroduced to see if the symptoms reoccur. A new food would be introduced each week. As the condition improves, it may be possible to eat small amounts of such foods without ill effects. For more information about the elimination diet and food allergies, refer to the article on Food sensitivities.
4. Drink at least 8 to 10 glasses of distilled, well, or spring water each day.
5. Onions and garlic are recommended for their ability to inhibit viruses. Include them, raw as well as cooked, in your diet as often as possible. Also take 1 garlic capsule 3 times a day.
Chronic fatigue caused by poor circulation can be remedied by daily physical exercise. It will help relieve tension, bring a degree of freshness, renew energy, and induce sleep. Brisk walking, bicycling, gardening, playing tennis or golf is all good forms of exercise.
Massage, cold applications increasing in degree gradually, or alternate hot and cold baths, stimulate the muscles to renewed activity, thereby relieving fatigue. They do not simply deaden the sense of fatigue as follows the use of tea or coffee, but have a real tonic effect.
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