Natural Remedies to Combat Fatigue
Edited and Published by Wellness Monster Louise
Looking for a Natural Remedy for Fatigue?
Have you ever driven by a playground and begin to envy the ridiculous display of energy? Little kids seem to be able to run around indefinitely with boundless energy! “Where do they get their energy, where do they sell it and how can I buy some?” These are common thoughts when it comes to seeing kids play. Yes, energy envy is a real thing. With a lack of energy comes an increase in weight, depression and a heap of other unpleasant things. Too many of us are literally falling asleep at the wheel, zoning out in front of the TV and losing interest in just about everything. But there is hope.
Here is a list of natural energy inducing ideas that won’t break the bank and will keep you going strong.
Eat a Heavy Breakfast
We all know the golden rule of breakfast-eating – breakfast is the most important meal of the day – but even so, it’s a healthy habit that a lot of us have a hard time adopting. Even if you’re not hungry when first waking up, it’s a good idea to at least have a smoothie made with yogurt or protein powder, berries or a banana and maybe a few nuts. You’ll start out more revved up and will be able to keep going longer.
Be Like Popeye
Popeye the Sailor’s secret for strong muscles was eating spinach. While protein would have been a better solution for him, spinach is a great way to fight off chronic fatigue. The green stuff is full of nutrients like folate (a known fatigue fighter), iron, selenium, magnesium and vitamins C and E. Spinach is an antioxidant which fights off free radicals from the body too. If you aren’t a fan of cooked spinach, sneak a few leaves into your salad or even your morning smoothie.
Other Green Stuff
Broccoli is another green veggie to ward off fatigue. The fiber it contains helps reduce adrenal damage. This is a fancy way of saying broccoli slows down glucose and helps balance your blood sugar levels.
The Mighty O
If you are a fan of oatmeal, you are already ahead of the game. Oats are fiber-rich, meaning that they help you stay fuller longer and keep you from over-eating. It’s also key in providing smooth digestion and contains a nice mix of protein, magnesium, phosphorus and vitamin B1, an energy producer. If you’re not a fan of cooked oatmeal, consider eating cold oat cereal. You’ll get a lot of the same benefits.
For something different, take ten minutes to soak in a tub filled with salty lukewarm water. If the water is too warm, it will just make you sleepy.
Get Some Shut Eye
Many times we simply need more sleep. It truly doesn’t take a rocket scientist to explain that if you don’t get enough sleep, you’re going to be tired. But sleep is even more important than most of us even realize. We tend to stay up late and then expect to fall asleep right away. This typically does not work well. Try to limit your intake of caffeine and “unplug” earlier by turning off the TV and putting the cell phone away for quicker results and longer sleep. Most people need to sleep at least seven hours each night to feel well rested.
Get Off the Couch
It is common for many of us to drive a long commute to work, sit at our desk all day and then head back home for another long commute with a strong desire when we get home to take a nap. However, you really need to get moving and get some fresh air every now and then. You’ll feel refreshed and you’ll actually sleep better when you actually need to. If you must nap, set a timer so that you don’t sleep beyond a half hour and don’t take that “power nap” too close to bedtime either!
Put Your Yoga Pants to Work
Despite what some people think, just wearing yoga pants isn’t enough to make a difference. You need to move too. Many people swear to the benefits of the spiritual aspects of yoga, but if that isn’t your Zen, take heart knowing that the act of yoga relaxes your mind and muscles. Like traditional exercise, Yoga will boost your energy too! And a great side benefit: your yoga pants will fit like they are supposed to.
A little-known remedy is the use of Lemon Balm, a perennial herb that contains natural chemicals that work hard to fight mental tiredness and restlessness. One tea recipes sounds like a witch’s brew, but is said to find fatigue contains a combination of raspberry leaves, nettle, oat tops, lemon balm, ginger and licorice (Natual-HomeRemedies.org).
Spike Your Wine
While alcohol can make some people sleepy, this recipe will do just the opposite for some people. Mix a litre of good red wine with 25 grams of rosemary, 25 grams of sage and two teaspoons of honey in a glass container. Then, allow this container to sit in a pot of boiling water for 20 minutes. Strain and then drink before your next meal (Natual-HomeRemedies.org).
Smell the Roses
Rose petals are known as a natural source to ward off depression and tension. Try this: place 20-30 fresh rose petals in a glass of water and boil for about 15 minutes. Sip a little of the mixture two to three times a day to stay refreshed.
Grapefruit contains potassium, iron, vitamin B and calcium. Eating a grapefruit is great as it also contains fiber, but drinking grapefruit juice is also good for reducing chronic adrenal fatigue. Lemon juice is good for this too (but can be worse for the teeth). But while we’re at it, lemon water is good for preventing constipation and who can feel energized when they’re constipated?
Be a Potato Head
When was the last time you drank a good ‘ol glass of potato water? Wait – hear us out. Slice an unpeeled potato and let it steep overnight in the refrigerator in a glass of water to create a potassium-rich beverage that can work wonders. Our bodies do not produce potassium and a lot us eliminate potatoes from our diets because of the heavy carbs. This recipe is said to help our muscles move more smoothly and keep your brain sharp (EveryDayRoots.com).