Do you feel drained and exhausted, often, even after a good rest? Don’t brush it off, it could be a sign of fatigue. A feeling of tiredness and lack of energy is a common complaint among those suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome and affects people between their 30s and 50s.
Medical conditions like – hypothyroidism, anemia and/or a hidden infection; lifestyle issues including lack of sleep, inadequate nutrition, emotional stress, and even your blood type can contribute to fatigue.
To get to the bottom of what is causing fatigue and how to deal with it read on, there are signs and symptoms to look out for, foods and ayurvedic remedies as well as yoga that can help fight fatigue.
Read on put the vitality back in your life!
Signs And Symptoms Of Fatigue
You have difficulty sleeping and never feel rested. You have an increased craving for salt and salty foods. You feel light-headed when standing up too quickly. You feel exhausted during your workout. Your menstrual cycle is off and you feel bloated and irritable. Take magnesium supplements, hydrate with lemon juice and engage in low-impact exercises like hiking, yoga, and walking.
Causes Of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Chronic fatigue syndrome refers to severe, continued tiredness that is not relieved by rest and is not directly caused by other medical conditions. The exact cause of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is unknown. Some theories suggest CFS may be due to – Inflammation in the nervous system, your age (CFS most commonly occurs in women aged 30 to 50), previous illnesses, stress, genetics, and environmental factors.
Most people suffer from Hypothyroidism, but fail to realize it as the symptoms can be tricky to define and self-diagnose. As we age the symptoms of Hypothyroidism seem like classic symptoms of aging and go unreported. Some common symptoms are – Fatigue, aches, pains, muscle cramps, swelling in legs, Depression, lapses in concentration, cold intolerance, and excessive sleepiness.
If basic testing fails to justify your ceaseless exhaustion, do more elaborate tests to check for hidden pathogens (viruses, fungi, bacteria). A sore throat, forgetfulness, inexplicable muscle pain, and unrefreshing sleep are typical symptoms. How aggressively your immune system responds to infections depends on your genes. Some gene variants induce a chain reaction of inflammatory proteins.
The four blood types affect the immune system. Under stress, As and Bs secrete high levels of cortisol, while Os and ABs produce excess adrenaline that can be stabilized with exercise. High cortisol levels in As and Bs slows metabolism, growth, and repair. Lectins react with blood type antigens in the gut and cause sluggish digestion, lesser energy generation, and fatigue.
Natural Ways To Combat Fatigue
Type O should avoid dairy, wheat and consume lean meat, cold-water fish, and green tea. Type A should avoid animal proteins and fresh milk, limit grains, and include cold-water fish in their diet. Type B should avoid wheat, corn, peanuts, chicken and include lean organic meat and yogurt. Type AB should avoid red meat, chicken, corn flour and consume soy and seafood.
Depleted Kapha, poor immunity, low sex drive, sleep problems, mood swings, digestive issues, depression, changes in the menstrual cycle are signs that the adrenal glands are unable to cope up with stress. Practice Yoga, Nadi Shodhana, and Yoga Nidra calm vata and rely on herbs like Ashwagandha, Brahmi, Shilajit and Triphala for a stronger, healthier gut.
Most people eat the right energy food but get the timing, portion size and combinations all mixed up. An ideal blend would be food right in high carbs, moderate protein, and low fat. Having too much or too less of any would not give the desired results. You do not have to go searching exotic and rare foods to get over the slumps. If you are tired of being tired, start incorporating the following superfoods into your diet more regularly for sustained energy all day long.
Ayurveda treats every case of chronic fatigue based upon the individual body-type (prakruti/vikruti) imbalance. The important issue behind most cases of chronic fatigue is systemic congestive toxins (ama). The toxic buildup impairs the digestive fire (Agni), leading to more ama and thus poor nutrition and depletion. The aim of Ayurvedic treatment is to balance the doshas, improve digestion (Agni), and eliminate toxic buildup (ama).