10 tips for overcoming fatigue

You can overcome fatigue. It’s easier than you think…

1. Drink at least 2 litres of water each day. Simple dehydration is a frequent cause of fatigue. It takes water to transport nutrients, to chew and digest food, to create blood, to move muscles, to breathe, to think!

2. Optimize the nutritional benefits from your diet. Make your diet work for you not against you. Remember to vary your grains (don’t over rely on wheat), include at least 7-8 green and orange vegetables, and at least three pieces of fruit a day.

3. Never skip breakfast. Eat a high-fibre wholegrain breakfast daily. What you eat for breakfast determines how you will feel for the rest of the day.

4. Decrease stimulants; i.e caffeine, alcohol, sugar. Try eliminating tea and coffee entirely for two weeks and notice the difference in your quality of sleep and energy levels.

5. Eliminate refined carbohydrates such as white bread, processed cereals, cakes and biscuits. These are empty foods and energy robbers. Eating these can frequently result in a mid-afternoon slump and shakiness.

6. Check for food allergies and sensitivities. Symptoms can include poor concentration, irritability, abdominal pain, headache, sinusitis, excessive thirst and dark circles under the eyes.

7. Obtain a minimum of seven hours sleep each night. If insomnia is a problem use appropriate nutrients, relaxing herbs and meditation to encourage restorative sleep.

8. Make a commitment to exercise 45 minutes per day, five days per week. Aerobic exercise increases levels of the neurotransmitters dopamine, noradrenalin and serotonin, all of which have a positive effect on mood and energy. Energy creates energy, where is yours coming from?

9. Reduce stress. If stress is a problem, additional nutritional supplements such as magnesium, the vitamin B group, vitamin C and herbal medicine may be temporarily necessary to protect against adrenal exhaustion.

10. Mental fatigue is exhausting. Slow down thinking, incessant mental chatter is exhausting! Find a meditation technique that works for you.

You’ll find many more ideas and information on overcoming fatigue in my book, “REVIVE, How to Overcome Fatigue Naturally”.

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