Periodic fatigue or excessive tiredness is a common state of life – particularly a hectic, event-filled lifestyle. However, if that periodic fatigue transforms into a long-term state of mental and/or physical exhaustion that persists despite rest, you may be dealing with an issue known as chronic fatigue syndrome. In addition to medical care to rule out underlying illnesses, natural remedies for chronic fatigue syndrome can help.
Some of the most effective home remedies for fatigue include supplements such as magnesium, fish oil, and evening primrose oil.
What Is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?
The Office on Women’s Health defines chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) as a complex, chronic illness that involves extreme fatigue that cannot be remedied with bed rest. Additionally, activities that involve physical exertion or even the use of mental energy may exacerbate fatigue. In any case, though, the condition is not diagnosed until the fatigue has persisted for 6 or more months.
Depending on the severity of the condition, you may experience a variety of different symptoms in addition to fatigue. Common ancillary symptoms include unrefreshing sleep, general weakness, muscle and joint pain, headache, and concentration or memory issues. These symptoms often vary in intensity and may come and go or persist for weeks to months and even years.
What Causes CFS?
At large, the cause for chronic fatigue is unknown. However, research suggests that a number of factors may be involved such as viruses, hypotension, immune impairment, and hormonal issues.
Many times the condition seems to manifest following a viral infection. Viruses that have been identified to have a possible connection to CFS include human herpes virus six, Ross River virus, Epstein-Barr, human retroviruses, mycoplasma, rubella, and Candida alibicans, including yeast infections.
Additionally, many individuals who develop CFS are predisposed to a weakened immune system.
Are There Any Known Risk Factors?
As the cause of CFS is unknown, it is somewhat difficult to identify specific risk factors for the condition; however, research has identified a few commonly linked factors. Women between the ages of 30 and 50 are in the group of people most often affected by the condition, so age and gender present a potential risk. Likewise, individuals who are overweight and are relatively inactive are more likely to develop fatigue. Addition factors that may increase your risk of developing CFS include genetic predisposition, allergies, stress, and some environmental factors.
Top Natural Remedies for Chronic Fatigue
Below are some of the top natural remedy recommendations to help alleviate CFS symptoms.
Eliminate Fluoride Consumption
Fluoride has long been known to dramatically interfere with cellular energy production. New evidence, however, suggests that as a neuroendocrine disruptor, fluoride is capable of not only triggering widespread fatigue (not relieved by sleep or rest), but all of the other symptoms associated with CFS as well, including severe joint pain, muscle pain and stiffness, and even debilitating memory and concentration problems.
The symptoms of CFS can actually mimic a number of other common conditions, such as mono, Lyme disease, lupus, fibromyalgia, hypothyroidism, and multiple sclerosis, which is why it is so important to see your doctor if you are experiencing fatigue.
Once diagnosed, your doctor can also help you identify an appropriate route of treatment, which typically pairs traditional medical care with effective home remedies to balance your care routine. In most cases, modifying your lifestyle slightly, incorporating nutritional supplements, and incorporating alternative medicine can effectively alleviate symptoms and fatigue. If you are dealing with CFS, you may want to try supplements like magnesium, fish oil, and evening primrose oil in addition to alternative medical practices like acupuncture or tai chi.
The University of Maryland Medical Center lists magnesium as one of the most helpful nutrients for treating chronic fatigue. Magnesium serves a variety of purposes in your body including normalizing your blood pressure and maintaining a steady heart rhythm. Good cardiovascular health is essential for reducing fatigue symptoms. Begin by taking 300mg per day and gradually increase your dosage to 1,000mg per day.
Fish oil is another important remedy for fatigue. This supplement contains essential fats that help maintain your body’s energy stores. You should work up to a dose of 1,000mg 3 times per day of this nutritional supplement.
Evening Primrose Oil
Evening primrose oil is used for a variety of purposes. For treating CFS, it helps reduce pain and lessens fatigue. Evening primrose oil contains a high concentration of the fatty acid GLA, which possesses remarkable healing properties. This fatty acid helps regulate your hormones and control pain. For treatment, take 3,000 to 6,000mg per day.
Healthline indicates acupuncture as a potentially effective natural treatment for chronic fatigue. This treatment regulates pain you may be experiencing and can also be used to target effective nerve and cardiovascular function.
Yoga is another research-based treatment approach. This practice invigorates your body and restores energy naturally. It also helps you better regulate stress that may be contributing to fatigue. Yoga also helps you reestablish alignment in your body so it is able to perform most optimally.
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