Fatigue is a feeling of exhaustion that can apply to both your physical and mental state. Medically, it is a general symptom with a wide variety of causes and cannot be observed professionally, as it is a feeling of whoever is experiencing fatigue. Fatigue is part of our day-to-day lives and usually only requires rest to get us back to our normal, functional selves. Specific subsets of fatigue include mental fatigue, a temporary drop in desired cognitive ability, typically caused by long periods of intellectual activity. Physical fatigue, similarly, is a temporary decrease in function of a muscle (muscle fatigue), and can be made worse by continuing physical activities. Stress and fatigue can go hand in hand as well; fatigue is a normal response of our bodies when we need to take a break.
Self-reported fatigue that lasts longer than a month (consistently or relapsing) is called chronic fatigue, and may be indicative of a disease or condition such as celiac disease, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, or cancer to name a few and chronic fatigue syndrome itself is become a distinct disorder of our health. Adrenal fatigue is the theory that the adrenal glands of the kidney can become exhausted and unable to produce hormones, causing a slew of symptoms including tiredness.
Natural Remedies to Treat Fatigue
On this page you can find home and folk remedies to combat fatigue – both mental and physical – and discussions ranging from jet lag to power naps. Some of our popular remedies include apple cider vinegar, baking soda, tomato tea, and coconut oil to name a few. Feel free to let us know about your experiences combating fatigue and what remedies you’ve used, found here or otherwise.