What is fatigue?
Fatigue, tiredness and lack of energy – these are probably the most common symptoms that patients complain of to their general practitioner.
Fatigue may be a symptom of an underlying disorder such as iron deficiency, viral infections, thyroid problems, diabetes, heart or lung disorders to name a few. However, most people complaining of fatigue have none of these problems and all investigations are normal. In this situation the cause is likely to be related to lifestyle factors including a poor diet, a toxic liver and stress. Other possibilities include chronic fatigue syndrome or adrenal exhaustion (see Adrenal Insufficiency / Exhaustion; Chronic Fatigue Syndrome).
Treatment and general recommendations
- Avoid smoking and alcohol.
- Regular aerobic exercise like brisk walking, jogging, swimming or cycling is important.
- Stress reducing measures like relaxation exercises, yoga or meditation may be beneficial.
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Orthodox Medical Treatment
- Take 1 teaspoon daily or 2 tablets twice daily. Magnesium is essential in the production of energy and performs a critical role in the activation of four of the nine enzymes in the Tri-carboxylic Acid Cycle (TCA cycle). This cycle is at the very center of all cellular metabolism involving protein, fat and carbohydrate metabolism.
- Take 1 capsule daily with a meal. Selenium is specifically designed to boost energy production from the mitochondria. The mitochondria are the energy factories inside every cell in the body and they produce the natural energy chemical called ATP. If the mitochondria are not producing sufficient ATP, the cells will not have the energy to perform their vital functions. This can lead to many symptoms of poor health.
- Take 1 capsule daily. DHEA should not be taken by those under 40 years of age unless recommended by your health care practitioner. A deficiency of DHEA can result in chronic fatigue, muscular weakness and lack of muscle strength and tone.
- Take one capsule daily with food in the morning. Low blood levels of vitamin D are very common and associated with fatigue, muscular weakness and generalized aches an pains.
The above statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease.