CHRONIC FATIGUE (Weariness, Exhaustion)
Category : Mind & Body
Weariness, fatigue and exhaustion are problems which cause a person to be unable to continue working, due to a total loss of physical and mental energy.
The symptoms are: loss of appetite, apathy, lack of energy, depression, melancholy and body aches.
The most frequent causes are:
- Excessive stress.
- Loss of sleep.
- Poor diet and nutrition.
- Intestinal infection.
- Diabetes or the EBV virus (a type of herpes).
- Hypoglycemia (lack of sugar in the blood).
- Hypothyroidism, improper functioning of the thyroid, and therefore of the metabolism which must assimilate foods in order to convert them into useful energy.
When we want to increase our energy level, the first thing we do is prepare ourselves a strong cup of coffee with a good measure of sugar. It’s true; our energy rapidly increases due to the fact that coffee stimulates the central nervous system, which in turn orders the suprarenal glands to secrete a dose of adrenaline. This causes the heart to beat faster and carry more oxygen to the different body tissues.
In every cell there is a component called the mitochondrion responsible for combining glucose (sugar in the blood) with oxygen and thus producing energy (by process of oxidation), carbon dioxide and water. The result of drinking coffee with refined sugar will produce energy almost instantly, will make you feel better and your fatigue quickly disappears.
What happens with this method of increasing the body’s energy?
The very remedy will be the cause of your fatigue.
Let’s look at what happens:
Carbohydrates are the principal source of energy. There are two types of carbohydrates.
Complex carbohydrates that come from: potatoes, beans, corn, lentils, garbanzo beans, etc.
Simple carbohydrates form refined sugar.
Insulin is hormone – (key) that controls the blood sugar. When refined sugar is consumed it goes directly to the blood without being previously transformed as is the case with complex carbohydrates (beans, potatoes, etc). These are, to say, thrashed little by little, unfolding in simple sugars (glucose) which later are slowly fed to the cells with the help of insulin. (Insulin is a type of key that allows the sugar to enter the cells).
What happens when we consume refined sugar? The discharge of insulin by the pancreas is done suddenly due to the large quantity of glucose – sugar found in the blood, thus rapidly uses up the insulin reserves, thereby leaving the person without any insulin reserve to introduce glucose into the cells for the rest of the day. Therefore, he or she feels fatigued without any energy the whole day.
Nevertheless, if we provide energy through complex carbohydrates (potatoes, beans etc) instead of refined sugar, the glucose produced will nourish the blood system little by little and give the pancreas the opportunity to produce the necessary insulin without being used up. At the same time, additional quantities of oxygen will not be required for combustion within the cell.
On the other hand, when coffee stimulates the central nervous system and produces stress, it will cause the liver to discharge all its glucose reserves into the bloodstream which it maintains for moments of emergency, stress or danger.
How can I increase my energy? One way is to reduce the amount of caffeine and refined sugar that you consume and allow the insulin activity to regulate itself naturally. Also:
- Eat large quantities of complex carbohydrates (whole grains lentils, bean, proteins (fish, milk and eggs), fats (preferably from cold water fish like tuna, salmon and olive oil).
- Take nutritional supplements like ginseng, fiber, vitamins, minerals, etc.
- Exercise: walk at least 30 minutes a day or some other form of exercise.
- Take frequent breaks and, at least once a week, relax and take your mind off the things. This will ease stress.
- Get plenty of sleep. It’s very important that there be a recuperation of lost energy.
- Think positively and don’t worry too much about daily problems. This will ease stress. See the section stress in detail.
- Take nutritional and herbal supplements like: Ginseng (see suggested use in the following table),Multi-vitamins. Principally Vitamin A, B complex with extra Vitamin B12, Vitamin C, Multi-minerals. Principally Calcium, Chromium, Iron, Magnesium, Potassium, Selenium, Zinc.
Warning! Many serious illnesses have fatigue as one of its symptoms. If your fatigue continues after following these suggestions, consult your doctor.