Find out why you are tired. Use natural solutions from alternative medicine for more energy. Reduce or eliminate fatigue and exhaustion with alternative treatments.
Try boosting your energy by taking five supplements for three months, says nationally known Naturopathic Doctor Mark Stengler. If you don’t experience an energy boost, stop taking them. Pregnant or breast feeding women should not take these supplements, he says.
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For exhaustion: Coenzyme Q-10: 100 milligrams once a day
(Note: CoQ10 is a mild blood thinner, so if you are taking a blood thinner, you must be monitored by a doctor. Check with your doctor to see if your medications include a blood thinner.)
A study at the Southeastern Institute of Biomedical Research in Bradenton, Florida followed 20 women with chronic fatigue syndrome so severe that they had to go to bed after just a little exercise. Testing showed 80% of the women had subnormal levels of coenzyme Q-10. Then they started taking 100 milligrams of CoQ10, and after three months 90% of them showed fewer symptoms of fatigue, or none at all. Dr. Stengler says that people who are so exhausted they have trouble carrying out routine daily activities should boost the amount to 100 milligrams two or three times a day, with meals, for a few months, until you feel better, and then cut back to 100 mg a day.
Always exhausted? For fatigue, try L-Carnitine: 1500 milligrams twice a day for a total of 3000 mg (three grams)
Stop being so exhausted! A study at the University of Catania followed 66 tired people who were 100 years old, or older. Half of them took L-carnitine, while the other half took a placebo. The group taking L-Carnitine had less tiredness, fatigue and exhaustion. They had more energy and could do more physical activity. In addition, they had increased muscle mass and better cognitive function, including memory. An uncommon side effect is stomach upset. If you experience this, take it with food or take less.
No energy? Try resveratrol: 125 milligrams once a day
Found in red wine, resveratrol is an antioxidant that helps with metabolism and weight control and can contribute to longevity. If you feel nauseous or get diarrhea, take it with food or start with a lower dose and build up to the full dose.
Feeling tired? Try magnesium: 200 milligrams twice a day, for a total of 400 mg
Suffering from extreme fatigue and exhaustion? Try magnesium, which is involved in hundreds of metabolic processes, helps with stress, fatigue and cardiovascular conditions, such as high blood pressure and heart failure. It also helps normalize insulin levels. It increases energy, yet at the same time it is calming and decreases irritability. Studies reported in Acta Diabetologica indicate that people deficient in magnesium are up to seven times more likely to have metabolic syndrome, which can include weight gain, high sugar and insulin levels, high blood pressure and high blood fats than people with normal magnesium levels. Be aware that magnesium can cause loose stools. See more information on the health benefits of magnesium.
Need energy? Try D-Ribose
D-Ribose has been proven in human studies to reduce the muscle pain of fibromyalgia, improve the well being of chronic fatigue sufferers, improve heart function for heart disease patients, and even reduce the soreness after exercise in healthy people.
Your body produces D-Ribose and uses it for energy, but as you get older, or if you have chronic fatigue syndrome or fibromyalgia, your levels of D-Ribose can get very low.
At the Fibromyalgia and Fatigue Centers in Dallas, 41 tired patients were given 5 grams of d-ribose three times daily for between 17 and 35 days. Sixty-six percent showed significant improvements in energy, sleep, mental clarity, pain intensity and overall well-being with an average 45% increase in energy. Dr. Stengler recomends five grams twice daily, and if you feel light-headed then take it with meals. A type of sugar found in all the cells in your body, d-ribose is safe for people with type 2 diabetes.
Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, well-known expert on chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia, recommends D-Ribose to ALL people who are continually tired. See Dr. Teitelbaum's solutions for being tired all the time at his Web site, vitality101.com.
All of these supplements help to increase the production of adenosine triphosphate by supporting mitochondrial function. As we age, or endure stress, or are exposed to toxins, our mitochondria decrease both in number and in ability to function, causing energy loss, which makes you tired. Decreased adenosine triphosphate, or ATP, in our bodies often contributes to chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, chronic heart disease and heart failure. Maintaining mitochondrial function is important enough that the National Institures of Heal has designated "Functional Variations in Mitochondria" as a priority for funding.
The above supplements may also help with weight control by boosting your metabolism.
Is is really necessary to say that you’ll also feel better if you eat healthy foods and get regular exercise? Just do it.
Laissez Faire's Living Well Daily, which referenced the following study: "The Use of D-Ribose in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia," Jacob Teitelbaum et al; The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, Vol 12, no 9. 2006
Natural Healing Newsletter by Dr. Mark Stengler, January 2009. See more about Dr. Stengler at www.drstengler.com
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