Fatigue and low energy levels are two of the most prominent side effects of our modern day lifestyle. Causes vary from the more simple such as poor sleep quality (or lack of sleep) and inadequate nutrient intake to the more complex underlying issues such as sluggish thyroid function or adrenal fatigue. Examining your nutrient intake is certainly the first area to consider when looking to improve energy levels – nutrients such as amino acids found in protein as well as B vitamins are essential to the production of energy within the body. If you find that your fatigue is coupled with muscle tension and moodiness it may be beneficial to supplement with Magnesium as well. It is important during times of physical, mental or emotional stress to provide nutrients which support the adrenal and thyroid glands. These endocrine (hormone producing) glands are essential for regulating metabolism, producing energy and assisting the body to deal with stressors. Kelp, Spirulina, Liquorice & Rhodiola as well as Iodine, Vitamin C and Tyrosine will all support these organs to function optimally. One of the most amazing attributes of herbal medicine are the herbs that are able to tonify the body; assisting the body to rejuvenate and refresh so that you can bounce out of bed once again! The Ginsengs – Siberian Ginseng, Korean Ginseng & Withania are all specific for their ability to do just that!
Some simple ideas to improve energy levels:
Updates - June 3 2011
Francàs, N et al (2011), ‘P03-404 - Prevalence of ADHD in chronic fatigue syndrome’, EuropeanPsychiatry, Volume 26, Supplement 1, pp. 1574
Research from Spain has shown a link between Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and Attention-deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Of the 142 patients in the study, there were a large number of CFS sufferers who had been diagnosed with ADHD, and these all had worse symptoms than those who didn’t have the condition. This may have something to do with altered neurotransmission in both conditions.
Vive Naturopaths recommend the following products for Energy and Fatigue:
|1. Fusion Energy Multi (60 Tabs)||1 tab with breakfast.|
|2. Herbs of Gold B Complete Sustained Release (60 Tabs)||1 tab with breakfast.|
|3. Herbs of Gold Ginseng 4 Energy (50 Tabs, 75 Tabs)||1 tab x 2 daily (with breakfast and lunch ideally).|
|4. Fusion Bioenhanced CoQ10 (30 Caps, 60 Caps)||1 cap with breakfast.|
|5. Herbs of Gold Stress-Ease Adrenal Support (60 Tabs)||1 tab with breakfast and 1 tab with lunch.|
|6. Fusion Green Tea (30 Tabs, 60 Tabs)||1 tab with breakfast.|
|7. Amazonia Raw Energy (120g, 300g)||Mix 10g (2 heaped teaspoons) daily into 300ml of water, almond milk, oat milk, rice milk, soy milk, natural juice or smoothie. For optimal performance take up to 40g daily.|
|8. Vital Greens (120g, 300g, 600g)||One serve on rising.|
|9. Floradix Liquid Iron Tonic (250ml, 500ml)||10ml daily 30 min before a meal|
|10. Tony Sfier's Designer Physique Pea Protein Isolate (750g)||One serve in water for morning tea and/or afternoon tea.|
|11. MICROgenics Kelp 1000 (90 Tabs)||1 tab daily with food.|
NOTE: Consideration should always be given to individual requirements. Please consider seeing a qualified practitioner before commencing a new treatment protocol or when combining supplements with pharmaceutical medication.
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