Yawn! Tis’ the season for low energy! As the days grow longer and the to-do lists get busier, it is pretty common to end up with waning energy (always at the most inopportune times). What’s a person to do?
Coconut Oil! (Come on, you really can’t be all that shocked!)
Coconut oil energizes you for all kinds of reasons. Here are a few of my favorites:
- Coconut oil's medium chain fatty acids are converted to energy packets in the liver, and burned for fuel not stored as fat.
- It helps you burn fat stores more readily, which evens out your metabolism, thus increasing energy.
- Coconut oil offloads the immune system in a variety of ways and since the immune system needs less fuel, more energy is available for your brain and muscular activity.
Because coconut oil provides a richer, longer-lasting source of energy, it is relatively easy to reduce or eliminate sugar dependence. When you no longer rely on sugar to boost your energy levels, you even out your blood sugar levels which provides for a more constant and even source of all-day energy!
3 tablespoons of coconut oil per day should help give you a great foundation for eliminating fatigue.
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There are also several other natural fatigue fighters including:
An age-old cure for that run-down feeling. The recommendation is to look for a supplement containing at least 4 percent ginsenosides, and take two 100-milligram capsules daily. This herbal remedy stimulates your nervous system and will help to protect your body from the ravages of stress. (Off-limits if you have high blood pressure.)
Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10)
A natural compound found in the energy-producing centers of cells. CoQ10 plays a role in the production of ATP, which is responsible for 95% of the body’s energy. Levels begin to decrease in your 30′s. To reduce fatigue, it is advised to take 30 milligrams twice a day, at breakfast and lunch. (It’s best absorbed when taken with food.) Coenzyme Q10 is also found in certain foods, including nuts and oils.
Fatigue can also occur when the body doesn't produce enough adrenal hormone. Licorice is a very good herbal fatigue treatment because it contains a natural equivalent to that adrenal hormone. Licorice can raise blood pressure, so be careful not to take too much, and choose a product that safely contains about 12 percent licorice root.
Bach Rescue Energy
A product that I love for a quick pick me up! Dr. Edward Bach stated that the flower remedy Olive, a key ingredient in Rescue Energy, restores energy when you are physically and mentally exhausted. I agree that is sure does!
I just want to mention that not all fatigue is something that can be addressed simply and quickly. Ongoing fatigue can be the signal that something more serious is going on in your body. It can often be a symptom of:
- A slower-than-usual thyroid (hypothyroidism)
- An underlying sleep disorder
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Heart disease
If you have persistent fatigue, it's important to see a trusted medical care professional.
Do any of you have any sage advice of natural remedies you rely on to combat fatigue? Share here!