How to Fight Fatigue the Natural Way
We all have those days where you wake up and already feel tired. And despite having a whole day ahead of you, your brain isn’t quite firing up as it usually should. Perhaps it was a restless night, or stress might be playing a part, but for whatever reason you feel like you need to recharge your batteries.
This is perfectly natural thing to happen from time to time, but if you find yourself permanently tired and lacking in energy, perhaps it’s time to tackle the problem head on.
Join us as we run through a few of our favourite tips to naturally give your body and mind a boost, and rid yourself of fatigue once and for all.
Boost Those Red Blood Cells
Making sure that your red blood cells are healthy is an easy way of naturally tackling fatigue.
This is simple to do - all you need to do is to boost the iron levels in your diet, because without getting enough iron, your body can’t produce enough red blood cells, which in turn contains the all-important protein haemoglobin.
This is responsible for carrying oxygen throughout the body, which is super-important in keeping you feeling alert and on top of your game.
If you think you might not be getting enough iron, a nice cup of nettle tea will give your body a boost of the good stuff and have you forgetting what fatigue even felt like.
Top tip - make sure you’re getting enough vitamin C, which not only contains iron, but also helps your body absorb it from other sources.
China is well known for its ancient medicine, dating back many thousands of years, and perhaps one of its most widely-known ingredients is ginseng. This humble-looking root has been used by the Chinese for generations for its ability to reduce stress levels, which it achieves by lowering levels of cortisol in the brain.
Unsurprisingly, stress doesn’t play well with sleep, so it’s equally unsurprising that reducing stress levels will help to increase the quality of sleep.
Ingesting a bit of ginseng will help to regulate the cortisol levels in your body, allowing you to enjoy a night of uninterrupted sleep and recharge your batteries properly.
If you think ginseng could be the answer, try taking three tablets of ginseng extract daily to lower your stress levels and help your sleep.
Yoga. When you think about it, you’d be forgiven for conjuring images of lycra, cold brew coffees and the occasional man bun. But there’s more to the art of stretching than simply looking good while doing it.
One of the main benefits of practicing yoga is that it not only tones and strengthens your body’s core, it also helps you to focus on your breathing and mind.
And as with many forms of exercise, yoga will actually help to energise you and sweep away the cobwebs of fatigue.
If you fancy a go yourself, you don’t need to go to a class necessarily - there are plenty of free tutorials online. You just need half an hour, some floor space, a yoga mat, and an internet connection.
While yoga will help you find balance of body and spirit, this also needs to be supplemented with a general balance of lifestyle. This means eating and drinking the right things, and avoiding the temptations of cheap, easy ready meals and takeaways.
We’ve all heard the phrase ‘you are what you eat’, and it’s so true. What we ingest is literally the energy that fuels us, so if we’re eating and drinking low quality foodstuffs, we can only expect low-quality energy and, shock horror, inevitable fatigue.
The best types of food for slow-release, high quality energy are complex carbohydrates such as wholegrain ingredients, as well as a good balance of proteins, fibres and vitamin-rich food.
If you want to get the right balance of vitamins in your diet, taking a multivitamin once a day can give your body a boost of all those necessary vits.
For a load more ideas on how to tackle fatigue naturally, check out the Exhaustion & Fatigue section in the Remedy Hub.