Have you ever been so tired or ‘out of it’ that you had to cancel an important plan because you literally just could not physically push yourself to make it? Say hello to fatigue. This dreadful feeling can easily cost you just about anything, from a school reunion to a family get-together, a close friend’s birthday, sometimes even an important work meeting – the list just goes on.
Fatigue is feeling super ‘low on energy’ or more tired than usual. It can drain you of all your energy, spirit and motivation. Sleepiness or drowsiness may be confused with fatigue, but they are indeed related to fatigue. Fatigue can be a symptom of a medical condition or a result of different lifestyle choices like lack of exercise or a poor diet. If proper rest and nutrition don’t seem to help you with the condition, you should consult your doctor because your fatigue could be due to an underlying disease.
Whatever the cause, fatigue interferes with your mood. The moments when you feel tired for seemingly no reason are the worst because you don’t enjoy anything even when you want to.
Prescription medications can help you fight fatigue, but they can also cost you quite a bit of money and most of them have side effects. What then? You have six natural remedies to your rescue:
1. Adaptogenic Herbs to Fight Fatigue
Adaptogenic herbs reduce the release of stress hormones in our body, which means that they improve the body’s natural ability to fight fatigue and stress. These herbs may also increase your stamina. But don’t confuse them with stimulants – they don’t give you a burst of energy; they help the body to cope with whatever is causing your fatigue. Some adaptogenic herbs have also been found to boost the immune system.
2. Cordyceps Sinensi to Fight Fatigue
Cordyceps sinensi is a fungus you can find in pill form as CordyMax. There aren’t many studies on the effectiveness of the fungus, but clinical accounts do suggest that it may reduce stress and fight fatigue. One to two CordyMax pills can be taken twice a day.
3. Siberian Ginseng to Fight Fatigue
There are no clinical trials that have been done so far to show the effectiveness of Siberian ginseng for fatigue, but clinical evidence, however, has found that it helps and that it can help you combat that ‘run-down’ feeling in particular.
Different brands have different methods of preparation, so be sure to check the brand for the dose they’re offering. Also, don’t have ginseng after 3 p.m. it may interfere with your sleep. Diabetics and hypertensives are recommended to stay away from ginseng.
4. Golden Root to Fight Fatigue
Golden root has been found to fight fatigue arising from many sources, including work shifts and stress. A 2012 review found that golden root may be useful in alleviating mental fatigue. You can take 50 to 100 milligrams of the herb two to three times a day.
5. American and Panax Ginseng to Fight Fatigue
Both of these species of ginseng appear to work well. You can take 100 to 200 grams twice a day, but diabetics and those with low blood sugar, and hypertensives are advised against the intake of ginseng (it can lower your blood sugar levels).
6. Schisandra to Fight Fatigue
Also spelled ‘Schizandra”, this is a preparation extracted from a woody vine that is commonly found in Russia, Korea and the northern part of China. It has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. You can take 500 to 1,000 milligrams of the extract twice daily to fight fatigue.