When you are tired of being tired, your ‘get up and go’ has become gone, when you get up in the morning and want to get back into the bed, and you are tired of reading this already, you are literally tired. You need some energy!
Fatigue may have multiple causes, including nutritional deficiencies, chi and blood deficiencies, allergies (both food and environmental), poor elimination, lack of oxygen, stress, inadequate sleep, poor circulation, low thyroid function, and hypoglycemia.
Rather than turning to coffee, or self-proclaimed energy drinks, or harsh stimulants for a quick pick-me-up, you might instead try supplementing with one or more of these amazing, energy-boosting “super” herbs. Herbs have traditionally been used by various cultures to increase stamina. Some of them are:
Ashwaghanda root (Withania somnifera)
Ashwagandha benefits lethargy and fatigue, facilitates learning and memory and is an adaptogen, meaning it helps the body adapt to both physical and emotional stress.
Codonopsis root (Codonopsis pilosula)
It is a nourishing tonic for the spleen, blood, lungs, stomach and pancreas. It is sometimes referred to as “poor man’s ginseng.”
Dandelion root (Taraxacum officinale)
Dandelion root stimulates bile production, thus improving liver function, which when sluggish, can contribute to fatigue. Dandelion root improves digestion and increases vitality.
Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba)
Ginkgo helps the brain better utilize oxygen, improves mental alertness, and improves peripheral circulation. Is an antioxidant, kidney tonic and rejuvenative.
Ginseng (Panax ginseng)
Ginseng benefits exhaustion and helps the body deal with stress, adrenal exhaustion, fatigue, immune weakness and postoperative recovery. Ginseng is an adaptogen, chi tonic, digestive tonic, immune stimulant, rejuvenative, restorative, stimulant and tonic.
Hawthorn leaves, flowers and berries (Crataegus species)
Hawthorn helps break down fatty deposits in the blood and gently dilates the capillaries so that heart can function more efficiently. Hawthorn improves peripheral circulation and body’s ability to utilize oxygen.
Licorice root (Glychyrriza glabra)
Licorice root is naturally sweet, helps normalize blood sugar levels and nourishes exhausted adrenal glands. Licorice is nutritive and rejuvenative.
Schizandra berries (Schisandra chinensis)
They improve endurance and are an antioxidant. It improves fatigue and insomnia. Schizandra is considered an adaptogen, cerebral tonic, immune stimulant, kidney and liver tonic, rejuvenative and restorative.
They can improve physical and psychological energy levels. Essential oils that benefit fatigue include Basil, clary sage, geranium, lavender, lemon, orange, peppermint and rosemary. Simply open a bottle of the pure essential oil and take no more than ten deep inhalations.
Foods to sustain energy
A diet rich in power foods can help you to hold up your energy. Such power foods are soaked, rinsed seeds, (chia, pumpkin, sesame, sunflower), nuts (especially almonds), fresh raw vegetables and fruit.
Green foods such as collards, kale, spinach, violets, malva and dandelion and super greens like blue green algae, spirulina, chlorella, barley grass and wheatgrass are loaded with nutrients such as beta-carotene, iron, protein and chlorophyll, the wonderful oxygen transporting, life blood of plants.
In order to improve your body energy, you must reduce exposure to chemicals such as cleaners, art supplies and pollution. Also, you must Avoid infections, by avoiding overexertion, overwork and junk food.
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