Isolating & Correcting the Cause of Tiredness & Chronic Fatigue is a Key, but Often Overlooked Step
In my practice, the scale of fatigue in all its forms is hugely evident. It is the most common thing that people come to see me about, and usually presents as one or a combination of:
Iridology Testing to Isolate the Cause
Through Iridology testing I isolate the underlying cause predisposing a person to fatigue. In the majority of cases this is due to a rundown nervous system. In addition to this there are other factors which may need to be taken into account, such as adrenal exhaustion, thyroid function, and a history of glandular fever, among others.
Once the factors predisposing a person to fatigue are identified, natural remedies are then applied to address the underlying problem.
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Chronic Fatigue is a modern day disease, which opens the door to other illnesses
When fatigue starts, other ill health develops from that, such as anxiety, depression, headaches, migraines, digestive disorders, immune system function, and much more. If we have vitality the body has a chance to heal and operate optimally.
The amazing thing is – contrary to popular belief that nothing much can be done to help – energy and vitality can often be restored relatively easily.
The goal of a consultation is to:
- Understand the causes of the symptoms you are experiencing, such as chronic fatigue, insomnia, mental tiredness, or low energy levels.
- From there I will recommend a tailored program of natural medicine, designed to help control and treat naturally the causes of the symptoms you are experiencing.
I will also make recommendations for y healthy lifestyle guidelines, such as basic dietary steps.
In treating the underlying causes many clients experience improvements in other areas of their health too, which are often linked, such as poor memory, lack of motivation, muscular pains, headaches, digestive difficulties, anxiety, stress and depression.
Causes of Chronic Fatigue
Having established that there is no physical problem, many are told to get more sleep, or take a holiday and rest, which really isn’t the solution. This leaves people with their work performance flagging and barely enough energy to get through the day, let alone spend quality time with family and friends.
“I sleep for nine hours and get a good night’s sleep so why I am exhausted when I wake up and then tired throughout the day?”
There are really only a handful of causes for chronic fatigue and low energy levels, which I have outlined below. These do not include such things as major illnesses or tiredness caused by serious injuries or health issues, or pregnancy.
The most common causes come down to the following:
- The nervous system
This links the body’s systems and it is extremely common for this to become rundown over time for various reasons, typically resulting in the onset and gradual worsening over time of fatigue. A rundown nervous system if untreated can lead to other conditions in the future. When the nervous system is rundown this can also contribute to depression and anxiety which can further contribute to fatigue.
Which wears down the body’s reserves and results often in low energy and vitality.
- Lymphatic congestion
Where there is a history of lymphatic congestion, such as resulting from glandular fever or tonsillitis, fatigue is a common symptom.
- Endocrine and glandular function
This includes such essential things as thyroid, adrenals, blood sugar control and reproductive, hormonal balance.
Once the cause is identified, natural therapies are then applied to address the specific area.
Mental Fatigue & Memory
Are you struggling with mental fog and fatigue?
I am increasingly asked these days about natural things that can help with mental fatigue, fog, inability to think clearly and poor memory so I have compiled the following information for you which I hope you find useful.
Remedies which can be applied for these situations are not long term, once the underlying cause has been corrected. As well as remedies there are some simple dietary steps you can follow. Feel free to call me on 01379 308707 if you have any questions about this or anything else.
Try to remember the importance of a well balanced diet. Eating well really will make a difference to your ability to concentrate and help with memory.
While food preparation time may often be limited do not fall into the habit of nourishing your body on a regular basis with high sugar containing snacks and caffeine kicks. Aim to eat wholesome food for the most part – porridge, wholemeal bread, pasta, wholegrain brown rice, baked potatoes and homemade soup all represent good sources of energy for your body and mind. Include lots of fresh vegetables, salads and fruits in the diet as well as protein.
Incorporate more fruit (fresh or dried), nuts and seeds into your snacks rather than opting for the high sugar option. Limit your intake of alcohol and stimulant drinks. Limit your intake of caffeine, which is not that much higher in coffee than tea. Caffeine contributes to nervousness and can disrupt sleep patterns. Always try to have a substantial breakfast, and have at least three meals per day. Have at least eight glasses of water a day, which is also an easy pick-me-up. Many times fatigue is related to thirst and not hunger. So, reach out for water.
FOODS THAT HELP TO MAKE YOU FEEL ALERT
- Lemons: The smell of lemons can induce the feeling of alertness. So, add lemon to lots of your food or drop a slice of lemon in your water.
- Apples, nachni, rajma, and broccoli: These foods contain boron, which is responsible for hand-eye co-ordination, attention and short-term memory.
- Boron-rich foods also maintain healthy bone and blood-sugar levels.
FOODS THAT HELP TO MAKE YOU FEEL ENERGETIC
- Foods that are low in glycemic index make you feel energetic for a longer time.
- Low-glycemic carbohydrates: Brown rice, sweet potato, nachni, bajra, oats.
- High-glycemic carbohydrates should be avoided: Sugar, white bread, rice cakes, wheat crackers, bagel, instant rice, white rice and pasta.
FOODS THAT MAKE YOU FEEL SMART
- Prunes – they contain twice the antioxidants of most other fruits.
- Antioxidant-rich diets disable reactive oxygen molecules linked to memory loss and mental deterioration. They help prevent mood swings. As they are low in glycematic index, they supply energy for a longer time. They are also high in fibre, prevent constipation, maintain blood pressure levels being high in potassium and an excellent source of iron. Low iron causes fatigue.
FOODS THAT HELP MAKE YOU FEEL ENERGISED
- Oranges, apples, and yogurt – these foods are slow digesting carbohydrates and can supply a steady source of fuel for your body.
- Sunflower seeds contain magnesium which helps maintain normal muscle and nerve function, and helps keep heart rhythm steady and bones strong. It is also involved in energy metabolism and protein synthesis.
FOODS THAT HELP MAKE YOU FEEL HAPPY
- Bananas: Bananas contain vitamin B6, which is known to build serotonin levels. They contain no fat, and are available everywhere.
- Nuts: Walnuts (Kashmiri) are high in antioxidants, omega 3 fatty acids, help prevent ageing, and are excellent sources of vitamin E.
- Pistachios (Californian) are low in glycemic index, high in vitamin B and fibre, low in fat and maintain blood sugar levels. Almonds are high in antioxidants and vitamin E.
- Supplements, Herbs & Homeopathics
Come and see me for a tailored program to your specific needs. There are some very good things that can be taken to help with mental fatigue and memory, and what is required from person to person will vary considerably.
The most common thing I treat is low energy and vitality – and this ranges from Chronic Fatigue through to general tiredness and association symptoms. Here are some examples to demonstrate how this can manifest and how the program worked.
“I’m nervous and excited at the same time as I think I’m ready to start looking for work again. Thank you for taking the time to help me, you were my last hope and I was really beginning to think there was no answer.”
Matthew at the age of 32 was diagnosed with chronic fatigue by a doctor. He was very tired, achy, mentally fatigued and unable to work.
The affects penetrated every area of his life. He was very concerned when he contacted me, as he couldn’t afford for the condition to continue to affect his life in this way.
He followed a three week program, which was followed up with a simple maintenance.
Tiredness, Anxiety & Irritability
“This has been the best week I’ve had in three years. I haven’t had any anxiety, no speeding feeling at all. I am so positive and I’m much happier. I have more energy overall.”
She later wrote back saying,
“I have finished the program, I had the best month in years. Completely anxiety free, sleeping well, and very happy.”
Sophie, a 34 year old mother of a two and three year old, approached us with severe anxiety and tiredness. The anxiety was diagnosed by a physician. Also she complained of poor sleep, panic attacks, extreme irritability and a feeling like she had “drunk 50 cups of coffee”.
She was prescribed an antidepressant by the doctor. She also complained of irregular menstrual cycles and a general feeling of exhaustion and being completely rundown and unable to cope.
A simple program of nutritional supplements and homeopathics was prescribed. Since this she is completely anxiety free and has been able to maintain this for over a year with a very simple maintenance supplement.
Low Energy Levels & High Stress
“There is good news and good news! Definitely feel brighter – lighter – and more in control. Thank you. All this with an extremely sick child for the last week with lack of sleep! Can’t wait for normal times!
Do thank you enormously as doctor was trying to put me onto antidepressants – the answer for everything of course! Not sure whether its the diet, the minerals, etc, combination of both or just such personal care from you! What a combination.”
She later said: “Energy scale of 7 out of 10. When we started it must have been 1. Thank you very much – a couple of weeks ago I didn’t have the energy to book a holiday let alone take my two boys on my own.”
Joanne, 43, mother of two young boys and a Multiple Sclerosis sufferer, wrote to us with very low energy levels and complaining of high stress levels.
Fatigue, Depression and Physical Exhaustion
“This last week I went the entire week without my medication and in fact I have not felt this good in 12 to 15 years. I feel and act that much younger and that is all very much appreciated.”
Brian, 47, a senior executive in an international corporation, initially contacted me complaining of fatigue, depression and physical exhaustion. This was frustrating for Brian as he used to run 100 miles a week for exercise and found himself unable to do this at all. He was also complaining of extremely stiff muscles and feeling very low mentally.
I recommended a program for Brian that suited his specific needs. Now he has come off the medication he had been on for years and is completely renewed; this was after three weeks on the program. He is also now running as we fixed up his muscles problems as well as his tiredness.
Debilitating Tiredness Despite a Good Night’s Sleep
“I have finished the remedies and still have some more of the vitamins to take. I feel much better now. I have more energy and do not feel sleepy all of the time – its great! Thank you for your help – I’ll recommend your program to anybody who is feeling as drained as I was. If I need a repeat in six months time I’ll let you know.”
Julian, 38, an expatriate businessman, contacted me because of always being exhausted no matter how much sleep he had.
Low Energy Affecting Work Performance
Australia’s Channel Seven ran a feature on the subject of tiredness and fatigue, focusing on the success of the programs I recommend in my handbook. This was shown on the Today Tonight show. They interviewed Philippa Collie who had successfully followed the program.
Philippa is a school teacher who had tried everything to increase her energy levels, which were extremely low and affecting her ability to function in everyday life. She described to Channel Seven the results from the program as being: “Remarkable; I’m like a changed woman.”
Tiredness is such a common complaint with people coming to see me, it is by far the most frequent reason people come and see me. It has such broad consequences in one’s life, not only affecting personal relationships with friends and family, with productivity at work. It also opens the door to other health problems, such as stress, anxiety and depression, and also conditions varying from digestive complaints to circulatory problems and headaches/migraines. This is due to the fact that when the body is tired and rundown it doesn’t have the vitality necessary to resist such things.
I consider common tiredness to be a warning sign from the body that something needs to be done. I hear quite often that my clients have been to see medical practitioners, who having ruled out serious illness, respond by saying get more sleep. In the majority of situations more is needed as this can be the beginning of other problems.
The symptoms of Fibromyalgia can be alleviated in many cases with the use of natural medicine. Frequently I have people come to see me who have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia on the basis of a few simple questions from their doctor. Other factors frequently accompany Fibromyalgia, such as Chronic Fatigue, so key to addressing this problem is understanding the underlying causes and the health history of each individual. With typical symptoms of Fibromyalgia, such as pain, aches, weakness and fatigue, there will always be a cause underlying this.
Recently I treated a client who had been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia several years previously. This had resulted in her being unable to work and her being in pain and very fatigued. Prior to her symptoms arising, she had a history of glandular fever and chronic fatigue – which in fact were key areas that needed addressing in order to treat the Fibromyalgia. Since correcting these conditions by clearing out the residues of glandular fever this person is on the road to recovery after a few weeks of treatment, recently returning to work.