By Anni Dahms
Owner of the retail chain
ANNI’s VITAL SHOP.
Nurse- & Health
specialist, Biopath and Nutritional Adviser.
I feel tired, tired all the way inside my soul. It is an annually repetitive situation, I’m aware of what has caused it. It is a combination of the heat, too many visitors, too much red wine, going to bed late and a lot of work.
As soon as normality sets in again, and I fall back into my daily regimen of my supplements combined with a healthy diet, sleep and exercise, the fatigue disappears like dew on a June morning.
In general, I feel stronger, more active and happier now than I did 20 years ago. This is partially due to being a little heavier then, and the fact that I didn’t bother too much about my daily health, or care much for exercise and of how my organs functioned. I was thinking primarily about work, which was my life’s priority.
The above is that we call a natural fatigue, but there are many people who suffer from unexplainable fatigue over a long period of time, yes indeed, it can last for months.
Chronic fatigue syndrome is a condition of severe tiredness and fatigue lasting for more than 6 months. The key words here are that chronic fatigue cannot be relieved by rest or sleep.
Many people reason that age is a cause of fatigue. This may partially be correct. It is true that with age our metabolism and our ability to detoxify decreases. Therefore, it is important that you spend more time and care towards your body as well as being aware of treating it lovingly and well, knowing that our body shall last us a lifetime. In return your body will reward you beautifully.
Do you belong to those who go through life eating fast food, and food that has been filled with pesticides, chemicals, additives, preservatives, pollution, unnecessary medicine, etc. Then it is only logical that the body will at some point start heeding a warning, stating that enough is enough by letting the alarm bells ring in the form of fatigue.
The liver and kidneys have had enough and find it difficult to cope with the vital tasks at hand. On top of this, there may perhaps be a very stressful job in the picture, making it difficult to merge private time with family, children and work into a higher harmonic unity.
It would be wise to pay close attention to your digestive system along with your liver and kidneys, if you suffer from prolonged fatigue. Or if you feel tired even though you’ve had a long night’s sleep, but you’re already completely exhausted by the afternoon. Fatigue can be felt both mentally and physically, and can possibly be accompanied by pain in the joints, connective tissue and muscles.
Fatigue can be caused by a number of things, due to the fact that fatigue is often a symptom of various diseases, eg. after a severe infection.
In a case with prolonged fatigue, you should allow your doctor to examine you, paying special attention to intestinal flora, digestion, kidneys and liver function. Make sure to take an extensive variety of blood samples checking blood count, CRP, blood sugar, and in my opinion a study of Borrelia should also be included.
In my opinion, it is very important that you have a doctor you trust, and whom you feel takes your symptoms seriously. Often it turns out that the reason for chronic fatigue may be caused by a metabolic disease, iron deficiency, candida fungus, poisoning by heavy metals, electrical hypersensitivity eg. from cell phone towers, cell phones, radio and television transmitters, etc.
Chronic fatigue is a disease more commonly found in women than men, and least in children and adolescents.
Diet and lifestyle
Whether or not you find a cause for chronic fatigue, it is of utmost importance that you take your lifestyle into consideration. Perhaps it needs to be totally reassessed. Make sure that you have the opportunity to take it easy. Sort out what is a necessity and what you do to be kind. Listen to yourself. Learn to say no, although it may cause some conflicts. I often find that the people I meet with chronic fatigue, are members of the “nice-school“ and find it difficult to face a conflict and say no. Believe in yourself and know that you know best when the shoe is pinching.
If you are on medication, be aware that one of the side effects of the medication may be fatigue, or that you could possibly have an allergy to the product. It can be especially noticeable if the medication is hepatotoxic. Talk to your doctor about possibly trying another product.
It is estimated that approximately 50-85% of people who suffer from chronic fatigue have a food intolerance. It is estimated that 1-3% of calls to the doctor are due to complaints of fatigue.
Make sure that your diet is as healthy as possible, that it is full of vitamins, minerals and proteins, fiber and without white sugar or other sugary substitutes. Away with all forms of products containing sugar, such as cakes, biscuits, snacks and those dangerous croissants. If there are certain foods you feel dependent on, stop and look a little more closely at them to see if they could be wrong for you. Eg. various types of cola, drinks containing guarana, etc.
Also, be careful with caffeinated drinks such as coffee, chocolate and alike. Many resort to these drinks because they provide instant energy, but on the long run they just help to tire your adrenals, and push towards a delicate blood glucose system. The same applies to alcohol. If possible choose organic products.
Many people find that they feel considerably better on a gluten-free diet, but also that dairy products, eggs and white sugar can cause problems. It may be a good idea to make a diet diary, where you write down what you eat and drink every day. Maybe save a small section for unexpected stressful experiences, and how the process enfolded. From there, you’ll be able to discover if there are certain foods that make you feel bad in no time at all.
I speak with many people who report a significant improvement in their well-being since changing their diet, and have therefore made it one of their top priorities in life.
Life is much too short to let it be destroyed by chronic fatigue.
If you or your doctor can’t find a sure reason for your chronic fatigue, you can go a long way by strengthening yourself with good supplements.
Ensure a high quality multivitamin/mineral product filled with good antioxidants.
German studies show that the stronger a magnetic field is, the greater is the formation of free radicals.
Therefore, it may be wise to ensure you take extra antioxidants for protection, such as selenium, zinc, extra vitamin C, vitamin E, beta-carotene, B6 and Q10.
Be especially aware to take an extra supplement of Q10, if you are taking any cholesterol-lowering drugs which slow down your own production of Q10. Lack of Q10, which is also known as the cells’ power plants, can cause great fatigue, which I myself have experienced. The dose is between 100 – 300 mg daily. It can work miracles. One study showed that 80% of people who felt chronically tired were lacking Q10.
An additional help to the cell’s power plants is the amino acid Acetyl-L-Carnitine. A combination of Q10 and Acetyl-L-carnitine belongs to my everyday absolute favorites, in keeping energy production going.
Make sure to take an extra supplement of vitamin D.
An extra supplementation of strong B-vitamins is a good help.
Also, be sure to take a supplement of essential fatty acids (Omega 3/6/7/9).
It is always good to take healthy probiotic supplements. It is important for your immune system, as well as a strong mucus membrane and for formation of various vitamins, that your intestinal flora is good.
Various digestive enzymes can also provide good support.
Many people with chronic fatigue syndrome also suffer from tired adrenal glands. For this a little daily dose of liquorice can be very good. Remember that the liquorice must be without sugar. You may eg. put a little pure English liquorice in your smoothies, or you can eat some pastilles that are 100% pure liquorice. I myself am very happy for the latter. They sit on my bedside table and are enjoyed every evening, while reading a relaxing book before I call it a night.
Other supplements that can be helpful are Ginseng, Rhodiola, Siberian Ginseng, Schisandra and Ginkgo Biloba. You can find a large proportion of these products blended together into one product. Feel free to ask in your local health food shop.
If you have a feeling that your fatigue symptoms may be caused by poisoning, then taking an extra supplement of Chlorella over a period of time can be of great benefit. Chlorella has detoxifying properties and simultaneously contains all the vitamins, minerals and amino acids in their natural form. It is important that you choose a supplement of good quality.
Some winter bathers claim, that their chronic fatigue symptoms were significantly reduced after they began winter bathing.
Exercise for some people with chronic fatigue can almost seem unmanageable, because it may feel like exercise worsens the condition. On the other hand, it is important to keep moving. You could therefore exercise with small rest intervals. Set your own limits and do not let other exercise-happy friends provoke you. Nordic walking (walking with the help of walking rods) has proven to be a form of exercise, that is often easiest to perform. However it is important that Nordic walking is carried out properly, so get a trainer to show you how to get the most out of it.
Craniosacral therapy or physiotherapy with a physiotherapist who is familiar with the disorder can be good complementary treatments. Relaxing massages and other relaxing treatments eg. with breathing, yoga etc may also be beneficial.