Three Ways To Fight Fatigue

If you find yourself feeling sluggish mid-afternoon, struggling to stay alert throughout the day, struggling with fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome, or just plain exhausted, then it’s time for a change! Fortunately, here are three easy, affordable ways to fight fatigue — naturally.

  1. Peppermint Essential Oil – One of peppermint’s most important benefits is that the strong smell of peppermint stimulates our senses. It enhances the focus of our thoughts and brain and can provide clarity to our thinking. The best way to use peppermint as an organic mental energy stimulant is to place a drop of oil on the nape of the neck and around the temples. Essential oil should be diluted with another oil before being applied to the skin. If you find that applying the oil causes a skin reaction, you may prefer to inhale the oil directly.  NOW makes good essential oils and it is the brand I use.

  2. Vitamin B-12 – Also known as the “energy vitamin,” B-12 is the most complex of all vitamins. It supports thyroid function and keeps blood cells healthy. If you’re vitamin B-12 deficient, one of the first signs can be lower energy levels.  Because it’s a water-soluble vitamin, your body cannot store extra amounts of B-12 and relies on getting the vitamin from the foods you eat or supplements.  The supplement I use is “End Fatigue Daily Energy B Complex” by Integrative Therapeutics.

  3. Adaptogenic Herbs – Adaptogens are herbs that support endocrine and immune functions as well as to defend the body from the ravaging effects of chronic stress. Adaptogenic herbs, often referred to as tonics, enhance the body’s ability to adapt to and cope with mental, physical, and metabolic stress. Healthy adrenal gland function is essential to many physiological functions including energy generation and immune response. Adaptogens are traditionally used to increase energy, enhance stamina, and reinforce the entire endocrine system including both the thyroid and pituitary glands.  My favorite product is a mix of adaptogens called “Adaptogen” by Restorative Formulations.

Insomnia (Sleeplessness)

Insomnia is a sleep disorder. It may cause a number of sleep problems including trouble falling asleep, waking in the middle of the night, or waking very early in the morning. It may also be a sleep that is not restful. Insomnia can be a short-term problem, or it can be chronic. Chronic insomnia lasts for more than 4 weeks.

Insomnia can occur for many reasons. Short-term insomnia is often caused by temporary situations or problems with the environment. They may include:

  • A life crisis or stress, including the loss of a life partner, divorce, or loss of a job
  • Environmental noise
  • Extreme temperatures, such as a room that is too hot or too cold
  • Change in the surrounding environment
  • Sleep/wake schedule problems, such as those due to jet lag

There may be no clear reason for chronic insomnia. It may also be due to other medical or psychiatric conditions. Examples of conditions that can lead to sleep problems include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Heart disease
  • Asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Sleep apnea
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or ulcer
  • Chronic pain

There are steps you can take to improve your chance of a good night’s rest. You may be advised to reduce intake of certain items or avoid them to see if your sleep improves. You may be asked to:

  • Reduce or avoid caffeine, especially late in the day.
  • Reduce or avoid alcohol and avoid drug use.
  • Quit smoking. If you smoke, avoid doing so near bedtime.
  • Avoid eating or drinking close to bedtime.

Your sleep habits can also affect how well you sleep. Steps that may help you sleep better include:

  • Go to bed and wake up at the same time each day.
  • If you must take naps, keep them short.
  • Only use the bedroom for sleep or sex. Avoid watching TV or worrying in bed.
  • Keep your bedroom at a comfortable temperature and dark. Minimize disruptions, such as pets.
  • If you work at night and sleep during the day, make sure to block daylight from the room. Decrease the amount of noise. Use a fan to block out noise.

Some people use the herb valerian to reduce insomnia. Others take melatonin.

Quality sleep is essential to both mental and physical well-being.

 

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS): Infectious Causes

Despite a vigorous search, scientists have not yet identified what causes CFS. While a single cause for CFS may yet be identified, another possibility is that CFS has multiple causes. Conditions that have been studied to determine if they cause or trigger the development of CFS include infections, immune disorders, stress, trauma, and toxins.

Infection

Various types of infections have been studied to determine if they might cause or trigger CFS:

  • Epstein-Barr virus infection, also known as mononucleosis
  • Human herpesvirus 6 infection, a virus that can cause problems for people with impaired immune systems, such as AIDS patients or organ transplant recipients taking immune-suppressant drugs
  • Enterovirus infection, a type of virus that enters through the gastrointestinal track and can have no symptoms, mild flu-like symptoms, or rarely severe and even deadly symptoms
  • Rubella, a viral infection also known as German measles
  • Candida albicans, a fungus that causes yeast infections
  • Bornaviruses, which cause borna disease, an infectious neurological syndrome
  • Mycoplasma, a cause of atypical pneumonia
  • Ross River virus, which causes Ross River Fever, a mosquito-borne tropical disease
  • Coxiella burnetti, the agent that causes Q fever
  • Human retrovirus infection, such as HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, or xenotropic murine leukemia virus-related virus (XMRV), a gammaretrovirus

The cause of CFS is unknown, but the condition may be related to infection with effects on the immune system. Several viruses have been studied as possible causes of CFS, but no cause-and-effect relationship has been discovered.

Pregnenolone Hormone Testing

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What if I told you there was a “fountain of youth” supplement that promotes mood and memory and improves energy levels?  Well, there is and it is called pregnenolone.  Pregnenolone is known as the mother hormone because it helps to make DHEA, estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone, and like those hormones, its levels decline with age.  By the age of 75, most people’s production of pregnenolone has dropped by 65% compared to when they were 35.  Pregnenolone is extremely important for memory, so it is often replaced.  Like DHEA, pregnenolone can be obtained without a prescription in the United States, however patients should be encouraged not to take it unless they have sub-optimal pregnenolone blood levels.  Pregnenolone balances the nervous system, increases resistance to stress, improves physical and mental energy, enhances nerve transmission and memory, and reduces pain and inflammation!  Yes, it does all of those things!  Pregnenolone is used in the treatment of arthritis, depression, memory loss, fatigue, and moodiness. You can have too much pregnenolone, just like any other hormone, and too much causes acne and drowsiness.

For those who want to start the upcoming new year with more energy, vitality, and optimum health, I am offering Pregnenolone Hormone testing at a special rate.  Optimum Health Options uses Quest Diagnostics as our lab service provider, so you can have this done at your local Quest Diagnostics!  The usual price is $129, but until the end of the year, I am offering this testing for $109! 

To take advantage of this offer, click the button below and proceed through the order process.  On January 1, 2017, this price will go back up to $129, so act quick and save $20!

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New Fibromyalgia and Fatigue Discussion Forum

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Hi, folks! There is a brand new fibromyalgia and fatigue discussion forum in the menu above (http://bit.ly/2eUeGB2).  If you could, post in one of the forums. One lucky poster will be chosen at random on December 20, 2016, by Steel City Webs, to win a container of End Fatigue Daily Energy Enfusion Revitalizing Multivitamin Powder (berry or citrus), a $53 value, for participating in the new forum. My goal is to create a 100% free community where people support, inform, and help each other to deal with these serious illnesses. Share this link with your friends and family!

Yeast Overgrowth

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A yeast (fungus) called Candida albicans lives in your gastrointestinal tract. That’s normal and not a problem — until there’s too much of it, which then becomes a condition called “yeast overgrowth.”  When there is an overgrowth of billions of unnecessary yeast, your gastrointestinal tract turns into a churning fermentation tank. These yeast also weaken the immune system.  Yeast overgrowth is common and can be a contributing cause or result of chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia.

Normal bowel microflora, such as Lactobacilli and Bifidobacteria species, support healthy gastrointestinal function through numerous mechanisms. These probiotic bacteria contribute to a healthy intestinal environment by helping maintain an optimal pH and producing important nutrients and enzymes. However, everyday factors such as poor diet, stress, and travel can disrupt healthy intestinal microflora, contributing to yeast overgrowth. Probiotic Pearls were developed by Integrative Therapeutics to help maintain a healthy balance of beneficial bacteria the body needs, supporting digestive function, and providing immune support.

In order for a probiotic supplement to be truly effective in the body, it must utilize a delivery form that protects the live, active cultures from a wide array of damaging, ever-present environmental factors. Probiotic Pearls accomplish this with a novel encapsulating process, known as True Delivery Technology. This patented, triple-layer coating system results in a convenient, one-of-a-kind delivery form that protects the vulnerable probiotics within from heat, moisture, oxygen, and stomach acid. True Delivery Technology guarantees that active cultures survive stomach acid, arrive in the intestines, and remain alive for exceptional support.

Take one capsule daily, with water or your favorite beverage. May be taken with or without food. Do not chew or crush.  When taken daily, Probiotic Pearls promote digestive renewal.  They combat yeast overgrowth and optimize and nourish your immune system, which in turn, prevents, reduces, and/or reverses chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia.

DHEA and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

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People with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) often feel so tired that they cannot do even half of their normal daily activities. The feeling does not go away, even with more rest. Twice as many women as men are diagnosed with CFS, and it is more common in people over age 40. It may last a month, a couple of years, or many years. Sometimes symptoms come and go.

Although researchers are not sure what causes CFS, there are ways to manage symptoms so you can still do the things you enjoy.

One way is by using a supplement known as DHEA, a hormone produced by the body that may improve energy levels. Your body uses DHEA to make testosterone and estrogen. It is truly a hormone rather than a supplement.

DHEA levels normally decline with age. Patients often feel much better when their DHEA levels are brought to the mid-normal range consistent with a 29 year old.

As too high a level can cause acne or darkening of facial hair, it is good to have the blood levels monitored by a Fibromyalgia and Fatigue Wellness Coach. Many products have no effect on raising low blood levels (i.e., do not contain DHEA as they claim), so the brand pictured above is recommended.

For adult males above the age of 19, the recommended daily dosage of DHEA is 50 mg, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. For females above the age of 19, the recommended daily dosage is 25 mg. The center recommends that females with anorexia and adrenal insufficiency take 50 mg of the hormone daily.

Will you give DHEA a trial to see if it improves your energy levels?

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Irritable Bowel? Check Out Vitamin D3

 

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Irritable bowel syndrome is a chronic disorder of the gastrointestinal tract that disrupts the lives of the 20-45 million people in the U.S. alone who suffer from it. Symptoms of pain and discomfort caused by bloating, mind gas, ask constipation, diarrhea and the urgency to find the nearest bathroom interfere with their quality of life on a daily basis. If you’ve ever experienced these symptoms for even the briefest time, you have a small glimpse of what it’s like to have your life taken over by your “second brain”.

There’s help — according to a new study published this month which links low vitamin D levels with severity of symptoms in irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Researcher Dr. Bernard Corfe of the University of Sheffield Molecular Gastroenterology Research Group found 82% with IBS low in vitamin D. While Dr. Corfe noted that there is no single cause or cure for IBS, he suggests his data provides “new insights on the condition and potentially a new way to manage it”. He further suggests anyone with IBS check their vitamin D3 status and supplement if necessary.

Researchers of a previously published study in March of 2015 came to a similar conclusion: “Our study shows that vitamin D deficiency is highly prevalent in patients with IBS and these results seem to have therapeutic implications. Vitamin D supplementation could play a therapeutic role in the control of IBS”.

What’s more, Vitamin D3 could be an effective and low cost therapy for IBS. If you are really low, you may want to opt for 5,000 IUs a day; otherwise Vitamin D3 2,000 IUs a day is a typical daily dose. The D3 form is more bioavailable, which is important in IBS, given that absorption is via the GI tract whose function — one which is helping your body absorb nutrients — may already be compromised.

It’s easy to check your D status with a blood test. The “normal” for a serum blood level of vitamin D3 is 30 ng/mL; however, many people feel better when their level is around 50 ng/mL. Work with your doctor to find what’s best for you.

If you have IBS and try Vitamin D3 and find it helpful, let me know! Others will be glad to hear about your experience.

How Lavender (Lavandula Angustifola) Works

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Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) is a member of the Lamiaceae (Mint) family. Other members of the mint family include rosemary, sage, peppermint, skullcap, and catnip. Botanical characteristics of lavender include a stalk that is square and simple with irregular flowers. The calyx or sepals is five-toothed and two-lipped. The calyx (bud) is the tubular structure that remains to produce seed. The calyx color is what gives dried lavender buds their color. It flowers between July and September and the seeds ripen between August and October.
 
Synapse Graphic for Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)Lavender is considered easy to cultivate especially for someone who is new to growing a medicinal garden. Stem-cutting is one method of propagation. Lavender flowers contain volatile oil containing linalyl acetate and linalool, geraniol, cineole, imonene, and sesquiterpenes.
 
The purported therapeutic actions of lavender are as a carminative which means it affects gastrointestinal gas production. It also affects muscle tension and mood. Lavender is thought to dilate capillaries and increase blood circulation via topical application and inhalation, provide gastric soothing properties, and is additionally categorized as a nervine meaning it supports the nervous system. Interestingly, the essential oil of lavender is noted in the Materia medica as one phytotherapeutic not to be used internally. However, newer research offers a contrary point of view with human clinical trials supporting the use of oral lavender essential oil.
 
The mechanism of how oral lavender works is a matter of conflict. In contrast to initial speculations that the anxiolytic action of lavender oil is caused by an effect on the GABAA receptors similar to conventional agents a more recent study did not identify any interaction of oral lavender to known targets of conventional agents such as the GABAA-receptor, norepinephrine, serotonin, dopamine transporters, or monoamine-oxidase-A (MAO-A). Instead, oral lavender caused a potent inhibition of voltage dependent calcium channels (VDCCs) in synaptosomes.
 
Voltage-dependent calcium channels regulate the intracellular calcium concentration and contribute thereby to calcium signaling. The opening of these channels is primarily regulated by the membrane potential, but is also modulated by a wide variety of hormones, protein kinases, protein phosphatases, toxins, and drugs. These channels are an essential part of many excitable and non-excitable cells.
 
The term “synaptosome” was first mentioned in a paper published in 1964. Synaptosomes are membranous sacs that contain synaptic components. They contain the complete presynaptic terminal, including mitochondria and synaptic vesicles, along with the postsynaptic membrane and the postsynaptic density (PSD).
 
The primary action of lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) which supports mood is thought to take place in hippocampal neurons. This mechanism of action when stated in this way may sound familiar to conventional agents which are known to support comfort. However, upon closer evaluation, it is now known that the mechanism of action of lavender is, in fact, unique as it does not bind to certain binding sites that the conventional agents do.
 
The stress response of the central nervous system and of the hippocampus in particular where the inhibition by oral lavender was shown to be mainly mediated via N-type and P/Q-type VDCCs is linked to mood.* In another clinical trial in healthy volunteers, oral lavender significantly reduced the serotonin-1A receptor (5-HT1A) binding potential in the brain clusters encompassing the temporal gyrus, the fusiform gyrus, the hippocampus, the insula, and the anterior cingulate cortex.