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.

 

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.

Sweet Potato Smoothie Recipe

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One of the most common causes of fibromyalgia is chronic inflammation.

By keeping inflammation in check, you’ll boost your liver and heart health, lower your risk for Alzheimer’s disease and certain types of cancer, and restore lost mobility to stiff, sore joints.

Because chronic inflammation is such a widespread problem today, you’ll find dozens of drugs available to manage this condition. But for many people drugs aren’t the answer. They prefer natural remedies instead.

This sweet potato smoothie is a delicious way to keep chronic inflammation at bay.

The sweet potatoes in this recipe are rich in beta-carotene, manganese, and fiber which help reduce inflammation.

Turmeric is one of the most powerful all-natural anti-inflammatories around.

And cinnamon can help curb tissue-damaging post-meal blood-sugar surges.

Sweet Potato Smoothie

Prep time: 2 minutes                  Serves: 1

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup sweet potatoes, cooked and mashed
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • Ice, to taste

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients into a blender or food processor.
  2. Mix at high until smooth.
  3. Pour into a tall glass and enjoy immediately!

The Legs of Fibromyalgia and Myofascial Pain

lgimage_29291Do your fibro legs deal you fits? Door jams reach out and grab you, leaving mysterious bruises, right? We have come to dub these instances as the fibro effects. But, is there something we can do to minimize the fall out of this trait?

Symptoms 
Do you feel as if you are stepping on pins and needles when getting out of bed and/or experience:

  • Achilles tendon tightness
  • ankle pain and/or weakness
  • buckling knees
  • bunion
  • calf pain
  • cramping of muscles
  • difficulty navigating stairs
  • foot drop
  • foot pain
  • heel pain
  • knee pain
  • leg pain
  • Morton’s foot
  • unexplained neuropathies
  • restless leg syndrome (RLS)
  • shin splint-like pain
  • thigh pain
  • toe pain

Did you know periodic limb movement associated with RLS and fibro share disruption of brain signaling? Did you know myofascial pain from the peripheral nervous system bombards the central nervous system, contributing to wind-up?

Equilibrium Restoration
Many things can contribute to our leg pain, disturbed gait, and other unusual symptoms. Dysfunction of the muscles in the legs affects not only our feet, but our ankles, knees and legs as well. It contributes to hip, buttock, pelvis, and low back pain too. And, there are things we can do to restore function and help our body find balance.

The Leg
Muscles in the upper leg have exceptional work to perform. For instance, the hamstring (a powerhouse muscle group) is responsible for standing and walking. It does a significant amount of 1) muscle work and 2) repetitive action. When these two things are present, so is the risk of myofascial trigger points (TrPs), which are knotted up pieces of muscle fiber in a taut band of muscle that shortens the muscle causing dysfunction and pain.

Our lower leg has eleven muscles, including the foot and ankle that work in tandem to allow for locomotion and balance. Therefore, pain in the feet and ankles may not be coming from TrPs.

In this example, you massage your feet and soak them in Epsom salts, but nothing seems to help. It could be your foot/feet are in the referral pattern of TrPs in other compensating muscles. Until all trigger points are identified and treated, your foot or ankle pain won’t go away.

Joints
Our joints need equalization to operate normally, and the presence of TrPs affects joint function. For instance, TrPs in muscle fibers extending to the knee cause misalignment, making the joint function like a sprung hinge.

Myofascial pain is not due to inflammation. If inflammation (heat, redness, and swelling) is present, it could be due to another problem that needs immediate attention.

Knowing Your Body
Get to know your body—feel around. Do you notice the telltale signs of a trigger point? In average size muscles, it will feel like a pea. If you press on it, the pain and its pattern are reproduced. Remember: If you find a TrP, treat it, whether it only hurts when you press it or not.

Perpetuating Factors

  • Physical anomalies, i.e. one leg shorter than the other, pelvic tilt, scoliosis, flat foot, high arches, hyper-mobile joints, etc.
  • Poor posture, i.e., hunching, leaning forward, misalignment
  • Sitting or laying without proper support
  • Prolonged sitting or crossing the legs
  • Prolonged contraction of muscles, i.e. bending or squatting
  • Not supporting joints, i.e. hanging your feet over the edge of a lounge chair or sitting in a chair that doesn’t let your feet touch the floor
  • Ill-fitting clothes and shoes
  • Over flexion, i.e. walking in sand or wearing flip-flops
  • Repetitive movement
  • Prolonged immobilization or sustained contraction, i.e. wearing hard-soled shoes or high heels
  • Straining or over stretching leg muscles, i.e. climbing a hill, or sustaining the downward facing dog yoga position for too long
  • Restriction of circulation, i.e. tight socks
  • Inactivity or over-activity
  • Chilling
  • Poor sleep posture
  • Other related disorders, such as dehydration, vitamin deficiencies, radiculopathy, tendonitis, or other health problems.

Treatment
Treatment includes avoiding perpetuating factors, managing contributing factors, and treating the TrPs with manual intervention.

Once you locate the TrP, apply about 70-80% direct pressure. Locally stretch the fibers affected to isolate the TrP and stabilize it. All trigger points need to be treated, even the ones that aren’t hurting unless you press on them. Drink plenty of water unless you have a condition that prevents it.

Massage therapy, active release therapy, and myofascial release are helpful when provided by a therapist that specializes in the myofascia. Trigger point injections along with self-treatment and guided stretches may be necessary.

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