Fatigue can be a symptom of many illnesses, such as infections or psychological disorders.  If you feel tired all the time (chronically) it could be a sign of an underlying illness or it could be chronic fatigue syndrome.  The main symptom of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a devastating tiredness or exhaustion that has lasted at least 6 months and does not improve much with rest. This fatigue is so severe that it interferes with your work, your play, and your social activities. The fatigue and other symptoms described below may begin suddenly or they may develop gradually over weeks or months.

If you suffer from fatigue and four of the symptoms below-you may have CFS.  The other symptoms include sore throat, loss of memory or concentration, enlarged lymph nodes in neck or armpits, unrefreshing sleep, joint pain without swelling or redness, unexplained muscle pain, headaches that are different from ones you’ve experienced before, and extreme exhaustion lasting more than 24 hours after physical or mental exercise.  After reviewing the symptoms, whether you think you have CFS or just suffer from fatigue, you can treat it naturally. 

Supplying your body with proper nutrition is an essential natural treatment for chronic fatigue.  Including plenty of fiber, omega 3’s and healthy liquids in your diet may help to relieve symptoms of chronic fatigue as well as a variety of other ailments.  Things like skipping meals or not getting adequate amounts of sleep regularly can wipe you out as well.  But beyond the basics of a healthy diet and regular exercise, there are natural alternatives for treating fatigue. 

Ginseng is an herb that has been used in Asia for centuries to increase energy and combat fatigue. A survey of 155 people by researchers at the University of Iowa with persistent fatigue found that ginseng was considered one of the more helpful treatments, with 56% of people who used ginseng rating it as effective.

Vitamin B3 contains a naturally occurring molecule, Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide (NADH), that performs the important function of converting proteins, carbohydrates and fats into energy.  Getting adequate  amounts of vitamin B3 is essential for cellular energy production.

Magnesium deficiency alone can result in chronic fatigue syndrome.  Symptoms of magnesium deficiency include fatigue, weakness, irritability, mental confusion, muscle cramps, and insomnia.  Low levels of magnesium have also been found in people suffering from chronic fatigue.

The average person needs at least eight glasses of water a day.  Dehydration can lead to fatigue.  To get sufficient amount of water, take a bottle of spring water with you to work, at your office, in your car, when you work out and do errands.

Increase your intake of Potassium by eating foods like grains, beans, bananas, sunflower seeds and lean meats.  Potassium is an essential mineral the body needs to help in metabolism. A delicate balance must be obtained in order for the body to function properly and at optimum levels. Too much or too little of potassium and the whole mechanism is thrown off track.

Alpha Lipoic Acid ( ALA) helps to convert glucose into usable energy. It is a potent antioxidant and is considered as the master antioxidant. ALA is found in most food but at low levels. To take advantage of the benefits of ALA, take it in the form of supplements.

Co-enzyme Q10 is an essential component of mitochondria, the powerhouse of every cell.  It facilitates the conversion of fats into energy. If you eat a balance diet of meat, fish, nuts, seeds, beans and wide variety of vegetables, you should not be deficient in co-enzyme Q10.

Whether you consult a doctor and find that you have CFS or just feel tired all the time-arm yourself with the knowledge of what will help you battle fatigue.

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