Full of Energy Again!
Are you ready to hear the number one top challenge facing sufferers of Chronic Inflammatory Pain when trying to treat it naturally?
The top challenge facing suffers of Chronic Inflammatory Pain when trying to treat it naturally is overcoming Chronic Fatigue.
How can you overcome Chronic Fatigue?
What can you do when your “get up and go”, got up and went without you?
Today is your lucky day, because I am ready to share that with you right here, right now!
But first, if you haven’t already read the first two emails, The Top 3 Natural Treatments for Inflammation That Really Work, and How to Find a Medical Team that is Open to Natural Treatment, here are the links to my blog posts:
When it comes to chronic fatigue, the situation is difficult but not as difficult as you may think. If you have read the first email, you already know the 3 Biggies for fighting inflammation are Proper Nutrition, Hydration, and Activity.
To fight fatigue and win, I will share 7 Winning Tips with you focusing on the 3 Biggies for fighting inflammation (Nutrition, Hydration, and Activity).
She arrived in my office in pain with swollen joints and chronic fatigue, after a referral from Dr. Mills, her rheumatologist. After the consultation, she went home and started implementing all the recommendations given (See 3 Natural Treatments link above).
What were her results? She wrote in an email that she entitled, “Full of Energy Again!”
Here are her own words:
"The first month was very hard. I drastically cut back on meat consumption and cut out dairy completely. I thought about cheese every single day. I struggled with cravings for sugar and junk food, but about 3 weeks into the plan, my swelling all but disappeared. I realized that while I had focused on the swelling in my hands and knees because that’s where the pain was the worst, I actually had swelling all over, from my jaw to my ankles. And it just went away. Cravings or no cravings, that was motivating.
The hunger and cravings lessened during the second month and now are completely gone. At the end of the second month, I noticed that my energy levels were higher than they had been in years. Years ago, when I tried to lose weight, I had to work out hard to drop very many pounds.
Since starting this plan, I’ve only walked and gardened, but about 50 pounds have fallen off.
I never dreamed I’d have results like this in a matter of months. I took the stairs at work several times this week. Two to three months ago, that was not an option. The swelling in my knees would have had me clinging to the railing, stepping sideways on each step, and then limping for a few days afterward when my swelling increased even more. I know this from the few times the elevator was down over the last year. The difference is amazing. I also have no swelling, no fatigue, and little to no pain. I have my life back!”
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Seven Winning Tips for Fighting Fatigue
1. Get Regularly Active. I know you have no energy. But laying around or staying in bed only zaps even more of the little energy reserve you have. But you can get outside and get some movement and create endorphins (the feel-good neurotransmitters) and if you get in the sun, you can also absorb melatonin for better sleep at night. You can start by simply marching in place for two minutes or put on your favorite music and direct the band for two minutes. This is a good start and then you can go back to resting. Just two minutes every hour during waking hours will get you 30 minutes of movement. Set a time for every hour to remind you to move for just two minutes. When you can move for two-minutes more easily, move the time up to 2.25 minutes and keep increasing as tolerated. This will improve blood circulation which will fight inflammation.
2. Eat 2-3 servings of green leafy vegetables, such as spinach, kale, collard, parsley, cilantro, nettle, dandelion, etc. These are high in potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron, and vitamin C, all essential minerals for the cells to be able to create energy. Try to get a serving of these at each meal (for breakfast you can do a green smoothie, or scrambled tofu with spinach, parsley, cilantro, dandelion and/or nettle. For lunch try a spinach salad or sauteed spinach with garlic and artichoke. For supper try a kale salad or cooked collards with nutritional yeast.)
3. Eat foods that have high water, high fiber content (such as cooked whole grains, fruits and vegetables, boiled beans). These are the foods that help fight inflammation more than any other food, the more you stick to these food categories, the better you will feel and the more energy you will have.
4. Try to stick with 2-3 meals a day, without snacking between meals. Snacking interrupts the digestive cycle and creates inflammation, which can eventually lead to fatigue.
5. Nuts and seeds tend to be high in Magnesium as well. Try to get in one-quarter cup of nuts a day (more is not necessary or helpful unless you are very active).
6. Stay hydrated. Fatigue will set in anytime we are dehydrated. You can stay hydrated with water. I have found most people do not drink enough, and that most people do not eat enough fruits and vegetables and therefore are quite deficient in most of the essential minerals.
To help you with energy and hydration try the following recipe.
In a 2-quart jar or pitcher add:
1 lemon, juiced.
1 cup fresh nettle or 2 Tablespoons dried nettle leaves.
1 cup fresh dandelion or 2 Tablespoons dried dandelion leaves.
1 cup fresh red clover flowers or 2 Tablespoons dried red clover flowers.
2-inches fresh American ginseng root or 2 Tablespoons dried American ginseng root.
For hot tea, pour boiling water over herbs and steep for at least 10 minutes. Strain off herbs and enjoy throughout the day. Try to have it all before 6 pm.
For cold tea, pour cold water over herbs and allow to set overnight. In the morning, strain off herbs and enjoy throughout the day. Try to have it all before 6 pm.
7. Get Regular Sleep Hours. Try to go to bed at the same time every night and get out of bed at the same time every morning. This will help the body establish regular circadian rhythms and can go a long way to getting proper rest and combating fatigue.
*Sara is her real name and it is used with permission.
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