We all seem to fight off fatigue, anxiety and depression. Many of us even have trouble sleeping even though we are exhausted. We wear our “busyness” like a badge of courage. The most prevalent causes can be overwhelming: parasites, chemical/heavy metal contamination, mineral imbalance, anemia (iron deficiency), smoking and excess alcohol.
People with lingering fatigue must often become detectives, gathering clues about the roots of their distress until the mystery of “always tired” is solved. The four most important clues should begin with quality of sleep, nourishment, exercise and hydration. Those who wish to banish fatigue and regain normal energy should evaluate and consolidate these essentials before looking further.
- Sleep: Nothing depletes daytime energy and overall health more quickly than insufficient or non-restorative sleep. Experts advise seven to eight hours of sleep every night on schedule, a comfortable mattress, a sufficiently dark, cool room with all electronic devices turned off and away from the bed. If sleep apnea is a possible complication, a CPAP device can be used to keep airways open to prevent sleep disruption. Working nights or rotating shifts requires special care for keeping circadian rhythms in proper order.
- Nourishment: Another top cause of fatigue is lack of adequate nutrition or a regime of junk food that causes blood sugar swings, indigestion and allergies. A consistently healthy diet with plenty of high quality protein, vegetables, low glycemic fruits and non-gluten grains provide the hormonal and metabolic balance needed for adequate daytime fuel and a smooth transition to night time relaxation. Avoid as much as possible caffeine, which over stimulates, then wears off to cause an energy crash. Don’t forget to replenish daily the beneficial bacteria (probiotics) which ensure a smoothly running GI tract and resistance to unwelcome invaders. A quality multivitamin and mineral supplement is a fundamental part of proper nutrition these days.
- Exercise: A consistent routine of moderate daily exercise supports sound, non-interrupted sleep while helping to maintain proper body weight, blood sugar balance and immunity. Brisk walking for thirty minutes a day is ideal for most people. Yoga and light resistance training are also fatigue fighters.
- Hydration: Hydration with pure water and nourishing beverages, including herbal teas and a is essential. Drinking half the body’s weight in ounces each day keeps circulation and digestion in good order. Hydration is vital for preventing the buildup of toxins that can thicken the blood, impede bodily functions and damage tissues.
More Serious Causes of Fatigue
Many people who reorganize sleep habits, improve nutrition, find the discipline to exercise daily and stop neglecting hydration find that troublesome fatigue effectively disappears. However, others must to continue on with their sleuthing to find additional solutions. Here are three of the key conditions that lead to persistent lack of energy and crushing tiredness:
An estimated eighty percent of adults may experience adrenal fatigue, yet it remains one of the most under-diagnosed illnesses, particularly among women. The adrenal glands, sitting atop the kidneys, produce vital hormones to help us cope with stress. They also keep blood glucose in balance. When the adrenals aren’t able to keep up with these tasks, adrenal fatigue sets.The symptoms of adrenal burnout include: feeling overwhelmed by stress, extra fatigue in the morning and afternoon; belly fat (stimulated by high cortisol); chronic low blood pressure; cravings
for salt, sugar and caffeine; circles and bags under the eyes; cold sensitivity; low stamina and slow recovery.Ways to reverse adrenal fatigue include: ramping up sleep time; reducing both physical and emotional stress; adopting a protein-rich, low carb diet to keep blood sugars in balance; replenishing vital minerals, including sodium, magnesium, potassium and calcium and rebalancing the body’s pH (it should be between 6 and 6.8) by avoiding acidifying (sugary) foods and beverages. The supplement Adrenal Formula taken at 7 am, 11 am and 3 pm can be the most fortifying suggestion of all for burned out and exhausted adrenals.
The thyroid gland is indispensable for virtually all bodily functions. It regulates how fast the body converts fuel into energy for metabolism. An underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism) leads to unwanted weight gain and serious loss of energy. Other symptoms of underactive thyroid are: dry skin, thinning of the outer margins of the eyebrows, subtle accumulation of fluid in the ankles, constipation, lack of sweating, high cholesterol and a morning body temperature of under 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit.
Leading causes of hypothyroidism are: wheat flour with bromide additive, fluoridated or chlorinated water, heavy metals toxicity and a lack of iodine in the diet. Detoxing the body, avoiding
thyroid-depressing chemicals and metals (including lead, cadmium and mercury) and adding a daily iodine supplement like Iodoral is essential.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)
Chronic Fatigue is a condition of severe fatigue and lack of stamina that is not resolved by rest. It greatly limits the ability to perform ordinary daily activities.
Symptoms include: feeling unwell for more than 24 after physical activity, muscle pain, cognitive dysfunction, headaches, joint pain, sleep problems, sore throat and tender lymph nodes. There is no lab test or biomarker for CHS and the medical community continues to investigate the triggers for this syndrome. Some of the symptoms suggest a possible stealth infection.
Interestingly, the Mayo Clinic reports that a number of natural remedies have shown encouraging results in preliminary tests, although there have been no follow-up studies. These remedies include: magnesium, a combination of fish oil and evening primrose oil, melatonin, NADH, coenzyme Q10, L-carnitine and D-ribose. I would also suggest magnesium (like Mag-Key) at 5 mg for every pound of body weight.
The Strange but True Electromagnetic Connection to Fatigue
There is growing awareness in research communities that electromagnetic fields, especially those encountered from wireless technologies, can induce severe fatigue for a number of reasons.
Kinesiology and other types of energy testing indicate that when a person is in bodily contact with an operating wireless device, such as a mobile phone or tablet computer, vital energy is radically drained until the device is turned off and removed from the body. Kinesiology shows that people are also energetically weak in an environment irradiated with Wi-Fi signals.
This energy drain may be partly due to the way wireless microwave signals interfere with proper blood flow and heart function. Dr. Magda Havas, Ph. D., a professor of environmental science at Trent University in Ontario, Canada, has produced research showing that human red blood cells immediately clump together (agglutinate) when the body is microwaved with wireless signals. Blood agglutination prevents normal blood flow and is considered a biomarker for many pathological conditions.
Dr. Havas has published a study showing that forty percent of people irradiated by a cordless phone emitting 2.45 gigahertz microwaves immediately suffer manifestations of abnormal heart function, including altered heart beat and diminished heart rate variability. Other recent medical research reports that wireless microwaves cause structural damage to mitochondria, the energy engines within our cells. In addition, comprehensive studies show that both extremely low frequencies [ELF] and high-frequency microwave radiation radically interfere with the body’s production of melatonin, a hormone vital for restorative sleep and tissue repair. Melatonin is a free radical scavenger critical for protection from breast cancer.
New research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Pediatrics documents the many ways that wireless devices disrupt sleep, resulting daytime fatigue, especially in children. Wireless devices psychologically over-stimulate the brain which affects circadian rhythms, sleep cycles, memory and alertness. Chronic sleep disturbances in children have adverse effects on health, weight, immune function, growth, ability to learn and mental health. This study found that sleep is significantly disturbed by the mere presence of wireless devices in the bedroom. Mobile phones and tablets constantly propagate microwave signals to make contact with cell towers, even when they are not in use. A cordless phone base propagates powerful microwave radiation as long as it is plugged into the wall. Wi-Fi signals beaming from security and entertainment systems, plus baby monitors, can greatly disrupt restorative sleep. For all of these reasons, any device or system that propagates wireless microwaves should absolutely be removed from bedrooms.
Overall Products that Combat Fatigue From Whatever the Source
For the adrenals…
1. Powdered Greens
UNI KEY’s Daily Greens Formula contains 11 energizing supergreens in a powder that mixes easily with liquid and smoothies. Greens contain chlorophyll, similar in chemical structure to hemoglobin. Chlorophyll is a strong antioxidant with documented anticancer effects.
2. Adrenal Glandular
UNI KEY’s Adrenal Formula contains bovine adrenal, spleen and liver glandulars, along with important revitalizing nutrients, including vitamin C, pantothenic acid, zinc, vitamin B6, vitamin A, and tyrosine. Adrenal glandular extract from clean, healthy animals carries the DNA/RNA blueprint of the adrenal gland that can facilitate healing and repair.
For thyroid support:
Iodoral contains both iodine and potassium iodide, similar to Lugol’s solution. This formula provides sustenance for the thyroid gland while it balances other bodily functions. Iodoral can turn off estrogen receptor sites in the breast, decreasing risk of breast cancer. One to four tablets is recommended.
UNI KEY’s Ultra H-3 is a unique procaine formulation that works its magic by repairing old and damaged cell membranes so that they can absorb nutrients and rebuild themselves, from the inside out. Ultra H-3 is one of UNI KEY’s most popular supplements with numerous people reporting increased energy, improved sleep, better mental clarity, relief from aches and pains and faster healing.
For Sleep Support:
UNI KEY’s Melatonin is time-released, containing 3 mg of melatonin with added selenium, zinc and manganese for optimum antioxidant protection. It resets the body’s biological clock and helps regulate sleep/wake cycles for more restful sleep.
1. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Answers from Brent A. Bauer, M.D., Mayo Clinic.
2. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Mitochondrial Dysfunction, Myhill et. al., International Journal of Clinical Medicine, (2009) 2, 1-16.
3. Watch a dark field microscope demonstration of how microwave radiation effects red blood cells on YouTube: Smart Meter Trauma to Red Blood Cells, September 28, 2013.
4. “Radiation from Wireless Technology Affects the Blood, the Heart, and the Autonomic Nervous System,” Magda Havas, Review of Environmental Health, 2013; 28 (2-3):75-84.
5. Xu et al., “Exposure to 1800 MHZ radiofrequency Radiation Induces Oxidated Damage to Mitochondrial DNA in Primary Cultured Brain Neurons,” Brain Research, 2010; 1311:189-196.
6. Evidence for Breast Cancer Promotion: Melatonin Studies in Cells and Animal, BioIniative Report, 2012.
7. Association Between Portable Screen-Based Media Device Access or Use and Sleep Outcomes: A Systemic Review and Meta-analysis,” Carter et. al., JAMA Pediatr. 2016; 170 (12):1202-1208.