Temporary loss of strength and energy resulting from hard
physical or mental work.
the dictionary definition of fatigue – a normal tiredness
resulting from exercise, work or using your brain. It’s
expected, and generally all that’s needed to recover from
fatigue is rest, especially sleep.
if, like many of us in this modern world, you feel tired much of
the time, regardless of physical or mental exertion? For many,
feeling tired is so commonplace that they accept it as natural.
There are, in fact, many reasons that the body may be fatigued –
some of them medical, some emotional, and many nutritional.
Feeling tired all the time is not normal. It may be an indicator
of another underlying illness, depression, stress, burnout at
work or a basic deficiency of some nutrient (or combination of
nutrients) that your body needs to fuel its activities.
is the natural result of depleting your body’s stores of energy
producing nutrients. Think of a car’s engine and all the
various fluids and processes required to make it go. Most
people think only of gasoline – but consider what happens if
your automobile runs low on oil. Because the motor has to work
harder, it begins to overheat. Because the car is running hot,
none of the systems that make your car go work quite right. If
you run your car low on oil for too long, you’ll completely burn
out the engine.
body is a million times more complex than an automobile. It
requires a precise combination of nutrients in the right
proportions to run at optimum condition. While the body’s
tolerances for deficiencies of any one of those nutrients are
wide, if you try to run it too long with low levels of any of
them, it will begin to show signs of wear. Fatigue is one of the
symptoms of depleted nutrients. Like your car, if you try to
keep running without meeting your body’s nutritional needs,
you’ll wind up feeling tired, fatigued and generally run down.
your car, when your body is working overtime just to meet its
minimum requirements, there’s nothing left to help it deal with
illness or stress. The most severe form of fatigue is known as
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome – a disorder that is characterized by
chronic, overwhelming fatigue, frequent illnesses and
unexplained pain. Fatigue may also be caused by depression or
other psychological disorders – many of which have now been
definitively linked to nutritional causes.
is characterized by a lack of energy and motivation. Unlike
drowsiness, which is your body’s signal that you need sleep,
fatigue is often accompanied by a general feeling of ‘heaviness’
or muscle aches and pains. Apathy, lethargy and general
feelings of being rundown are all common symptoms of fatigue.
depletes the body’s supply of nutrients has the capacity to
cause fatigue. The list of diseases and disorders that include
fatigue as a symptom include:
(sleep apnea, insomnia and other sleep disorders)
other eating disorders
Hay fever or
diseases such as lupus
Use of alcohol
or kidney disease
Treatments for Fatigue:
Obviously, the most effective treatment for fatigue is treating
the root cause. However, there are a number of nutritional
strategies, lifestyle changes and supplements that have proven
effective in reviving energy and combating fatigue even in
situations where the cause is chronic and can’t be immediately
Because proper nutrition is so important to your body’s
functioning, particularly when essential nutrients are being
depleted by an illness, many doctors recommend a nutritional
supplement that contains a full complement of B-complex
vitamins (including folic acid, niacin and thiamine) to
help your body deal with the added stresses.
Drink plenty of water. Marginal dehydration can
cause fatigue as your body doesn’t have enough of one of its
most essential nutrients.
body uses iron to create hemoglobin, needed to
transport oxygen to all of your muscles and organs.
Subclinical deficiencies of iron can result in nagging
fatigue even when anemia has not been diagnosed. Many
doctors recommend an iron supplement to combat and prevent
is necessary for your body to properly use the iron you take
in. In many cases of fatigue, there’s plenty of iron in the
diet, but a manganese deficiency prevents the body from
using it as needed.
is the one of the most commonly prescribed herbal
supplements for increasing energy. Siberian ginseng
stimulates the adrenal glands, resulting in an increase of
stress-fighting and energizing hormones.
royal jelly, two bee products, have been used for
centuries to boost energy and combat fatigue. Chemical
analyses of bee pollen show that bee pollen contains all the
essential nutrients to sustain human life.
often recommend a change in diet and lifestyle to help boost
energy and combat fatigue. The sun, fresh air and a
nutritionally sound diet can go a long way in alleviating
fatigue, whether it is due to illness, treatment for another
condition or depression.
latest fad in combating daily fatigue is the co-called ‘high
energy’ drinks that contain ginseng, B complex vitamins, green
tea – and a lot of sugar. The practice is akin to grabbing a
cup of coffee or a couple of caffeine tablets to get you through
the mid-afternoon slump. While the short-term effect is a
noticeable increase in energy levels, in the long term, the
energy drinks will play havoc with your body’s natural response
to fatigue. Instead, we recommend taking a daily supplement
Xtend-Life's Natural Energy with NZ Bee Pollen
to help maintain your levels of important hormones and enzymes
consistently and stop fatigue before it starts rather than
‘boosting’ your body out of a fatigued state once those
nutrients are depleted.