Do These Three Things to Fight Fatigue and Brain FogPosted at December 15, 2015 by Ava Wynne on category Health
Sorry guys to keep you waitin’ on my top three tips to fight fatigue and to combat brain fog. I’ve been busy fighting fatigue (lol). Anyway, shall we get to it? I say we shall.
These three steps help kick up my energy and increase my focus. When I don’t consistently do them my productivity drops like flies (eewww).
Some of these you may not like but keep an open mind and give it a try, if only for just a week. Keep in mind the longer you try them, the more effective, and the sooner you’ll see a shift in your energy and clarity.
- Give up coffee. There, I said it. Now after you calm down and stop screaming at me via your electronic device, consider the facts. First let me say I’m aware there are numerous studies that proclaim the benefits of caffeine. Caffeine has been shown to improve energy, concentration, and even aid in weight loss. And I’m also aware that about 68% of Americans consider themselves addicted to the delectable brew. So why give it up?
Because too much of a good thing ain’t good. And, too much coffee can exhaust the adrenal glands.
What the hell is an adrenal gland you say? Defined by the National Institute of Health, “Adrenal glands are small glands located on top of the kidneys. They produce hormones you can’t live without including sex hormones and cortisol. Cortisol helps you to respond to stress and has many other important functions”. To find out if your adrenals are burned out, you can take this quiz: http://drhyman.com/blog/2013/09/17/push-pause-button-adrenal-burnout/?form_submit=success
According to Dr. Josh Axe, adrenal overload or adrenal burnout can show up looking like:
- Trouble waking up
- Muscle weakness
- Poor focus
- Decreased libido
- Cravings for sugar
- Weight gain
- Increased allergies
- Muscle tension
If you’re a regular or heavy coffee drinker and you’ve got any of these symptoms then it’s time to consider giving up coffee and give your adrenal glands a much needed rest.
You don’t have to give it up for the rest of your life, just 21 days, or two weeks, or even a week.
Your adrenals would have the opportunity to rest and to function for your body more the way they’re supposed to.
Try it for a week and see how you feel. I’m telling you, it’s been a huge part in helping me to have more energy. I use to average two cups of coffee about five to six days a week, and I’ve noticed much more energy since I’ve stopped drinking coffee regularly.
Every now and then I have a craving for a nice hot cup of brew so I allow myself the indulgence. But if I get greedy and go for a second or third day of coffee my body puts up the “stop” sign by giving symptoms of brain fog and fatigue and soon after I begin to feel like crap. So, it’s worth a try, trust me.
- Take Bacopa Monnieri. I know what you’re thinking. Ba what? Bacopa Monnieri is a perennial herb and has been used in India for traditional and medicinal purposes for thousands of years but also is commonly used in China, Taiwan, as well as in the United States. It also has origins in Ayurvedic medicine.
There have been numerous studies on this herb. Two studies done in both Australia and the U.S. showed “Bacopa improved study subjects’ ability to retain new information and helped them improve their visual processing speed in as little as three weeks”.
I’m telling you, taking this supplement has helped me so much and if I run out I begin to feel the difference in about ten days. Also, I prefer the extract as I believe the extract is more effective.
- Take Rhodiola Roscea. Aw man, another vitamin you say. You’re darn tootin! I love this supplement and when I don’t have it my energy levels suffer. I’m not exaggerating.
Rhodiola is a plant and the root is what’s used as a supplement. It’s used to increase stamina, strength, and mental capacity, and has also been used to curb depression, high cholesterol, diabetes and even liver damage.
Try one or all of these tips in your daily life. I can tell you that each one will and can make a significant difference if you just give them a try.
Be sure to check with your doctor before starting any exercise or vitamin program.