Beating fatigue naturally

Most people who feel fatigued regularly have an imbalance in stress hormones such as cortisol.

by Dr. Tara Peyman — 

So many of us wake up feeling tired, and struggle to find enough energy to simply get through the day. If you feel the need to drink one or more cups of coffee or energy drinks on a daily basis, you may be deficient in the nutrients essential for energy production. It is also possible that there is a hormonal component to your fatigue.

Most people who feel fatigued regularly have an imbalance in stress hormones such as cortisol. Cortisol levels are naturally supposed to rise early in the morning to help us wake up, and decrease toward the end of the day to allow for restful sleep. When we are under stress for an extended period of time, cortisol levels increase and remain elevated into the evening.

Elevation of cortisol levels late in the day can cause weight gain and insomnia, and this difficulty sleeping can lead to fatigue. If cortisol is elevated in the evening, the levels typically drop in the early morning hours, and low cortisol in the morning can cause additional fatigue. A variety of safe, effective options exist to treat the causes of fatigue with natural medicine.

Botanical supplements can increase your cellular energy production and also help lower your cortisol levels. These supplements are available as capsules or in liquid formulations. With the right botanical medicine, you can enjoy increased energy without side-effects or energy crashes. It is important to take high-quality botanicals to ensure you are receiving a therapeutic dose of the active constituents in the herbs. Check with a doctor before taking botanical supplements to avoid interactions with any prescription medications.

Another natural therapeutic option that can offer a quick energy boost is intravenous or intramuscular nutrient injections. Intramuscular injections of vitamin B12, in combination with other B vitamins, can provide a rapid increase in energy. Intravenous nutrient therapy allows vitamins and minerals to enter your cells directly, whether or not your body is properly absorbing the nutrients you need.

If you suffer with long-term fatigue, homeopathic medicine or acupuncture can be very effective for improving energy and overall health. Homeopathy is a safe, natural form of medicine that stimulates your body’s innate ability to heal. Homeopathic remedies are made from natural substances, such as plants or minerals. Acupuncture involves the insertion of ultra-thin sterile needles at specific points in the skin to stimulate circulation and improve energy distribution. There are no side-effects from homeopathy or acupuncture, and results are often experienced within two to three weeks of treatment.

Specialty tests are available to determine whether an imbalance in your stress hormones is contributing to your fatigue. Other testing may be appropriate, as well, to clarify the underlying cause of your symptoms. With a variety of safe, effective, natural options available, you do not have to struggle with fatigue any longer.


Dr. Tara Peyman is a licensed naturopathic medical doctor. She practices at East Valley Naturopathic Doctors in Mesa, Ariz. or 480-985-0000.

Reprinted from AzNetNews, Volume 27, Number 1, February/March 2008.

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