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Chronic Fatigue

By MD.

Energy allows you to enjoy the pleasures of life whether it's children and grandchildren, travel, sports, or personal hobbies. Without it, life can be a spectator sport.

Lasting energy comes from a healthy, active, well-nourished body. No matter what your age, you play a major role in creating your own health destiny. Your habits—the way you eat, move, and relate to yourself and others—help determine what level of health you’ll enjoy, and how much energy you’ll have.

The Body’s Primary Fuel Source

Real food is engineered by nature to be the perfect fuel that drives every body function, from immune support to energy production. Yet in today’s fast-paced world, real foods have been upstaged by foods of convenience, which have become the culprits of disease and fatigue. The difference between fake and real foods is like the difference between a paper fire and a wood-burning fire. Paper or fake foods ignite and burn in a flash; wood or real foods burn for hours, providing long-lasting warmth and energy.

Diets loaded with high-sugar snacks, trans fatty acids, preservatives, additives, and convenience foods are a recipe for low-energy because there is no real food for fuel. The body is designed to run on a combination of proteins, complex carbohydrates, and fats that together contain enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients. It is this kind of diet that gives your body lasting energy.

Drug-Free Solutions

Straight from Nature’s Kitchen

The foods that nature offers are key to combating fatigue, and are important to a well-balanced diet.

Fatigue Fighters

Supplements can play a big role in building your natural energy supply and supporting your overall health.


A protein shake of whey, milk, egg, or soy proteins, is a great way to start your morning. Protein reduces fluctuations in blood glucose levels and provides a steady fuel supply to the body. A morning favorite of mine is an organic protein smoothie.


Eleuthero root (a.k.a. Siberian ginseng) keeps you calm, cool, and raring to go. It increases the oxygenation of cells, normalizes blood sugar levels, supports the endocrine system, fortifies the adrenal glands, and enhances intellectual performance. Unlike true ginsengs, Eleuthero can be taken daily for long periods of time. To boost energy, I recommend 200–400 mg per day.


ALC improves energy, alertness, and mood within an hour or two of ingestion. It plays an important role in energy metabolism in the cell mitochondria—the body’s biochemical power generators. I recommend
250 mg one or three times a day.


Relief from Stress

Although poor diet and lack of proper supplementation are often the biggest drains on your natural energy supply, conflict and stress play a debilitating role as well. Even perceived stress can affect your body, depleting your energy, and compromising your overall health.

Stress triggers production of the hormone cortisol which compromises your immune system, making you more susceptible to infections and fatigue. The good news is there are several ways you can learn to control energy-zapping stress hormones.

Play, Move, and Laugh

Settle down to rest in a completely dark, quiet room. A comfortable mattress is key. Try to eliminate any other distractions that might interfere with restful sleep. Keep a bottle of water by your bed to minimize your need to get out of bed if you get thirsty. If you do have to get up during the night, try not don't turn on any bright lights.

Frank Lipman

Author Frank Lipman is board certified in internal medicine, having served as Chief Medical Resident at Lincoln Hospital in New York City. Dr. Lipman has also studied acupuncture, Chinese medicine, nutrition, biofeedback, meditation, yoga, and functional medicine.

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Updated: Dec 21 2013