ExhaustionWhat is Exhaustion?

Exhaustion is sometimes referred to as excessive fatigue disorder, wherein an individual feels tired in the physical and mental sense.


People suffering from exhaustion are generally weak and may not be able to do regular tasks effectively.


What Causes Exhaustion?

Exhaustion is caused by different factors. There are three recognized factors that are known to cause exhaustion:

  • Toxicity or liver problems. A body that is full of toxins would not be able to function properly and can lead to exhaustion.
  • Overweight. Being overweight, or being obese, could also lead to exhaustion. When the body is carrying excess weight, then the body needs to work twice as hard as well. Aside from that, being overweight has also a set of complications which affect a healthy body condition.
  • Underactive thyroid. When you have an underactive thyroid, you are more likely to suffer from exhaustion. The thyroid produces hormones that are essential for the different cells in the body to function properly.
  • Lack of sleep. People who don’t get the right amount of sleep are prone to suffer from exhaustion. Of course, there are factors that contribute to your inability to sleep immediately, such as pressure from work and problems, and these factors must also be eliminated so that you would be able to sleep better and not feel exhausted.


Diagnosis, Signs, and Symptoms of Exhaustion

  • Feeling tired. This is the most common symptom of exhaustion. If you tend to feel tired all the time, then it is very likely that you are already exhausted.
  • Headaches. People who are exhausted tend to get headaches.
  • Unable to think correctly. Exhaustion does not only mean physical exhaustion but also mental exhaustion, and when you are no longer able to think clearly, it sure is a sign that your brain is exhausted too.
  • Palpitations. This is one warning sign of exhaustion and must be given consideration immediately.


Remedies, Treatment and Cure for Exhaustion

There is actually no hard and fast rule on curing or treating exhaustion. What you can always do is to rest or give yourself a break. Your body that has become so tired due to various factors would surely welcome a much needed rest. If your exhaustion stems from an underlying health problem such as being overweight or having an underactive thyroid, then you need to take measures to treat said conditions so that you may not suffer from exhaustion.

Diet for Exhaustion

  • It is best to reduce intake of products considered as stimulants like coffee, alcohol, tea, and even sugar, provides the body with a short-term energy boost. However, when the effect wears off, you would be left craving for more sugary or refined foods. These foods would leave you feeling tired and also deplete important nutrients from the body like magnesium and B-vitamins.
  • Try to avoid eating heavy protein meals in the evening since these take quite a long time to digest.
  • Eat high-energy foods. Some of these foods are aduki bean sprouts and alfalfa. Fresh fruits and vegetables, and wheat grass are also good.
  • Eat more brown rice, oat-based cereals, and other whole grains since they are packed with B-vitamins that help in supporting the nerves.
  • Eat a lot of foods that are rich in magnesium and calcium, which are considered as nature’s tranquilisers. Eat a lot of green vegetables such as cabbage, kale, and broccoli. Brazil nuts and almonds are good sources of magnesium and calcium too. Other rich sources of calcium and magnesium are pineapple, sesame seeds, fish, Parmesan cheese, papaya, dried apricots, skimmed milk, and pilchards. Dark and organic chocolates are beneficial too as long as it is eaten in moderation.
  • At night, try to go for jacket potatoes and wholewheat pasta. Thick vegetable soups are also easily digested.
  • Drink herbal teas as these have a calming effect minus the caffeine.
  • Also eat low-fat live yoghurt with your meals.

Lifestyle Changes

  • Control blood sugar levels. This is the most basic and a very important step if you want to get rid of exhaustion. You can eat small meals regularly instead of eating junk foods.
  • If you feel so tired, you can take a few vitamin pills and make sure that you get a good night’s rest instead of trying hard to fight off the tiredness you feel. However, this is not a long-term solution and you have to address the main cause of your exhaustion.
  • Make sure that you take 1 day in a week and use it to treat yourself. You can go exercise or just do anything that you fancy.
  • Every hour, try to breathe deeply into your tummy.
  • If you feel that you are exhausted because of personal problems, try to ask your physician to refer you to a counselor.
  • Do not try to bring your work to bed. Make sure that you finish your work at least one hour before you go to bed, so that your thoughts would not be bombarded with work as you get ready to sleep.

Exercise and Activity

Doing gentle exercises like T’ai Chi, yoga, qigong, or simply walking will surely do wonders in making you feel more positive towards things. It would also help in building your energy levels once again.

Useful Remedies

  • High-strength B-complex. This could help in calming your nerves. It also aids in proper digestion.
  • Calcium (500mg) and magnesium (300mg-400mg). Take these 1 hour before you go to bed. When you are often exhausted, calcium and magnesium are usually depleted. Taking in the proper dosage would help in realkalising your system.
  • L-carnitine (1g a day). This is an amino acid that is known to improve energy levels.
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