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There are many simple and easy things you can do right now to improve your overall health and wellbeing. This, at least for now, will be my final post on chronic fatigue. In my personal experience there is no real difference between overcoming chronic fatigue and making your health the primary focus of your life. If you do not your chances of achieving real health and wellbeing are, I feel, unlikely.
For me the two were and are synonymous. Sure there are many specific things to treat the particular condition of chronic fatigue. However, there are also many general things you should be doing anyway. Poor health will limit the potential of your life. I’m sure you don’t want that. Which is why it is imperative that you take full responsibility for your own health. No one else can achieve health and wellbeing for you.
General Health and Wellbeing
In general drink lots (3ltrs or more) of clean filtered water every day. Ensure you maintain a steady blood sugar level to avoid crashes that will sap your energy even further. One way to achieve this is by eating a handful of raw nuts such as almonds regularly during the day.
Also become familiar with what are low glycemic index foods (do a search on Google) and learning about how fibre and fats lower the glycemic index of a meal. A lower glycemic index means that sugar from the low glycemic food consumed is absorbed into the blood slower. Learn what your metabolic type is and eat accordingly.
You want a slow steady flow of energy over your day. Sudden highs are always followed by equally sudden lows. Eat small amounts of food regularly (say 6 small meals a day) and/or eat a form of quality protein with each meal. This could mean raw nuts such as almonds, walnuts or pecans, it could mean eggs, a little chicken, turkey or
Stay right away from any processed food, coffee, soda, energy drinks/bars and other fake energy sources. Eat only whole fruit and vegetables, meat, eggs, and yoghurt. Try to eat organic food if and where you can. Don’t eat any bread or pasta. These foods cause “brain fog” after they are consumed.
I would also suggest taking up a form of “working-in” that gets you breathing nice and deep and your circulation going without being strenuous. Yoga or tai chi or some form of chi gung would be a good idea for this. Chi gong is energy cultivation. Just what people with no energy need!
If you can, try to get to bed before 10:30 each night and sleep in complete darkness. One hour’s sleep before midnight is worth two afterwards. Make sure all electronic devices are at least 4 feet away from you when you sleep. It’s better if you just turn them off at the wall or take them out of the room all together. Have a fan to keep air circulating and the
temperature of your bedroom cool.
Health and wellbeing is a lifestyle. Your aim may be it to overcome chronic fatigue, or to lose weight, or you may just want to live a long fulfilling life. Whatever it is to really achieve it you must gradually transition to a health focused lifestyle. You will need patience. It is a process and takes time.
That concludes this series of articles on chronic fatigue. Coming soon I will be writing about Adrenal Fatigue – what it is, symptoms, what causes it and how to fix it. Adrenal fatigue is not only very common among those with chronic fatigue but also I feel among people in developed countries in general. There is also much more information coming soon on soy, sugar, organic food and farming, cholesterol and heart disease, metabolic typing, healthy skin and getting strong just to name a few topics.
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