Diet and Nutrition

Dietary Supplements to Combat Chronic Fatigue

Written by
Dr. Muhammad M. Hanif Md.
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.

Published on Apr 15, 2017 and last reviewed on Sep 07, 2018   -  3 min read

Abstract

Abstract

Unexplained fatigue, painful joints, aching muscles, drowsiness, foggy memory, and lack of concentration are prevalent across all modern societies. Our food choices are the primary cause of such issues. Researchers and medical scientists suggest choosing your diet wisely. This article covers how soy products, wheat, raw nuts, and seeds many ruin your health and body energy. Your immune system can be damaged by such foods. Polyphenols act as the energy boosters that your body needs.

Dietary Supplements to Combat Chronic Fatigue

Are you combating unexplained fatigue and want to crank up, both your physical and mental energy levels? If yes, it is high time to reconsider your diet and eating habits.

Foods That Have a Toxic Effect If Consumed on a Daily Basis:

Soy products contain phytoestrogens and goitrogens. Phytoestrogens are not good for your body’s hormonal and energy systems. Goitrogens destroy our thyroid glands, which are the energy distribution center of our body. Goji berries, wheat and cereal grains, eggplants, tomatoes, certain nuts, seeds, potatoes, and peppers, if taken in large quantities and on a regular basis, in uncooked or undercooked forms, contain lectins. Lectins are toxic to the body, immune system, weakens blood vessels, leads to obesity and lack of energy. These are not nutrients. Instead, they cause loss of nutrients. They damage the epithelial cells of the gut and do not let the gut cells to heal.

Foods That Are Beneficial for the Body:

Polyphenol Supplements:

Pomegranate, blueberries, cherries, mulberries, etc. are energy booster foods containing polyphenols. They boost metabolic functions and lower the risk for heart disease, especially related to dysfunction of blood vessels supplying blood to the heart muscles and the other main blood vessels of the body. They fight against inflammation, lower the cholesterol, reduce visible signs of aging, increase energy and sex drive. They boost the immune system, keep blood sugar levels normal, reduce joint pains and prevent digestive system abnormalities. Polyphenols can activate anti-aging genes too.

Anthocyanin is a polyphenol found in certain berries. It decreases the bad cholesterol (LDL) in your body and increases your good cholesterol (HDL) levels. In simple words, it saves you from heart attacks, strokes, and bleeding in the brain. Cardiovascular disease is the biggest killer of men and women in the US.

Gas and bloating are also relieved with a diet rich in polyphenols. Polyphenols are the diet of microorganisms in our digestive system, which are known as probiotics. These microorganisms are our friends in the gut, that help digest food without gas, bloating, abdominal discomfort, diarrhea, and constipation. Probiotics need fuel to carry out this function and polyphenols are their fuel. These probiotics are not only essential for our digestive system but also for the immune system, 70% of our immune system components reside in our digestive system. Proper digestion means improved immunity. Probiotics are important for cellular energy to carry out the metabolism in the body. Polyphenols in our fruits and vegetables are broken down into useful nutrients used by these microorganisms.

For better energy distribution and well-being, you also need to do regular exercise. It is mandatory to keep a check on your blood sugar levels, cholesterol, and blood pressure. Meditation, relaxation and stretching exercises are necessary for normal life. Chinese relaxation exercises like Qigong and Tai Chi are very soothing. It helps revitalize your body energy. Muscles work best if kept in motion. If you are tired, you do not want to move much, but exercise is the best answer to help you out of this situation. It is like cutting an iron rod with an iron cutter. Oxygen is life, and these exercises increase the oxygen supply to the body.

Nowadays, people in their 40s have dangerously low levels of energy, most of them do not even know about the problems they are facing, and act as if this is all natural. The choice of food affects your life, but people think it is a normal part of aging. It is an entirely wrong concept and needs evaluation. Our ancestors had way more energy than us, and they had this natural energy from hunting and other natural foods. They ate nuts, roots, and berries. Then we started eating grains like wheat and barley about 10,000 years back, which made us less physically active with the passage of time. Our body converts the empty carbohydrates in grains to fat. Grains and starches are difficult to digest, and they just make you fat. Polyphenols get you back in shape by melting fats and giving you more energy. Potatoes, oily and fried foods, soft drinks, etc. are all converted straight into fats. These foods can make you feel satisfied and full but, it is not useful for your body, and it also causes lack of concentration.

Eliminating lectins and adding polyphenols, may lead to 72 % decrease in endothelial dysfunction in major blood vessels. Endothelial dysfunction is the reason behind heart attacks and strokes in the brain. Research shows 30 % lesser deaths in those who consume high polyphenol diet. So, choose your diet wisely and do not let your body build up toxins due to wrong food choices.

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Last reviewed at:
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