Healthy Living – Managing Ongoing Fatigue

If there is one thing frustrating to just about everyone, it is ongoing fatigue. You feel tired, daily, and nothing you are doing seems to be fixing it. You may have tried medications at this point, only to see no results at all. What gives?

Sometimes, the problem with managing ongoing tiredness is we dial in too much on the fatigue and don’t look at the bigger picture. Let us take a look at some of the reasons you may be suffering from exhaustion and what can be done to help. Keep in mind everyone is unique, so you need to learn about your body and look at your lifestyle as a whole…

1. Stress. Perhaps the main reason for fatigue, apart from the lack of sleep, is a high level of stress. The thing with anxiety is unless you are hyper-aware of your body and thoughts, you might not realize you are stressed. You are going about your day, minding your own business, thinking things are fabulous. You don’t feel stressed?

However, stress could be lingering. Ask yourself, is there anything you are worried about? Once you start thinking about it, you might find there is. While you may forget about the problem during the day as you become busy, the problem is still there in the background.

Being busy is a cause of stress for many people. When was the last time you had a day with nothing on the agenda? Where could you go around, doing whatever you pleased at that very moment? Can’t remember? You are not alone. Being too busy can lead to stress. It is not the same form of pressure you would feel if you lost your job unexpectedly, but it is stress nonetheless.

2. Thyroid Disorder. When was the last time you had your thyroid checked? If it has been a while since you have had blood tests, this is one of the first areas to have checked.

If you have hypothyroidism, this will lead to tiredness and stress. Usually, if you see your doctor complaining of fatigue, they will check your thyroid. However, if your doctor doesn’t suggest this, be sure you request your thyroid levels are monitored.

3. Too Much Exercise. Are you someone excited about your workout program? Despite feeling tired, you push yourself daily because you know it is “good for you?”

Your workout could be causing your extreme tiredness. It is easy to overlook this because exercise does energize you and even in your state of exhaustion, you may feel better after a workout. However, this is the endorphins: once they wear off, you will be left more tired.

Rest days are crucial in any workout program. If you are not taking enough rest days, fatigue will be the price you pay. Please have a good look at your plan and make sure rest days are scheduled.

4. Lack Of B Vitamins. Finally, also consider B vitamins. B vitamins are essential for helping turn the food you eat into usable energy, so you don’t want to fall low on these. B vitamins are water-soluble, meaning you need to take them daily otherwise they will be excreted from your body leaving your levels low and ineffective.

If you are not eating a varied diet which is found in fresh produce and meat, then consider a vitamin C complex supplement. It may just make a difference to how you feel.

Keep these points in mind and use them as you evaluate what could be happening in your life causing you to feel fatigued. The sooner you can get it straightened out, the quicker you will be leading the life you want.

Source by Beverleigh H Piepers

Type 2 Diabetes – Could Probiotics Help With Managing or Reversing Diabetes?

Helpful bacteria live in the human gut and scientists are beginning to explore their possible use for helping to control Type 2 diabetes. These bacteria are known as probiotics and are given as supplements for a variety of illnesses.

In May of 2017, the Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology and Metabolism reported on a study pooling the results of eighteen earlier studies and analyzing them as one large work. A total of 1056 participants were included, …

  • 527 taking probiotics, and
  • 529 not using probiotics.

The study participants taking the probiotics showed lowered …

  • blood sugar readings,
  • insulin, and
  • HbA1c levels.

From these results, the investigators concluded probiotics could be useful for reducing blood sugar levels, insulin levels, and HbA1c levels in people with Type 2 diabetics.

The following month the Journal of Diabetes and Metabolic Disorders reported on a study completed at the University Medical in Yazd and several other research facilities in Iran. Seventy people diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes were divided into a treatment group and a placebo group …

1. The treatment group consumed 500 mg per day of supplements containing …

  • "good" bacteria,
  • two types of sugar, and
  • B vitamins.

The bacteria were members of the lactobacillus family, the bifidobacterium family, and Streptococcus thermophilus.

2. The placebo group took capsules containing starch and B vitamins. After nine weeks the placebo group had more albumin in their urine and higher HbA1c levels than the supplemented group. Albumin in the urine is a sign of kidney disease. From this information, it was concluded 500 mg per day of probiotic supplementation over a period of nine weeks could improve blood sugar control and kidney health.

The lactobacillus family of bacteria gets its name from the fact it can break down lactose, a sugar found in dairy milk. Lactobacillus acidophilus makes vitamin K. Some patients use it to treat their …

  • lactose intolerance,
  • diarrhea,
  • vaginal infections,
  • irritable bowel,
  • brain problems,
  • asthma, and
  • high cholesterol,

although the evidence for its effectiveness is sketchy.

The bifidobacterium family is thought by many to be helpful with …

  • irritable bowel syndrome,
  • ulcerative colitis, and
  • ileal pouch (outpouching of the small intestine).

It is also used to promote vaginal health.

Streptococcus thermophilus is used to boost the human immune system and help colon health. It is thought possibly to prevent colon cancer. It is sometimes used with chemotherapy to help protect the digestive system from the treatment. It is also used to replace good bacteria killed off by antibiotics.

Source by Beverleigh H Piepers