Winter Fatigue: 10 Natural Remedies to Face it
Throughout the year, our body can be subject to exhaustion. This state of tiredness may be related to a lack of sleep, allergies, medical treatment, etc. However, nervous and physical fatigue reaches its peak in winter. In fact, the winter period puts our bodies to the test and our immune system is working at full capacity to deal with the many viruses that circulate. Sleeping well and having a healthy lifestyle is no longer enough to cope with the overwork to which we are exposed! Then, inevitably, our batteries are flat and we can no longer cope with the shock. To face the autumn and winter valiantly, here are some natural anti-fatigue remedies.
1) Vitamin C
In case of fatigue, vitamin C is immediately considered. Very energizing, it also allows better assimilation of iron. It is therefore very effective in combating chronic fatigue. And if we immediately think of citrus fruits (orange, lemon, grapefruit …), other fruits and vegetables contain even more. Foods rich in unbeatable ascorbic acid are certainly acerola (30 times more vitamin C than orange), guava, yellow bell pepper, blackcurrant, parsley and thyme or kiwi. Consume in the morning if possible to fill up with energy and start the day on the right foot.
Spirulina is rich in antioxidants (especially carotenoids), vitamins and minerals. This gives it not only an anti-aging power, but also an anti-fatigue effect. However, it is not necessary to start a cure just anyhow. It is generally advisable to start with 1g per day during the first week. This should already give you energy and tone. Then gradually increase the doses if necessary.
3) Royal jelly and pollen, natural anti-fatigue remedies for bees
Products from the hive are excellent for the immune system and to reduce fatigue. This is particularly the case with royal jelly, a mine of vitamins, minerals and amino acids. In particular, it will help optimize the proper functioning of your nervous and cerebral system. Pollen is another excellent choice. Indeed, in addition to its richness in water, it also provides antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, dietary fiber and vegetable proteins. It is therefore excellent as a cure during the fall or spring. For one month, take two teaspoons a day, preferably on an empty stomach in the morning. If its taste seems too strong, it can be added to compote, muesli, smoothie, citrus fruit salad or a stimulating herbal tea of thyme, rosemary, marjoram or savory.
4) Valerian for a better sleep and less exhaustion
It was used as a tranquilizer in the Middle Ages and as a calming agent against nervousness during the First World War. However, it has been used since Ancient Greece, primarily to combat sleep deprivation and to improve the quality of sleep. Valerian has therefore been treating sleep disorders, especially insomnia, for thousands of years. It allows a reduction of tiredness, because it has a complete action on sleep. It influences the time of falling asleep, the duration of sleep, night awakenings, etc.. If lack of sleep or split nights play on your state of fatigue, a small infusion of valerian 30 minutes before bedtime will change you from simple melatonin!
Ginseng is a key ingredient in the Chinese pharmacopoeia, but its fame is such that it is known until the West as one of the best natural remedies against fatigue. Indeed, this tonic plant is excellent to give a boost by toning the nervous system and providing a real physical and mental tonicity without nervousness. It can thus as well accompany your convalescence after an illness as it can help you in case of weakening. Adaptogenous, it also makes it possible to face the periods of stress without being submerged by tiredness and overwork. Finally, ginseng will stimulate the immune system! To consume 1 to 3 times per day in the form of standardized extract (200 mg) or decoction.
6) The yerba mate
Yerba mate is used to lose weight and fight headaches, but also to calm fatigue. Indeed, it contains a good dose of caffeine, which stimulates the central nervous system, strengthens attention in passing and eliminates fatigue. Its medicinal virtues can fight both mental and physical fatigue. To consume in infusion at a rate of two cups per day.
7) Black spruce essential oil
Many essential oils are believed to have energizing and energizing benefits. This concerns for example the essential oil of lemon, basil or rosemary. However, black spruce oil is one of the natural remedies champions all categories in aromatherapy to knock out fatigue. Indeed, this essence directly stimulates the adrenal glands that produce cortisol. This hormone has a direct effect on our general tone. Since it is not irritating, it can be used pure. Simply pour 2 or 3 undiluted drops on the tips of your index fingers. Then massage the hollow of your kidneys, in the lumbar region, every morning for about 10 days.
The coffee can go get dressed! Guarana contains even more caffeine. Taken in cure, it allows to improve the cognitive performances and the vigilance while fighting against drowsiness and tiredness. Attention however, because its very powerful stimulating effect makes it not recommended in case of insomnia, heart disease or gastric irritation.
For millennia, people have been chewing kola seeds in Africa to fight against physical and intellectual fatigue! From the 14th century onwards, it was impossible for travelers embarking on the Sahara crossing not to take some with them to better tolerate fatigue, hunger and thirst during the journey. This is explained in particular by an incredible richness in caffeine. To fight against chronic fatigue in the short term, consume 2 to 6 g of dried powder per day, in two to three intakes.
For more than 4000 years, Chinese medicine has been praising this shrub for its energizing tonic effect that tones the body and increases longevity. Indeed, it contains compounds close to those of ginseng, which earned it the nickname of Siberian ginseng. Its « adaptogenic » properties also strengthen your body for better resistance to stress. Although its effects are not supported by any scientific study for the moment, it has been used for millennia to stimulate the body in case of fatigue or convalescence. To consume in the form of infusion of dried Eleutherococcus root twice a day or in capsule or fluid extract.