It seems like every person I talk to suffers from some form of fatigue. First let me say that if you suffer from fatigue, it is a tell tale sign your body is toxic, your adrenal glands are burned out and you really need a good colon cleanse, liver and gallbladder cleanse, parasite cleanse or chemical and heavy metal cleanse. After cleansing your body you should consider dietary changes. If you drink coffee or take other stimulants, they should be reduced. The good news is there are some beneficial herbs that can help you fight fatigue until you take the necessary steps to improve your health.
1. Siberian Ginseng
Also known as eleuthero, Siberian Ginseng increases the body’s ability to handle stress, reduces fatigue and naturally supports healthy adrenal function and hormone levels. In a study, Siberian ginseng was shown to support stamina and fitness as well as reduce general fatigue. It is used in Russia as an “adaptogen.” An adaptogen is a substance that helps the body better cope with stress, either mental or physical and increase longevity and vitality.
2. Licorice Root
This fatigue-fighting herb helps rebuild damaged adrenals and reduces cravings for sweets and caffeine which cause a energy crash after an initial rush. The glycyrrhizin contained in licorice root enhances the body’s cortisol activity increasing energy and reducing fatigue.
3. Gotu Kola
Gotu Kola is one of the most well-respected adaptogenic energy herbs in Ayurvedic (Indian) medicine. Studies have proven the effect of Gota Kola on promoting healthy energy levels and stamina as well as reducing fatigue. Gotu kola is also known as the most spiritual of all herbs. Native to the Himalayas, it is used by monks to improve their meditation by balancing the right and left hemispheres of the brain. Sri Lankans observed elephants eating this herb giving Gotu Kola a reputation as a promoter of long life.
4. Ginkgo Biloba
Tracing back nearly 300 million years, Ginko biloba is the oldest surviving tree species on earth! Ginkgo is considered a prescription herb in Germany and is used to reduce fatigue and enhance oxygen utilization. In cases of fatigue, the adrenals suffer from a significant amount of oxidative stress, leading to an increase in free radicals. Ginko biloba has been studied to protect the adrenal glands, the brain and the liver from damaging free radicals.
5. Sea Kelp
Low thyroid function is a common cause of fatigue. The iodine found in kelp can help normalize an underactive thyroid gland and increase or regulate your energy levels. The thyroid is essential in regulating your metabolism as well as preventing the accumulation of body fat.