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HOW TO FIGHT FATIGUE

By onyekachi Kalu
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You can beat fatigue by simply living a little smarter and making a few health-supporting choices every day, you can banish fatigue from your life and live it the way you were born to – with vibrancy and energy!

Here are health-enhancing ways to fight fatigue and win, morning, noon and night:

Start by Seeing Your Doctor
Your doctor will evaluate your condition and order tests, as necessary. "If you suffer from chronic fatigue, the first step is to see a doctor to rule out a treatable medical problem such as anemia," "If you have a chronic condition like fibromyalgia or rheumatoid arthritis, work with your doctor to make sure your disease is being treated and controlled properly." Get the appropriate blood work and make sure you are not having any reaction to a medication.

Get Enough Sleep
Fatigue can be one of the most difficult aspects of living with a chronic illness. "Sleep that is deep and restorative and in the range of seven to eight hours a night is ideal to help replenish important neurochemicals like natural endorphins [pain modulators] and serotonins. Sleep also allows joints and muscle to heal and rest," explains Rochelle Rosian, MD, a rheumatologist.

Start your day with exercise
Even if you usually rise in the dark, greet the day with a few classic yoga sun salutations or gentle stretches to get the blood pumping, easing your body into the day. Still tense and achy from yesterday? Then try my 2-step release and stretch moves first thing in the morning to bust tension, open blocked energy pathways, reduce pain and energize you for the day. Start with the Neck and Shoulder. Follow this with the Wall Stretch. These simple moves will stretch your shoulders, legs and back, as you stimulate muscle tissue and blood flow throughout the body, waking it and energizing it without artificial stimulants.

Boost body and brain with the perfect breakfast.
In the morning, protein and fat are essential for energy; a healthy breakfast of the right foods is exactly what your body needs. And what is the perfect breakfast? The morning smoothie, because it’s quick to prepare, easily digested and can be packed with the healthy fats, proteins, nutrients and phytonutrients you need to fuel your day.