From our point of view, we define fatigue as the physical or mental exhaustion or loss of energy due to stress, mental or physical illness, or a deficiency in energy boosting minerals, such as iron, iodine and potassium.

Fatigue is most commonly associated with iron deficiency, a type of anemia in which the blood lacks sufficient supply of red blood cells that carry oxygen to the body’s tissues.  Oxygen rich blood provides energy to the body.  It also gives the skin its healthy color.

Foods rich in iron, such as molasses, seaweeds, chocolate, dandelion leaves and nettle infusion are among the best sources of iron.

Iodine deficiency can also drain a person of his energy and make him feel tired and lose sleep.  Normal iodine levels can be restored to normal through the consumption of seaweeds and mushrooms and green vegetables grown in seaweed-fertilized gardens.

Low potassium level can lead to the complete loss of reserve energy.  With depleted potassium levels, energy in the body is practically drained that extreme exhaustion, dizziness and palpitation sets in as the heart struggles to cope.

To naturally compensate low potassium levels, eating cabbage, celery, seaweeds and drinking red clover or nettle infusion is highly recommended.

In some cases, women become overly exhausted because their body needs fat.  These indications are usually seen in women who are on low-fat diets, and a diet rich in fat and Vitamin E, such as peanut butter, avocados, sunflower seeds and olive oil are among the best that could bring their energy level back at its peak.

Fatigue is the body’s way of telling us that it needs to rest.  It only becomes questionable when the feeling of tiredness persists despite giving it some rest and lots of sleep.

Identifying the cause of fatigue can be difficult because it signifies many disorders, diseases and lifestyle choices.  By learning the patient’s history coupled with a thorough examination by a competent medical practitioner, the real cause of fatigue, whether it’s clinical, nutritional or organic, could be pointed out.

The treatment of fatigue is largely dependent on what caused it.  But for non-specific fatigue such as the one that we’re focusing on, the most commonly prescribed treatments include proper diet, deep breathing exercises, dietary supplements, lifestyle changes and traditional Chinese medicine.