Podcast Episode 017: Freedom from Fatigue

Podcast Episode 017: Freedom from Fatigue

December 10, 2014 | 94 minutes, 50 seconds

Fatigue is not caused by a deficiency of energy boosters like caffeine, B vitamins or amino acids. You cannot solve this problem with ginseng, ginkgo or green tea alone. While fatigue is a very complex issue, there are effective Ayurvedic strategies that can help even the most stubborn cases. First, you must identify the cause of the energy debt, which is almost never the adrenals! Once the cause of the energy debt is understood, learn numerous strategies that can offer powerful and permanent solutions to your fatigue.

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Ashwagandha: sometimes spelled ashwaganda and also known as Winter Cherry, is becoming a favorite adaptogen with many Western herbalists because of its unique properties. Translated, it means “the sweat or strength of ten horses,” alluding to its deeply nourishing and stabilizing properties. Unlike ephedra or ginseng, ashwagandha is not a stimulant. In the long run, a stimulant will leave the body depleted. By contrast, ashwagandha helps the body adapt to stress without unwanted stimulation, and in fact also supports natural sleep cycles by helping the body to maintain adequate energy levels to calm itself down and sleep restfully. In the daytime, it helps support the immune system and musculoskeletal systems, both of which may be negatively impacted by stress.

Liquid Sun Vitamin D3: Vitamin D3 is known as “the sunshine vitamin” because it is produced by human skin when exposed to sunlight. It can also be obtained from food sources such as fatty fish, eggs, and liver. Fortified dairy and other products are usually fortified with D2, which doesn’t absorb as does D3. Supplementation may be the best way to get needed vitamin d3 levels. It is a fat soluble vitamin that is needed for calcium metabolism and healthy bones.

Regenerate: In Ayurveda there is an herb called shilajit, which is widely known in India as the “Destroyer of Weakness.” It is rich in rare constituents called fulvic and humic acids that the mitochondria use to make energy. So instead of boosting adrenals so they can borrow more energy, shilajit replenishes the deep energy-making centers of the body, the mitochondria. In one study, shilajit was able to help the mitochondria convert fat and sugar in the body’s main energy source, ATP.

Gentle Digest: Gentle Digest is a combination of Ayurveda’s Five Spices of Digestion. The spices: ginger, cumin, fennel, coriander and cardamom have been time-tested for thousands of years and have a library of good science to support their digestion-boosting benefits.

The spices in Gentle Digest are extremely gentle and help to reset digestive function while balancing digestive issues like gas, bloating and others. Studies show that they improved fat and sugar metabolism by boosting more bile acid and pancreatic enzyme flow rather than masking or only treating the symptoms.

Glucose Meter Kit: Today, one-third of Americans qualify as pre-diabetic, but 90% of them don’t know it, according to the CDC.  Rising blood sugar, even within the medically-considered normal range, has been shown to increase the risk of dying of a heart attack or stroke by 40%, as well as increasing the risk of chronic diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s, kidney disease, and neuropathy.

While Pre-Diabetes is reversible in many cases with extreme lifestyle adjustments, dietary changes and supplementation, it makes sense to be aware of this monster way before it arrives. By testing the fasting blood sugar regularly, you can detect any blood sugar issues early and make simple dietary adjustments to optimize your blood sugar. These Glucose Meters offer a simple strategy for testing your blood sugar at home.

Ojas Nightly Tonic: This sumptuous blend of ojas-building foods and herbs (Ashwagandha and Shatavari) makes it easy to replenish your reserves. Add a heaping teaspoon to a cup of milk or milk substitute, add a bit of ghee or coconut oil and bring to a simmer for your ojas-building nightcap.

Shatavari: LifeSpa’s Shatavari capsules used to be called “100 Husbands” after the oft-referenced translation of Shatavari as “the woman who has 100 Husbands.” This praised tonic for the female reproductive system is now back on our shelves under its Sanskrit name Shatavari, in convenient capsule form and delivering its formidable host of benefits.

Ayurveda Meets Modern Science is hosted by Dr. John Douillard, DC, CAP, founder of LifeSpa and author of seven health books (including bestselling Eat Wheat and The 3-Season Diet), seven online courses (including Yoga Journal courses Ayurveda 101 and 201), and numerous free eBooks.

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