Long-term fatigue is WAY more than needing a few days of sleeping in. In fact, it's been found that you can't create natural energy with “make up” sleep. Your fatigue is due to a lack of energy production, which occurs at the cellular level.
Since I have fibromyalgia, I do a lot of research on the topic and according to a study done in 2004, individuals with fibromyalgia were shown to have fewer mitochondria in their muscles then what is normally found. In addition, the mitochondria present were not functioning properly.[i]
Further studies indicated that one of the reasons had to do with the enzyme CoQ10 which is responsible for supporting the detoxification of cellular waste. Apparently, though there is plenty of CoQ10 available the blood, it’s not in the cells where it’s needed and the cellular waste was damaging the mitochondria.
Why is this important? Mitochondria are responsible for producing ATP, your form of gas. It’s the energy you run on. It is your metabolism. If your mitochondria don’t function properly, you are fatigued, you experience memory loss and pain, can’t lose weight and more.
What I have found, is that long-term fatigue is one of the first signs a person is heading toward chronic illness. And not just fibromyalgia.
The average person loses mitochondrial function as they age due to oxidative stress from toxins, infections, stress, allergies and poor food quality. For individuals with long-term fatigue it’s even more important that you care for your health at the cellular level. You need energy, natural energy, to support proper function of all your physiological systems.
- Eat clean, whole foods. Eat clean fats and proteins along with lots of fruits and vegetables. And stay away from processed foods and additives.
- Load up on nutrient dense foods, especially fruits and vegetables that contain phytonurients and antioxidants.
- Detox periodically. I recommend seasonally, and your detox should address more than your cellular waste. You should address environmental and emotional stressors too.
- Reduce and manage inflammation.
- Exercise regularly and include both interval and strength training to increase muscle and the number of mitochondria. Include exercise such as rebounding to support lymphatic drainage and increase circulation.
- Consider taking supplements that support mitochondria such as CoQ10, alpha lipoic acid and D-ribose among others.
All of these steps are nothing new. You’ve been told them before, but they hold true. To age well and reduce symptoms of chronic fatigue and avoid chronic disease, you want to address mitochondria health.
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[i] Sprott H, et al. Annals Rheum Dis 63:245-51, 2004.