Dr Oz: Do You Suffer From Chronic Fatigue?
Do you have a hard time waking up, even after a full night of sleep? Do you find it difficult to focus, even on the most simple tasks? Does it often take you a full 24 hours to recover after a busy day? If you said yes to any one of those questions, you could be one of the four million women who fall on the chronic fatigue spectrum. Tieraona Low Dog explained that a lot of people are just tired, but people with chronic fatigue experience long-lasting fatigue for at least six months and it’s often accompanied by brain fog, headaches, muscle aches, or even flu-like symptoms.
Dr Low Dog further explained that it’s not completely understood what causes chronic fatigue, but that it’s likely a combination of environmental factors, genetics, and some sort of biochemical imbalance. There’s no simple test to diagnose it and a lot of the treatments used show inconsistent results. A lot of women will continue to speak with doctors, knowing something doesn’t feel right, only to end up feeling dismissed.
Dr Oz: Morning Routine Mistakes Draining Your Energy
According to Dr Low Dog, your morning routine could actually be making your chronic fatigue worse. If you take a hot shower in the morning, when you get out, that rapid cooling drops your cortisol levels, which can contribute to more fatigue. Instead, take a warm bath at night!
Then, instead of a carb-heavy breakfast you could be causing your blood sugar to spike rapidly, which leads to a quick energy crash within hours. Instead, try a breakfast high in protein. Opt for Greek yogurt, eggs, or cottage cheese. Dr Low Dog suggested you save your carbs for at night instead.
Third, a cup of coffee is totally fine, but if you’re drinking practically a pot, you may be ingesting too much caffeine. Try limiting yourself to just one cup of coffee or even replace it with herbal tea.
Dr Oz: More Energy From Foods With B Vitamins
Dr Low Dog then revealed her best fatigue fighters, beginning with B vitamin foods. Dr Low Dog stated that according to the CDC, approximately 30 million Americans are deficient in B6 and 18 million Americans are deficient in B12. B vitamins are important for mental clarity and physical energy. You can get more B vitamins in your diet by eating more salmon, tuna, Greek yogurt, miso, mozzarella cheese, nutritional yeast, sunflower seeds, and even a B12 supplement if you’re over 50 or a vegetarian.
Dr Oz: Drink Wake-Up Water
Another one of Dr Low Dog’s tips was to drink “wake-up water” throughout the day. Add chunks of fresh watermelon and sliced cucumber to your water because they’re both full of vitamins and minerals that are great for your health. Just keep in mind that if you’re buying conventional cucumber, you’ll want to peel the skin before adding it to your water because of the wax coating. You can also add limes for vitamin C. Let the water sit overnight and then drink it throughout the day. Even mild dehydration can cause all sorts of health problems.
Finally, keep peppermint oil in your purse because the smell can help wake you up.