Let’s face it, today’s world is a difficult place to live in. It takes a toll on our metabolism and our energy levels. Stress from work/school, poor eating/sleeping habits and any of life’s other numerous hassles have caused most of the society to be stressed out, overweight and tired.
Both obesity and fatigue are closely related in terms of how the body reacts. In both cases, cortisol levels drop and insulin levels rise. Mild fatigue may be common and relatively harmless, but periods of fatigue lasting over six months can have a debilitating effect on a person.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), affects more than 1 million people in the U.S. alone, but according to the Center for Disease Control, “there are tens of millions of people with similar fatiguing illness who do not fully meet the strict research definition of CFS.”
Combined with a healthy lifestyle, natural remedies may be the solution to help support weight loss and rejuvenate our energy levels. They help to neutralize the damaging effects of stress on the mind and body. They can also stimulate your metabolism, stabilize your appetite and nourish and strengthen critical organs, raising your energy levels in the process.
Let’s look at eight natural remedies that have shown to be helpful in these areas.
Acai berries have been used for centuries by the Amazonians who recognized their special properties. They are full of anti-oxidants. Plus, the fiber and healthy fats in them can help to promote weight loss, lower cholesterol levels and maintain healthy blood sugar levels.
Kelp grows in the ocean and is a healthy source of iodine. Iodine nourishes the thyroid gland, which affects the body’s metabolism, raises energy levels and relieves fatigue.
Know in Japan as Kanten, this sea plant also contains iodine, calcium, and iron. It is a low-calorie, bulk fiber that helps curb appetite.
Hoodia Gordonii Plant
This plant looks like a cactus and grows in South Africa and Namibia. It is widely used by the bush people of the Kalahari desert to quench thirst and suppress appetite. It also helps in maintaining high energy levels.
Gymnema Sylvestre Leaves
This is known as the “sugar destroyer” because of its ability to suppress the taste of sweetness. This helps those who constantly crave sugary snacks. Gymnema also helps promote healthy glucose levels, important to those suffering from diabetes.
These blue-green algae are one of the highest protein food sources out there, with over 60% digestible vegetable proteins. It’s also very high in vitamins and nutrients, this helps to raise energy levels and support immune system functions.
Korean Red Ginseng Root
Ginseng has been used for over 5,000 years in the Orient. This energizing root helps the body to adapt to stress and fatigue, restores sexual function and promotes endurance and vitality.
The nutritional and medicinal vale of bee pollen has been known for centuries. It is packed with B vitamins, carbs, protein and essential fatty acids. This helps to boost stamina, performance, endurance and energy levels.
So, the next time you feel yourself getting sluggish, or you don’t like what you see when you stand in front of your mirror naked, consider making some changes, using these natural remedies combined with an exercise program.
In a relatively short period of time, you will both feel and see the difference!
Rocco is the VP here at QuirkyByte, and he has been writing since he could hold a crayon. He is a huge fan of music, nature, the arts and anything unique, or creative. Physical fitness is also a passion for him. Currently Rocco resides in upstate New York.