- It's not easy dealing with pain, but there are things you could do to try to help...
Feeling fatigued all the time with muscular aches and pains is a more common condition than you might think. Science has a specific term for it, and your healthcare professional will likely diagnose you with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). Estimates indicate that between 836,000 to 2.5 million Americans have some form of this condition.
Many patients develop the symptoms during the recovery process after a long illness. Identifying the causes is challenging since CFS is a highly complex problem, and since it is specific to individual patients, you’ll need a customized treatment approach. Instead of resorting to pills, you might want to go with natural remedies that are unlikely to have side effects. Here are a few options you can try.
Treat Coenzyme Q10 Deficiency
Mitochondria are the main energy-producing centers of your body cells, and they naturally contain the compound Coenzyme Q10. This enzyme is needed for the production of ATP, a critical source of energy. Any deficiencies can lead to fatigue and a lack of energy to perform your daily activities. Make up for the lack of CoQ10 by incorporating certain foods into your diet. For instance, muscle meats like chicken, pork, and beef, and organ meats like kidney, liver, and heart. Vegans can go with plant-based sources like legumes (peanuts, lentils, soybeans), fruits (strawberries, oranges), vegetables (broccoli, spinach, cauliflower), and nuts (pistachios, sesame seeds).
Treat Essential Fatty Acids Imbalances
Imbalances of essential fatty acids like omega-3s and omega-6s can also lead to body aches and pains. Your body cannot produce these acids, which is why you must consume them as part of a nutritious diet plan. You’ll not only improve energy levels, but improve cardiovascular health and lower inflammation in the body. Add foods like herring, salmon, and sardines into your diet since they are a rich source of omega-3s. Plant-based options include chia seeds, walnuts, flaxseed, hemp seeds, and brussels sprouts.
Treat Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide (NADH) Deficiency
Your medical care practitioner may recommend that you take Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide (NADH) supplements which are similar to a multi-vitamin tablet. NADH is a naturally occurring molecule that your body makes from vitamin B3 (niacin). Together with CoQ10, NADH is responsible for generating energy in the body. If you’re averse to pills, try organic sources that can help you with your symptoms of CFS. Some options include sardines, salmon, tuna, and cow milk. Choose foods like avocados, peanuts, brown rice, whole wheat, mushrooms, and potatoes if you follow a vegan diet.
Treat Aching Muscles with Stretching Exercises
Although exercise may seem the last thing on your mind when you’re tired, movement is actually beneficial. You’ll start gradually stretching the fatigued muscles to promote blood circulation, which triggers cell repair by bringing fresh oxygen and nutrients. Graded exercise, yoga, and tai chi under the guidance of a trained physical therapist will strengthen your muscles. Over time, you’ll experience an improved range of motion as the fatigue gradually recedes and you feel better. Exercising also helps release feel-good hormones like serotonin and endorphins that elevate your mood and make you feel energetic and happier.
Treat Fatigue with Adequate Rest and Massages
Most patients are unaware of the importance of adequate sleep to relieve the symptoms of CFS. Make sure to get at least 8 hours of sleep every night. Before settling in, dim the lights and practice deep breathing to relax your mind. You can also massage the aching muscles after applying a roll-on pain relief oil and wrapping a crepe bandage to pack the heat in. Massages have the added benefit of triggering the release of endorphins, dopamine, and serotonin, which are natural pain-relieving agents.
When treating CFS symptoms, aches, and pains, you can focus on filling deficiencies by eating a more nutritious, well-balanced diet. Gentle exercises, adequate rest, and massage therapy can also help you relieve the symptoms for a better quality of life.