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Fatigue


Fatigue: This is something that all of us will experience in our life. However this can be an issue that the body is trying to make us aware of so that we manage it correctly. Constant exhaustion or fatigue can cause massive stress to our body and begin to affect the ability of our nervous system to respond properly to our environment. But it can also lead to abnormal regeneration and repair of damaged tissues. The interesting thing to be aware of is that fatigue is not only a symptom itself but there can be other signs that are commonly linked to fatigue. These signs include: tiredness, aching or sore muscles, apathy and a lack of motivation, daytime drowsiness, difficulty concentrating or learning new tasks, gastrointestinal problems, such as bloating, abdominal pain, constipation, or diarrhea, headache, irritability or moodiness, slowed response time.


Fatigue can also be a result of abnormal posture and lack of oxygen and blood flow to our brain over an extended period of time. Our brain consumes 60% of our daily oxygen consumption. When we begin to see abnormal postures with loss of cervical curvature as well as the body falling forward this can reduce lung function and capacity up to 30%. If we think about that reduction over months, or even years, this can play a considerable role in decreased oxygen to the brain and the net result being a symptom of fatigue and exhaustion. When we have dealt with fatigue long enough there are breakdowns just like anything else causing stress to our body. These issues include: increased sickness and immune breakdowns, hormone imbalances, mental health problems, cancers like leukemia, and decreased focus/concentration.


So what is the best way to prevent fatigue? Well the obvious answer is to make sure you maintain healthy sleeping habits such as getting 7-8 hours of sleep a night. Other ways we can prevent fatigue would be to work on stress management and decreasing this constant pressure, decreasing caffeine intake as well as alcohol. Eat a well balanced diet with a majority vegetables and fruits while avoiding processed foods or GMO. Try self meditation to relax and reduce stress which may be best if done before bedtime. Make sure you are getting your nervous system checked regularly, because this will not only help with maintaining good posture to prevent oxygen deprivation. A proper functioning nervous system will also allow for correct organ function and tissue repair as well as activating our parasympathetic nervous system which is used for rest and repair.

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