Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- Afternoon Fatigue
- Alkalizing Remedies
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda
- Avocados, B12
- Coconut Oil
- Cold Water
- Eliminate High Histamine Foods
- Hydrogen Peroxide Inhalation Method
- Jet Lag
- Power Nap, Eye Massager
- Remedies Needed
- Tomato Soup Tea
What is Fatigue?
Fatigue is a feeling of exhaustion that can apply to both your physical and mental state. Medically, it is a general symptom with a wide variety of causes and cannot be observed professionally, as it is a feeling of whoever is experiencing fatigue. Fatigue is part of our day-to-day lives and usually only requires rest to get us back to our normal, functional selves. Specific subsets of fatigue include mental fatigue, a temporary drop in desired cognitive ability, typically caused by long periods of intellectual activity. Physical fatigue, similarly, is a temporary decrease in function of a muscle (muscle fatigue), and can be made worse by continuing physical activities. Stress and fatigue can go hand in hand as well; fatigue is a normal response of our bodies when we need to take a break.
Self-reported fatigue that lasts longer than a month (consistently or relapsing) is called chronic fatigue, and may be indicative of a disease or condition such as celiac disease, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, or cancer to name a few and chronic fatigue syndrome itself is become a distinct disorder of our health. Adrenal fatigue is the theory that the adrenal glands of the kidney can become exhausted and unable to produce hormones, causing a slew of symptoms including tiredness.
Natural Remedies to Cure Fatigue
On this page you can find home and folk remedies to combat fatigue - both mental and physical - and discussions ranging from jet lag to power naps. Some of our popular remedies include apple cider vinegar, baking soda, tomato tea, and coconut oil to name a few. Feel free to let us know about your experiences combating fatigue and what remedies you've used, found here or otherwise.
Our readers offer information and opinions on Earth Clinic, not as a substitute for professional medical prevention, diagnosis, or treatment. Please consult with your physician, pharmacist, or health care provider before taking any home remedies or supplements or following any treatment suggested by anyone on this site. Only your health care provider, personal physician, or pharmacist can provide you with advice on what is safe and effective for your unique needs or diagnose your particular medical history.
04/16/2013: Judy from Madison, Wisconsin: "Hello, I eat a very light lunch (1/2 sandwich on whole wheat), cup of yogart, orange/apple and maybe a few pretzels when at work. However, shortly after I eat, I am so tired I cannot keep my eyes open. I seem to be much better off if I do not eat anything at all during the day. I realize this may be your body's response after a very large meal but why after a light lunch?? Any suggestions on what may be the cause??"Replies
04/17/2013: Kay from In The Valley, Ca, Us replies: "I would try leaving out the bread and the yogurt. If you notice a difference in a few days, try adding one back, give that a few days. If you don't notice a difference, add the other item. Some people don't digest gluten or dairy very well and the body has to work harder. Try some chicken or maybe sardines with a salad, I bet you'll feel more alert. Good Luck"
04/17/2013: Citygirl27 from Richardson, Tx, Usa replies: "It's the pretzels and the wheat bread. Find snacks and lunch items that don't contain wheat. Also if your yogurt had any sugar added, it will add to the effect."
04/17/2013: Louwrence from Rustenburg, North West, South Africa replies: "Hi Judy, All the starch that you are eating is making you tired, try having more protein & you will not have the slump, protein & salad will sustain your energy."
04/17/2013: Kathy from the USA replies: "Hi Judy, Could be the bread. Do you use mayonnaise? Yogurt is not as good for you as advertised. Check out the ingredients and Google MSG for a menu about "truth" and what has happened to our food supply. We have been inundated with genetically modified food that is hard to digest. Try to avoid anything that contains soy or corn."
[NAY] 07/04/2010: Seagal from Lville, Ga,usa: "Fatigue
Hello. I am reaching out for help. Last month I had a hida scan done which resulted in everything functioning normally. Last year I had a endoscopy done which showed acute gastritis. Went to see a different Gastro Dr. who has me taking a ppi which I think is contributing to flu like aches. Before that I had and still have this pain that won't go away in upper right chest thru shoulder. It is constant, most days I have to take acetomeniphen or the like for the pain in order to sleep. I clinch my teeth because of the pain and now that hurts. I am tired all the time and I am getting to the point where I don't feel like doing anything on my days off from work. My thoughts are foggy, I feel I am one big ache.
Sorry to be whining. I have tried the apple cider vinegar/baking soda a while back which helped the acid reflux but the pain was still there. I also did the lemon/lime and baking soda with water in the mornings to achieve a ph (pain still there). I am talking in circles here I know. Please, your imput is greatly appreciated. Should I go for more tests etc.? What to do."Replies
[YEA] 10/06/2010: Rebecca from Columbia, Sc replies: "Try Quecertin for aches. May take up to 6 wks, but it works. Take 2,500mg/day. I used to take 1 in the morning, 1 in the evening. Now I just take 1/day for maintenance."
06/30/2011: Stefan from Slc, Utah replies: "Speak to a naturopath or nutritionist. Chances are you have a deficiency in a specific vitamin or mineral. I bet you could correct your chest pain with a change to your diet and lifestyle. Drugs just create new problems as you already know."
06/06/2012: Caitlin from Austin, Tx replies: "I empathize with anyone who has this problem. I know this is late in coming but I'd lie to give my personal experience with acute 1-shoulder pain. I have spoken to SO many people who have this problem. For my father-in-law, eliminating milk did the trick. For me, it was eliminating my allergy to wheat, corn and milk which was not only causing this pain but bloating, eyesight degineration, weight gain, itching, hair loss and a host of other problems. I say, fix YOUR diet; fix your pains. After totally eliminating the big 3 from my diet, my pain gradually subsided to none at all. This took about 8-9 days. If I eat any one of these 3 foods on consecutive days, the pain re-establishes into my right shoulder, chest, and now my forearm. So if doctors can't figure it out, look to your diet. Starting with a a basic meat, fruit and veggie diet for a while may eliminate the pain; then, adding back (one at a time) grains, milk & even sugar and corn syrup - will show what food is triggering this excruciating pain. Don't give up, your answer is waiting for you - you just need to believe that you can solve this problem."
Apple Cider Vinegar
[YEA] 04/17/2010: Mercy from Overton, Nevada: "Apple Cider Vinegar for Energy
I have been suffering from fatigue for several months now. Actually longer. But, it's gotten worse. My husband has pretty much given up on our house being clean. He (my hubby) found this sight on Sunday while searching for ways to help our sick cat. I started reading up on the apple cider vinegar uses and started using the drink for energy on Tuesday. I didn't search deep enough to find out that the vinegar should be the unpasterized kind with the "mother" in it. I did use the basic store brand kind and started feeling better by the second day. This is the fourth day and I do feel better. The past two days are the first in months that I haven't felt like I needed a nap desperatly. I bought some of the vinegar with the "mother" in it today. So, we'll see how it goes. I'm so thankfull that we found this websight. Now, if only my cat would get better...
10/14/2012: Jj from Wooster, Ohio replies: "I used to have fibromyalgia. I no longer have it. I read a book called A More Excellent Way. The information helped me be free of the pain and the root of the problem. Now I have more control of my life! I have been sleeping better but still have a little fatigue. Where can I buy the unpasteurized ACV?"
[YEA] 08/18/2007: Anya from Phoenix, Arizona: "I am now a firm believer of the benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar. For the past 6 months I have been suffering from extreme fatigue, and do not know why. I've been to many doctors and not one can tell me why. I think I have it narrowed down to either chronic fatigue syndrome, valley fever or an allergy. I started taking ACV on a regular basis (3T per day) for the past 2 week. I can't even explain how much better I feel...it has given me my life back after 6 months of suffering. I still do not know what exactly is causing the fatigue, but I no longer have it! I would recommend this to everyone! I feel great, no more brain fog, fatigue, sore throat and my headaches are GONE. I finally feel normal again!"Replies
09/03/2009: Anon from Mccomb, Ms replies: "It sounds like Fibromialgia (sp?) that you are suffering from. The best cause I've been able to find is MSG (MonoSodium Glutimate), a horrible additive that is in every kind of food. The thing that helps with Fibromualgia is a supplement/medicine called Guaifenesin, the main ingredient in cough syrup. The Guaifenesin by itself works better. Also, cut out all the MSG you can."
Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda for Fatigue
Home Remedy Ingredients
- Apple Cider Vinegar - 1 Teaspoon
- Baking Soda - 1/4 Teaspoon
- Filtered Water - Large Glass
Taking one-quarter teaspoon of baking soda mixed into up to two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar (ACV) in a large glass of water can be an excellent overall health tonic, addressing the multiple causes that lead to chronic fatigue. Try starting with just one teaspoon of ACV, then working your way up (and watch out for the fizz!).
[YEA] 02/10/2007: Jane from Odessa, TX: "I have struggled with GERD, Overweight, and fatigue for several years. After the medical discovery that Prilosec, Nexium and other medications as these can stop calcium from being absorbed in your bones, I was a little scared. So I decided to do some web surfing for natural cures.. And YOU WERE HERE! Over a week ago I started the ACV and HOT water with baking soda mixture. The first three days I lost 5 pounds and my reflux problem was gone. It tried to come back later that first week, so I increased my intake of AVC to a more powerful solution.
1/2 cup of ACV
1/2 cup of water
1/2 teaspoon of Baking Soda ( 1 x day)
Today I weighed again ad I have lost 9 lbs! I am so happy! Plus my blood pressure is becoming more stable. The GERD is gone. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you for this website! God bless you guys!"Replies
10/09/2010: Catherine from Wellington, New Zealand replies: "Hi Jane, I was interested to see the VERY strong dose of ACV you have been taking. I haven't found the usual dose of 2 Tbsp to 8 ozs water to have any effect on my fatigue so thought to try your remedy today in case I needed a bigger boost. (Your remedy being 8 times the usual recommended amount of ACV)
I intend to try this for a week, but I have to say I chickened out of 1/2 cup ACV and used 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup water and 1/2 tsp BS. There was a bit of burn going down but it didn't last long. The main thing was an immediate feeling of nausea though it faded away after 10 mins. I will keep at this level for a week, see how it goes and maybe up the dose next week. Cheers, Catherine"
08/06/2012: Serach from Brookline, Ma, Usa replies: "I have written a number of posts, but no one has responded. I foolishly, changed my screen name and city/country in the hope that folks would think I was someone different and would respond. I was not trying to decieve any one . I am just despearate for help and did no know what else to do. I humbly apologize.
I need help with horrific pain in my neck and shoulders and also foot etc. Under the skin it feels gravelly and broken up;massage seems to exacerbate it. It feels kind of crispy, crusty, crunchy-its not visible though- It feels like hot fiery needles and the pain is constant and excruciating.
I do not do well with vinegar and feel worse after drinking it as it is fermented I am also unbeliveably tired and generally wake around 3 am. My digestion is not good and I feel physically toxic and full of sullenness and resentment.
Please have compassion and help.
08/06/2012: Mmsg from Somewhere, Europe replies: "Serach, how about trying to start with Epsom Salts baths? Read about it here on EC."
08/06/2012: Mike from Montreal, Quebec replies: "My suggestion for you is to read on your own and don't be afraid to experiment with natural products instead of expecting to find someone with the exact same symptoms you have.
This will no doubt provide you with good basic knowledge of the human body enough over time to eventually find a cure to your unfortunate illness.
Start with this site in the ailments section and look for people who have experienced similar symptoms related to your illness and then go from there.
Change your eating habits towards a healthier one, try various types of supplements one at the time and then listen to what your body is telling you in response. The fact that you are still breathing and have not been diagnosed with terminal cancer means you have a very good chance of fighting your disease.
Wish you best of luck!!"
08/06/2012: Bill from San Fernando, Phiippines replies: "Hi Serach... Your mood problems, insomnia, lack of energy, digestive problems and possible excess calcium in your diet and blood problems all lead me to suspect certain things. You seem to have mineral defficiencies, heavy metal in excess etc. Many of your symptoms also suggest low thyroid and even possible candida issues.
My suggestion is for you to confirm your problems by going to a naturopath and first getting a hair analysis test. This will tell tou what minerals you are lacking and what heavy metals and halides you have in excess in your body. Then get yourself tested for candida as well.
The graininess of you blood is also a worry. This suggest liver or possible kidney insufficiencies. You can confirm this by having a full blood/urine test.
If you do have candida issues then have a look at the anti-candida protocol with diet which is shown at this link:
This protocol consists of body detox, minerals, anti-oxidant immune boost, candida attack remedies and a diet."
08/08/2012: Robyn from Melbourne, Australia replies: "Welcome to the club, (20 yrs) after yrs of massage, heat, accupuncture, psychobabble, a bunch of things that made it worse, trying all the docs meds, ALL the stuff around on fibro and cfs. The pain never stops. I have to take the morphine or Id do myself in. Can I suggest a hair analysis to see if you can get more of an insight as to whats going on. What about asking the doc for a virus panel? I am conscious of my liver so try to go real easy on the drugs. 1/2 an endep takes the pain back a few notches AND is good for sleep. I never slept in my life until I took that. Guanefesin helps with the pain for awhile if you want something more natural. email me if you want."
[YEA] 02/08/2007: Dani from Soutwick, MA: "I started out my freshman year in highschool very nicely until about November, when winter started to hit. I became extrememly fatigued and had an unusually hard time waking up in the morning. The exhaustion would carry out through the day, to the point where I missed too much school and now have to retake some classes.I've been drinking acv -2 capfulls in a glass of water- everyday for about a month. Lately I have been waking up at around 6:30 every day, with energy! I used to wake up fully rested at about 9:30. I think it's amazing. I also can't remember the last time I had any sort of sickness. In our town there seems to be something new every week, but nothing's hit me all winter. This stuff is magic."
[YEA] 03/05/2009: Robyn from Hampton, TN: "How To Treat Fatigue After A Long Sickness: This really works.....eat lots of avocados and take a B12 Tablet. That is it....It rebuilds up your strength. Robyn"
[YEA] 01/11/2012: Jeanne from Los Angeles, California: "Celery for fatigue: when I was teaching, even if I was starving, eating three or four large celery stalks gave me the energy to deliver a three hour lecture. I am now a celery proselytizer!"
[YEA] 05/06/2010: Anonymous from Manitowoc, Wisconsin, Usa: "Chlorophyll helped fatigue and mental fog
If you're feeling tense, lethargic, foggy headed, indecisive, digestively unsound try taking a chlorophyll algae supplement, or making wheatgrass juice. Apparently wheatgrass is the same as quackgrass/crabgrass? Just go into the back 40 and pick a bunch (providing there are no chemicals/pesticides etc back there..), the roots are good too. Put it through the blender with some water, pour it onto a towel over a bowl and squeeze the juice/water out. Or you can get a juicer like I eventually did. Well worth the $250. Run some dandelions through roots and all, too. Dandelion root tea helps a lot, too. Tea two or three times a day, a full glass of juice once or twice a day."
[YEA] 02/08/2007: Nicola from Basingstoke, UK: "I started using coconut oil 5 days ago - because I heard that it helps you to lose weight. I've not really tracked my weight so far, but I can say, hand on heart, that I have suddenly found a load more energy from somewhere. My 3 year old still wakes me up through the night and some evenings it was as much as I could do to just sit in the chair watching TV or playing with my computer. I now feel energised enough to WANT to wash up etc.. I have noticed that I need to use the bathroom a lot more (maybe having 4-6 number "2s" during the day - which is highly unusual as normally it's 1-2 every other day) -and I've developed an incredible wind problem in the evening. I normally take 1 tablespoon first thing in the morning with my smoothie and it instantly wakes me up. Tonight for the first time I've taken another tablespoon so I'll see how I get on. Can't say I like the taste of it straight out of the jar - it made me feel sick the first day - but can't taste it in the smoothies. I used Holland & Barratt - which costs. c£9.95 but have no idea if its cold pressed/virgin etc.."Replies
[YEA] 12/19/2012: Hollie from Honolulu, Hawaii replies: "Thanks Nicola from the UK! I'm 39 yrs old with a long case of ailments and terrible fatigue. I'm always trying to take anything that will give me energy, with no luck. Somehow I stumbled on to this site, and was reading about how cocounut oil taking by mouth can give you energy along with other helpful uses. I took only about a third of a tsp ( worried that it is a laxative ), and WOW, INSTANT ENERGY! I love this site and I will tell you if I have any other benefits, thankyou Earth Clinic and much Aloha from Hawaii!"
[YEA] 01/19/2013: E.m.d. from Ft. Collins, C.o., U.s.a. replies: "I, too have noticed an energy boost when I take coconut oil. I started having some in the hope that it would help with my freezing cold hands and feet. However, I noticed that within five minutes of eating coconut oil, my mind cleared and became very focused. It also made me a bit sick to my stomach when I had it straight from the jar. So, I put a few tablespoons in a blender with a couple of handfuls of walnuts (you could use any nuts). This makes an oily nutbutter. You can use a spoon to drop it in small dollops on a plate and cool it in the fridge/freezer for a few minutes before popping them off and storing them in an airtight container in the fridge. You can also add other herbs/powders to the mix if you want. I usually add some of the following: cayenne, cinnamon, cocoa powder, sea salt, dried leafy greens (just throw them in a spice grinder after dehydrating them - this is great if you have a CSA or buy huge amounts of spinach at Costco), etc. then, I nibble on one throughout the day. I probably eat about a tablespoon total. It's just an idea!"
12/29/2011: Obeybunny from Santa Ana, California, United States Of America: "Maybe it's a sugar crash your experiencing or maybe you are doing something that bores you and your subconscious is trying to do you a favor by putting you to sleep. Regardless, you need to stay awake, but your eyelids are sagging shut and you simply lack the muscle power to move them open again.
Here is what you do. Rub the undersides of your eyes with cold water. In 3 seconds, you'll be wide awake.
It doesn't need to be a violent splash of water on your whole face like they do in the movies, a simple damp wash cloth will do.
Obviously, make sure you get at least 6 hours of sleep within each 24 hour period. It might also help if you don't eat sugary foods (or foods that quickly turn to sugar in your bloodstream like bread). You can also try sleeping on a more comfortable mattress, sleeping to the sound of a fan (if little noises that are amplified by your bedrooms' dead silence are keeping you awake), and taking Melatonin (melatonin is healthier than a sleeping pill, less addictive, and impossible to commit suicide with) to ensure that you are getting enough restful sleep during the night."
Eliminate High Histamine Foods
[YEA] 01/20/2013: Terry M from Redondo Beach, California, Usa: "Hi! I have suffered from fatigue for many years. I found a naturopath who told me that my fatigue issue wasn't a virus, but a high histamine response to certain foods. Since then I have tried to follow a largely dairy-free, wheat-free diet and have found a huge increase in energy when I do. But there are plenty of days when I "fall off the wagon", eat pizza or banana bread and within an hour of eating start feeling exhausted and just want to sleep. Hope this helps someone with fatigue. God Bless."
Hydrogen Peroxide Inhalation Method
[YEA] 10/31/2007: Christiane from Los Angeles, CA: "I have been experimenting with several rememdies. I have been doing the HP inhalation for a few weeks now but only when fatigued. I use a throat spray bottle and spray a few times until I cough while inhaling, that seems to be the only way that I can determine that it's not just coating the back of my throat. I notice that it works almost immediately to get me out of that "desperately need more sleep" haze. It lifts that "heavy" feeling. I tried it again 2 days ago when I only got 4 hours of sleep with the intent that if I did the HP inhalation and it worked AGAIN then I would be convinced. I'm completely convinced for fatigue purposes at this time. I intend to increase my usage soon.
Also, I read where someone mentioned using iodine on cysts. I am using it on a cyst (may be caused by an ingrown hair or not!)on my shin, about the size of the circumferance of a sharpie marker. I started this a few weeks ago and was applying the iodine once a day for about 3 days straight. Then I forgot about it. I just happened to look this morning and it has shrunk by about half and the skin on top just peeled off. I will be starting up again today to see if I can get rid of it completely over the next week or so.
I have Candida but no insurance and I was trying a product that has been rated as the number 1 recommended product. Unfortunately, it felt like my kidneys were not happy about it so I had to get off of it. I am going to try some other methods to see if it helps. I'll post when I know more."
09/04/2012: Robyn from Perth, Western Australia, Australia: "I know this is not strictly an ailment that needs treatment but I was hoping to get some feedback on Jet Lag treatments/remedies that may be beneficial. I will be travelling from Australia to Europe, so as can be imagined the times zones will be extreme. While any responses will benefit me, I know many Earth Clinic officianados must travel and I won't be the only beneficiary. Thanks"Replies
09/05/2012: Mmsg from Somewhere, Europe replies: "Robyn, I was told to sit in the sun WITH EYES TIGHTLY SHUT for about ten minutes at a time (once a day?) after landing. It seems to readjust a person's circadian rhythms."
09/05/2012: Timh from Louisville, Ky, Usa replies: "Robyn, Melatonin helps the "circadian rhythms" in the brain, among other benefits."
09/06/2012: Pete from Brazil replies: "My trick is to take melatonin. Once you arrive at your destination make sure you stay awake until local night-time. 30 minutes before going to bed take your melatonin. It's not a total solution but it helps. Good luck!"