Natural Remedies for Fatigue

| Modified on Nov 14, 2023
Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Narrativeways (North Little Rock, Arkansas) on 09/03/2016

I am a 32 year old female. The last 6 months I have felt a lot of fatigue. Just full blown exhaustion. Small errands seemed like giant tasks. On top of that, I also went through about 5 sinus infections. And some of the worst morning congestion I had ever had in my life. Just a big ball of misery. Having a hyper energetic 5 year old son I couldn't keep up with was depressing me because I have always gone the extra mile for him.

I'm a firm believer in ACV. However I too sometimes don't drink it daily (busy life and kid) and sometimes slack off. After day 1 back on it I felt 50% better. Less congestion and less fatigue.

Day 2: about 70% better.

Day 3: good as new.

I wouldn't say it gives me energy but it's more like it just makes me feel fully awake and alert and I just feel good and I FEEL HEALTHY again. I go to work and in the afternoons I am back to being super mom with no dragging exhaustion. I can just get up and do things again without that constant fatigue feeling. Getting groceries isn't a daunting task. Laundry gets done and put up. It's been 3 weeks now since I've been back to the ACV and after this horrible last run of being tired and sickly I will NOT slack off again and I keep several bottles of it and leave a bottle on my counter so there is no more "outta sight outta mind".

Here is my routine:

First I drink an 8oz glass of just room temp water after I wake up. Then I put about a tablespoon of ACV in 12oz of WARM water (mixes better in warm water and helps take away the vinegar taste - also I dilute it a bit more by using 12oz instead of 8oz water) and sip that every few minutes while I'm getting ready for work in the morning. If I drink it fast it can upset my stomach so I have found it better to not chug it all at once. Occasionally I'll add a teaspoon of raw organic honey but most mornings just the ACV diluted in warm water. I don't care what anyone else says. I found what has worked for me and I am sticking to it.

My only suggestion to anyone who says it upset their stomach would be to try diluting it a bit more like I did and/or try sipping that warm mixture while you get ready for work or do any kind of morning routine instead of chugging it all at once.

Thank you Earth Clinic. I've been a long time lurker but finally wanted to share what ACV has done for me personally and how much my overall well being has improved since back on it.

Eliminate High Histamine Foods
Posted by Terry M (Redondo Beach, California, Usa) on 01/20/2013

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.

Alkalizing Remedies
Posted by Trish (Canada) on 10/12/2016

Normally when I get up in the morning I am stiff and have no energy, but when I drink lots of water with some apple cider vinegar or lemon juice, I lose the stiffness and feel very energetic. For me it is the water that gives me the energy.

Posted by Daffodil (Seattle, Wa) on 04/11/2014

I had debilitating fatigue for 10 years. I slept all the time and was fatigued with the brain fog, etc. when I was awake. I had really tried everything to fix it but nothing really worked. Then I went to a chiropractor (I found him online, he had very good reviews). The first time I went to him he did an adjustment on me, and there was this massive cracking and popping. I don't know how this works but after this adjustment I just felt so much different- I could fall asleep relatively easily, I slept well, and I could wake up at a normal hour. I know that different people have different responses to chiropractic care, but I had never heard of this as a potential solution to my fatigue, and it has changed my life. If you have tried everything else, it might be useful to find a trusted chiropractor and see if a chiropractic adjustment helps you.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Lucia Maria (Pomona, New York) on 12/19/2014

I hope your cat is better...Try using the Apple Cider Vinegar on your cat, I did! About a 1/4 Teaspoon mixed with 1/2 teaspoon water mixed together and rub it on your cat's fur and your cat will lick it off. I rubbed Coconut oil on my cat's fur today, not that much but just enough and he licked it off. If Apple Cider Vinegar and Coconut Oil is good for people, it is also good for animals! I read up on this on this site first to make sure!

Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda
Posted by Anthony (Cary, NC) on 02/12/2007

Hey guys. First off, I've been following this site for some time now. It's great -- I recommend it to everyone. My grandmother used to take ACV years ago and I'd try it and it was horrible to the taste. So since i have been really getting in to natural medicine. I started taking acv in a pill form. and it gave me a yeast infection. YES, I'm a man with a yeast infection. It's horrible and my pH is always acidic. I'm also a vegan. no meat whatssoever.. I have been like this for 10 yrs, so I read about Ted's baking soda trick. I tried and threw up. I'm a wimp. so what i did was open up the acv pill, empty half of the powder out, and put baking soda in its place. I take two a day every other day.. OMG I tell I woke up this morning and shot outta bed and ran around the house. my wife thought I was nuts.. I told her I have so much energy. I always wake up tired. and aches. TED I LOVE U!!!!!! Wish there were more people in the world like you. Thanks for helping us.

Alkalizing Remedies
Posted by Seagal (Lville, Ga,usa) on 07/04/2010


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.

Alkalizing Remedies
Posted by Caitlin (Austin, Tx) on 06/06/2012

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.

Alkalizing Remedies
Posted by Kate (Springfield, Oregon) on 08/19/2014

Dr. Hulda Clarke states in her books that shoulder pain is caused by gallstones which she advises using her liver cleanse to treat. I personally have done her parasite, and liver cleanse and can state that it did get rid of my severe shoulder pain.

Her books, like The Cure for all Diseases describes how to do the cleanses (the parasite cleanse is done first), and essentially cure yourself. I don't agree with all of her views, but I do agree with her parasite, liver and kidney cleanses as being a very large step toward healing thyself. Hope this helps.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Mercy (Overton, Nevada) on 04/17/2010

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...
Thanks ACV

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Anya (Phoenix, Arizona) on 08/18/2007

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 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!

Posted by Jeanne (Los Angeles, California) on 01/11/2012

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!

Coconut Oil
Posted by Hollie (Honolulu, Hawaii) on 12/19/2012

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!

Posted by Karen (Lucedale, MS) on 11/17/2006

After reading the blackstrap molasses cure, I realized that this is what has cured my sugar cravings and constipation after 25 yrs of i have lost weight in the past 2 or 3 weeks. my sugar cravings have stopped. i use the bathroom after taking the syrup. i have also been taking enzymes since i have no gallbladder so i wasn't sure how i lost 7 0r 8 lbs. but now i know.and my fatigue is gone. i've been fighting fatigue for the past 4 yrs. i feel better now than i have in 4 yrs. I have been battling a lot of things. but everything is getting better. and i'm also sharing this information with my brothers and sisters cause we all have digestive issues and degenerative bones. It's wonderful.

Afternoon Fatigue
Posted by Kay (In The Valley, Ca, Us) on 04/17/2013

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

Afternoon Fatigue
Posted by Selectatarian (Md) on 06/11/2017 9 posts

Just a thought but for myself, Wheat makes me sleepy. Try changing out the wheat bread for a different kind. I don't know if you drink while you eat but if you do, maybe try not to. Drinking 30 minutes or more before your meal stimulates digestive enzymes and acids while drinking during a meal actually dilutes them. This forces your body to work harder to digest the meal you ate. It's a tough one but it could be your answer. Good luck!

Tomato Soup Tea
Posted by Jc (siafulinux) (Savannah, Georgia) on 04/20/2011

Hi everyone. I had sinus pain over the weekend and tried the tomato tea listed elsewhere on this site to see if it would help. It didn't help for the pain, but I had no congestion - which is what it's supposed to help with. However, what I discovered though was that the next morning I felt quite a bit better than I normally do.

I usually suffer from a constant "drained" feeling no matter how much or little sleep I get. There is normally this heavy feeling in my eyes. My day goes by with sitting on the couch, laying in bed later than I need to or sitting in front of the computer dreading having to go out or do anything around the house because I just feel so drained. Before going to work I take an energy pill to "get going" and to help me think clearer and that's after a number of doses of coffee.

Since the weekend I've been drinking tomato "tea" made with tomato soup, about a half a cup, with hot water. I am enjoying the taste! I'm going to start adding some Cayenne to it as well, but not a lot. So far though I've noticed no more energy pills to go through my day and I'm able to get more done. I feel normal again!

I don't want to describe this as it is when drinking an energy drink or taking a pill, but there is this mostly steady feeling of "capability" to get things done I didn't have before. Not sure if there's just something in the tomato that I've been missing, but it does include some B vitamins, vitamin A and C as well as Iron and Potassium It's like a natural multivitamin that's actually working. :-)

I drink two to three of these drinks a day; halfing a cheap 54c can. Going to look for organic without any High Fructose Corn Syrup though but for now the benefits outweigh any bad.

So not sure if this would help anyone else, but certainly is worth trying. Like I said, this may just be due to me lacking something the tomato is providing, but it's working well for me so far. Going to keep this up for awhile and then report back later if I'm still feeling the same; give it some time and see how it goes.

Thanks E.C. And all it's contributers; if this continues, you've given me my "life" back!

Alkalizing Remedies
Posted by Stefan (Slc, Utah) on 06/30/2011

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.

Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda
Posted by Jane (Odessa, TX) on 02/10/2007

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!

Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda
Posted by Dani (Soutwick, MA) on 02/08/2007

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.

Coconut Oil
Posted by Nicola (Basingstoke, UK) on 02/08/2007

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..

Coconut Oil
Posted by Seth (California, US) on 03/18/2015

Coconut oil in solid form is kinda nasty...

That said, coconut oil and I get along wonderfully! I eat roughly 5 tablespoons a day, and no it is not a laxative. :)

The reason it's so great for energy is because the medium chain triglycerides (the type of fat in coconut oil) is instantly usable by the cells in our body for energy. The mitochondria can eat it up right away.

This kind of fat is very, very healthy and has all kinds of other benefits as well, including digestive, brain, and nervous system boosts!

Posted by Jan (TX) on 01/30/2006

One teaspoon daily dipped and dripping with Blackstrap Molasses (House of Herbs 70% iron content) totally eliminated my anemia, dizziness and fatigue. I drink it in hot water or eat it straight off the spoon. If I forget to take it or run out, all symptoms return within days.

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