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Wake up! It’s annoying just reading that, let alone hearing someone shout it at you, right? But exhaustion is a very real and regular challenge for many of us. If we’re not getting enough (or proper) rest, we could be putting ourselves and others in harm’s way when we’re not focused on the task at hand, but rather wondering just how many sheep we can actually count before zzzzzz

If 8–10 glorious sleep-full hours of rest each night are alluding you, try adding these fatigue fighting foods, herbs and supplements into your diet, to boost your energy, naturally.

Foods to fight fatigue

Do yourself a favor, whether you get enough sleep each night or not, and add energizing whole plant foods to all of your meals. The less processed food is, the gentler on your digestion, which means more energy can be used to keep you awake, alert and ready to go. Try these to start:

  1. Kale
  2. Beets
  3. Cabbage
  4. Bee pollen
  5. Hemp protein
  6. Nuts
  7. Coconuts (oil and water)
  8. Rice
  9. Potatoes
  10. Pickles
  11. Chocolate
  12. Chia seeds
  13. Pumpkin seeds
  14. Sunflower seeds
  15. Spinach
  16. Oranges
  17. Grapefruits
  18. Avocado
  19. Hot peppers
  20. Beans
  21. Quinoa
  22. Pineapple
  23. Strawberries
  24. Broccoli
  25. Carrots                                                                                                                                                                                             

Herbs to fight fatigue

The herbal kingdom provides a wide array of natural energizers.  Always consult with your primary care physician before adding herbal supplements to your diet.

  1. Ginger
  2. Ginseng
  3. Chlorella
  4. Wheatgrass
  5. Spirulina
  6. Longan berries
  7. Camu berries
  8. Rhodiola
  9. Chaga mushroom
  10. Reishi mushroom
  11. Lemongrass
  12. Goji berries
  13. Astragalus
  14. Nettle
  15. Ashwaganda
  16. Black walnut
  17. Licorice
  18. Ginko
  19. Alfalfa
  20. Yellow dock
  21. Maca root
  22. Yerba mate
  23. Green tea
  24. Shisandra
  25. Prickly ash

Supplements that fight fatigue

Vitamins, minerals and amino acids are some of the quickest ways to give our energy reserves a natural boost. Chances are, if you’re adding energizing foods into your diet, you’ll be getting a lot of these already, but in a fatigue emergency, nothing beats a good quality B-12 boost or some amino acids for sustained and natural energy.

  1. Thiamine (B-1)
  2. Riboflavin (B-2)
  3. Niacin (B-3)
  4. Pantothenic acid (B-5)
  5. Pyridoxine (B-6)
  6. Biotin (B-7)
  7. Folic acid (B-9)
  8. Cyanocobalamin (B-12)
  9. Iron
  10. Vitamin C
  11. Magnesium
  12. Carnitine
  13. Glutamine
  14. Glycine
  15. Taurine
  16. Creatine
  17. Tyrosine
  18. Phenylalanine
  19. Coenzyme Q10
  20. MSM
  21. Chromium
  22. Conjugated Linoleic Acid

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