Migraine is a time management nightmare.
You avoid making plans because you never know how you’ll feel that day. Your relationships are suffering because you can’t commit to spending time with your family and friends. You wish you had the energy to be there.
You live in fear of the times you absolutely have to be present.
It’s called counting spoons. You only have so much energy to spend, and when it’s gone, you’re done. Some days, just getting yourself washed and fed is more than you can handle.
Besides that, being in pain all the time is so exhausting.
You’re sick and tired of being sick and tired. You just want to break the cycle and get back to living life like a normal person. Sometimes, it seems so far out of reach.
It’s not. You still have the power to change.
If you want to get your energy back, there are some easy solutions that are really effective too. You’ll need to figure out what is draining your vitality before you can decide what is going to work best for you.
Here are the top 4 reasons for chronic exhaustion, and what you can do to fix them.
Reason #1: You’ve Lost Track of Day and Night
Your energy levels are pre-programmed to naturally fluctuate with the cycle of day and night. Then life happens, and the program gets corrupted.
Your pineal gland is a pea-sized organ deep inside your brain that maintains your circadian rhythm. It signals your body to increase energy in the daylight and rest in the darkness.
Your pineal gland loses track of the cycle when you spend too many days in darkened rooms and too many late nights under bright lights. If you have trouble waking up in the morning or going to sleep at night, you can get your energy back by resetting your circadian rhythm.
Get out into the sunlight during the daytime, especially in the morning. Use full-spectrum lighting to simulate daylight when you’re stuck inside during the day.
Set a regular sleep schedule and stick to it. Make sure your bedroom is totally dark, too. Take a melatonin supplement before bed to help you get to sleep if necessary, and discontinue the supplement once your body gets accustomed to its new schedule.
Limit any daytime napping to mid-afternoon, around 2-3 pm. The energy drop you feel around this time is natural, so mid-afternoon naps actually enhance your circadian cycle.
The pineal gland can be physically damaged from exposure to fluoride. If your municipal water supply has fluoride added, don’t drink it! Even filtering does not remove fluoride from water. Switching to a toothpaste that does not contain fluoride will minimizes exposure. Lecithin supplements will help your body eliminate excess fluoride.
Reason #2: You Can’t Handle the Stress
Stress is part of life; you can’t avoid it. Your body was designed to respond to stress with an abundance of energy.
Adrenaline is a hormone that makes you feel energized when you are stressed. It makes you more alert, stronger, faster, and dexterous. Your body generates adrenaline in response to stress as part of your innate fight-or-flight reaction.
When you are under constant stress for long periods of time, your natural response is diminished. Your body enters a state of adrenal fatigue, where the adrenal glands can no longer keep up with the constant demand for adrenal energy.
When stressful situations drain your energy and make you moody and irritable, you are suffering from adrenal fatigue.
Resetting your adrenal response is a real challenge when stress remains present in your life. Learning to be mindful of stress and your response to stressful situations is most beneficial. A daily meditation practice will help you get control of your stress.
Using caffeine to boost your energy makes adrenal fatigue worse. Caffeine works by stimulating the adrenal glands, and when the adrenals are already overworked, caffeine actually makes you more exhausted. Eliminating caffeine from your diet gives your adrenal glands a chance to recover.
Vitamin C is directly involved in adrenaline production, so it is believed that vitamin C supplements will improve adrenal function. Ashwagandha root is the best herbal remedy for adrenal fatigue. It helps your adrenal glands re-calibrate the stress response.
Reason #3: You’re Too Toxic
Toxins flow through your body on a daily basis. Whether it’s a virus like the flu, mold, bacteria, fungus, or heavy metal, your body is exposed to toxins constantly. Toxins are also created inside your body as the byproducts of metabolism.
Toxic exposure is totally natural. Your digestive system, circulatory system, lymphatic system, and immune system all play a part in eliminating toxins from your body.
Sometimes these systems get overwhelmed. There are simply too many toxins to deal with, or the system isn’t doing its job efficiently enough to keep up. Your body gets overworked, and frankly, it’s exhausting.
When you’re run down by toxic overload, your body needs support in eliminating toxins. First of all, it needs a steady supply of water and electrolytes. It needs a clean environment to live in, clean food, exercise, and rest. You know, all the basics of good health.
Herbal supplements stimulate the different systems to process toxins more efficiently. Dandelion and milk thistle support your liver, which clears toxins from your bloodstream. Calendula encourages the flow of lymph through your lymphatic system, which removes cellular waste. Psyllium helps your bowels move, eliminating waste from your digestive tract. Echinacea supports your immune system in combating toxins.
This is just a sample of the many possibilities for helping your body eliminate toxins. Consult with your doctor or a certified herbalist to choose the best solutions for your unique situation.
Reason #4: Even Your Cells Are Exhausted
Your cells produce energy. As the basic units of life within your body, the energy generated by your cells is essential to your body’s ability to function.
When cellular energy production drops, you feel tired “down to your bones”. You can’t think straight, lose coordination, and experience strange sensations all over your body. You are likely to get a migraine.
Many factors play a role in the cells’ ability to produce energy, including nutrition, circulation, and genetics. Parceling out the cause of energy loss is extremely difficult, but there are specific steps you can take to overcome it.
Repairing cellular energy loss starts with nutrition. You’ll need a steady supply of protein and carbohydrates, which are converted into energy. The B vitamins are catalysts for energy production in different types of cells. Magnesium, sodium, calcium, and potassium are critical for normal cellular function.
The most important nutrient is coenzyme Q10, which is directly involved in the energy conversion process inside every cell of your body. It encourages the flow of blood and oxygen through your circulatory system. Surprisingly, it can also make up for some genetic deficiencies in cellular metabolism. Only 100 mg of coenzyme Q10 daily is enough for most people to restore normal cell function.
Get Your Energy Back
You may have noticed that all four of these energy-sapping conditions interact with each other. Your circadian rhythm directly impacts your adrenal response. Adrenal exhaustion increases the toxins in your body, and diminishes your ability to manage them. Toxins in your bloodstream make it harder for your cells to generate energy.
So, which is the most likely reason you’re exhausted? The easiest way to find out is by following the 5 Steps to Solving Your Migraine Mystery. This method will let you deconstruct your unique condition by peeling back the layers one by one, until you find an answer.