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June 13, 2004

Fatigue &

Low Energy

Conquering Fatigue: A

True Tale

You know a woman is scared when she flies cross-country

to consult with a doctor she’s never met. And Katherine was just

short of panic stricken when she arrived at my office.

The 45-year-old former dynamo was terrified that

exhaustion was going to cost her the life she had worked so hard

to create. Until recently, she had been like a house on fire. Her

talent, dedication, and willingness to work long hours (many on

the road) had allowed her to prosper and buy the home of her dreams—while

supporting her mother and two “highly dependent” cats.

In the last year, however, something had gone dreadfully

wrong. She awoke each day exhausted and foggy-headed. She rallied

by 10 a.m., but started declining at 3 p.m., and kept fading until

bedtime. She barely had the energy to socialize with friends. She

even gave up hunting for treasure at local flea markets. To try

to boost her energy and maintain her productivity at work, she consumed

cup after cup of strong coffee with “energy bars,” plus

what she called “a substantial lunch” (a fast food cheeseburger

or fried chicken)—but it wasn’t working. Concerned that she

might be terribly ill, she consulted her physician, who gave her

a clean bill of health when test after test revealed nothing unusual.

But Katherine knew she was far from fine and was

determined to learn why. Fortunately, after a physical exam and

a chat, I was able to offer an explanation that was later confirmed

by the right lab tests: her poor dietary habits. In particular,

her diet was virtually devoid of potassium and magnesium.

Katherine was all ears as I explained that she

was depriving herself of two nutrients required for energy production,

a problem that couldn’t be solved by jolts of caffeine or nutritionally

imbalanced, sugary snack bars masquerading as health food.

Next, we came up with a game plan for improving

her diet. The coffee, the fast food, and the energy bars would have

to go. They would be replaced by more sensible choices, including

a wide variety of the magnesium- and potassium-rich foods.

Katherine had no objections; she loved eating these

foods, but had somehow stopped preparing them for herself. To be

certain that she ate sensibly while on the road and at work, she

agreed to keep a stash of almonds handy and to purchase a small

cooler and Thermos; she vowed to keep the latter filled with such

homemade delights as lima bean salad and lentil soup with carrots.

On long trips, she promised to drive past the fast food haunts and

stop at restaurants that offered fish, vegetarian entrées,

and green vegetables.

Katherine also agreed to daily supplementation

with nutrients that aid energy production, including magnesium and

potassium aspartate, CoQ10, L-carnitine, and B-complex vitamins.

Her first follow-up call came a week later. She

felt far less groggy in the morning, and her energy levels later

in the day were noticeably higher and steadier. A month after our

meeting, a jubilant and vivacious Katherine called me to say she

was almost her old self and getting closer every day.

Read More on Fatigue & Low Energy:

Getting Started

Acid Overload

Stress Can Wear You Out

Conquering Fatigue: A True Tale

Keep it SIMPLE Energy tip — Chamomile


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Anti-Fatigue Diet

Nutrients for Boosting Energy

Mighty Minerals that Fight Fatigue

Foods Rich in Potassium and Magnesium

Complementary Therapies

Energizing Soup Recipes

Acupressure for Fatigue Relief



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