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11 Home Remedies To Help Fight Fatigue in the Elderly

Feeling fatigued is one of the most irritating things to have to deal with, especially as an elder. Many individuals in our older generation seem to overlook fatigue in the elderly. This is detrimental to senior health as it can cause a decline in normal everyday functioning. While it isn't the worst problem most people face, it can still be tiresome, literally.

A lot of the time, fatigue can be a symptom of an underlying problem such as poor diet or anemia. It may seem that there isn't a whole lot you can do to help alleviate fatigue, however, it's quite the opposite! In addition to seeing an experienced doctor, there are a multitude of different home remedies one can use or do to fight off fatigue. Below you can find a list of our top ten home remedies to fix fatigue for seniors.

Potato Water

Don't let the name shy you away from trying this awesome home remedy. It might not sound like the most satisfying thing to drink, but the health benefits are great. Potato water is simply water that potatoes have been boiled in. It is a drink rich in potassium that helps you feel less tired. It works to replenish potassium, which 98% of Americans have trouble receiving adequate amounts of.

Potassium is not produced by your body, which means you have to ingest it with the foods you eat. Due to poor diets in a lot of Americans, it comes as no surprise that we are lacking in the potassium department. Potassium isn’t the energy shot of minerals, but along with magnesium (as well as chloride and calcium) it is an electrolyte that is vital for the proper functioning of our cells and the release of energy and the conduction of electricity. By having enough of this essential mineral, it will allow you to get away from feeling fatigue.

Ginseng

Ginseng is fairly well known as a cure for all and is one of the most used herbs in Chinese herbal medicine.  It has a plethora of properties that make it amazing, including fatigue fighting properties!  What it does is reduce the amounts of Cortisol, otherwise known as the stress hormone, which will allow you to have a better sleep!

Citrus Drinks

Lemon juice and orange juice tend to come in handy for many home remedies. This still holds true when it comes to finding a remedy for fatigue in elders. In the case of fatigue, start off your day with a glass of lemon water. The smell of a freshly sliced lemon alone will perk you up instantly and the hydration will also dramatically improve your health. Lemon water helps a number of conditions-such as preventing constipation-but there’s something about it that just revitalizes a tired body. If you find yourself dragging in the middle of the day, treat yourself to another glass!

Peppermint Oil

For a quick pick-me-up, put two drops of peppermint oil on a tissue or handkerchief, hold it to your nose, and breathe deeply. If you have more time, try adding two drops of the oil to bathwater along with four drops of rosemary oil for an invigorating soak. The strong scent will spur your brain to wake up due to the additional stimuli.

Eating Well

While everyone likes to go on and on about the benefits of dieting, knowing when to eat and how much to eat is just as important. Eating breakfast, along with several small meals and healthy snacks throughout the day is a surefire way to keep your blood sugar up, helping you stay energized. As I'm sure you've heard before, try to keep your food choices relatively healthy.

Eat Plenty Of Raisins

One of the most common reasons that exhaustion in elderly exists is because of anemia, an iron deficiency. A great way to boost your iron is by eating raisins, which are naturally rich in it!

Cordyceps

Cordyceps are used as a tonic and restorative herb. It’s a Chinese fungus that is known to get rid of general weakness and fatigue, increase physical stamina, mental energy, and longevity. Theres a multitude of ways to take it including making it into tea, buying it straight from a health store, or buying capsules to take in the morning.

Eleutherococcus Tinctures

Eleutherococcus Tinctures is a Siberian plant that can help address lethargy and fatigue. It's very important to keep your eye out for eleuthero products standardized to 0.08 percent of eleutherosides. These vary in concentration and potency, so read the label instructions carefully.

Yogurt

Another tasty one! The high amount of protein, carbohydrates and gut-healthy probiotics in yogurt can be a big help to fight symptoms of fatigue. In fact, the body processes yogurt more quickly than any solid food, so it works as a great source for a quick energy boost when needed.

Don't Sleep Too Much, Just Exercise!

Over-resting or sleeping has the exact opposite effect we want it to have, while exercise boosts our energy long-term. If you are feeling fatigued and not moving around much, you may just need a good regular dose of fresh air to rejuvenate your body and mind.

One awesome thing about exercising is when you do go to sleep, you'll have a much deeper and fulfilling sleep due to having expended energy during the day. On a side note, exercise obviously can make you tired in the moment, but in the long run it makes you feel significantly better.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is a commonly used ingredient in many home remedies. Although most apple cider vinegar benefits are not tested, some studies have correlated its consumption with more stable blood sugar levels. Because your adrenal gland is most effective when blood sugars are steady, a daily shot of apple cider vinegar might lessen your adrenal fatigue.

Overall, there are a ton of things you can do to help you not feel fatigued, and most of them are either super cheap, or completely free. The most important thing is to not let your exhaustion get the better of you; stay motivated and kick it to the curb!

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Ben Taylor - August 7, 2017

…one question. What is potato water? It might do well to explain, …I’ve never heard of it. 🙂

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Wendy Creel - August 10, 2017

If I may take the liberty to comment on the potato water and qualify: potassium broth is made by using the potato peelings only. The skin is high in potassium and the inner is starch. Peel the potatoes and boil them in water. You may add seasonings or even add carrots and celery and onion to make a tasty broth. Potassium is a great detoxifier. It is recommended to have a pint daily for 30’days to have adequate health benefits.

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Jean Price - August 25, 2017

Some of these are excellent tools UNLESS a person also has DIABETES! So the raisins may need to be substituted…and just a caution for the gensing and the citrus drinks also…. to not be preparations high in sugar! Fatigue is a general symptom of many different diseases, often appearing before other symptoms would lead a person to think of having a check ups! So being aware of your body and noting any changes, like fatigue…and seeing the doctor then is always a good plan to help you stay on track!

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