5 Supplements to Help You Say Goodbye to Exhaustion

Experiencing chronic fatigue and flatout exhaustion can be rough. While it would be easiest to resolve if we could just escape for six months on a beautiful island with no demands, the reality is we still have to work, take care of our families and ourselves. Plus, if we’re the type that drove ourselves into the ground by giving all we’ve got and thrive on stress and chaos, then we might be driven insane on that island.

Doing the deeper work of bringing the body back to homeostasis when the adrenals are fatigued from a high allostatic load is a long process. It’s one that requires making oneself a priority, uncovering the layers of beliefs that got us there in the first place and doing the daily work of self-care. In my work with clients, I’ve found that feeling better and having some energy is the key to implementing other things like a regular yoga practice, changing up a sleep routine, eating more nutritious food and more. So, here is my list of recommendations for basic supplementation when you’re faced with chronic exhaustion.

Digestive Enzymes
When we have held a high allostatic load for so long or have experienced trauma in our lives, our digestive system doesn’t get the energy it needs to function properly. When stuck in fight or flight, the body sends all its energy towards survival (yes, even if it’s surviving a stressful job). Basically, when you’re running from a bear, you’re not going to stop and pick berries. Digestive enzymes help supplement the lack of enzymes in our food supply and assist our body so it doesn’t have to run even more ragged by overproducing enzymes to keep up. Personally, Loomis Enzymes are the best formulations I’ve tried. However, you can only get those through a practitioner like myself. Enzymedica is another good brand you can get at health food stores. And if you want to read how I became an advocate of enzymes and whole food supplements, click here.

B-Complex
All B vitamins are necessary for optimal adrenal function, especially pantothenic acid (Vitamin B5). Plus, there are a ton of other benefits. And for me personally, I believe taking a B complex on a regular basis helps my fingers from going numb since it helps the nerves and I can get quite deficient. My diagnosed deficiency is also why I eat red meat {quality though!}, but that’s a topic for another day. I recommend taking this in a sublingual form as the body absorbs it better this way. CustomMed in Indianapolis makes a wonderful formulation and has a variety of flavors.

Vitamin C with Bioflavonoids
This is also vital for proper functioning of the adrenal glands and will also support your immune system. Vitamin C also has a host of other benefits such as anti-aging, improved liver and blood function and more. Again, I suggest getting this from an apothecary rather than your local convenience pharmacy as you will find higher quality and not just a bunch of fillers.

Ashwagandha
This Ayuvedic herb will give you the energy of a horse. But what I love about it is that it’s not going to just give you fake energy like a Red Bull, but gives you sustained energy and rejuvenates the body. This herb works with what you need and my go to for sleeping during the night. Personally, I prefer the Qi formula from Anima Mundi Herbals. Or, if you do not like a powder, try the Happiness Tonic tincture.

Probiotics
The right kind of probiotics can help balance your gut in so many ways. I spent my 20s dealing with digestive issues, recurrent yeast infections, and more. Probiotics helped balance my gut flora and just like digestive enzymes, they assist with digestion and absorption of nutrients. Out of everything I tried, it was Probonix for Women that I found to be the most effective. Humarian also carries a regular adult formula, infant formulas and formulas for our four-legged friends.

Magnesium
This was a godsend for me during my pregnancy as I had the worst restless legs. If it wasn’t for magnesium and an iron decoction I made with blackstrap molasses, I would not have slept at all. Magnesium supports deep, restful sleep by maintaining healthy levels of GABA, a neurotransmitter that promotes sleep. Plus, it helps reduce those chocolate cravings because that’s actually a symptom of magnesium deficiency. You might do well with just a good, whole food multivitamin like MegaFood carries or you can supplement. I prefer to use a topical magnesium like 8Sheep Organics because then your body just absorbs what it needs rather than having to swallow another pill.

Of course, everyone is different and this is still not a replacement for a wholesome diet rich in nourishing foods. So, if you have known sensitivities or are on prescription medications, always check with your doctor first. And if you’re interested in learning more about digestive health and yoga therapy for trauma, chronic pain and/or exhaustion, click here, and we can work together to uncover the root issues and feeling good again.

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