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Post Virus Fatigue – 5 Reasons You Are NOT Recovering

Post virus fatigue has a tendency to linger on.  Anyone that has ever dealt with the flu can vouch.  Yet, even the most severe flu associated fatigue will rebound in time.  But what if it does not?  What if the fatigue drags on for months, and even years.  You will likely start to think you are one of the unfortunate ones who seems destined to suffer from unrelenting fatigue.  And the likelihood from comments I have heard from those just like you is that you have tried resting, napping, medications and even taking control yourself.  Unfortunately, you only feel marginal improvement at best.

Rest assured your fatigue is real.  And viruses are a well established cause.  The logical connection is that the virus is causing the fatigue.  This seems even more logical if your doctor has found evidence of a virus or you have a history of one, for example “mono” (infectious mononucleosis).  In reality, this connection may not be as straightforward as it appears.

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Causes of Fatigue and Sleepiness – The Most Common Overlooked Cause

WAIT! DON’T GO!  THIS ARTICLE IS DIFFERENT.  If you are looking for causes of fatigue and sleepiness, but don’t want to hear the same blah, blah reasons that show up on every website, then keep reading.  This article is not about quick fix schemes that are going to give you an immediate burst of energy in the next few hours only to have you crash even harder. This article is simply about getting you to think differently about your fatigue.  By doing so, you will feel better.  No today, not tomorrow, but definitely in the weeks to come.  Best yet, it will be lasting.

Fatigue Frustration – Why It Will Get Worse

Frustrated by your fatigue?  Most patients I work with are frustrated by their fatigue when I start working with them.  The solutions that you hear all sound good, at first anyway.  But they all have shortcomings, most of which can be narrowed down to two things.  First, there are many causes of fatigue, and not personalizing it sets you up for failure.  Second, at this still stuns me, is that one of the greatest contributors to your fatigue has been overlooked.  It has been overlooked by you, your family and friends, and yes, even your doctor.

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Should I Take a Probiotic or Prebiotic?

Should I take a probiotic or prebiotic?  Answering this question was fairly easy when probiotics were the only option to choose from.  Any symptoms that you had low probiotics, whether inconvenient excess gas or a severe autoimmune condition, meant you applied the “add and subtract” theory.  You know what I am talking about.  If you are low you add more with a supplement.  But I want to pose a different thought process for you.  Is adding a probiotic really enough?

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Allergy or Sensitivity, Maybe Neither. Which Do you Have?

I have found some topics to be far more confusing than they should be when talking to my patients.  There is no better example of this than deciphering an allergy or sensitivity.  The lack of understanding I have come to understand has nothing to do with the person I am trying to educate.  Instead, it is related to misinformation they have received.  In short, they have been told their reactions are either an allergy, or nothing.  But there has to be more.  How can the extremely complex immune system not be reacting if you are experiencing symptoms?

This conversation does not have to be be complicated.  I have two goals in sharing the following information, both of which benefit you.

  1. Make the complexity of the immune system so easy a kid could understand it.
  2. Show you why you are far more likely to have a sensitivity than an allergy.

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Brain Fog: Is the Real Issue in Your Gut?

It might seem logical to think of brain fog as a brain issue.  However, is this really the case?  Brain fog affects us all at times, but where do you turn when you feel like you are living in a fog.  If your new normal is not being mentally quick on your feet, forgetting where you placed things or why you went into a room, it might be time to take a deeper look at the cause of brain fog.

The unfortunate truth is that brain fog is a complaint that is ignored or pushed to the side too often.  As frustrated patients often report to me, they were told that it was simply a sign of aging.  Some say that have been told that it was linked to depression.  Others say they are left with no answers or hope and to return for another visit if it gets worse.  This later is called watchful waiting.  I don’t know about you, but that does not invoke a sense of comfort to watch and see if something gets worse.

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Heal Leaky Gut – 5 Best Winter Plants to Eat

Most of the time healing a leaky gut requires supplementation.  Names like glutamine and probiotics typically top the list.  They do a good job and I frequently recommend them.  But even the best supplementation is limited if the food you eat is sabotaging your efforts.  I like to think of food as medicine, because it is.  One thing I learned early on is that food is either healing your body or destroying it.  That is equally true of the gut.  To heal leaky gut, the right foods are essential.

Change of Season

Leaky gut contributes to a long list of symptoms and diseases.  Most are not easily associated with a problem in the gut.  However, it is amazing the benefits one experiences when nurturing the gut.  Unparalleled and lasting effects can be seen by enhancing the relationship the gut has with the rest of the body.

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5 Lies You’ve Been Told About Fasting

“Should I do a fast?”  With fasting receiving so much attention, you may be asking yourself the same question.  Fasting advocates declare it the dietary approach to trump all others.  Everyone should be routinely fasting.  I say that is nonsense.  There is no universally acceptable diet strategy.  If there was, my job would be a lot easier.  I wouldn’t have to listen to patient input, order labs and dedicate my time to deciphering the results.  Instead, I could get away with recommending everyone follow pre-generated directions.

Instead, I want to apply some critical thinking to fasting.  I have been applying fasting for several years professionally and personally, but this is my first dive into writing some content around it.  I will be honest with you.  Fasting frustrates me.  Not because I am against it.  I actually lean on it hard at times.  It frustrates me because of all the misinformation about it.

So when asked, “Should I do a fast”, be prepared.  A 30 second answer is not going to follow.  This deserves more explanation.

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Is it Time to Divorce Your Food?

Top 3 Strategies I Use to Help Patients Beat Fatigue

You woke up fatigued again.  And by this afternoon, that slight burst of energy you had will be long gone.  When will the cycle end?  Soon enough, because I am going to share with you my 3 top strategies to beat fatigue.

Stop, These Don’t Work Any Longer

These are not the same worn out tricks everyone else talks about.  Those don’t work anymore.  The landscape has changed.  It used to be that taking vitamin B12 shot and getting an extra hour of sleep were all it took to feel energetic again.  Not anymore.  But here is the problem.  Too many “experts” think these are still solutions.  Guess what.  They were never solutions.  They were temporary patches.  So, ask yourself, are you ready for more patches or solutions?  Do you want a fleeting burst of energy, or a plan to beat fatigue long term?

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5 Fatigue Myths You Don't Want to Believe, but Do
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Before Considering an Antidepressant, READ THIS FIRST

Before considering an antidepressant, YOU MUST READ THIS FIRST.  Antidepressants are among the highest prescribed medications.  10 million Americans are depressed.  Another 10 million are dealing with anxiety.  That is a lot of your friends and neighbors.  It might even be you.  If it is, keep reading.  I am about to share with you exactly what to do to resolve you depression and anxiety.  But before I do, see if this sounds like you.

Does this Sound Like You?

  • Overwhelmed?
  • Inability to handle stress?
  • Not rested after long hours of sleep?
  • Restless mind?
  • Anger made worse with stress?

If any of that sounds familiar, you are not by yourself.  I have to empathize.  Depression is an uncomfortable place to be.  You shouldn’t feel the way you do.  Yet, no matter what you do, the feelings and thoughts don’t change.  No wonder so many resort to medication.  It can be a necessary crutch at times.

We have all had depressive thoughts.  But what can you do when they are present all the time?  This was the very question I started to ask when I started seeing more and more patients coming in with overt depression, or showing early indications.  Now I don’t want to be so narrow minded as to say that all depression is related to one cause.  However, I have seen a consistent pattern among patients with depression.

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