Fatigue, like high blood pressure and headaches, has many causes. Toxin overload causing burn-out is one. Poor blood supply is another. Infections and inflammation are another. Fatigue is also a common side effect of many prescription medicines.
My wife had breast cancer a couple or three years ago. She had chemotherapy. The drugs caused her to have fatigue. She would sleep one or two two-hour naps a day. It did not matter what she ate, drank or otherwise did, she would take a nap to get through the day. She would go to bed early and sleep late.
I read the book, The Wahls Protocol, by Dr. Terry Wahls just before her radiation therapy. Her radiologist told us that her fatigue would probably get worse, it would definitely not get any better.
Based on the four protocols (diet, exercise, toxin removal and stress relief) of the Wahls Protocol, we decided to adopt the dietary portion and see if anything improved. Within 48 hours of her starting the diet-only portion of the Wahls Protocol, her fatigue disappeared. Within seven days, she was volunteering her time at our church.
On the last day of radiation, we left at noon and drove 1000 miles (over two days) to Jacksonville, Florida to pick up my mother’s estate items still in storage. I rented a U-Haul truck and drove 500 miles each day on the return with my wife, by herself, following me. She had no problems staying awake and alert. Fatigue was not an issue.
The Wahls Protocol diet consists of balanced nutrition across 30+ nutrients the body needs daily. Deficiencies in vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients can cause disease or disease-like symptoms. For example, a deficiency in vitamin B-12 mimics Alzheimer’s Disease.
We attempted to eat three meals daily as prescribed in the protocol. We could not eat that much food. I ate the same thing she did for support and to learn what this diet did for me. We decided to stay with one to two meals a day. This still provided more than the minimum daily requirements for balanced nutrition. A by-product of this meal option was that it put my body into an alkaline environment.
The typical meal is one cup of leafy green vegetables, one cup of colored fruits and vegetables (the color must go all the way through the fruit or vegetable – blueberry, not eggplant for example), one cup of sulfur-laden vegetables (onions, garlic, mushroom, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage, etc.), and three to four ounces of high quality protein. All foods are as organic as you can find them.
I made one slight change to the diet by ensuring that the protein was changed continuously. We never ate the same protein more than once in two days. One day we might have shrimp and chicken. The next day it might be lamb and salmon. I did this to help the body become more efficient at extracting the nutrients needed.
By eating the same beef or chicken several days in a row, the body is not challenged to digest the needed nutrients. Yes, we also changed out the fruits and vegetables with regularity also. I would use organic butter or organic coconut oil for our fat requirement.
If you are living daily with one or more nutrient deficiencies, it might be showing up as fatigue. Doesn’t it make sense to eat balanced nutrition daily?