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How to Tackle Post-viral Fatigue

How to Tackle Post-viral Fatigue

Shrivelled, discoloured carrots left to lurk at the bottom of the fridge for an undeterminable amount of time should not be added to soups and stews in the hope of achieving a decent vitamin C boost. They are likely to have a very low nutrient content at this stage, so try to ensure you use up veg whilst it is fresh, and avoid overcooking as well. Aim for a good crunch for the biggest vitamin C benefit!

Vitamin C helps support the absorption of iron. Iron makes haemoglobin, the part of red blood cells that is crucial for transporting oxygen throughout the body. It also supports good energy levels and protects against anaemia, which is characterised by severe exhaustion.

Chewable plant-based vitamin C tablets
Rich in naturally-occurring, easily-absorbed vitamin C

Research has shown that, although exercise can definitely increase energy levels, very intense activity is not the way to go for achieving that boost. In fact, low-intensity workouts are more likely to bring improvements to energy levels.1 So, it looks as if the likes of walking, cycling and swimming are the way to go for the most significant energy boost!

Exercise in the morning for a greater energy boost. New research has found that a little exercise before breakfast could improve blood sugar levels. This should, in turn, encourage steady energy levels throughout the course of the morning.2

Why not walk up and down the stairs a few times to get yourself moving in the morning, or do a few jumping jacks in your bedroom?

Replace lost electrolytes after exercise
Keep your energy levels up after a period of activity

Processed, high-sugar foods can play havoc with our energy levels, as they provide a quick burst of energy that cannot be sustained. Aim for wholefoods, as they provide a gentle and steady release of energy instead.

Sugar contains glucose that the body needs to keep it fuelled up and feeling energised. However, it’s all about picking the correct sources of sugar!

Helps restore healthy gut bacteria
Encourages bacteria to metabolise the starches and sugars from our diet efficiently, ultimately improving our energy levels.

Set yourself a sleep routine. Get to bed at a time that will allow you to achieve 7-9 hours of sleep. This is particularly important if you have been ill, as your body needs the time to recover. Establishing a rhythm will eventually mean your body becomes used to falling asleep at the same time every night and waking at the same hour in the morning.

Sufficient sleep allows for restorative processes and repair work to occur in the body. This means not only do we need it to feel energised throughout the course of the day, but also to heal after illness.

Most healing and repair work will occur in the deep stages of sleep but this can be disrupted by factors such as stress, anxiety and noise.

Herbal sleep remedy
Helps restore and maintain natural sleep

Dormeasan® Sleep Valerian-Hops oral drops – a traditional herbal medicinal product used for the temporary relief of sleep disturbances caused by the symptoms of mild anxiety, exclusively based upon long-standing use as a traditional remedy. Always read the leaflet.

Don’t stock up on iron during or just after an infection, or whilst you’re on antibiotics. Did you know that pathogens have the potential to piggyback on iron and use it for their benefit? Whilst our own cells benefit from having sufficient iron supplies, so do bugs. Research on iron supplementation and infection has shown up various results, but the takehome message is not to bump up levels with an acute infection.

Iron can certainly help support your energy levels but mainly if your stores are low, you are a woman with heavy periods, or if your doctor has already confirmed you are anaemic.

Men should especially watch out for taking iron unnecessarily, as they don’t lose so much. However, there are many iron-free multivitamin options out there to help cater for this.

Liquid formula - well absorbed
Gentle on the digestive system

Taking too much vitamin D could potentially be just as damaging as not getting enough. Public Health England have suggested that we don’t exceed 10μg / 400iu daily unless recommended otherwise by a doctor; but they have also stated that doses of up to 25μg / 1,000iu daily are suitable for everyone.

Vitamin D is essential for supporting the immune system and recovery processes; plus, many of us are already at risk of deficiency. Therefore, making a special effort to get enough of this nutrient through supplements can be particularly beneficial during and after the winter months.

Contains a sensible dose of vitamin D, combined with other nutrients
Added benefit of nasturtium for extra herbal support

The different forms and doses of CoQ10 can be confusing. Opt for ubiquinol rather than ubiquinone for superior absorption, but a 30mg daily dose should be sufficient rather than anything too high-strength.

CoQ10 is brilliant for providing cardiovascular and general cellular energy, which may be especially useful for anyone who has been struggling to recover from a viral infection recently.

Superior absorption
Supportive of heart health

Too much magnesium at once could risk upsetting your digestion so, as always, more isn’t necessarily better. However, most people would need to exceed 600mg daily for it to have this effect.

Magnesium can help support everything from our mood to our muscles and joints and, again, many of us are at risk of deficiency – everything from stress to alcohol can risk depleting our stores.

Don’t forget to include food sources of magnesium too. Go for lots of green leafy vegetables, legumes including lentils, plus, nuts and seeds.

A topical spray to help get your daily magnesium dose
Added essential oils for extra calming effects

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