Back in 2011, I felt fatigued like I’d never remembered feeling before. At first, I thought that I was a little overworked or burned out. However, without any rhyme or reason, I continued to have an on-again-off-again (mostly on) relationship with chronic fatigue for the next four to five months.
Gradually, as I rested and started making tweaks to my diet and exercise routine, things started to improve. Though it never returned for longer stretches as it had in 2011, I would still occasionally feel lethargic. I was unable to put it into words at the time, but as result of this chronic condition, I would sometimes have a hard time focusing and being productive at work.
Throughout 2012 and 2013, I would occasionally feel the same way. Again, I did not have a specific description for the condition, nor did I necessarily identify that there was something wrong. However, I finally started to notice that I would sometimes feel dreadfully tired despite having gotten a good night’s rest, and I would sometimes feel peppy and energetic even with only six hours of sleep. That was the beginning of recognizing the health condition.
Identifying the Condition
One day, I was listening to the Kevin Trudeau Show. Some of you may know him for his various infomercials, usually promoting his books, like Natural Cures “They” Don’t Want You To Know About. Certainly, he is seen as a bit of a controversial figure, but there is often a lot of truth in what he says.
Anyway, as he went on to describe fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and a general sense of lethargy (sometimes accompanied by pain); I began to recognize that this is what I had been dealing with. All along I had thought that my busy lifestyle was leading to feeling fatigued (and that might be partially true), but I soon found out that there was a specific condition attached to what I’d been experiencing. That made it easier to search for a cure.
Identifying the Cure
I figured if Kevin Trudeau could provide an accurate description of how I’d been feeling, he could also point me in the right direction as far as a cure goes. I did a few Google searches and I came up with a very simple answer.
Apparently cherries, particularly tart cherries are effective in treating fibromyalgia. I also became aware of organic tart cherry juice concentrate, and with that, I set out to find some to try it out. It was not hard to find. It was in ready supply at a health food store at the mall.
For about two or three weeks, I have been taking two tablespoons of the cherry juice (with water or a soda) on a daily basis. Ever since then, I have not had a single day where I’ve felt fatigued. I’ve been tired, sleepy and I’m also dealing with a mild cold right now, but other than that, the general feelings of lethargy, “heaviness” and mental blockage that accompany chronic fatigue have all but left.
I have yet to find any major drawbacks from taking the cherry juice (I wouldn’t really expect there to be any), so I am very likely to continue to use it on a daily basis. If it didn’t help with chronic fatigue, then there wouldn’t be much point I suppose, but apparently tart cherries are a natural antioxidant that help to maintain heart health, joint health and blood circulation as well.
Of course, I have only used the juice for a short amount of time, so the long term effect will be one to watch.
I am not a healthcare practitioner, and as such, you may want to consult your doctor before adding anything to your diet.
Generally, I have found mainstream medical and health advice to be contradictory and misleading at best. In such cases, it is worthwhile to explore outside sources and the natural cures they recommend. While dealing with chronic fatigue, I visited several different doctors, and they weren’t really able to diagnose or help me with the problem. To me, many of them seem uninterested in solving health issues, and in some cases they just want to prescribe drugs. If your doctor is quick to do so, I would walk away, but again, that’s just my opinion.
I am appreciative of the medical community and I believe they are needed. However, your body is your body, and you are ultimately responsible for looking after it.
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