I'm 72 and have been experiencing general fatigue for a few months.
Q. Dear Terry, “I'm 72 and have been experiencing general fatigue for a few months. I have seen my doctor, who says that I am in good health. I walk 2-3 miles every morning. My blood work is good, but I'm just tired a lot, and even feel the need to sleep early in the afternoon. What would you recommend for increasing energy levels?” — Bob L., Anchorage, AK
A. Dear Bob, I believe I can offer you some options. However, I do encourage you to discuss the use of dietary supplementation with your physician, as they may have additional input regarding a supplement regimen.
If you have not yet, I highly recommend taking a good look at your diet. A healthy diet is essential – you would do better with more proteins and fats, and less carbohydrates and sugar in your diet. Click on my healthy diet plan for more information. For additional information, I also recommend checking out the following websites: www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com and www.drperlmutter.com.
My first recommendation is to add a mineral complex (iron, along with magnesium, copper, and zinc) to your daily regimen. This complex of minerals would help to increase your overall energy and endurance. Iron, an essential trace mineral, helps transport oxygen in the blood, create cellular energy, and support proper neurotransmitter synthesis. Magnesium, copper, and zinc are all vital to providing our cells with energy, building healthy blood cells, and helping to recover from exercise. When looking for a supplement, I strongly recommend choosing a mineral complex that features amino-acid chelated forms of iron, magnesium, copper and zinc. A “chelate” is a bond between a mineral (often called “inorganic”) and a molecule structure, called a “ligand” that helps the body absorb the mineral during digestion. The amino acid glycine, in particular, makes an excellent molecule to help shepherd minerals through the intestinal wall because it is so small that it can be transported directly into the cells of the body, so it can get to work right away. I recommend taking 1 tablet of this blend daily.
Because chronic fatigue can be a sign of adrenal fatigue, I would also recommend considering an adrenal support formula that contains DHEA, adrenal extract, L-tyrosine, licorice, P-5-P and rehmannia root extract, along with additional ingredients. These ingredients work together to help repair the adrenal glands, as well as support the body’s ability to respond to environmental stress in a healthy manner, which helps restore optimal adrenal function. I recommend taking 1-2 capsules of this combination three times daily.
Lastly, you may also want to consider trying a blend of two adaptogenic herbs: ashwagandha and rhodiola. Adaptogens work by increasing strength, stamina, and energy without being stimulants. I suggest taking 1 capsule three times daily.
Terry . . . Naturally