By Rosemary Channin
One of the warning signs that I often see in my clients is their inability to bounce back and regain energy after physical exertion. In the beginning this might mean having to rest for a couple of days following a morning of gardening or a gym session, but it can soon evolve into spending every evening slumped on the sofa after work, feeling overwhelmed at the thought of socialising, or spending most of the weekend in bed just to recover their energy for Monday morning. This is a classic warning sign of heading for a chronic fatigue ‘crash’. When this occurs, clients can be bed-bound and usually require a carer to make their meals and assist with basic needs such as getting washed and dressed but it is easy to remedy. Here is an explanation of what is going on.
In a healthy person, when energy is used up, the mitochondria (which create energy in our cells) are able to restore the energy levels back to normal quite quickly. However, people with chronic exhaustive conditions experience delayed fatigue, due to a variety of factors including hormone imbalances, toxic heavy metals, poor methylation or immune system issues. Their mitochondria do not function properly and the energy stores are used up more quickly, compared with someone who has well functioning mitochondria.
On a ‘good’ day, when we feel as if there is a lot of energy, it is easy to use it all up since stores are already low. This means we start to use our reserve stores of energy, sometimes until there is none left. At that point not only are the mitochondria struggling to produce enough energy at a fast enough pace, our body can no longer draw on the reserves because they have been used up. As a result, the body has to use a back-up plan to create new energy but this is a slow process which can take four days, sometimes even longer. During this time symptoms like muscle pain and fatigue can occur. The good news is that delayed fatigue is treatable.
As a wellbeing coach and accredited Chrysalic Effect Practitioner I work with clients both locally and internationally, to help them restore their energy levels by creating an individually tailored treatment and recovery plan.
If you would like to find out more about how I can help you, or someone you know, I offer a FREE 30 minute consultation and health review for the first 10 people to make an enquiry. Please send me an email or give me a call to arrange an appointment. Skype consultation are also available.
Freedom From Fatigue
Rosemary Channin, Chrysalis Effect Specialist Recovery Accredited Practitioner and Wellbeing Coach. Tel: 07813 526 705
Founder and editor of FitNet.
Previously gymnastics coach, massage therapist and personal trainer with 20 years of experience. Former gymnast and dancer.