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Are you tired all of the time? Do you fall into bed at the end of the day, and despite getting a full night's sleep,  still wake up feeling unrefreshed and fatigued? If you do not jump out of bed every morning with a spring in your step, you may be suffering from fatigue.

Most people today are living extremely stressful, busy lives, so it is normal to experience tiredness some of the time. This fatigue generally resolves itself after some rest and relaxation. Increasingly though, persistent, unremitting tiredness is becoming a major problem for a number of people. Fatigue is a common presenting complaint of many Australians and New Zealanders, but it is also often misunderstood and at times even dismissed, particularly if there is no easily identifiable cause.

If you have to drag yourself out of bed and struggle through the day, then you may benefit from some natural supplements to give your energy levels a boost.


There are multiple reasons as to why you may feel fatigued.  
These include -

  • Low iron levels
  • Inflammation
  • Infection
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Digestion and Liver issues
  • Excess body fat - weight loss
  • Unstable blood sugars
  • Stress and mood changes
  • Toxicity
  • Mitochondrial dysfunction


Poor energy production at the cellular level will leave you feeling tired. To increase your energy levels , you need to ensure that your mitochondria are working to full capacity for optimal energy. Mitochondria are the 'powerhouses' within every cell -  they make energy to keep each cell in your body functioning well. Mitochondria require certain nutrients to work efficiently and no matter what else is going on in your body If your mitochondrial function is impaired, you will have reduced energy production. If you are experiencing fatique then improving mitochondrial function is the first step towards improving your energy levels.


  • Magnesium : Magnesium is an essential mineralthat is used in over 300 biochemical processes in your body and is essential for the conversion of sugars, fats and proteins for energy. Over half of Austalians are magnesium deficient. Fortunately your Naturopath at Botanica can help if you are magnesium deficient -  they can prescribe a pleasant tasting magnesium powder for you to take to improve your energy.
  • Ribose : This nutrient can boost energy levels as it is a key component of our cellular energy production pathways. Ribose may also improve stamina and post sport recovery.
  • Carnitine : Carnitine is an important nutrient that plays an important role in fat metabolism and energy production. It transports dietary fats directly into the mitochondria to be broken down and burnt as fuel for energy production. Carnitine may be beneficial if you are wanting to lose weight and get an energy boost at the same time.
  • Coenzyme Q10 : CoQ10 is a vitamin like compound that is essential for energy production.CoQ10 is essential for the management of fatigue as it enhances the cellular energy production and is also a powerful antioxidant.
  • Lipoic Acid : Lipoic acid is another useful nutrient for someone who is feeling tired.Lipoic acid is the important for the transport and conversion of carbohydrates into energy. It is also a powerful antioxidant and protects the mitochondria from damage.
  • Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids : Omega-3 essential fatty acids from fish oil are are vital for the stability and integrity of every cell in our bodies. These oils stimulate the growth and size of the mitochondria and help lower stress levels to help reduce fatique.


What damages the mitochondria? The damage occurs when diet and lifestyle choices stimulate the production of free radicals. Free radicals are potentially harmful substances that can form in your body and damage your cells, your mitochondria and your DNA. Many of the nutrients mentioned above can mop up these free radicals and boost energy levels, but it is important to address some of the dietary and lifestyle factors that could be causing the problem in the first place.

If you are tired make sure you eat a healthy, well balanced diet and drink plenty of water throughout the day. The quality and balance of the food you are consuming will have a major impact on your energy and vitality. Where possible avoid processed foods and eat organic natural foods. Ask a Botanica Naturopath about specific dietary guidelines to suit your needs.

Engaging in regular physical activity will also address some of the underlying problems causing your fatigue. If you have been suffering from fatigue for a long time then make an appointment with one of our Practitioners to create an individual exercise program to suit your lifestyle and abilities.


Optimizing energy levels can significantly improve your quality of life and help regain your enthusiasm for life. Natural Medicines can help boost energy production and give you the lift needed to make the changes to your lifestyle. Stress issues need to be addressed - relax, breathe and take time out!





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