Treatment related cancer fatigue could be a long term and far reaching side effect from chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery. Naturopathic medicine can help reduce fatigue and get your body back on track.
Get some Acetyl-L-Carnitine.
Acetyl-L-Carnitine is an amino acid that is used to create energy in every cell of your body. During the process of cancer treatment, this important amino acid is frequently depleted.
Although it might be difficult to get moving when you are tired, the research shows us over and over again that exercise may be one of the best remedies. Based on these studies, 30 minutes of light aerobic exercise daily may reduce fatigue. Don’t push yourself too much, and start slowly. It does not matter how long you exercise each time, but the total minutes by the end of the day is important. That means you can walk for 5 minutes 6 times a day to get a total of 30 minutes of exercise, or you can do 30 minutes all at once. If you have questions, please talk about this with a physician.
Try natural sleep aides.
Fatigue may also be due to disrupted sleep, or difficulty sleeping. If you are having difficulty sleeping there are several natural sleep aides that a naturopathic physician might recommend including homeopathy, herbs, flower essences, and nutrients. Every person’s sleep difficulties are different and deserve a unique approach.
Maintain your weight.
If you are experiencing weight loss this may be a source of your fatigue. When working to maintain your weight it is important to work with someone that can help with meal planning, provide recipes, and discuss strategies for maintaining weight. We love providing cooking techniques, tips, and tricks for weight maintenance.
Another source of fatigue may be depression. If you are experiencing emotional distress due to your cancer diagnosis, financial stress, or family role changes, we are here to support you. Several natural therapies including homeopathy, herbs, nutrients, and mind-body exercises can help reduce depression and improve your stress response.
If you need support recovering from cancer treatment, a naturopathic doctor can help get your body back on track. Even better, we can work with you before treatment starts to help prevent fatigue symptoms and keep you active in your life! Contact Dr. Heather Paulson for more information.