Tired, exhausted, lack of energy, Inability to get up – a common sight today – and what does one do?
Grab a protein bar or gulp down an energy drink or a power shake. Or resort to chocolates, caffeine, etc. And your stamina seems to be restored. But these are only quick-fixes that overtly provide the feeling of being energized but not really energizing us from within. In the first place, why does weakness and fatigue set in?
While recurrent fatigue and weakness can be a symptom for major illnesses like Heart Stroke, Cancer, Diabetes, etc. it is often a result of our lifestyle, physical and mental stage and food habits. Lack of exercise combined with stressful lifestyle has resulted in muscular weakness and general lethargy in most of us. Intaking artificial food is just a temporary solution. In fact, processed food takes a toll on our body and plays with the natural hormonal system of the body in the long run.
While we are getting inclined towards artificial health supplements and quick fix-ups, we have given nature a side seat. Indian Ayurveda provides excellent remedies for fighting fatigue/ weakness and increasing physical strength and stamina through the use of herbs found abundantly in nature. And the best aspect is that these bouts of exhaustion would go away without any side effects that quick fix-ups and allopathic medicines may have. Some of these ayurvedic wonders are as follows:
Ayurvedic remedies that combat to fatigue & weakness
Ashwagandha is one of the most powerful herbs in Ayurvedic healing. It is known for stimulating the ability to cope with stress. It contains many useful medicinal chemicals including withanolides, alkaloids, choline, fatty acids, amino acids and a variety of sugars. It promotes nourishment of tissues, especially muscles and bones and thus helps in strengthening immunity and overall stamina. It also aids in improving learning and concentration, stabilizes blood sugar, lowers cholesterol, and offers anti-inflammatory benefits.
Ashwagandha is also a herb with adaptogenic benefits (combination of amino acids, vitamins and herbs) that helps cope with external and internal stress.
Ashwagandha is infact known as the “wonder herb” of Ayurveda.
The anti-oxidants present in Brahmi improve metabolism and thereby relieve obesity. These anti-oxidants remove the toxins from the body and nourish the blood cells. It also works on the nervous system where it works to increase the co-ordination between the nervous system components thereby increasing the brain function and hence overall energy and strength. Brahmi also promotes liver health, fights redness and swelling and stabilizes blood pressure.
Shilajit, procured mainly from the Altai, Himalayas and Caucasus Mountains, is used for improving vigour and stamina. It has been reported to contain at least 85 minerals in ionic form as well as triterpenes, humic acid, fulvic acid and various microelements. It helps in improving physical and mental stress and is also known for enhancing endurance power in males and treating sexual disorders. It also has anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety, anti-ulcer and anti-ageing properties.
A costly and unique herb, Kesar/ Saffron is used medicinally in small doses to curb weakness and fatigue. It is also used as a stimulant and aphrodisiac.
Amla or Indian Gooseberry is one of the richest sources of Vitamin C and bioflavonoids (antioxidants) that help in regenerating the body as well as protecting it.Amla is also a good source of Iron. The benefits of Amla are multifaceted – it acts as a hair tonic, improves vision, reduces blood sugar and high cholesterol, helps in treating Diarrhea, Dysentery, Gastric and Acidity, etc. Amla helps in rejuvenating the body and fighting weakness naturally.
These are just some of the most well-known herbs used in Ayurveda for enhancing power – Ayurveda is a repository of many other herbs.
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