Ayurvedic Approaches to Fatigue
By Dawn Thorpe Jarvis, M.S., R.D., L.D.N. Garden of Life® Senior Director of Nutrition Science & Educational Content
Ayurveda is a healing system that originated in northern India over 5,000 years ago, primarily from one of the Vedic texts, the ancient books of wisdom and ceremony that contributed a great deal to the foundation of Indian culture and civilization. According to the Ayurvedic principles, being “healthy” is a state of vigor and energy which is achieved by balance and moderation in food intake, sleep and other activities of daily life, complemented by a wide variety of plant-based ingredients.
Fatigue is a term used to describe prolonged tiredness and serious lack of energy. Of course, we all experience some degree of tiredness from today’s hectic world. Usually, a good night’s sleep will fix this temporary form of fatigue. But when fatigue is prolonged and lasts for a few days, it might be time to think about some natural Ayurvedic approaches, which have been used successfully for thousands of years, to reinvigorate and restore your body.
Fatigue and tiredness are common experiences for most people, especially young (menstruating) women as well as pregnant Moms and female athletes, particularly runners. When women lose iron through blood loss and eat diets low in heme iron by avoiding meat and animal proteins, they often experience fatigue associated with low red blood cell counts. Iron is needed to produce healthy red blood cells which carry oxygen and nutrients to all our cells.
How much iron you need each day depends on your age, gender and overall health. Adult women (19-50 years) need 18mg of iron daily, whereas men and non-menstruating women require 8mg daily. During pregnancy, a woman’s blood volume increases significantly and iron requirement goes way up to 27mg per day!
At Garden of Life®, we have used the wisdom of Ayurveda to produce a unique liquid plant iron called mykind Organics Plant Iron & Organic Herbs which delivers 10mg of iron per serving. For starters, it is the first and only vegan, whole food liquid iron. Based on Ayurvedic tradition, all the iron in the product comes from organic curry leaves which are water extracted; no chemical solvents are ever used. Unlike all other liquid iron products, it does not contain any added chemical iron such as iron gluconate or fumarate. Next, it is the first and only Certified USDA Organic and Non-GMO Project Verified liquid iron. Lastly, we have followed Ayurvedic tradition by including organic amla berries for their high vitamin C content to promote iron absorption in the body. In India, amla berries are consumed with curry leaves for this reason. The product has a pleasant cranberry-lime taste. Additionally, we included vitamin B-12 in a whole food form using methylcobalamin (the preferred form) for blood support. The organic herbal blend includes another Ayurvedic traditional favorite—organic ashwagandha— an adaptogen which helps restore energy and vitality.
All this makes mykind Organics Plant Iron & Organic Herbs the perfect tonic for anyone seeking to increase their intake of natural organic plant iron to help fight fatigue, restore energy levels and to attain extraordinary health!
Note: Children should be given iron supplements only under strict medical supervision to avoid overdosing. Regular blood tests and checkups by a doctor are recommended for anyone with constant fatigue or any medical condition.
ABOUT DAWN THORPE JARVIS, MS, RD, LDN
Senior Director of Nutrition Science & Educational Content
Dawn has been with Garden of Life since 2003. She has a BS in Clinical Dietetics from Leeds (UK) and became a Registered Dietitian in 1980. She worked as a Clinical Dietitian in several London Teaching Hospitals and then joined a specialized Clinical Nutrition company and for 8 years worked her way from sales rep, to regional sales manager to marketing manager. Dawn maintained a Private Nutrition Practice specializing in weight loss and sports nutrition.
This information is intended for educational and informational purposes only. It should not be used in place of an individual consultation or examination or replace the advice of your health care professional and should not be relied upon to determine diagnosis or course of treatment.