I've suffered from daily fatigue for 15+ years. Its cause has been a complete mystery to me.
But after going on a paleo/PHD diet for the past 4 months, I've had several week-long episodes where I've experienced normal energy levels -- no afternoon naps, brain-fog, or heaviness.
It felt amazing!
The peculiar thing is, these 3 separate weeks of near-normal energy levels coincided with either being sick (common cold) or being massively stressed out at work. It seems as though these stressors somehow improved my energy levels.
Thanks to the paleo diet, my energy highs and lows are more clearly defined; I have good days and bad days, so now I'm trying to connect the dots.
Does anyone have any ideas why getting sick or being consumed with worry and stress could remarkably improve my energy levels? When these stressors dissipate, the fatigue returns.
Thanks for reading!
asked byMr_Snowman (529)
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on March 17, 2013
at 05:44 AM
Perhaps you're experiencing heightened levels of adrenaline while under stress.
on March 17, 2013
at 12:42 PM
The fact that you feel better when sick makes me think possible bacterial overgrowth (like candida, h pylori, sibo, etc). I noticed a few years ago that when I got sick, it was like my immune system kicked into overdrive. I would feel great for about a week or two, then the fog would come back. I ended up following a SIBO protocol to try and kill off the bacteria in my system ... I followed it for a month or two (can't remember) and it worked! Sometimes I start to feel the fatigue come back, and I switch back to it for a week or so. It seems to keep my body in balance. Nothing fancy, just restricting some foods that feed bacteria:
EDIT 3/31/13: Just read "The Infectious Origins of Disease" in the 2nd edition of The Perfect Health Diet, and it totally confirmed what I was guessing at above. They call this "chronic infections", ie, the low-level stuff that just makes you feel crummy, until you get older and your immune system goes down and you get SICK... One of their suggestions is IF (intermittent fasting) to help control the germs that linger in our bodies.
on April 01, 2013
at 05:18 AM
I also feel much less tired when I am under a certain optimal level of stress. I do not think it is pathological--everyone has a uniquely calibrated stress-response curve. Too little or too much stress and you feel less than your best. At the risk of sounding anti-paleo, I would suggest that amphetamines, caffeine, and other stimulants might make you feel more yourself. Low doses of Adderall are prescribed for chronic fatigue--it really does work for a subset of people. Combine them with lots of sleep and meditation for maximum effect...