Fatigue Reduction Techniques

Developing a Daily Schedule That Works
a woman exfoliating and stimulating her skin with a dry brush

Managing immune-compromising illnesses such as Lyme disease or long COVID-19 can be frustrating.

I personally struggle with both illnesses and have found that implementing a well-structured daily schedule can make a significant difference in improving quality of life.

Getting plenty of sleep, practicing yoga and meditation are important, however here are three lesser-known strategies worth adding to your fatigue-reduction plan.

Three Lesser-Known Fatigue Reduction Strategies

By adding these lesser-known fatigue-reducing strategies into your daily schedule, you can better manage the impact of immune-compromising illnesses on your energy levels.

  • Embrace an Anti-Inflammatory Diet with Mushroom Supplementation

    As a holistic nutritionist, I have to emphasize the importance of embracing an anti-inflammatory diet that is rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats. These foods provide essential nutrients and antioxidants that can combat inflammation and reduce fatigue.

    Go a step further and incorporate mushroom supplements, known for their immune-boosting and fatigue-fighting properties. Avoid eating raw mushrooms, if you have Lyme disease or sensitivities to mold.

    I use a Shiitake-derived mushroom ingredient called AHCC found in a variety of mushroom supplements that has 30+ human clinical studies and has been clinically studied on Lyme disease and COVID-19. 

  • Practice Dry Brushing for Lymphatic Drainage

    Dry brushing is a technique that involves using a natural bristle brush to gently massage the skin in circular motions to stimulate the lymphatic system, aiding in the removal of toxins and waste products from the body.

    I practice dry brushing in the shower and try to alternate first with hot water followed by a minute of cold.

    Dry brushes are inexpensive and a huge benefit in reducing inflammation and boosting energy levels. 

  • Improve Circulation and Energy Levels with Compression Therapy

    Compression therapy helps enhance blood circulation, reduce swelling, and alleviate fatigue, through the use of specially designed garments that apply gentle pressure to the limbs.

    Compression boots work the best for me, and I spend about 30-40 minutes in them each morning.

    By promoting better blood flow, compression garments improve oxygenation and nutrient delivery to tissues while aiding in removal of metabolic waste.

Make adjustments as needed and prioritize sleep. With a well-structured schedule, you can optimize energy levels and embark on a path towards improved health and vitality.


Danielle Pashko

Holistic Nutritionist

Danielle Pashko is an author, holistic nutrition expert, certified health coach and former yoga instructor. She earned her bachelor of science degree in holistic nutrition from The College of Natural Health and was certified as a health coach from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition.

Pashko develops weight loss and detoxification programs, as well as customized nutraceutical products, for prestigious doctors throughout New York City. She also provides nutrition consulting for healthy menu development at established restaurants and children’s schools.

Her expertise in nutrition and wellness has been quoted in major media publications including: the New York Post, FOX News and USA Today. Pashko is the author of Breaking Your Fat Girl Habits and Smile at Your Challenges.

She has taught and worked with clients at The Sports Club/LA, Reebok Sports Club/NY, Equinox Fitness, Exhale Spa and The Peninsula Spa and is currently working with world-renowned health expert Oz Garcia at his Upper West Side clinic in New York City.

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