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42 Flowers You Can Eat And How You Can Eat Them

42 Flowers You Can Eat And How You Can Eat Them

In case you’ve ever wondered if the flowers that brighten our lives are edible, or possibly even tasty, here is a list of forty-two flowers you are welcome to nibble the petals off of.

Know your flower eating facts

Before we begin, here is a list of ways to avoid unintended harm to yourself if you do choose to experiment with flower garnishes, salads, teas, or endless other possibilities.

  • Only eat flowers you know are safe to consume and digest. If you are unsure then find the facts about the flower first.
  • Only eat flowers you have grown on your own. Any commercially grown flowers, roadside flowers, or even your neighbors flowers are likely to have pesticides or other harmful chemicals on them, which could be extremely risky to consume.
  • Unless known facts about a certain flower state otherwise, only eat the petals. Remove pistils, stamens, or anything else that is not one hundred percent petal.
  • If allergies are an issue for you then introduce different flowers to your body gradually in order to ensure they do not worsen any preexisting conditions.

…and now for the list:

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    1. Allium

    All flowers from the Allium family are edible with ranging tastes. Leeks, chives, garlic, and garlic chives vary from subtle flavors all the way to powerful garlic. An added bonus is the fact that every part of these plants is edible.

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      2. Angelica

      These flowers, which taste similar to licorice, have numerous varieties and color can range from the full blue to red spectrum.

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        3. Anise hyssop

        Anise Hyssop is a lavender colored flower that also shares a hint of anise or licorice when tasted. Both flowers and leaves can be eaten.

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          4. Arugula

          This flower’s blossoms and leaves are also both edible and offer a distinct peppery flavor. They are commonly white and yellow with purple accentuation.

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            5. Bachelor’s button

            These single petals have a grassy taste. Do avoid the calyx (the bottom surrounding of the petals keeping the blossom together) as it is bitter.

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              6. Basil

              We are all familiar with basil but the lavender flowers are edible to, only milder.

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                7. Bee balm

                Bee balm, a member of the mint family, is a red flower that tastes exactly like its family name suggests.

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                  8. Borage

                  This curious blue star-shaped flower tastes like cucumber.

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                    9. Calendula / marigold

                    Calendula, better known as marigold, is an exciting choice for any recipe. Not only is the flavor peppery and tangy, but it also serves as a dashing golden garnish to any dish.

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                      10. Dianthus / carnations

                      The petals of dianthus, better known as carnations, taste exactly like the perfumed smell your nose senses.

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                        11. Chamomile

                        A common tea theme, chamomile flowers are sweet and ideal for brewing. Beware, ragweed sufferers are commonly allergic to this flower.

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                          12. Chervil

                          These tiny, delicate blossoms carry a hint of anise, or licorice.

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                            13. Chicory

                            Blue and brilliant to sight, the taste of chicory is best described as bitter and earthy. The petals and buds can both be eaten and or commonly pickled.

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                              14. Chrysanthemum

                              “Mums” are considered bitter and come in the full range of colors available in the rainbow. They are edible but recommended in moderation as in the use of a garnish. For this particular plant use only the petals.

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                                15. Cilantro

                                Cilantro gets my vote for the best herb on Earth…and, in case you were not aware of the full potential of cilantro, the flowers share the same zesty taste. However, the flowers should be served fresh as they lose their flavor when heat is applied.

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                                  16. Citrus

                                  These blossoms are extremely sweet and aromatic. While perfectly edible, use in moderation as too many will commandeer all the flavor from any particular dish.

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                                    17. Clover

                                    Common clover blooms are quite edible and compliment your taste buds with a tinge of licorice.

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                                      18. Dandelion

                                      This one is a real gem! Every part of a dandelion from petals to roots can be eaten and the plant is fortified with vitamins, while low in calories. Look here for all the benefits dandelions have to offer.

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                                        19. Dill

                                        Dill flowers are yellow and taste nearly as strong as the herb’s leaves.

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                                          20. English daisy

                                          This flower makes for an eye appealing garnish but the taste is quite bitter.

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                                            21. Fennel

                                            Yellow fennel flowers, much like the herb’s leaves, taste like licorice.

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                                              22. Fuchsia

                                              These flowers are tangy and make a colorful garnish.

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                                                23. Gladiolus

                                                Gladioli are bland but the petals are strong enough to be stuffed with something more flavorful.

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                                                  24. Hibiscus

                                                  These flowers are best known for the tea they are brewed with. They have a deep cranberry flavor and it does not take many petals to reach the desired taste effect.

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                                                    25. Hollyhock

                                                    Hollyhock blossoms are bland but are commonly used as eye catching garnishes.

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                                                      26. Impatiens

                                                      Once again, very little flavor but a nice garnish.

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                                                        27. Jasmine

                                                        These are extremely fragrant blossoms usually used in tea.

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                                                          28. Johnny jump-up

                                                          Colorful and tasty, the flower petals have a hint of mint and are commonly used in salads, pastas, and drinks.

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                                                            29. Lavender

                                                            Lavender is sweet and spicy and a welcome addition to many dishes and desserts.

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                                                              30. Lemon verbena

                                                              These are commonly used for teas and desserts and taste exactly the way its name suggests.

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                                                                31. Lilac

                                                                Lilac has a citrus aroma that tastes just the way it smells.

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                                                                  32. Mint

                                                                  Can you guess what these taste like? There are many varieties and a broad range of mint flavor among them.

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                                                                    33. Nasturtium

                                                                    This is one of the most popular edible flowers available. They are as colorful as they are tasty with a mix of sweet and spicy. The flowers can be stuffed, added to salads, and the buds can be pickled like capers. Here is some more information on nasturtium.

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                                                                      34. Oregano

                                                                      One of the most used herbs in kitchens across the world, the flowers are a diluted version of the leaves.

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                                                                        35. Pansy

                                                                        The petal’s taste is bland, but eating many petals at a time make the taste more noticeable.

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                                                                          36. Radish

                                                                          Radish flowers vary in color and share a similar peppery taste to the radish itself.

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                                                                            37. Rose

                                                                            Rose petals have a strong, perfumed taste and are commonly found floating in drinks are scattered atop desserts. All roses are edible and flavor intensifies with the darkness of the rose.

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                                                                              38. Rosemary

                                                                              The flower taste like a subtle version of the common herb’s leaves.

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                                                                                39. Sage

                                                                                Once again, the flowers favor the herb’s leaves.

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                                                                                  40. Squash and pumpkin

                                                                                  These blossoms are an excellent choice for stuffing. However, be sure to remove the stamens first.

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                                                                                    41. Sunflower

                                                                                    These petals can be eaten and the bud can even be steamed similar to an artichoke.

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                                                                                      42. Violets

                                                                                      This is another commonly used flower for eating and garnishes. They are most often found in salads, desserts, and drinks.

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                                                                                      Published on November 14, 2018

                                                                                      Why You Suffer from Constant Fatigue and How to Deal with It

                                                                                      Why You Suffer from Constant Fatigue and How to Deal with It

                                                                                      With our busy, always on lives, it seems that more and more of us are facing constant tiredness and fatigue on a regular basis.

                                                                                      For many people, they just take this in their stride as part of modern life, but for others the impact can be crippling and can have a serious effect on their sense of wellbeing, health and productivity.

                                                                                      In this article, I’ll share some of the most common causes of constant tiredness and fatigue and give you some guidance and action steps you can take to overcome some of the symptoms of fatigue.

                                                                                      Why Am I Feeling Fatigued?

                                                                                      Fatigue is extreme tiredness resulting from mental or physical exertion or illness.  It is a reduction in the efficiency of a muscle or organ after prolonged activity.[1]

                                                                                      It can affect anyone, and most adults will experience fatigue at some point in their life. 

                                                                                      For many people, fatigue is caused by a combination of lifestyle, social, psychological and general wellbeing issues rather than an underlying medical condition.

                                                                                      Although fatigue is sometimes described as tiredness, it is different to just feeling tired or sleepy. Everyone feels tired at some point, but this is usually resolved with a nap or a few nights of good sleep. Someone who is sleepy may also feel temporarily refreshed after exercising. If you are getting enough sleep, good nutrition and exercising regularly but still find it hard to perform, concentrate or be motivated at your normal levels, you may be experiencing a level of fatigue that needs further investigation. 

                                                                                      Symptoms of Fatigue

                                                                                      Fatigue can cause a vast range of physical, mental and emotional symptoms including:

                                                                                      • chronic tiredness, exhaustion or sleepiness
                                                                                      • mental blocks
                                                                                      • lack of motivation
                                                                                      • headache
                                                                                      • dizziness
                                                                                      • muscle weakness
                                                                                      • slowed reflexes and responses
                                                                                      • impaired decision-making and judgement
                                                                                      • moodiness, such as irritability
                                                                                      • impaired hand-to-eye coordination
                                                                                      • reduced immune system function
                                                                                      • blurry vision
                                                                                      • short-term memory problems
                                                                                      • poor concentration
                                                                                      • reduced ability to pay attention to the situation at hand

                                                                                      Causes of Fatigue

                                                                                      The wide range of causes that can trigger fatigue include:

                                                                                      • Medical causes: Constant exhaustion, tiredness and fatigue may be a sign of an underlying illness, such as a thyroid disorder, heart disease, anemia or diabetes.
                                                                                      • Lifestyle-related causes: Being overweight and a lack of regular exercise can lead to feelings of fatigue.  Lack of sleep and overcommitting can also create feelings of excessive tiredness and fatigue.
                                                                                      • Workplace-related causes: Workplace and financial stress in a variety of forms can lead to feelings of fatigue.
                                                                                      • Emotional concerns and stress: Fatigue is a common symptom of mental health problems, such as depression and grief, and may be accompanied by other signs and symptoms, including irritability and lack of motivation.

                                                                                      Fatigue can also be caused by a number of factors working in combination.

                                                                                      Medical Causes of Fatigue

                                                                                      If you have made lifestyle changes to increase your energy and still feel exhausted and fatigued, it may be time to seek guidance from your doctor.

                                                                                      Here are a few examples of illnesses that can cause ongoing fatigue. Seek medical advice if you suspect you have a health problem:

                                                                                      Anemia

                                                                                      Anemia is a condition in which you don’t have enough healthy red blood cells to carry adequate oxygen to the body’s tissues. It is a common cause of fatigue in women.

                                                                                      Having anemia may make you feel tired and weak.

                                                                                      There are many forms of anemia, each with its own cause. Anemia can be temporary or long term, and it can range from mild to severe.[2]

                                                                                      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)

                                                                                      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a condition that can cause persistent, unexplained fatigue that interferes with daily activities for more than six months.

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                                                                                      This is a chronic condition with no one-size-fits-all treatment, but lifestyle changes can often help ease some symptoms of fatigue.[3]

                                                                                      Diabetes

                                                                                      Diabetes can cause fatigue with either high or low blood sugars. When your sugars are high, they remain in the bloodstream instead of being used for energy, which makes you feel fatigued. Low blood sugar (glucose) means you may not have enough fuel for energy, also causing fatigue.[4]

                                                                                      Sleep Apnea

                                                                                      Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder where sufferers briefly stop breathing for short periods during sleep. Most people are not aware this is happening, but it can cause loud snoring, and daytime fatigue.

                                                                                      Being overweight, smoking, and drinking alcohol can all worsen the symptoms of sleep apnea.[5]

                                                                                      Thyroid disease

                                                                                      An underactive thyroid gland means you have too little thyroid hormone (thyroxine) in your body. This makes you feel tired and you could also put on weight and have aching muscles and dry skin.[6]

                                                                                      Common lifestyle factors that can cause fatigue include:

                                                                                      • Lack of sleep
                                                                                      • Too much sleep 
                                                                                      • Alcohol and drugs 
                                                                                      • Sleep disturbances 
                                                                                      • Lack of regular exercise and sedentary behaviour 
                                                                                      • Poor diet 

                                                                                      Common workplace issues that can cause fatigue include:

                                                                                      • Shift work: Our body is designed to sleep during the night. A shift worker may confuse their circadian clock by working when their body is programmed to be asleep.
                                                                                      • Poor workplace practices: This may include long work hours, hard physical labour, irregular working hours (such as rotating shifts), a stressful work environment, boredom or working alone. 
                                                                                      • Workplace stress – This can be caused by a wide range of factors including job dissatisfaction, heavy workload, conflicts with bosses or colleagues, bullying, or threats to job security.
                                                                                      • Burnout: This could be striving too hard on one area of your life while neglecting others, which leads to a life that feels out of balance.

                                                                                      Psychological Causes of Fatigue

                                                                                      Psychological factors are present in many cases of extreme tiredness and fatigue.  These may include:

                                                                                      • Depression: Depression is characterised by severe and prolonged feelings of sadness, dejection and hopelessness. People who are depressed commonly experience chronic fatigue.
                                                                                      • Anxiety and stress: Someone who is constantly anxious or stressed keeps their body in overdrive. The constant flooding of adrenaline exhausts the body, and fatigue sets in.
                                                                                      • Grief: Losing a loved one causes a wide range of emotions including shock, guilt, depression, despair and loneliness.

                                                                                      How to Tackle Constant Fatigue

                                                                                      Here are 12 ways you can start tackling the causes of fatigue and start feeling more energetic.

                                                                                      1. Tell The Truth

                                                                                      Some people can numb themselves to the fact that they are overtired or fatigued all the time. In the long run, this won’t help you.

                                                                                      To give you the best chance to overcome or eliminate fatigue, you must diagnose and tell the truth about the things that are draining your energy, making you tired or causing constant fatigue.

                                                                                      Once you’re honest with yourself about the activities you’re doing in your life that you find irritating, energy-draining, and make you tired on a regular basis you can make a commitment to stop doing them.

                                                                                      The help that you need to overcome fatigue is available to you, but not until you tell the truth about it. The first person you have to sell on getting rid of the causes of fatigue is yourself.

                                                                                      One starting point is to diagnose the symptoms. When you start feeling stressed, overtired or just not operating at your normal energy levels make a note of:

                                                                                      • How you feel
                                                                                      • What time of day it is
                                                                                      • What may have contributed to your fatigue
                                                                                      • How your mind and body reacts

                                                                                      This analysis may help you identify, understand and then eliminate very specific causes.

                                                                                      2. Reduce Your Commitments

                                                                                      When we have too many things on our plate personally and professionally, we can feel overstretched, causing physical and mental fatigue.

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                                                                                      If you have committed to things you really don’t want to do, this causes irritability and low emotional engagement. Stack these up throughout your day and week, then your stress levels will rise.

                                                                                      When these commitments have deadlines associated with them, you may be trying to cram in far too much in a short period of time.  This creates more stress and can affect your decision making ability.

                                                                                      Start being realistic about how much you can get done. Either reduce the commitments you have or give yourself more time to complete them in.

                                                                                      3. Get Clear On Your Priorities

                                                                                      If working on your list of to-do’s or goals becomes too overwhelming, start reducing and prioritizing the things that matter most.

                                                                                      Start with prioritizing just 3 things every day. When you complete those 3 things, you’ll get a rush of energy and your confidence will grow.

                                                                                      If you’re trying to juggle too many things and are multi-tasking, your energy levels will drop and you’ll struggle to maintain focus.

                                                                                      Unfinished projects can make you self-critical and feel guilty which drops energy levels further, creating inaction.

                                                                                      Make a list of your 3 MIT (Most Important Tasks) for the next day before you go to bed. This will stop you overcommitting and get you excited about what the next day can bring.

                                                                                      4. Express More Gratitude

                                                                                      Gratitude and confidence are heavily linked. Just being thankful for what you have and what you’ve achieved increases confidence and makes you feel more optimistic.

                                                                                      It can help you improve your sense of wellbeing, which can bring on feelings of joy and enthusiasm.

                                                                                      Try starting a gratitude journal or just note down 3 things you’re grateful for every day.

                                                                                      5. Focus On Yourself

                                                                                      Exhaustion and fatigue can arrive by focusing solely on other people’s needs all the time, rather than worrying about and focusing on what you need (and want).

                                                                                      There are work commitments, family commitments, social commitments. You may start with the best intentions, to put in your best performance at work, to be an amazing parent and friend, to simply help others.

                                                                                      But sometimes, we extend ourselves too much and go beyond our personal limits to help others. That’s when constant exhaustion can creep up on us.  Which can make us more fatigued.

                                                                                      We all want to help and do our best for others, but there needs to be some balance. We also need to take some time out just for ourselves to recharge and rejuvenate.

                                                                                      6. Set Aside Rest and Recovery Time

                                                                                      Whether it’s a couple of hours, a day off, a mini-break or a proper holiday, time off is essential to help us recover, recharge and refocus.

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                                                                                      Recovery time helps fend off mental fatigue and allows us to simply kick back and relax.

                                                                                      The key here, though, is to remove ourselves from the daily challenges that bring on tiredness and fatigue. Here’s how.

                                                                                      Can you free yourself up completely from work and personal obligations to just rest and recover?

                                                                                      7. Take a Power Nap

                                                                                      When you’re feeling tired or fatigued and you have the ability to take a quick 20-minute nap, it could make a big difference to your performance for the rest of the day.

                                                                                      Napping can improve learning, memory and boost your energy levels quickly.

                                                                                      This article on the benefit of napping is a useful place to start if you want to learn more: How a 20-Minute Nap at Work Makes You Awake and Productive the Whole Day

                                                                                      8. Take More Exercise

                                                                                      The simple act of introducing some form of physical activity into your day can make a huge difference. It can boost energy levels, make you feel much better about yourself and can help you avoid fatigue.

                                                                                      Find something that fits into your life, be that walking, going to the gym, running or swimming. 

                                                                                      The key is to ensure the exercise is regular and that you are emotionally engaged and committed to stick with it.

                                                                                      You could also walk more which will help clear your head and shift your focus away from stressful thoughts.

                                                                                      9. Get More Quality Sleep

                                                                                      To avoid tiredness, exhaustion and fatigue, getting enough quality sleep matters. 

                                                                                      Your body needs sleep to recharge.  Getting the right amount of sleep every night can improve your health, reduce stress levels and help us improve our memory and learning skills.

                                                                                      My previous article on The Benefits of Sleep You Need to Know will give you some action steps to start improving your sleep. 

                                                                                      10. Improve Your Diet

                                                                                      Heavy or fatty meals can make you feel sluggish and tired, whilst some foods or eating strategies do just the opposite.

                                                                                      Our always on lives have us reaching for sweets or other sugary snacks to give us a burst of energy to keep going. Unfortunately, that boost fades quickly which can leave you feeling depleted and wanting more.

                                                                                      On the other hand, whole grains and healthy unsaturated fats supply the reserves you can draw on throughout the day.

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                                                                                      To keep energy up and steady, it’s a good idea to limit refined sugar and starches.

                                                                                      Eating small meals and healthy snacks every few hours throughout the day provides a steady supply of nutrients to body and brain. It’s also important not to skip breakfast.

                                                                                      Eating a balanced diet helps keep your blood sugar in a normal range and prevents that sluggish feeling when your blood sugar drops.

                                                                                      11. Manage Your Stress Levels

                                                                                      Stress is one of the leading causes of exhaustion and fatigue, and can seriously affect your health.

                                                                                      When you have increased levels of stress at work and at home, it’s easy to feel exhausted all the time. 

                                                                                      Identifying the causes of stress and then tackling the problems should be a priority. 

                                                                                      My article on How to Help Anxiety When Life is Stressing You Out shares 16 strategies you can use to overcome stress.

                                                                                      12. Get Hydrated

                                                                                      Sometimes we can be so busy that we forget to keep ourselves fully hydrated.

                                                                                      Water makes up about 60 percent of your body weight and is essential in maintaining our body’s basic functions.

                                                                                      If we don’t have enough water, it can adversely affect our mental and physical performance, which leads to tiredness and fatigue.

                                                                                      The recommended daily amount is around two litres a day, so to stay well hydrated keep a water bottle with you as much as possible.

                                                                                      The Bottom Line

                                                                                      These 12 tips can help you reduce your tiredness and feeling of fatigue.  Some will work better than others as we are all different, whilst others can be incorporated together in your daily life.

                                                                                      If you’ve tried to make positive changes to reduce fatigue and you still feel tired and exhausted, it may be time to consider making an appointment with your doctor to discuss your condition.

                                                                                      Featured photo credit: Annie Spratt via unsplash.com

                                                                                      Reference

                                                                                      [1]Oxford English Dictionary: Definition of fatigue
                                                                                      [2]NHS Choices: 10 Reasons for feeling tired
                                                                                      [3]Verywellhealth: What is chronic fatigue syndrome
                                                                                      [4]Everyday Health: Why does type 2 diabetes make you feel tired
                                                                                      [5]Mayo Clinic: Sleep apnea
                                                                                      [6]Harvard Health: The lowdown on thyroid slowdown

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