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Published on March 5th, 2012 | by thevyne

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Tired of Being Tired: Fight Your Fatigue

Ok raise your hand if you do any of the following on more than a few occasions a week: 1) hitting snooze more than twice on your morning alarm, 2) laying like a bump on a pickle on your couch, 3) constantly feeling in need of a nap, 4) random yawning in mid sentence, 5) still feeling tired and sluggish after sleeping seven to eight hours. If this sounds like you, congratulations…you’re fatigued. Heck why wouldn’t you be? You probably work a demanding job, perhaps you have a family/children, maybe you volunteer in your community, and make time to socialize with your girlfriends and probably even have a side business you’re trying to get off the ground. Its easy to get fatigued and think you have to just deal with it because of how hectic your schedule is. But the truth is, you don’t have to resign yourself to being tired all the time. There are ways to combat fatigue. So here are a few common causes and fixes that you can put in place immediately to start to bring your energy level back up:

Cause: Dehydration

Fix: The body and every system/process in the body can’t function without water. In most cases we don’t drink enough water to sustain our body. While you would think a side effect of dehydration would be thirst, the more common side effect is fatigue. So each day, aim to get as close to drinking half your body weight in water as possible.

Cause: Lack of vitamins

Fix: Its super difficult to eat according to the food pyramid every day all day. So most of us don’t get all of the vitamins and minerals we need on a daily basis from the food we eat. If you’re not taking a multi-vitamin you should consider adding it to your morning regimen. We (and Dr. Oz) like GNC Women’s Ultra Mega Active Vitapak. Also, studies show that people who took Omega 3 fish oil capsules for a 21 day period reported having more energy and demonstrated greater mental alertness.

Cause: Excess weight

Fix: Ok, so we all know this one. Exercise, it’s simple but so true. Try losing just 10% of your current body weight and watch how your energy level begins to increase.

Cause: Low caloric intake

Fix: It’s like they say, too much of a good thing is bad for you. Well, the opposite it true too when it comes to calories. If you’re not eating enough good calories during the day, it can contribute to low energy and fatigue. Try eating 5-6 small healthy meals a day to keep your energy and metabolism revved up throughout the day.

Cause: Caffeine Overload

Fix: Apparently too much caffeine in your body can have the exact opposite effect of what you intended. If you’re finding that you’re having to double down on your java to get a boost, try gradually weaning yourself off of the caffeine to see if your energy level can regulate itself back to normal.

Cause: Food Allergies

Fix: You’d be surprised but allergies to foods like gluten, wheat or dairy can be a big energy zapper. If you want to find out if gluten, wheat or dairy is the culprit of your fatigue, try eliminating them one by one. For example, try eliminating dairy for a month and see if you notice a difference. Then add eliminating gluten, then wheat, etc.

Cause: Depression

Fix: Sometimes our mental and emotional state will manifest itself physically in our lives. Depression is known for showing up as an unshakeable fatigue for no apparent reason. If you suspect you may be suffering from depression, consider finding yourself a good therapist. You knew it was coming people. I couldn’t write this article and not recommend therapy. If you find that you are frequently experiencing “the unshakeable fatigue blues”, to the point where you are unable to continue with your normal activities of the day, then it may be time to speak to a professional. Don’t think about the stigma and don’t be discouraged by the “non-believers” of therapy. But, do remember that therapy is work. It requires you to explore areas of your life in emotionally meaningful ways. You have to show up on time, you have to be honest, you have to stick it out and you have to be willing to “go there” (so to speak). If you decide you need the help of a professional therapist, keep in mind that your therapist should have the same type of “bed side” manner that you would expect from your doctor. Be willing to try a few out until you find the one with the right style for you.

Cause: Serious Health Issue

Fix: If you’ve tried organic ways of bringing your energy level back up and there’s no improvement then perhaps you should consider seeing your doctor to rule out other more serious issues like anemia, urinary track infections (yes, they cause fatigue!), hypothyroidism, diabetes, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome.

 


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