Have you been feeling especially fatigued or sleepy lately and you can’t seem to figure out why? Chances are it’s due to one of the reasons below and guess what; we’ve got the solution for you, too.
Not Eating Enough: Not getting enough food in your body can be a direct cause of fatigue, while eating the wrong foods can also be an issue. Keeping your blood sugar at a stable level to prevent that sluggish, midday slump is important to feeling energized all day.
Solution: Make sure you’re eating breakfast every morning and try to incorporate protein and complex carbs into every one of your meals. Eating eggs with whole-grain toast and healthy snacks throughout the day is a good place to start on the path to sustaining your energy.
Anemia: One of the leading causes of fatigue in women, anemia is an iron deficiency that can be caused by menstrual blood loss.
Solution: If you know you’re anemic, taking iron supplements and eating foods rich in iron, such as lean meant, shellfish, liver, beans, and fortified cereal can definitely help.
Depression: Depression may commonly be seen as an emotional disorder, yet there are several physical side effects such as fatigue, headaches, and loss of appetite. If you have been feeling fatigued and especially “down” for more than a few weeks, it may be a good idea to see your doctor.
Solution: Your doctor may recommend psychotherapy and/or medication.
Too Much Caffeine: Caffeine can certainly improve alertness and concentration in moderate doses, however too much can increase heart rate, blood pressure, and jitteriness. Some research shows that too much can even cause fatigue in some people.
Solution: Instead of quitting caffeine cold turkey, gradually start drinking less coffee, tea, eating less chocolate and cutting back on soft drinks. Stopping suddenly can cause more fatigue and caffeine withdrawal.
Dehydration: It doesn’t matter if you’ve been working out or sitting at a desk all day, dehydration can happen to anyone. Your body needs water to help keep it cool and feeling thirsty is a sign that you’re already dehydrated.
Solution: Drinking water throughout the day so that your urine is light colored will help you stay hydrated. Drinking two cups before a workout and another two cups after will also ensure hydration.
Food Allergies: Some doctors believe that hidden food allergies can make you feel sleepy. If you become fatigued directly after eating, you may have a mild intolerance to a food, but not a strong enough intolerance to cause itching or other more serious reactions.
Solution: Try eliminating foods one at a time to see which ones affect you, you can also consult your doctor about taking an allergy test.
Make sure to consult your primary care physician or chiropractor for all health related advice.
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