Do you feel run down? Tired all the time? Exhausted? There is no doubt about it, one of the most common complaints for seeing your doctor today is stress and fatigue. Feeling tired is a natural signal that tells you it’s time for sleep, and getting a good night’s sleep may be all needed for relieving any fatigue that you are experiencing. Feeling so chronically fatigued bad enough that you have trouble completing your daily task is something altogether different. If you are experiencing this type of fatigue there may be a need for a change in your lifestyle.
Our continued dependence on medications to sleep and then stimulants, like coffee or energy drinks, to wake up and function seem to get worse by the year. Turning to drugs and stimulates, like caffeine or sugar, to sleep, wake up, and keep you going throughout your day is a downward spiral with no end in sight. Natural fatigue fighters have a big advantage over traditional stimulants like caffeine, sugar, and sodas. They don’t further exhaust the body and are supporting rather than depleting. Why is it that some people juggle demanding careers, families, and even run marathons, while others go trough their daily lives exhausted and barely making it from one minute to the next? Just a few reasons are insufficient nutrients in their diet, body imbalances, sickness, prolonged stress, emotional depression, and negativity, just to mention a few. What can you do to change this and help your body recover and restore depleted energy stores? Continue reading for a few suggestions or contact me, so that we can work together to develop a customized program to help you heal.
Eat small meals and healthy snacks every 3-4 hours throughout the day. Choose healthy snacks like nuts and fruit or yogurt with granola.
Focus your diet on complex carbohydrates, like, whole wheat bread, whole grain cereal, and brown rice these foods are known to restore depleted energy levels.
Increase iron levels in the body by eating red meat, fish, green leafy vegetables, dried beans, peas, and lentils.
Get in good sources of B Vitamins from whole grains, chicken, fish, eggs, dairy products, shellfish, and red meat.
It’s also a good idea to drink water, because our bodies often tell us we are tired when we’re actually thirsty. A glass or two of water can make a big difference in energy if you’re low on fluids.
Being active can also boost your energy, like a few yoga poses before bed or a 10 minute walk after dinner. Research shows adults who exercise as little as 20 minutes a day feel less fatigued.
Caffeine revs up your metabolism and makes you feel like you have more physical and mental energy than you do. If you just want a slight pick-me-up, I recommend caffeine from natural sources, like coffee or tea, rather than supplements. Energy drinks which are becoming more popular yearly, rely heavily on sugar and other short-term stimulants like caffeine. Chronic caffeine consumption results in energy crashes and dependence. Constant energy relies on three key factors: sleep, exercise, and eating a healthy diet, these are the good things we can do for ourselves, that will cut down on fatigue.
If symptoms last for more than six weeks, get tested for Lyme Disease, Epstein Bar Virus (aka Mono), Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and Fibromyalgia.
- Vitamin B12 (B-Complex Supplements)
- Ginkgo Biloba
- Vitamin C
- Alpha Lipoic Acid
- Massage Therapy
- Energy Healing (like Reiki)
- Stretching exercise every morning and night to release energy blocks
- Deep Breathing Exercises helps increase oxygenation and energizes
- Get daily morning sunlight