Reasons For Your Fatigue and What To Do About It
(WXYZ) – Our busy lifestyles can often leave us feeling tired and worn out. But if you’re always yawning or struggling with low energy, there could be hidden reasons causing your fatigue.
7 potential causes
I can tell you that feeling tired is very common, we can all struggle with it, myself included. And for many of you, you might not need to look any farther than what you’re eating. Because the Western diet has a heap of junk and processed foods that are high in saturated fats, trans fats, and added sugars. These can drain your energy away. You could also be missing out on key nutrients if you’re eating the same foods over and over. And even if you think you’re eating well farming practices may possibly deplete the soil of essential nutrients. And lost nutrients can lead to fatigue. Other hidden causes to consider are the amount of stress you’re under, how much sleep you’re getting, if you’re living a sedentary lifestyle, and if you lacking omega-3 or vitamin D in your diet.
How does a lack of omega-3 and vitamin D lead to fatigue?
There have been studies linking depression with vitamin D deficiency, and depression with not getting enough omega-3 fatty acids in your diet. Why this is important is because when people are depressed, they are often tired. And if you’re low in vitamin D, you may also have low energy. We live in Michigan where the summers are hot and the winters are freezing so many people stay indoors. And that means you’re not out in the sun where your bodies can naturally make Vitamin D.
With today’s farming practices and fewer nutrients in our food, how can we get all the nutrients we need?
Our fruit and vegetables are still nutritionally valuable so please don’t skip eating them. I guarantee you it’s much healthier to eat an apple than a candy bar or other sugar-filled snack. But do eat a variety of healthy whole foods which will help you avoid nutritional deficiencies and also boost your energy.
Also be aware you could have a medical condition behind your fatigue, like thyroid disease, adrenal fatigue, anemia, leaky gut syndrome or blood sugar imbalance so if you’re constantly tired or exhausted, please talk to your family physician.
How can you boost energy naturally?
- Eat for energy and that means high-fiber vegetables, nuts, and whole grains.
- Your body and brain need a steady supply of fuel to function at its best. Try eating healthy snacks and small meals throughout the day instead of three large meals.
- Drink a large glass of water. Dehydration can make you feel tired and fatigued.
- Get some sunshine. Going for a walk can perk you up as exercise is linked to improved vigor plus you’ll get some energy boosting vitamin D as you’re out and about.
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