Being low on energy or tired all the time is a common complaint.
Your energy levels are directly linked to your mood and stress levels – so if you find that you’re tired a lot, you may often feel moody, stressed, and irritable.
Here are some common reasons that you may be feeling tired. (If your feelings of fatigue are chronic and you are unable to fix them with these suggestions, consult with your doctor.)
1. Not eating enough protein
While protein is not used for immediate energy like carbohydrates, it is key to maintaining healthy energy levels throughout the day. Protein helps the body to repair and build tissues, carry oxygen in the blood, and maintain a healthy immune system. Protein is also important for blood sugar control and for keeping you feeling fuller for longer periods of time.
2. Not eating enough Iron
When the body is low on iron, it is low on energy. Add an iron pill or some red meat to your diet.
3. Eating too many carbohydrates or sugars
Eating too many carbohydrates or sugars can give your body a short burst of energy – but is often followed by a crash.
4. Not drinking enough water
Inadequate hydration can lead to an imbalance in electrolytes, energy depletion, and difficulty concentrating.
5. Not eating enough calories throughout the day
Calories from food turn into energy for the body. If we do not eat enough food, the body’s metabolism slows down in an effort to preserve energy, and this can actually lead to a decrease in energy levels.
6. Not getting enough vitamins and minerals
Vitamins and minerals are called micronutrients and we need them to function. If you cannot get them in your diet, try a multivitamin,
Stress can cause low energy. While we all deal with some stress, if we don’t find ways to manage it, it will wear down our bodies.
Anxiety and constant worrying will exhaust your body throughout the day. Anxiety can also cause insomnia – which prevents your body from getting the restorative sleep that it needs and will lead to low energy the next day.
9. Lack of exercise
The body is meant to move. And the more we sit, the less that we want to move. Exercise produces epinephrine, which stimulates the central nervous system to be alert!
10. Not getting enough sleep
The body needs sleep to survive. And in order to get the restorative sleep you need, it is important to have some physical activity in your day so that your mind and body will crave rest and can get a deep sleep that you need.
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