Most people think that being tired stems from lack of sleep. Not always true, actually. In fact, generally speaking fatigue is due to so many other issues. Bear in mind, however, sleep is very important. I must admit these days I plan my schedule so as to ensure generous amounts of sleep. There are tons of people who get plenty of sleep, but are still always exhausted. Today I would like to share with you some of the reasons for fatigue other than the obvious, lack of sleep that is.
- Too little exercise – I know it sounds contrary, but the more you exercise the more energy you have. Sometimes the person who is always tired really does not exercise at all. Believe it or not just 3 hours of exercise per week can increase your energy level. Just try it and see what happens in one month’s time.
- Iron – I suppose this is kind of obvious, but you would be surprised how many people are anemic and totally clueless about it. If you think you might be anemic increase your iron intake. Remember, it does not necessarily have to be red meat. My favorite ways to get iron are lentils and spinach. Not together, of course. Well actually, not so fast. Lentils and spinach combined are quite tasty.
- Potassium – I am simply amazed when I run into people who don’t eat bananas. They are a great way to get potassium. There are many ways of course, but I love bananas for being so convenient to carry around. Have you heard of an apple a day? I’ve got to tell you, I always have one banana per day. Just remember, folks, it is really important to have some raw nuts every time you eat a piece of fruit.
- Caffeine – It’s interesting you know, a lot of people tell me they are tired and they also tell me that they drink a lot of coffee to stay awake. In large amounts the caffeine may be having the opposite effect. Remember caffeine is good, but only in moderation. I must of course, reiterate that good quality coffee beans are a must.
- Sugar – You know everyone jokes about crashing, but do you realize what that really means? Too much sugar will destroy your energy level. So, if you are finding yourself extremely fatigued, cut back on the sugar. The process of the sugar high to sugar crash has been found to actually burn up additional valuable energy. So be careful especially when you are putting sugar in your coffee drinks.
- Vitamin B12 – I’m a fan, but I must tell you there is some controversy. So if you are nervous that vitamin B-12 might cause additional stress and anxiety just make sure to substitute vitamin rich foods for vitamin supplements. Foods rich in b-12 include sardines, salmon, shrimp, scallops, and hormone free yogurt and milk
- Vitamin D3 – It seems to me there are many folks that are low in vitamin D3, and it certainly seems of course that since D3 boosts your immune system it would follow that if you were desperately low, that in itself might cause some fatigue. Listen, vitamin D3 is so important that you might as well take it anyway, tired or not. (Generally speaking, 1000-2000 mg per day is good. If you have found out from your physician that you are very low you may want to take 5000 mg per day for several weeks.)
That’s it, folks. I have much more of course to say on the subject of fatigue, but I’m too tired. Just kidding of course! Actually, there is a lot more to say on fatigue. I shall save that for another blog.