Bringing Wellness Full Circle

Fatigue

When you consider all the vitally important jobs that the body performs every hour of every day, it’s no wonder we feel exhausted by the end of each day! But it doesn’t have to be that way.  It’s possible to have more than enough energy to work all day and dance all night. But you have a responsibility in order to help your body to function at its best : you have to provide your body with the high quality fuel, pure water and exercise you need to operate smoothly and keep from getting “gunked up.”

When you consider your body doesn’t come with spare parts, don’t you think it makes good sense to do everything you can to keep your fabulous machine running in tiptop condition?

Many (if not most) Americans feel tired all the time. And, for at least 20%, this chronic fatigue is so intense that it interferes with having a normal active life. Feeling constantly tired may be common, but it’s not natural. And tiredness should not be buried under the covers!  That “always tired” feeling that many people experience on a daily basis, is the first symptom of chronic fatigue syndrome and all degenerative diseases.  When feeling tired is not just a normal reaction to physical exertion or lack of sleep, it could be a symptom of one of the following physical or psychological causes: (1) Anemia, from iron or vitamin deficiency, internal or external bleeding, medications, rheumatoid arthritis, kidney failure, cancer or some other degenerative disease, causes tiredness. (2) Diabetes. Extreme fatigue is one of the early warning signals that indicates insulin production and blood sugar levels are out of control. (3) Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) causes muscle fatigue and weakness. (4) Degenerative diseases. Rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, fibromyalgia, heart disease and cancer all come with early warning signs of low energy and feeling tired. (5) Alcohol or drugs. Tiredness, drowsiness or fatigue can result from regular use of alcohol, illegal drugs (such as cocaine) or medicines (like antihistamines, diuretics, sleeping pills and blood pressure medications). (6) Depression, grief or emotional stress can cause lack of energy, sleeplessness and feelings of lethargy and tiredness.

However, feeling tired all the time is usually the result of lifestyle factors that can be easily changed. These include overwork, poor diet and not getting enough sleep.

You can overcome fatigue naturally by tapping into your natural energy:

~Establishing good sleep habits. Set up a regular routine and schedule. Keep your bedroom quiet, dark and cool. If you take a nap, make it short and early in the day. And avoid any activities around bedtime that could keep you awake.

~Practicing stress management. Set priorities, pace yourself and learn to say no. Take time each day to simply relax.

~Avoiding too much alcohol.  Alcohol can depress your central nervous system and make you feel tired for hours.

~Exercising moderately. Make it a priority in your schedule every day to include at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity.

~Eat a healthy sugar-free diet. Feeling tired is often the result of poor nutrition. A healthy low glycemic diet high in omega 3 fatty acids, low in bad fats and rich i high fiber foods (doesn’t it sound like NEWAY?) will improve both your energy and your health.

A well-nourished body will always has more than enough buoyant, vibrant vitality.

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