Fatigue is something we’re all plagued by from time to time. It doesn’t matter if you’re working, at the movies or just trying to run errands, when fatigue sets in it makes anything a true challenge. You can feel mentally wore down. You can feel like you’re trying to lift a building with every step. To speak frankly, it sucks.
A lot of the time, when you’re suffering from fatigue you probably go for the closest energy drink or quick-fix pills. Right? That’s understandable. But it isn’t going to help you much long term. It works because it’s simply covering up the real issue and not dealing with the true cause. Unfortunately, sometimes it can even be detrimental to your health.
The better thing to do is to find and understand the root cause. What is it that’s dragging you down? Many times, fatigue stems from one of the following:
- Not enough sleep
- Not enough exercise
- Not eating right
So how do you deal with it once you know what the problem is? Here are some tips for the above common causes of fatigue:
Treat Fatigue with a Better Diet
There are many foods that are known to trigger fatigue. They include starchy and sweet foods like cake, doughnuts, white bread and anything else with processed bleached flour or lots of sugar. They might provide a bout of energy, but it’s short lived. When that energy dissipates you come crashing down. Instead, try to eat foods that will give you steady, longer lasting energy without the sudden crash.
What foods do that? Unprocessed, complex carbs. Some great foods that provide this are plums, nuts and quinoa. You also need to make sure you’re getting plenty of protein.
Treat Fatigue with Exercise
If you don’t get enough exercise, several things happen: your metabolism slows to a trickle and your body starts storing away fat for energy. If you’re overweight and suffering from fatigue, that’s common. If you aren’t getting any exercise, just adding a tiny bit per day can have dramatic results. Not only do bouts of exercise boost your metabolism, but it improves poor circulation which is actually another cause of fatigue.
Treating Fatigue with Hydration
A lot of people don’t drink enough water. Unfortunately, this can often lead to fatigue and is not normally identified as the culprit. Not only can it lead to fatigue, but a whole slew of other problems like:
- Joint pain
- Overly dry skin
- Muscle cramps
- Commonly occuring bloating
- High blood pressure
- Build up of toxins in the body
- Weight gain
Luckily, this is the easiest root cause to treat – drink more water! You should try to get at least eight glasses a day.
Fighting Fatigue with Supplements
There are also supplements that can help you fight fatigue. just be sure you’re treating the real cause first. Then by adding any of the following to your daily routine, you can really give yourself a boost:
- -Bee pollen
- -Longan berries
- -B vitamins
Less Common Causes of Fatigue
In some cases, your fatigue may not be caused by natural things outlined above. There are external factors that can contribute to fatigue:
- Illegal drugs
- Prescription drugs