Lately you have not been feeling 100 percent. Even after getting enough rest and a comfortable work/general life routine you are constantly looking for caffeine to perk you up.
Maybe its time that you took some time out to evaluate your diet and your exercise routine to understand what is making you feel tired all the time.
If this has been persisting for some time may be you need to get yourself tested for anemia (iron deficiency), heart disease, diabetes, thyroid problems and more. Even allergies, vitamin D deficiency or the medications you've taken could be making you tired.
- We don’t realize but small habits can lead to big health consequences in our life. For e.g. even drinking too many cups of tea or coffee can be causing you some iron deficiency. For example, drinking tea or coffee with your meal can hinder in the absorption of iron from the food. Therefore, always keep a gap of 1-2 hour between your meal and tea or coffee. Iron is required by your body to synthesis hemoglobin which is a part of red blood cell and responsible carrier of oxygen in the body. In the iron deficiency hemoglobin are not synthesis properly therefore they are not able to carry the oxygen properly. This condition is also known as anemia. Due to the lack of oxygen in the body there is a frequent or unexplained headache, dizziness and tiredness all the time. Other symptoms also include pale skin, brittle nails and despite of having enough sleep you will feel the need of frequent nap in a day.
- Vitamin D deficiency is also one of the most common problems that have been doing the rounds. Vitamin D regulates calcium in the body and helps it to maintain strong bones. It is involved in healthy muscle movement, the nervous system relies on it, and it improves immune function as well as helps to reduce inflammation. When there is not enough vitamin D in the body the bones get softer and lose their strength, leaving you feel tired all the time. There are very few natural sources of vitamin D such as natural sunlight, some fish, fish liver oils, and egg yolks - and in fortified dairy and grain products. Make sure to get your dose of Vitamin D by getting some early morning sun for at least 15 minutes or eating Vitamin D rich food daily.
- Being overweight is also a leading reason and sometimes a pre-condition to a more serious lifestyle related health disorder that saps you of all your energy. Obesity may lead to insulin resistance – a condition when goes unchecked can result in pre-diabetes and other serious conditions. Typically food is converted in the form of sugars such as glucose and absorbed in the blood. The pancreas release insulin (hormone) as the sugar in the bloodstream is increased. Insulin, the hormone is responsible for removing sugar from the bloodstream so that it can be used for energy. When your body develops insulin resistance the body's cells have a lowered ability to respond to the action of the insulin hormone. This leads to increased release of insulin by the pancreas. Over time people with insulin resistance can develop high sugars or diabetes as the high insulin levels can no longer compensate for elevated sugars.
The good news is that all these conditions can be managed and even reversed by eating healthy and exercising. Here are some easy tips to help you manage your health better -
- Make sure you are eating enough seasonal fruits and vegetables in your diet.
- Use minimum oil to cook your food in.
- Limit the usage of packaged food even if the label insists it is “healthy”. Nothing is healthier the food in its most natural form.
- Get at least 20 minutes of exercise everyday for detox and better metabolism.
- Don’t skip your meals. This will only trigger obsessive binging, instead focus on the quality of food and not just the quantity.