Have you often felt lately that no matter how upbeat you try to be, you are left with a sober feel that keeps you blue and gloomy for no reason? Yes, you have or else you wouldn’t have landed in this page.
My story – Your story
I was quite a healthy baby during my childhood days (“healthy” is right now a trending tag for “fat”)…just kidding. So basically I was a “healthy kid” back then even though I was chubby. I used to play around with my friends outdoors (unlike indoor video games during these days that also add to obesity) and still had the energy to finish my school work, study good and hit the sack. I didn’t have any particular likes or dislikes during those days and used to eat up what ever my mom fed me which turned out to be healthy and powerful foods that I later realized in life.
But as I grew up, my interests began to change and the healthy foods switched to junkies and as a rebellious act especially in the teenage years never really listened to my parents. I felt they always over-reacted about eating healthy especially my dad who is still a fitness freak.
This routine continued till I reached adulthood and things got worse. My job expected me to be there early at office and I would gobble up half a breakfast and then scram to catch a train, then a bus to reach my destination. By the time I reached my office, I would be hungry and would grab few cookies. Lunch was at inappropriate time and dinner was a mess. The cycle would carry on and worst part I didn’t even bother to look at the increasing waistline. It wasn’t until few months ago that I began to feel irritated and lethargic all the time. Though I would sleep good, I would always feel tired and droopy. I could barely keep my eyes open and get fussed and irritated over silly things that could have been easily solved.
I consulted a doctor and that’s when he said that I seriously need to focus on my weight as there are two tiny clots in my artery that can be detrimental had I not consulted at the initial stage itself. My LDLs are high and HDLs have hit an all time low and I was seriously reaching out to my grave.
Then and there…my parents words hit me like a dart. I regret not listening to them and their heartfelt words in my conscience kept jabbing me right in the heart where it hurt. I told them the situation and they encouraged me as they always did to start with the ‘weight loss plan’.
A lesson bitterly learnt, today I am at a balanced weight with a healthy heart. I can feel the clots fading away thanks my parents constant support and a proper diet regime, this is my story.
Could the following be the reasons for your lethargy?
Now few can relate with my story while for others the situation are entirely different. Health conditions are becoming complicated these days especially due to the rise in fast food companies that have probably made a deal with grimreaper and also the “luxurious life” many crave for to make life more easier. Huh…!!!
Coming back, many people might have a good night’s sleep but still feel tired when they wake up in the morning. There are many relevant factors to be considered here right from your food regime to exercise, stress in your life, hereditary factors etc. as they can influence your body in many ways you are not even aware of leaving you exhausted.
Age is not a factor anymore and if you are willing to make the ‘change’ any day is a good for a start to alter your lifestyle that boost the energy levels without caffeine induced drinks or energy bars.
Top 5 reasons why might be feeling tired and how to treat them naturally
Almost 20 million Americans deal with thyroid disease and 60% of them are saldy not even aware of it, says US National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health.
- disruptive mood behavior
- body pain
- vision problems
- weight gain
- changes in appetite
There are a lot of reasons why thyroid diseases occur few being –
- Consuming foods such as gluten,
- Exposure to radiation,
- Nutritional deficiency such as iodine or selenium etc.
Here are few ways to recover.
- Go gluten – mostly diary free
- Avoid heavy metals such as BPA (Bisphenol A) that are found in plastic bottles and aluminum cans.
- Increase your intake of iodine and selenium level
- Detox your body to get rid of heavy metals via natural remedies such as turmeric, cilantro, chlorella, milk thistle
- Tulsi, Ashwagandha, Maca powder are best adaptogen herbs and foods for your body
- Switch to low carb diet but include lot of lean protein and healthy fat foods such as coconut oil/milk, avocado, flaxseeds, hemp seeds, wild fish etc.
Adrenal Fatigue or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Almost 80% of adults worldwide are affected by adrenal fatigue that is caused by hormonal imbalance. You may not realise but your adrenal glands are of primary importance as they release more than 50 different hormones two being energy based ones such as cortisol and adrenaline.
- fatigue that does not go even after quality sleep
- having trouble falling asleep or staying in sleep during night times
- body pain
- frequent sickness such as cold or flu or sore throat
- digestive issues
- mental fogginess
Stress is very much a contributing factor that can strain your emotionally, physically and mentally. This is quite commonly seen in busy modern society that can put pressure on the adrenal glands wearing them off. Few of causes include, drug/alcohol abuse, emotional abuse, environmental pollution, stressful family incidents, poor diet and so on.
Cut down caffeine, excess sugar/carbs, hydrogenated oils, processed or baked goods. Replace unhealthy foods with healthy fats, proteins and green veggies.
Holy basil, maca root, ashwagandha, etc. apart from nutrients such as omega-3 fish oils, vitamins (B5, B12, C and D3) and minerals such as zinc need to be implemented in daily diet for stress free life.
Sometimes overexercising can also put you on “off” mode. Limit your exercise and get good amount of sleep. Practice yoga, reading, meditation, or any other activities that will work for you.
Sedentary lifestyle is quite common and almost majority of people are glued to their office desk. Sitting all day is hard on the body and can cause soreness, pain the neck, back pain, headaches and so on. Your body is strong than you imagine so get your butt up and move around. If your body is not scheduled to regular activities, you will obviously be tuned to sluggishness, weight gain and so on.
- back problems
- lack of movement
- habituated posture for long time
- lack of proper motivation
- Take small “walks” in between rather than being a desk potato. Walk around the office premises at least for 15 minutes.
- Try a standing desk or at least the one that adjusts for standing and sitting.
- Outdoor activity be it walking or exercise right after work is quite benefiting and can keep you energetic.
- Take at least 5-10 minutes of stretch breaks from every hour of work.
One of the most common energy zappers are undoubtedly depression that also top the most commonly treated mental disorder. Almost 16 million adults are treated for depression every year.
- neurotransmitter imbalance
- hormonal imbalance
- lack of sunlight
- emotional issues
- Seriously guys, cut down your intake of processed and refined goods, fast foods, sugar induced baked goods, carbs, caffeine and alcohol. Now you may ask what’s left to eat? Put on your chef’s cap and try some mouthwatering recipes that are beneficial for the body while they also love to tingle your taste buds.
- Cut down on energy bars and give veggies, fats, proteins, omega 3 fatty acids, coconut foods and other whole foods a good try. They help a lot in making an efficient diet.
- Exercise, relaxation techniques, essential oils are few of the natural and simpler ways to cut down stress and depression from your life. They not only boost your mood but also raise the energy level to a good extent.
- Essential oils such as lavender, bergamot, roman chamomile, ylang ylang etc. elevate the mood levels especially those dealing with depression and anxiety.
Lack of quality sleep
People need 7-9 hours of consistent sleep every night, says National Sleep Foundation.
- using mobile phones and computers on the bed
- staying up late
- poor diet
- acid reflux or digestive disorders
- hormonal imbalance
- adrenal fatigue
- normal lifestyle such as dealing with babies, children etc.
- Make it a point to practice relaxation techniques that will help you to hit the sack easily such as yoga poses, reading etc.
- Keep away mobile phones and work away from your bed as the blue light exposure from laptop or your smartphone can weaken the sleep hormone called melatonin and will keep you up.
- Do not drink coffee or any other drinks that will keep you up at night.
- Before the night hits take bath in epsom salt to soothe the muscles and clean the mind from stress. You can even use essential oils for bathing.
- Do not have any heavy carb meal or sugary food which will keep your energy up during night thus inhibiting quality sleep.
The above remedies are not rocket science and can be easily achieved with a positive mindset which is called ‘change’. Few are afraid of making the transfer but taking the first step is always a dilemma but once done can lead you to a better life ahead.
Got any other ideas and tips for a healthy living? You know where to start.