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Do you often feel really exhausted?

health-and-fitness Updated: Jul 29, 2010 14:39 IST
Dr Anjali Mukerjee
Dr Anjali Mukerjee
Hindustan Times
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Are you constantly tired? The doctor may blame it on stress or your fast paced life, but what if the cause is beyond that? People complain about a lack of energy despite leading a healthy lifestyle. So, the answer lies in what you eat.

Causes of fatigue

Fatigue may happen due to long hours at work, or a lack of exercise or sleep. But a bout of fatigue that lasts for more than two weeks is serious. Some causes include:

DietAnxiety, depression and disrupted sleep, leading to a hormonal imbalance.

Any problem regarding the heart or lungs, which disrupts the supply of oxygen-rich blood to cells to the body.

Insomnia, hypersomnia, and sleep apnoea, which make you feel sluggish.

An immune system compromised by a lack of proper nutrients, resulting in disease and fatigue.

The thyroid gland failing to produce enough hormones to maintain energy levels, causing sluggishness.

Living in unclean environs, which cause energy levels to plummet.

Foods that you have an allergy to.

Diet energisers
People who regularly eat a good breakfast feel better both mentally and physically.

Having three meals and two snacks instead of three large ones keeps blood sugar and energy levels stable.

Omega-3 fatty acids fuel your brain, keep the cells healthy and make you feel mentally alert.

Dehydration makes the heart work harder, so staying hydrated pumps nutrient-rich blood to cells.

Don’t have too much coffee. An excess of caffeine during the latter half of the day disrupts sleep patterns.

Vitamins such as B-complex, B12, folic acid and COQ10 help rid tiredness.

Soul energisers
Stress linked with strong emotions saps a good amount of energy. Comprehend life situations smartly and don’t overreact.

Splashing water on your face or taking a shower is a great mood lifter.

Seeing a well-dressed reflection of yourself might often perk you up.

Listening to music is an effective way to feel better.

Do some good as acts of kindness boost your self-esteem.

Rest for rejuvenation:
Cut down on TV and computer time and sleep well.

Write down your worries and create a plan to sort them out.

Get some exercise as it helps you fall asleep faster. Good sleep will help you rid fatigue.

It’s important to find the root cause of fatigue and begin treatment accordingly.