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Get your energy back

health-and-fitness Updated: May 23, 2012 18:36 IST
Dr Anjali Mukerjee
Dr Anjali Mukerjee
Hindustan Times
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There are many shades of grey between perfect health and a diseased state. But if you feel tired on waking up, do not have energy to walk even for 15 minutes a day, suffer from gas and indigestion and develop an ever-increasing waist line, you need to correct it.

Your hormones also begin to function differently. Excess weight in your ’40s reflects a lack of hormone balance, triggered by increasing body fat percentage.

Low energy is a serious problem because it reflects worn-out metabolism. Body pain, particularly in the muscles, extreme tiredness, disrupted sleep, aching joints, mild fever, headaches, difficulty in concentrating, mild constipation and mood swings are common. The best way to avoid reaching this situation is to correct your food and lifestyle habits.

Your body needs the right food according to your body constitution to feel light and energetic again. Being overweight makes you insulin resistant, which increases hunger, body weight and reduces energy levels. This creates a vicious cycle of craving the wrong types of food. Making positive changes in your lifestyle can often reverse this condition.

To lose weight faster, eliminate all sugars and processed foods from your diet. People who have metabolic disorders like PCOS, insulin resistance, and pre-diabetes may produce too much or too little insulin to metabolise carbs properly.

One way to lose weight is to reduce the number of carbohydrates you eat and to only eat low-glycemic foods. Overweight people with low energy cannot deal with day-to-day stress. If they get an infection, they have difficulty recovering. Even broken bones have trouble healing. Simply taking vitamins and medicines will not correct this imbalance.

Here are some tips that will help

* Eat a balanced diet after consulting a health care practitioner of 50 per cent raw and 50 per cent cooked food.
* Lose weight to help correct hormonal imbalances.
* Add fibre to your diet.
* Drink a glass of wheat grass juice every day.
* Consume plenty of water as it helps to remove toxins and also hydrates the system. Dehydration of even 10 per cent reduces energy levels.
* Do a liver detox. It helps correct hormonal imbalances.

Your condition needs professional guidance. Most people do not feel the need to correct the problem as it cannot be seen as a lab score on paper.

Persistent fatigue that is not resolved with bed rest and is severe enough reduce average daily activity needs your immediate attention. Please listen to your body!

Dr Anjali Mukerjee is a nutritionist and the founder of Health Total, a nutrition counselling centre