Alcohol, drugs, caffeine products, smoking, stress and poor eating habits can all contribute to a lack of energy. If you find no physical reason for your lack of energy, then you should consider changing your lifestyle. Constant fatigue that persists for months may signify an undetected illness that requires medical evaluation.
Natural Fatigue Fighting Strategies
Six to eight hours of sleep is essential, but sleeping too much can tend to leave you groggy all day.
Exercise is as important as adequate sleep. Moderate, regular exercise actually gives you energy. A brisk ten minute walk boosts energy more effectively than eating a candy bar and the benefits last an hour longer.
Give yourself more time in the mornings, an extra 15 to 20 minutes before you start your day. It helps prevent starting off your day feeling rushed and tired.
Deep breathing exercise is one of the best ways to relax and energize at the same time. Inhale your breaths through your nose and exhale through your mouth. Taking a few deep breaths each hour promotes oxygenation of the blood and has a revitalizing effect.
Drinking green tea on a regular basis is good for alertness. It contains caffeine, but not nearly as much as coffee and is less acidic than coffee. Adding the health benefits of its ability to lower cholesterol and its possibility of an aid in fighting cancer.
Smoking adversely affects the delivery of oxygen to tissues. Even though nicotine is a mild stimulant, it limit’s the amount of oxygen the blood can process. The result is fatigue.
Limit your alcohol intake. Alcohol is a depressant and will calm you down, not stimulate you.
Dehydration can cause fatigue. If you know when you are going to be in the hot sun or physically active, drink plenty of water the day before.
Sleeping pills, high blood pressure medicines and cough and cold medicines are well known for their next day hangover effects. If you suspect a medication is robbing you of your energy, discuss it with your physician. Never stop taking prescription medication without your doctor’s approval.
Cascading water from a shower emits negative ions in the air, which surround the body. Negative ions are thought to make some people feel more energetic.
A proper diet is important. Avoid energy robbers; such as, alcohol, caffeine, fats, sugar, highly processed foods and white flour products. Eat less red meat and more white fish.
Mild deficiencies of almost any dietary mineral or vitamin can be associated with a lack of energy. A daily multivitamin-mineral supplement is often advised.
Insufficient B complex results in fatigue. Take 100 milligrams 3 times daily.
Bee pollen often dramatically increases energy. Start with a few granules increasing to 2 teaspoons daily.
Vitamin C plus bioflavonoids increases energy levels. Take 3,000 to 8,000 milligrams daily in divided doses.
Calcium and magnesium are essential for the production of energy. Take up to 1,500 milligrams of calcium and 750 milligrams of magnesium per day.
Coenzyme Q10 helps fight fatigue. It maximizes the hearts pumping efficiency. Take 30 milligrams once or twice a day.
Potassium deficiency may lead to general lethargy. Take 99 milligrams once a day.
Siberian ginseng is highly respected as a natural energy tonic and supportive tonic for healthy adrenal hormones. Ginseng extract has also been evaluated for its ability to support vitamin absorption from the diet.
Gotu kola is one of the most well respected adaptogenic energy herbs in Indian medicine.
Effective herbs, taken in capsules or sipped as teas, include alfalfa, ashwaganda, bayberry, black cohosh, blessed thistle, cayenne, dandelion, fennel, ginger, ginkgo biloba, ginseng, gotu kola, guarana, licorice, red clover and yellow dock.