Monday, 17 September 2012


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Energy Zapper (Photo credit: anaxolotl)
On some days, do you feel like the air has been sucked out of you?  

Does your whole body feel devoid of energy or have sudden aches and pains ? Do you find it difficult to wake up in the mornings because your eyelids feel like heavy metal plates pressing into your brains and refusing to budge?

Well, something is stealing your energy.  To find out more, just click "Read More".

These symptoms are signs that you are fatigue.  The causes are many.  It could be due to lack of proper sleep, your eating habits, sedentary lifestyle or you have reached your threshold for stress.

To avoid fatigue from setting in, you can take preventive action to fight these energy gobblers. A change in your lifestyle choices even by just one degree can boost your energy and increase your lifespan.  Realize that energy gobblers can eventually rob you of your precious health.

Let's meet the Energy Zappers.

Food Energy Zappers

All types of food that you eat will be converted into sugars when it enters your blood stream except that some sugars will breakdown slower while other sugars will be quickly absorbed.  

It is important to know what type of sugars you are taking in order to avoid an overload as the pancreas will increase the insulin levels and this can cause hypoglycemia which is low levels of sugars.  The effects of hypoglycemia is as follows and requires treatment are:
  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Grosse Fatigue
    Grosse Fatigue (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
  • Confusion

High sugar diet can affect adversely affect your life span as it has been linked to Type 2 diabetes, obesity, heart disease and cancers.

Medical Conditions

Normally, a fatigue person will feel sleepy.  However, if your low energy cannot be explained by factors such as poor diet, lack of sleep or stress, you should seek medical advise.

The following are diseases that can cause you to feel fatigue and may be life threatening if not detected early or treated.

  • Cancer
  • Thyroid Abnormalities
  • Anemia
  • Infections
  • Diabetes
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Depression

Do you sleep and exercise enough?

Experts advised that we should sleep for eight hours in order for our body to rest and rejuvenate.  However, most of us are not getting enough sleep due to work stress, family issues or health issues.  These can lead to fatigue.

Taking sleeping pills to knock yourself out can cause a condition know as 'rebound insomnia' which will make you feel even more tired after you wake up.

If you have difficulty in sleeping, avoid drinking coffee, tea, alcohol and smoking.

Exercise will release endorphins that elevates tension to the muscles in the body so that when it is time to sleep, you will be relaxed and dose off easily providing you with the needed rest. 

By exercising 30 minutes a day and 3 to 4 times a week will benefit you if you are suffering from fatigue.  In the long run, exercising regularly helps to prevent diseases such as high blood pressure, heart problems and diabetes and increases your life expectancy.

Are you dehydrated?

Do you drink less that 8 glasses of water daily?  The chances that you are dehydrated is high and exposure to heat or an air conditioned room will dehydrate your body even further.

Lack of water in your body can also cause fatigue as your body will divert water to your vital organs.   That is why some people experience headaches when they are dehydrated or develop a sore throat, or fever as the immune system are weakened.

4 Simple Ways to Boost Energy 

1) Take up other forms of relaxations

Besides exercise,  you can keep stress to the minimum by learning to meditate, deep breathing exercises, yoga, join a social activity such as dancing, singing, art classes.

Reflexology and acupuncture are alternative therapies that may also help you to relax more.

2) Go sugar free.  

Cut out all refine sugars from your daily diet.  Refined sugars are mainly found in white breads, pastries, cakes, carbonated drinks, processed foods, beverages and fast foods.  Starchy foods such as potatoes, white bread and rice should also be reduced. 

By cutting out sugars, you will see a marked improvement in your skin tone, hair will be less grey, eyes will be clearer, finger nails will be stronger and your digestive system will process food more effectively to give you more energy. Increase intake of whole grains, fruits, nuts and green leafy vegetables.

3) Drink More Water

Store drinking water in a 2 liter bottle and keep it near you so that you will remember to take a sip frequently.  This way, your body is constantly hydrated.  The key is to drink on regular intervals instead of gulping down 2 glasses of water.

4) Regular check-ups

Make a point to go for regular check-ups with your GP as a preventive health measure.  

Fight symptoms of fatigue which may be caused by diseases that can be treated or prevented with early detection.

When you experience fatigue, your body is sending you a message that something could be wrong.  In most cases, you will feel energized again when you eat healthily, exercise regularly, sleep well and keep stress manageable.

But even after adopting these energy boosting ways, you are still fatigue, seek medical help immediately.

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"Here's To Your Health!"

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