Surprising Reasons For Low Energy

Candice in New York Writes:

I am 42 and am seeing my energy levels take a real drop. I have 3 kids and usually am running around like the energizer bunny. My doctor has run all the tests and said that I am checking out to be ok. What could this be?

Dear Candice,

Low energy has become a resounding issue for so many people today. You are definitely not alone. Low energy can be attributed to conditions like anemia, hypothyroidism, adrenal fatigue, and even cancer. However in this case, you may want to look at the most common reasons, which are usually dietary in nature. The top reasons we see for a decline in energy has to do with several choices that we make each day. Lets look at some of the basics and see what we can do to make better lifestyle choices.

1.Not Enough Exercise
Exercise is known to give us a great short-term boost in energy. We also see a great improvement in sleep, which gives us better energy for the next day. If you don’t exercise, then make a goal to start walking briskly for 15 minutes a day.

2.Not Eating Breakfast
Breakfast has been touted as the most important meal of the day. By coming off of about a 7-8 hour fast, the body’s cortisol levels are elevated. These levels are important to normalize for better energy and body composition. If you don’t like eating breakfast start with an organic shake as shown here.

3.Get Up And Walk!
You are sitting too much. Activity yields more energy. When we sit, our body’s circulation decreases and reduces blood flow. If you work at a job that has you sitting much of the day, then attempt to stand for 5 minutes every hour. Even consider a standing workstation.

4.Eating Too Much Sugar
Sugar is in everything today. When we eat foods that raise our blood sugar such as breads, pasta, cereals, crackers, chips, sweets, and sugary drinks, our bodies get exhausted. Make a goal to get more fiber, fruits and vegetables, and lean proteins to stabilize energy levels and ward off the fatigue. 

5.You Are Dehydrated
Our bodies are made of 70-75% water. If we don’t drink enough each day we can become dehydrated. Our cells need clean, pure water to function at their best level. Consider cutting out the sugary drinks and sodas and opt for water. A great goal to is to drink half your bodyweight in ounces of water each day. So a 200 lb person would drink about 100 ounces a day. 

6.You’re Not Eating The Right Snacks
Small snacks in between meals have been shown to help support healthy blood sugar levels. When blood sugar is stable, we have better energy. Research notes that eating practices such as having 3 meals a day with a couple of snacks in between can yield great results. A great snack is a handful of raw nuts and an apple. This provides stability to blood sugar and power-packed nutrition.

7.Too Much Caffeine
Our adrenal glands are our stress glands. When we overdo it on the caffeine, they can become over taxed. A great idea may be to switch from coffee to herbal teas.

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