Fatigue is one of your body’s primary “check engine” lights. In our fast-paced world, fatigue can almost seem normal. However, it isn’t something that you have to live with. There are often simple reasons for weariness and simple things you can do to increase your energy. If you are tired of being tired, then read on!
Here are four START SOMEWHERE strategies to fight fatigue:
- Rehydrate your body with pure water: Once you are thirsty, your body is already dehydrated. Two of the main symptoms of dehydration are tiredness and loss of concentration. A survey of 300 physicians found that one in five patients go to the doctor with symptoms due to not drinking enough water. Make it a goal to drink half of your weight in ounces. Start low and go slow! As I increased my consumption of pure water, I began to WANT more pure water. When you are fully hydrated, you will be amazed at how good you feel physically and mentally.
- Be tactical about protecting your sleep: It sounds too simple to be true! Since the sidewalks don’t roll up at 10:00 anymore, being intentional about relaxation leading to restorative sleep can be elusive. Adults generally need 7-10 hours of sleep each day. A great habit that has worked for countless of my patients is to turn off anything with an on/off switch at least two hours before you want to conk out. Journal, read a book with paper pages, or do some art. Let your brain wind down naturally.
- Make sure your body is getting the nutrients that it needs for optimal function: I’m sure you’ve heard that a lot! One thing that I commonly see in my dental practice are people experiencing nutrient depletions from the prescription medications that they are taking. It is super common! There are excellent books written on this subject. One that I personally recommend is called Drug Muggers by Suzy Cohen, RPh. You can also read my previous blog posts (1, 2, 3) on this important area.
- Start moving to banish fatigue: When you feel exhausted, the last thing you want to do is go for a walk. Nevertheless, that just may be the best way to energize your body. Research at the University of Georgia studied whether exercise could be used to treat fatigue. Just 20 minutes of low-intensity exercise boosted energy levels.
If you are hydrated, rested, nourished and intentionally moving but are still tired, then it is wise to consult a knowledgeable health care professional. Dr. Mercola has an excellent article on a commonly overlooked medical condition called Adrenal Insufficiency or Adrenal Fatigue. If you think you may be suffering from this, I strongly recommend Dr. James Wilson’s book called Adrenal Fatigue: 21st Century Stress Syndrome. I’ve read it and it is excellent! But first, START SOMEWHERE with the basics. LIVE YOUNGER by giving your body what it craves: water, sleep, nutrition, and movement. You can do it. I will help you.