That Constant Fatigue that Just Won’t Go Away
Are you constantly tired and no matter what you do, how much you sleep or which vitamins and supplements you take, you just can’t get over that exhausted feeling? It just feels like there is nothing you can do to stop feeling so tired… but changing your diet is an easy way to fight it! Eating the right foods to beat fatigue doesn’t have to be difficult! Follow these simple tips for a healthier diet that will give you more energy and reduce fatigue.
Why is Diet so Important?
There are various reasons you are experiencing fatigue. Often it can be caused by menopause, pregnancy, an infection such as flu, or you might just be too busy. In some cases, fatigue can be the result of poor diet.
Diet is vital for overcoming fatigue – after all, the main reason any animal eats food is for energy. Eating a diet for fatigue doesn’t need to be difficult or boring. For most people it’s just a case of swapping a few unhealthy foods for a few healthier ones, like swapping to whole wheat pasta or -bread. Unless your current diet is only made up of fast food and ready meals, adjusting to a fatigue-fighting diet shouldn’t be too much of a shock to the system.
So whether your diet is the cause of your fatigue or not, increasing the amount of energy rich foods you eat will help you feel less tired. Below are a few suggestions of foods that provide good sources of energy and foods you should avoid.
What to Eat
Complex carbohydrates are a great source of energy – they release energy slowly, avoiding the peaking and crashing that comes with sugary foods. Complex carbohydrates include starchy root vegetables such as sweet potato, carrot and parsnips, as well as pumpkin, squash, quinoa, brown rice and legumes (beans, peas and lentils).
Low iron can be a cause of fatigue, so if you are anaemic or think you aren’t getting enough iron, eat more foods like red meat, spinach and asparagus. Interestingly, spinach contains more iron per 100g than a beef steak does. Increasing your Vitamin C intake will help your body absorb iron – this vitamin can be found in kiwis, broccoli, cauliflower, pineapple, lemon and oranges.
Leafy Greens – as well as being a source of iron, nutrient-dense leafy greens such as spinach and kale contain a range of vitamins and minerals including magnesium, vitamin B and Vitamin C, and are packed full of protein for energy.
Chia seeds – these small black seeds contain protein, healthy fats and fibre.
Nuts – choose from almonds, walnuts, cashews, hazelnuts and pecans. These are a great source of energy, and make an easy, delicious afternoon snack! Go for the raw, unsalted nuts as they are the healthiest option.
Eggs are packed full of energy in the form of protein and healthy fat. They are best served soft-poached or soft-boiled, as frying and hard-boiling can destroy the proteins and nutrients inside.
Water – although not a food, water is so important for maintaining energy levels as it plays an important role in metabolizing food. Even mild dehydration can affect energy levels as the body puts all of its energy into preserving water rather than digesting food. The recommendation is around 8 ounce glasses a day. If you struggle to drink this much, try adding a slice of lemon or add a straw to your bottle; this allows you to sip away all day without really thinking about it.
What Not to Eat
Processed foods – these include ready meals, sugary breakfast cereals, canned food and bacon. These foods tend to be high in sodium which is dehydrating, as well as saturated fats that will make you feel sluggish.
Caffeine – caffeine seems like a good way to boost energy, but this is a short term solution. Eventually your energy levels will crash lower than they started. If you can’t manage without caffeine, at least opt for black coffee as this doesn’t contain the sugars and chemicals found in sodas.
Sugars and simple starches – you don’t need to completely eliminate these but you should definitely reduce them. Simple starches are the opposite of complex carbohydrates. They provide short bursts of energy, which is good sometimes, but a diet based on this kind of carbohydrate will leave you with energy levels all over the place. Sugars are found in chocolates and sweets, and simple starches are found in white flour and white bread.
Could My pH Levels Cause Fatigue?
Excess acidity in the body is a major cause of fatigue. As well as this, it can cause constipation, bloating, heartburn, headaches, frequent colds and flu, and muscle and joint pain.
The enzymes needed to digest food work at a narrow pH range, so if your body’s pH falls below this and becomes too acidic, then the enzymes become deactivated and you will struggle to properly digest food. Following the simple steps above will help reduce acidity.
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