The #1 one complaint I get from clients is their lack of energy. I believe in this day and age there are so many things combating our energy reserves. It’s important to take a step back and take a look at where in our lives our energy is getting sucked away from us.
If you are in desperate need for a ‘caffeine fix’ to get you through your day, you will definitely want to take the time to read on.
11 Reasons You Don’t Have Enough Energy
It’s easy to periodically hit the snooze button in the morning or fall into a mid-afternoon slump, but if you’re constantly feeling drained of all energy, here are some common reasons why you could be so tired.
1. Not getting enough sleep/Poor quality sleep – When you stay up late or don’t have good quality sleep during the night, you will notice a difference in your energy. You could experience mood changes, sluggishness, fogginess, loss in memory, high blood pressure and more serious health conditions like depression, heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Your body does more than rest when you sleep. It is given time to heal, repair, and grow. That’s why it’s so important to aim for 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night. It may be a good idea for you to add a bedtime reminder in your phone if your nights get busy.
2. Not drinking enough water/Too many dehydrating beverages – When you’re not drinking enough water or drinking too much sugary or alcoholic drinks, you’re actually depleting your energy levels. Even just mild dehydration can affect your mood, concentration, and energy. Try to drink at least one glass of water per hour to keep your mouth moist during the day. And a side note to keep in mind: Your urine should be light yellow to clear. If it’s brighter or darker yellow, then you aren’t drinking enough. If you get tired of plain, boring water, you can always add fruits and herbs to give it more flavor.
3. Not eating enough food to fuel metabolism – When you don’t eat enough food, your metabolism doesn’t have the fuel it needs to burn calories and fat. The body stores carbohydrates in the form of glycogen, or sugar, for energy. When you don’t replace that energy, your body will find it somewhere else, such as protein and muscle. When this happens, you will start to lose muscle mass and see a significant decrease in your overall energy. You may need to look at what you’re eating every day or start a food journal to see patterns that may be the cause of continuous low energy and chronic fatigue.
4. Not getting adequate movement – Sitting for prolonged periods of time is not only harmful to your health, but it’s also a major zapper of energy. Whenever you feel sluggish or tired, get up and move around to get the circulation flowing again. When you move, nitric oxide is released from the artery linings, which allows blood to move freely through your vessels. This helps your cells to receive more nutrients. Standing up and moving also increases the oxygen in your blood that sends more oxygen to the brain so you’re more alert. For more energy and optimal health, try to get 10,000 steps in a day.
5. Toxins in your personal care products and home cleaning products – The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) currently recognizes over four million chemical compounds. Over 60,000 of these are commercially made. Every body reacts differently to the personal care and home cleaning products they use so you’ll want to check each item to see how it affects you. Many doctors have found that patients exposed to certain chemicals can cause symptoms of fatigue, drowsiness, poor concentration, and headaches. If you go to The Environmental Working Group’s website, you can review products you buy to see how they are graded and how safe they are to use.
6. Blocked emotions/Unresolved conflict – When you are blocking certain emotions or dealing with unresolved conflicts, you are using a lot of energy. Stressful situations cause the stress hormone adrenaline to be released. You’ll notice your heart beats faster, your breath may quicken, your blood pressure rises, and you may start to sweat. It’s take so much more out of you to not deal with your problems than facing them head on and allowing yourself to feel all those negative emotions. Unresolved conflict consumes your mental strength, which causes tension and fatigue. To release any anger or frustration, start a journal. To clear up any problems and resolve conflicts, speak to the person or people who have caused the friction, or see a therapist for professional help if it’s beyond your capacity to deal with.
7. Excess stress – As mentioned above, stress really takes a toll on the body and will deplete your energy levels within a blink of an eye. When there is too much stress in your life, you will suffer more from mental exhaustion than physical exhaustion. This is a result of negative thoughts and feelings. You may experience feelings of lack of motivation or energy. It’s important to identify the stressors in your life, and then learn how to manage them. Here are a few ideas to help lower your stress levels: meditate, exercise/yoga, take a detox bath, watch a funny movie, read a good book, take a nap, eat better, and sleep more.
8. Adrenal fatigue – When a person is under a lot of stress the normal functions of the organs in the body are compromised. The adrenal glands are especially vulnerable in a long-term stress situation as they are responsible for producing the hormones that provide the stress response. Over a long time if stress continues, the adrenals will weaken in their ability to ‘keep up,’ and then you may find yourself with adrenal fatigue. To recover from adrenal fatigue, most likely you will need to change your lifestyle by improving your diet, getting lots of rest, taking care of yourself and self-nurturing, and shedding old, negative mindsets.
9. Poor digestion – Digestion begins in the brain. Most people these days do not take the time to relax while enjoying a meal. It’s often just rush, rush, rush. That alone is a huge problem for your digestion. When you eat in a rushed state you are in sympathetic mode. Thus, you can’t digest your food. The body prioritizes stress or survival over the digestive process, and we know that stress on the body depletes your energy levels. Therefore, it’s critical to actually sit down and relax when you eat, and not be in a rush. Additionally, it’s equally critically to relax and CHEW your food. Many of us wolf or hork down our food, without so much as beginning to chew it. If you don’t take the time to chew your food (gauge on 30 seconds per bite, or 30 chews, yes really!), the brain does not get the message to trigger the proper digestive processes.
10. Lack of minerals – If you’re eating a poor diet with lots of sugar in it that is full of glucose, dextrose, maltose and sucrose, you aren’t getting all the necessary nutrients and minerals that your body needs. Therefore, you will feel sluggish, drowsy and tired. Nutrient or mineral deficiencies are classic signs of fatigue. You may want to consult your doctor and test for any deficiencies, especially in iron, magnesium, potassium, folic acid, and B and D vitamins. It’s important to keep your minerals balanced.
11. Hypothyroidism/Thyroid hormone resistance – The thyroid gland is a small butterfly-shaped gland located within your throat. It regulates the metabolic rate and produces hormones that influence essentially every organ, tissue and cell in your body. If you have an underactive thyroid, or hypothyroidism, you could experience fatigue, forgetfulness, constipation, changes in weight and appetite, and depression. If you suffer from any hypothyroid symptoms, you should consider seeking help from a qualified health practitioner by testing your thyroid to get your health back on track.
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