Nobody likes feeling exhausted. You’ve got a lot to get done and people relying on you and it’s hard to show up for yourself and for everyone else if you’re in a constant brain fog or exhausted all the time, so how can you fight fatigue?
1. you need to know that there can often be short term and long term side effects of fatigue. Fatigue can cause weariness, irritability, reduced alertness, impaired decision making, and lack of motivation, concentration and memory. Also, studies have shown that fatigue is linked to health problems like heart disease and stomach and digestive problems.
2. you need to find the cause of your fatigue. So if you’re tired all of the time, ask yourself these questions:
Are you taking a daily multivitamin?
Are you getting at least 7-8 hours of sleep per night?
Are you drinking enough water (MINIMUM half your body weight in oz)?
Are you eating enough lean protein AND complex carbs?
Do you have any extra stress in your life right now?
Are you taking time for self care?
Next, here’s my top tips to naturally fight fatigue:
Start your day with lean protein and complex carbs.
Drink 16oz when you wake up in the morning BEFORE eating anything.
Stay away from processed food.
Keep track of your energy level 1-2 hours after eating each meal. This will help you figure out if specific foods are contributing to your fatigue.
Decrease your caffeine intake. Although it may give you an initial burst of energy, you will start to crash when it wears off. Rather than quitting cold turkey, slowly reduce your caffeine intake.
Another thing to think about are supplements to help fight fatigue - are you taking any?
You do not have to take all of these; magnesium and B12 are 2 of the most common culprits when it comes to feeling fatigued, but here’s a list of some that can help you:
B12 (especially if vegan)
Ashwagandha (Indian Ginseng)
And lastly, are you eating foods that will give you energy and fight fatigue? Here’s a list of a few foods to help you:
Best Food for Energy
Lean Protein (Tuna, Salmon, Chicken)
Green Tea or Matcha
Whole Grains (Whole grain pasta or brown rice)
Spinach and Kale
Of course another way to get a boost to your system is with smoothies - really quick and full of fatigue fighting nutrients.......
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