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Fatigued? This Might Be Why

By Sara Butler

Sometimes you can feel as if you're simply dragging all day long and your energy levels are at an all-time low. You may feel as if you need a nap by noon, even though you have consumed enough coffee to sustain the population of a small country. There are many things that can cause fatigue, such as sleep issues, but there may be other things happening as well. Here are some possible reasons you may feel so tired all the time and what you can do about them.

Underlying Medical Issues

Feeling tired or fatigued can be a sign of a serious medical issue. Hormones can play a huge role in your energy levels, so a condition that impacts hormones, such as thyroid issues, can cause fatigue.

But more conditions can cause this problem. Heart issues can cause severe fatigue as your body tries to channel all its extra energy to keep your heart muscle functioning. This diverts blood from other important functions, such as the muscles, that leave you feeling zapped.

Depression, anemia, cancer, kidney disease, liver disease, and fibromyalgia can all cause fatigue too, so it's best to check with a healthcare provider to see if something more serious is going on when you feel tired all the time.

You Don't Exercise

While it may seem counterintuitive, not partaking in regular exercise can drain your energy. Being sedentary can zap your energy levels, but a quick exercise session can help you to come roaring back, even if you feel tired when you start.

The beauty is that you don't even have to exercise much to reap the energy benefits. All you have to do is about 15 minutes of a low-intensity activity such as walking to help perk you up.

Crashing Blood Sugar

If you eat a lot of processed foods that are high in refined carbohydrates and sugar, then you are probably doing quite a number on your blood sugar. These types of foods are broken down very quickly, causing your blood sugar to crash fast and leave you feeling really tired as a result. You should focus on eating foods in your diet that take longer to digest such as nuts, whole fruit, beans, and whole grains that will keep your blood sugar steady and help you avoid the crash.

If you're fatigued, then you need to figure out why and do something about it!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Rowlett, Tex.

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