Tiredness And Fatigue Are Common Problems
How often do people say they’re exhausted, have too much work, too many texts or emails to answer, etc?
Are we more exhausted today than our ancestors? One of the reasons, according to Queensland University of Technology (QUT) is that we are more tired and less productive because of our phones. Paradoxically, the many conveniences of modern life conspire to drain energy rather than boost it.
For many people the solution to tiredness is 1- 2 cups of coffee in the morning. Caffeine is a stimulant, this means it has an immediate effect on the body and wakes you up suddenly. But it is not long-lasting and after a short time we can feel that we are fatigued or sleepy and we may find we need another dose of caffeine. It is also addictive, after time a higher amount is required to have the stimulating sensation and this is not very healthy.
Fortunately, this is not the only way to recharge our batteries.
The Food You Eat Is The Source Of Our Energy
Much of the food you eat is converted into glucose (sugar) and fat, which provide the essential fuel required for energy production.
Given that food is fuel, it’s only natural to wonder if certain types of food deliver energy more efficiently than others.
Beyond the importance of eating a healthy diet that includes plenty of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and healthy sources of fat and protein, there’s relatively little scientific information about the effects of specific foods on energy levels.
However, certain foods can give you more energy under specific circumstances, such as carbohydrates. In general, our bodies burn carbohydrates first, therefore many people view sugar as an “energy food”, this can be confusing. Sugar is a simple carbohydrate, which means that it’s digested and absorbed into the blood quickly. When you eat a candy bar or some other sugary food, your blood sugar levels increase. You might feel more alert and energized, but the effect is short lived, lasting only about half an hour.
To keep your blood sugar and energy levels optimum, choose your carbohydrates wisely.
Try to avoid highly refined carbohydrates and focus instead on complex carbohydrates, such as high fibre whole-grain bread, brown rice, whole-grain pasta, and most vegetables. These take longer to break down, so your blood sugar levels rise and fall more gradually and they also contain more vitamins and minerals than refined carbs.
In the case of proteins, the best energy sources are: lean meats, poultry, eggs, seafood, beans, soy products, nuts, seeds and dairy products.
Healthy fats also provide energy, such as fatty fish, flaxseed, walnuts, avocados, chia seeds, dark chocolate, etc.
Drink plenty of water, if you don’t have enough fluids its common to show fatigue and weakness.