Why This Advice May Be Necessary:
Many women, especially those suffering from a hormonal imbalance, can experience issues with fatigue.
Walk into any supermarket and you’re likely to see all sorts of ‘energy boosting’ teas, drinks, vitamins and supplements.
Whilst it’s true that having a good balance of nutrients in your diet will certainly help your energy levels, other factors can set you so far back the extra vitamins won’t matter.
Things such as caffeine intake, nicotine intake & a whole host of other factors can contribute heavily to feeling lethargic and fatigued.
1 – Monitor Your Stress Levels
Stress can be incredibly detrimental to human health. On top of damaging your immune system and making you more susceptible to illness – stress can also seriously impact your energy levels.
It actually takes up quite a lot of energy to be stressed, prolonged exposure to stress can deplete specific B-Vitamins in your body.
The stress hormone cortisol is an adrenal hormone. Whilst it has it’s uses in regulating your blood sugars, reducing inflammation etc – it’s also not particularly great for your long term health.
Keeping on top of your stress levels can be as simple as setting aside some time for yourself. Free from the responsibilities of everyday life.
Going out to socialise can be incredibly helpful too, unfortunately many people mistake interactions on social media for human contact.
But your subconcious isn’t as easily fooled – prolonged abstinence from real human interaction can manifest itself in all sorts of horrible mental symptoms.
It’s always important to remember that human beings are pack animals.
2 – Stay Hydrated
It may come as no surprise to you that hydration is critical for maintaining your energy levels. Studies have repeatedly shown that even minor dehydration can result in feelings of fatigue, stress & anxiety.
Water is absolutely critical to just about every bodily process you can imagine, so falling behind in terms of hydration will always produce negative consequences.
Try getting a water bottle with set times on it, ranging from when you get up in the morning to when you go to bed at night.
This’ll make it much easier to check if you’re on track in terms of staying hydrated. You may also find that you’re less peckish when staying properly hydrated, as the brain can often confuse being thirsty with being hungry.
Avoiding alcohol is also critical to your hydration levels. As alcohol is a diuretic it causes you to quickly urinate a lot of the water in your body straight back out.
This and a handful of other factors mean that alcohol can cause you to feel pretty lowly very quick.
3 – Take Care of Your Gut Health!
The gut is one of the most impactful areas of the entire body. It’s home to a delicate microbiome of over 1000 different species of bacteria, some good & some bad.
When external factors impact the gut microbiome, you can start to see other symptoms. 70% of your bodies immune defences are found in your gut.
When your immune system is compromised, your body has to work much harder to fight off the every day onslaught of attacks from infections & diseases.
This can result in horrifically low energy levels in most individuals.
You can take better care of your gut health by aiming to each lots of probiotic rich foods, these foods include:
There are a variety of probiotic rich foods to choose from, however many of them are not to everyones taste. If you’re a picky eater or you simply don’t have the time to consistently pack these things into your diet, you may be better off taking a probiotic.
4 – Monitor Your Caffeine Intake
Caffeine can be an incredibly powerful tool for fighting off fatigue. But it doesn’t actually give you any more energy – it just blocks the receptors in your brain that tell you when you’re tired.
As a result, the chemical markers responsible for these feelings actually build up in your body, and hit you all at once when the caffeine wears off.
This can produce a vicious cycle of caffeine drinking to stave off the side effects of caffeine.