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Always Tired? Causes and Natural Remedies
A growing number of people today are asking the question “why am I always tired”? Millions of Americans today suffer from chronic fatigue. It is frustrating and discouraging to be tired all the time. Many people with this condition assume it is caused by stress, lack of sleep and a hectic lifestyle. For many, being constantly tired has more serious underlying causes. Getting to the root of the problem is the first step to eliminating fatigue forever. Fatigue is much more than just feeling tired. It often involves the feelings of weariness, lack of energy and lethargy. Being tired all the time is different than normal fatigue which everyone experiences from time to time. Normal fatigue usually lasts for a few days and is easily cured by getting more sleep.
If fatigue is ongoing and last more than a few weeks it is an indication that the body is not functioning properly. There may be several factors contributing to this condition such as hormone imbalance, poor nutrition, chronic infections, excessive stress, cardiovascular and respiratory problems, adrenal gland depletion, anxiety and depression.
Poor nutrition - Deficiency in essential nutrients will lead to an impaired immune system, which commonly leads to disease and fatigue. Consuming nutrient deficient foods that are also toxic to the body, such as processed, refined and fast foods will eventually put the body in a state of stress and fatigue. Improper diet leads to eating disorders, weight gain and digestive problems which lead to constantly being tired.
Lack of Exercise - The old saying “if you don’t use it, you will lose it” is more true than many people realize. A sedentary life style can put body parts in a state of deterioration which result in chronic tiredness. Studies have shown that inactivity leads to organ deterioration, but activity, will counteract the deterioration.
Cardiovascular and Respiratory Problems - Stress, poor diet, lack of exercise can lead to cardiovascular and respiratory problems which are associated with chronic fatigue. Oxygen is essential for maintaining optimal energy levels. If the heart or lungs are not working effectively, oxygen levels in the body will be lower than necessary to maintain proper energy levels. Less serious conditions such as allergies, asthma and hay fever can also cause respiratory conditions associated with being tired all the time.
Sleep Disorders - Not getting enough sleep on a regular basis may lead to chronic fatigue. Sleep disorders may be caused by anxiety, depression, malnutrition and lack of exercise. Another cause may be excessive mind stimulation later in the evening. It’s a good idea only engage in relaxing activities at least 1 1/2 hours before bed. Drugs, too much caffeine and other stimulant also lead to sleep disorders. Sleep apnea drastically reduce sleep quality. To learn how to overcome sleep apnea click here.
Thyroid Disorders - metabolism which controls energy levels is controlled by the thyroid. Without adequate production of the necessary hormones, the metabolism slows and sluggishness and weight gain set in. Both of these conditions are associated with hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism is a condition which affects millions of Americans today.
Mental Health Issues - stress, depression and anxiety all lead to chronic fatigue. All of these disorders interfere with quality of sleep. Chronic stress puts a toll on the adrenal glands which may lead to another serious condition called adrenal fatigue. A stress overload may be caused by a combination of things which include financial pressures, relationship turmoil, yo-yo dieting, death or illness of a loved one, skipping meals and unresolved emotional issues. An unhealthy mind leads to an unhealthy body. Eventually all the major organs of the body can become impaired and cause severe physical exhaustion. Regular exercise and healthy diet and supplementation are effective at reducing the symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression. The amino acid L-Carnitine had been found very effective in treating fatigue.
Chronic fatigue has many causes. Causes are nearly always result of an unhealthy lifestyle. Lifestyle changes can be made to restore energy and maintain it for a life time. To learn more about how to get rid of fatigue and restore energy levels to normal click on various links in this article.