You probably first heard of mononucleosis, or “mono” for short, while you were still in high school. You may have never had it yourself, but perhaps you envied (just a little bit) your friends who got it, if only because they got to spend a few weeks at home while … Read More
Energy and Fatigue
Too much stress, too many medications, or sleep apnea can leave us drained of energy. Relief comes in the form of better diet, exercise, counseling or help with nighttime breathing.
More than a third of us don’t get the recommended seven to nine hours of slumber nightly. On top of that, our fast-paced lifestyle leaves us little time for relaxation. Along with a lack of sleep and overwork, fatigue causes range from illness, anemia, thyroid disease, and heart failure. Taking certain medicines—including antidepressants, blood pressure medicines, and anti-anxiety drugs—can also contribute to fatigue.
When no specific medical condition seems to be causing fatigue, the cause could be a disorder called chronic fatigue syndrome. People with this condition have consistent fatigue that doesn’t go away, along with vague complaints such as muscle aches, headaches, and memory loss. Disrupted sleep, a sore throat, and joint or muscle pain are other chronic fatigue syndrome symptoms. Everyone experiences chronic fatigue syndrome in a different way; therefore, treatment is tailored to the individual.
Eating the wrong foods can also be draining. Highly processed, sugary foods burn up in the body quickly, leaving little energy remaining. A high-energy diet includes slower-burning, nutrient-dense foods such as peanut butter, lean chicken breast, and green, leafy vegetables. Getting enough calories and eating smaller meals throughout the day (rather than three large meals) are other strategies for increasing energy.
Diet is just one of many natural energy boosters. Exercise is another. Taking a brisk 15-minute walk daily can reinvigorate and recharge you. Relaxation techniques like yoga or meditation increase energy by erasing anxiety and stress. Some people find that a 20-minute “power nap” during the day reinvigorates them. Just be careful not to nap for too long or too close to bedtime, because you could disrupt your nighttime sleep.
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You’ve likely heard of the condition, but what is lupus? Simply put, it’s a group of autoimmune diseases in which the immune system attacks healthy cells in the body. In the United States, lupus affects one in 2,000 people.
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Our bodies, as many say, are like cars; they need the right kind of fuel to run well. That means an energy diet that provides the proper vitamins, minerals, and nutrients to keep your strength steady throughout the day.
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Do allergies hit you every fall and spring? If so, you perhaps have faced a no-win situation with traditional antihistamines, often described as “non-drowsy” allergy medications: Either you sneeze and itch your way through seasonal allergies, or you take antihistamines and live in a fog for a few days.
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Instead of reaching for a dangerous energy drink or soda, try one of the following eight energy-boosting foods.
Energy-Boosting Foods #1: Green Tea
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