The word “fatigue” describes a feeling of tiredness or lack of energy, either physical or mental. Fatigue is generally distinguished from sleepiness or drowsiness, although a lack of sleep can contribute to fatigue. While someone who is drowsy might fight the urge to sleep, people who are fatigued often lack … Read More
Energy & Fatigue
Decades ago, TV commercials for Geritol cautioned viewers about “iron-poor, tired blood,” helping to create a misconception that if you feel worn-out and fatigued, you could reverse it by taking an iron supplement.
However, if your body’s iron supply is not truly depleted, taking a lot of extra iron may not … Read More
Adrenal fatigue is the idea that the adrenal glands, which are located on top of each kidney and produce the hormones cortisol and adrenaline, among others, “exhaust,” thus impacting hormone production and causing fatigue. Adrenal fatigue is a popular concept in naturopathy and alternative medicine, which often associate the condition … Read More
Most people are familiar with acupuncture, but there’s far more to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) than the needles.
“TCM is an ancient medical system that looks at human physiology in a way that predates our current knowledge of human physiology and medicine,” explains Victoria Chan Harrison, MD, assistant professor of rehabilitation medicine … Read More
Yoga and meditation have long been associated with stress relief and improving one’s ability to find calm and focus. Yoga has other physical benefits, such as improving muscle tone and flexibility. A recent study out of Canada finds that brief sessions of Hatha yoga and mindfulness meditation may also improve … Read More
Q: I’m in my late 60s and I’ve been extremely tired lately. I’m having trouble concentrating and doing even light exercise. Is this just a function of getting older?
A: Endurance can decline somewhat with age, and you may not be able to move as quickly as when you were younger, … Read More
Whole natural foods, such as whole grains, fruits, and vegetables, trump processed so-called “energy” food and drinks any day of the week. Frequently, the latter are full of sugar and calories, causing energy highs and lows that fluctuate throughout the day, rather than maintaining a steady, unvarying energy stream.
To sustain … Read More
If you’re looking for a way to stay energized throughout the day, skip the energy drinks, energy bars, frappuccinos, and sugary soft drinks: Most of the “energy” in these products comes from sugar, caffeine, and white flour. It’s true that these products can give you a quick energy boost, but … Read More
If you’re wondering where your get-up-and-go went, and are looking for ways to increase your energy levels, there are a number of steps you can take to boost your mental and physical vigor, an MGH expert says. Doing so will help keep your body active, your heart vigorous, and your … Read More
Q. I’ve been experiencing a lot of fatigue and weight gain recently, and a friend suggested I might be having thyroid problems. Can you give me any information about the thyroid and what it does?
A. The thyroid is a small, butterfly-shaped gland located in the neck, just below the larynx. … Read More