Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Easily and Naturally Combat Fatigue

We have all had those days of feeling completely wiped out, exhausted and tired. Your body doesn't want to work and your mind isn't as sharp as it usually is. Why is that and how can we combat those feelings naturally?

Fatigue can be triggered by a lack of sleep, sickness, stress and the weather and it can wreak havoc on your system and your life. But below, we have outlined several ways for you to fight the feelings of fatigue and get energized.
  • Get enough sleep. Simple enough of course, but getting the proper amount of sleep can be the most important part of your day. Sleep recharges your body and restores brain function much like recharging a battery. Some poeple can function on 6 hours of sleep, while others need 8-10. Understand your body and try to get the right amount of rest you need.
  • Eat right. The foods you eat and when you eat them can determine your energy level throughout the day. Because food is the fuel your body run on, it is important to eat "fuels" that last the longest, like complex carbohydrates (grains, cereal and starchy veggies). Simple sugars, found in candy and sweets, can spike and lower your blood sugar levels suddenly, leaving you feeling tired and sluggish.
  • Exercise! Of course exercise can help you control your waist line, but it can also combat fatigue. Vigorous activity wakes up the nervous system and speeds up your metabolic rate, leaving you more energized.
  • Get a massage. Massages are a great way to reduce your stress level, calm you senses and rejuvenate the body. By stimulating the body's blood circulation, massages revive tired muscles and minds.
These are just a few ways to combat the overwhelming feelings of fatigue associated with stress, lack of rest and a poor diet. Of course, chronic fatigue can be a sign of a more serious problem, so consult your physician or Empire Health and Wellness Center (518-690-4406) for more information.

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