Do you find yourself yawning before noon? Or how about dragging around with zero energy at the end of the work day?
If no matter how much sleep you get—or how much coffee you drink—you’re still tired all the time you may be the victim of a hidden energy thief.
Normal, healthy, high energy requires three things…
Sleep: Make sure you’re getting between 7 and 9 hours of quality shut-eye a night
Diet: Eat lots of lean proteins, healthy fats and veggies, and a modest amount of whole grains. We usually recommend a lower-carb diet.
Exercise: Keep moving. We suggest aiming for at least 30 minutes of exercise three to five days a week.
If you’re staying on top of these three areas (at least most days), but still find yourself tired all the time, chances are one of the following six hidden energy thieves is to blame…
When you’re anemic your blood is running low in healthy red blood cells or hemoglobin. As a result not enough oxygen reaches all of your body’s tissues. That lack of oxygen causes fatigue, dizziness, and more.
The good news is that anemia is easy to diagnose and treat. The most common form of the condition is iron-deficiency anemia, which can typically be corrected with supplements. Start with a blood test, and go from there.
Fatigue is one of the most common, but little-known, symptoms of diabetes. In fact, for many folks it’s often the first sign they have the disease.
If you’re feeling tired and don’t know why, be on the look for these other diabetes symptoms too:
- excessive thirst
- having to urinate often
- frequent yeast infections
- unintended weight loss
- blurry vision
If you have any of these other symptoms, or just haven’t had your glucose levels checked recently, talk to your doctor.
3. Heart disease:
There’s a reason they call heart disease “the hidden killer.” Folks are often unaware that they even have a heart condition because some of the most common symptoms don’t seem connected to the heart.
Unexplained fatigue tops the list, but keep your eyes peeled for others such as shortness of breath, exercise fatigue, swelling in legs and arms, and dizziness sometimes to the point of passing out. If they sound familiar, it’s time to check in with your doctor. He can reassure you that your heart is fine, or plot a course of action if it’s not.
4. Rheumatoid arthritis:
Unlike osteoarthritis, which is caused by wear and tear on your joints, rheumatoid arthritis occurs when your immune system turns on itself, attacking your joints. The symptoms of RA, including fatigue, overlap with the symptoms of other diseases, so it’s easy to miss. However, there are tests your doctor can run and markers he can check to identify rheumatoid arthritis before too much damage is done.
5. Sleep apnea:
Sleep apnea is a serious, but often undiagnosed condition that causes you to actually stop breathing repeatedly while you’re asleep. That means you’re not taking in enough oxygen, and at the same time you’re not getting rid of the carbon monoxide efficiently either. As a result, you end up feeling fatigued. Many folks who have sleep apnea have no idea because it happens while they’re asleep, and they have no memory of it in the morning. If you wake up tired all the time, especially if you’ve been told you snore, it’s worth having a discussion with your doc about sleep apnea. If you do have the condition the treatment can be as simple as losing a little weight.’
6. Thyroid issues:
One of your thyroid gland’s jobs is to produce the hormones that control the way your body uses energy. But when the gland isn’t working properly it may not produce enough of the hormones, leading to lagging energy levels, and leaving you feeling weak and tired. If you’re dragging through your days, and have no clue why, an underactive thyroid could be the cause. Talk with your doctor about getting the simple blood test that can diagnose this problem.
Stop letting hidden energy thieves suck the joy out of your life. You don’t have to be tired all the time. Talk with your doctor about getting a diagnosis TODAY.
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