Feeling tired? Here’s how to naturally boost your energy levels
Post Coronavirus Syndrome is now evident in our life styles choices. Today, the pharmacy shelves are packed with mundane vitamins, herbs and supplements all marketed as energy boosters. Does it mean that we are a generation of tired people?
Many doctors and health workers will testify to receiving over ten patients complaining of body weakness and fatigue. And it is definitely not because they work more than others. This is evident enough to show how serious a problem this is becoming among people of all ages.
Dr. Godfrey Mwebe, a general physician, recommends consuming six to eight glasses of water every day.
“Sometimes people feel tired and worn out because they have not consumed adequate water,’’ he said.
In an era of a million technology devices, we could blame it on the much time spent scrolling social media apps but are we doing the health basics naturally?
Here are some tips;
- Put the phone down
Scientists in the United States of America have proven that spending long hours on a mobile phone can interfere with one’s sleep patterns, leading to fatigue. Apple announced a release of their new Iphone 15 series this week, and the youth are obsessed. Whereas these devices are great sources of information and new knowledge on technology, they are also among the major inducers of eyesight defects, fatigue and anxiety.
- Drink water
Still the most required nutrient, water is still one super powerful component the body and all internal organs need to function effectively. Not soda or juice but water. Even scientists advise that consuming water early in the morning before any activity is necessary for the functioning of the body.
The National Academy of Medicine in the United States suggests an adequate intake of daily fluids of about 13 cups and 9 cups for healthy men and women, respectively, with 1 cup equalling 8 ounces. Higher amounts may be needed for those who are physically active or exposed to very warm climates. Lower amounts may be needed for those with smaller body sizes.
- Sleep enough
One of the major causes of fatigue is lack of or no sleep. According to experts, people who suffer from insomnia are more likely to feel tired all the time. Sleep is an integral part of the brain’s functioning and it must be supplied in complete amounts. The secret to falling asleep easily is determining how much sleep you need to avoid spending a lot of time in bed searching for sleep. Avoid sleeping during the day and do some physical work during the day, so that the body actually needs to rest.
According to a 2021 report by World Health Organisation, 2 million people globally die every year from work-related deaths. Some due to workplace health, safety and others work stress. In this era of multi-tasking and gigs, we are forced to take more than we can chew for a few more shillings. Work overload does not only mean career but also family and any other private-social commitments. It is often common for a person to want to do everything by themselves but you’re putting your health at risk with overwork. The best option is to do what is within your means and assign other people to complete the extra tasks, allowing you to relax.
- De –stress
Another silent killer is stress induced fatigue, moreover stress related emotions consume more energy than anything. Walk or participate in physical exercises, talk to a family member, or even see a therapist but don’t allow stress to penetrate your heart. Find activities that align with your interests to help diffuse and de-stress. You will realise that when you’re happier, your energy levels are higher too,
- Limit intake of alcohol, avoid smoking
Alcohol, cigarettes, shisha, vaping and any other drugs are some of the reasons generation z youth are suffering with such conditions. Alcohol has strong sedative components which is the reason for mid-day hangovers and tiredness. Opt for fruit juice and carbohydrates to improve energy levels.
Overall, feeling tired all the time is not normal, your body is designed to have new energy every new day to function properly. Boost your energy levels by consuming energy rich foods, practising good healthy habits and maintaining optimal body weight.