Fatigue can give a mixture feeling of wariness, tiredness and in general a lack of energy. There are many causes for low energy. It could be as simple as putting more energy into your daily life to become more active, the less movement or exercise your body gets the more energy it can lose.
Being low on energy the most common one is nutrition. However, if fatigue is not willing to go away after having made changes to your nutrition and activity plan, then it could be caused by any underlying medical problem and best see a doctor. There are many ways to give yourself back the energy or replace the one you lost. No matter what age, deficiency can happen to anyone and quicker than you think.
The Cause of Deficiency
According to research people over 60 years of age are more likely to have higher deficiency levels. The reason behind this is, the absorption rate lowers as we get older. The body requires more effort to absorb nutrition. Unfortunately the larger percentage of food our body receives is missing of vital nutrients. The main bulk of food people eat is over processed, loaded with sugar and low on nutritional values.
To continue a diet where the bigger percentage intake is over processed and refined food, this not only will bring on low energy and fatigue, it will weaken the immune system, opens the body’s defence for any type of illness. Refined foods are full of chemicals, food colourings and loaded with preservatives. Adding to this is pollution, stress, anxiety, which all of them drain your body of energy. A sudden rise in temperature and humidity will also give that feeling of low energy. As your body adjusts to the new temperature this will quickly go away and is not any type of deficiency.
How To Fix The Problem
As mentioned before, absorption is often the issue as we age. In our diet most likely are missing some minerals and vitamins and this might be one of the causes by not having the right absorption. Blockers: It is known that certain drugs and medication can block your body’s vitamin intake, and prevent therefore proper absorption.
What does help absorption and low energy is a particular vitamin belonging to the vitamin B group Menthylcobalamin B-12. Do not confuse the name with Cyanocobalamin; avoid them and take only Methylcobalamin B-12, (methyl B-12).
This vitamin B-12 is not only for energy, it is an important nutrient to carry oxygen throughout the body. This also helps replacement of red blood cells and as well helps the nerve system. Vitamin B-12 deficiency is more common in vegetarian and vegan’s diets because of restrictions in varies foods.
What can go wrong with nutritional supplements? The most commonly available form of vitamin B-12 and many others on the market is the cheap synthetic form that’s bound to a cyanide molecule. The name is cyanocobalamin used in cheap vitamins made by pharmaceutical companies and sold in grocery stores and supermarkets. Cyanocobalamin is a cheap synthetic chemical made in a laboratory, it has no natural ingredients. This type of vitamin is up to 80 percent cheaper than natural higher quality ones.
Not all products are labelled correctly but if you see the name cyanocobalamin on it throw it in the bin. At least, this vitamin comes straight from nature: Vitamin D from the sun. This vitamin is often not recognised as of importance but it is a most vital vitamin for absorption, general health and wellbeing. Vitamin D levels can influence as many as 400 genes in your body. The sun’s derive of vitamin D is the best of them all. Although, important to note: If your vitamin D level is low this means your skin is most sensitive to the sun. Therefore build up to sun-exposure gradually over time.
First thing first: Make changes to your diet without going overboard. It is important being able to sustain the changes you make. Modern medicine does not offer many solutions to the problem of being burned out and tired. Many supplements sound great on paper but fall short in doing what they supposedly should.
Stay with the natural solution to increase energy and vitality. Best to choose foods that have a high nutritional value, looking for food you can eat for energy. Such as healthy fats, food that contain iron, increase your magnesium intake, get lots of sleep and have less caffeine.
As an example: In your diet you may eat plenty such food as meat, lamb’s liver, eggs, poultry, dairy products, milk, herring, mackerel, seafood which are rich in B-12. Although, regardless of this, you may still need a B-12 supplement because of low absorption of your gut and body. As well, consume a diet with complex carbohydrates such as vegetables, fruits, sweet potatoes, brown rice etc. For a snack eat plain Greek yogurt, fruits of your choice, hand full of mixed nuts, which have healthy fats but won’t put on any weight.
These are some of the changes you can make. Such changes not only solve your energy problems, they also improve your health overall.