Maybe you feel this way at some point during the day: mentally and physically exhausted without explanation. It could be due to your daily diet, because there are some foods that can cause fatigue in certain people. In this article we’ll talk about a few of these foods that may make you feel tired, with the goal being to reduce or remove them from our diet.
- Foods that are high in sugar, as opposed to giving the body energy as some mistakenly think, actually deplete the body’s energy reservoirs because they’re metabolized quickly. In the process, large quantities of energy are needed that usually go to other bodily functions. It’s true that sugar can give us an energy boost, but the effects are not lasting.
- Eating foods that are high in fat also takes away a lot of energy because they’re hard to digest. Because they generally provide less energy than they require to process, they can cause feelings of heaviness, fullness, and fatigue soon after eating.
- Some heavier foods can make us feel drowsy after we eat them, namely: turkey, milk, beans, brown rice, and vegetables. But consumption of these foods is important because they provide essential nutrients for the body. We just need to regulate their consumption according to the effects they have on each individual, since we all absorb nutrients differently.
- Caffeine produces energetic feelings and stimulates the brain. As a stimulant, it can activate certain bodily functions when we drink it, but don’t abuse it. Too much caffeine can cause insomnia, which results in chronic exhaustion and the inability to regenerate for the next day’s activities.
- Fatigue can also be caused by a lack of hydration if you don’t drink enough fluids during the day. When dehydration occurs it brings exhaustion with it, and the main symptoms of this deficiency are a lack of concentration and a headache. It’s worth noting that the best fluid for proper bodily function is water.
- Eating lots of foods that contain active chemicals can alter the body’s natural equilibrium, causing fatigue and some long-term conditions.
- Excessive and uncontrolled consumption of junk foods like hamburgers, hot dogs, pizza, etc. has negative effects on the body, which has to work hard to process these foods and ultimately tiredness and a lack of concentration are the result.
Tips to eliminate feelings of tiredness
- Eating fruits and vegetables gives us nutrients that provide the body with more energy and a feeling of well being.
- Whole grains provide the energy we need to start the day off right.
- Walnuts, almonds, and sesame seeds are another major source of energy, and are essential to remaining alert during our daily activities as well as improving concentration.
- An important way to stay lively throughout the day and keep fatigue at bay is your attitude: wake up in a good mood and don’t alter your daily routine. Stay active during the day by listening to music, resting your eyes when you need to, kick start your senses with some strong scent like pepper, and work in a well-lit environment to avoid straining your eyes.
- Keep your body active with stretches and movements throughout the day. Get exercise, and set a routine according to your daily work schedule. If you don’t have time for the gym get a light workout by taking the stairs, going for walks, and avoid driving to places whenever possible.
- Keep your mind active by reading and doing mental exercises.
- Make sure you keep a good sleep routine that gives you plenty of rest and time to recharge overnight. This will alleviate exhaustion and help you power through the next day.
- Lastly, having a healthy diet gives your body the nutrients it needs for good performance and an overall feeling of well being all day long.