Feeling Tired? These Foods May Be To Blame

· August 6, 2015
For some people, there are some foods that can cause fatigue and make you feel tired. In this article we’ll talk about a few of them.

Maybe you’ve felt 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 keep you feeling tired, with the goal being to reduce or remove them from your diet.

Sugary/Fatty Foods

  • Foods that are high in sugar do not give the body energy as some mistakenly think. They 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 do not last. Instead, they leave us feeling tired.
  • Eating foods high in fat also takes away a lot of energy because these are hard to digest. Because they generally provide less energy than they require to process, they can keep us feeling tired, heavy, full, and fatigued long after eating.
Fatty Foods keep you feeling tired

  • Some heavier foods can keep us feeling tired 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 our consumption according to the effects they have on us individually, since we all absorb nutrients differently.

Caffeine/Dehydration

  • 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 recover for the next day’s activities.
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  • Fatigue can also be caused by a lack of hydration. When dehydration occurs it brings exhaustion with it. The main symptoms of this deficiency include lack of concentration and headaches. It’s worth noting that the best fluid for improving 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 food like hamburgers, hot dogs, pizza, etc. has negative effects on the body. Your body has to work hard to process these foods and ultimately feeling tired and lack of concentration are the result.

Tips to help you keep from feeling tired

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  • 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.
  • A key to staying lively and energized throughout the day 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 and resting your eyes when you need to. Kick start your senses with some strongly scented 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 maintain 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, maintaining a healthy diet gives your body the nutrients it needs for good performance and an overall feeling of happiness and alertness all day long.

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