New Delhi, September 19 (IANSlife) Anyone can experience fatigue at any time, although it usually manifests itself after strenuous physical activity, a hard day’s work, or both. Exercise often leads to fatigue, which can be reduced by getting enough rest, a good nap, or a full night’s sleep. In contrast, fatigue is a persistent, uncharacteristic state of tiredness and sleepiness. It can be difficult and demotivating to stick to your normal routine when you’re tired. It can be chronic (longer than a month) or acute (longer than a month or 1 to 6 months or more).
Short- and long-term fatigue is directly related to the food you eat. For example, iron deficiency is associated with fatigue, reduced work capacity, and underachievement in school. Similar to foods with empty calories, foods with added sugars and solid fats like candy and soda have little nutritional value. As a result, you may feel full even if you haven’t eaten any of the nutrient-dense foods your body needs.
In order to survive in the basic metabolic processes that allow core cells to function, we all need a balanced diet and proper nutrition. Because of their involvement in energy metabolism, DNA synthesis, oxygen transport, and brain functions, a balanced diet is critical to brain and muscle function. As a result, cognitive and psychological processes are impaired, including physical and mental fatigue. Iron, magnesium, zinc, vitamin C, and the B vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B8, B9, and B12) all help fight fatigue.
Here are some simple tips on using diet and nutrition to combat fatigue and stay optimistic:
Add protein to your diet: Protein helps maintain stamina and build endurance. Because it helps your muscles repair wear and tear and reduce muscle wasting, it ensures your body has enough muscle to sustain everyday life. For this reason, athletes or people with an active lifestyle swear by protein intake through diet or supplements.
Hydration is key: One might wonder how a low-calorie, tasteless liquid like water can help with energy levels. Dehydration causes symptoms like tiredness and fatigue. Even mild dehydration can alter a person’s mood, energy levels and ability to think clearly, according to research from the University of Connecticut. The effects of dehydration on focus, fatigue, and anxiety are even more severe in women.
Less caffeine: “Don’t talk to me until I’ve had my morning coffee,” sounds familiar to this internet meme? Caffeine lovers, particularly those who can’t start their day without a generous “energizing” dose of coffee or tea, actually push themselves toward greater fatigue as the day progresses. Coffee can act as a temporary brain stimulant, boosting your energy levels and focus for a short time, but can quickly lead to an energy crash later on. In addition, it can create dependency and interference with the natural circadian rhythm or sleep cycle. Overall, you should drink two extra cups of water for every cup of coffee you drink.
Cheers to the alcohol, invitation to fatigue: a full glass of alcohol can drain your energy reserves half empty. Not only does it dehydrate your body and disrupt sleeping and eating habits, the alcohol also increases the body’s levels of adrenaline, a stress hormone that increases heart rate and generally stimulates the body, which, according to Harvard Health Publishing, can lead to nighttime awakenings. If you go out every other night or stay home, reduce your alcohol consumption. Do the same with smoking.
Eat well: Eating processed foods, ordering frequently, and whipping up sugary recipes regularly can reduce the nutrient intake in your body and throw your meals out of proportion. Eat the recommended calorie intake for your age, gender, and activity level, and don’t go on fad/extreme diets in the name of weight loss or pimple reduction. Food is your body’s fuel and fatigue is inevitable if it isn’t given enough quantity and/or good quality.
A healthy diet requires physical activity, adequate sleep, mental rest and relaxation. Essential vitamins and minerals can be obtained naturally from a variety of sources such as fruits, vegetables and meat. Essential nutritional requirements vary from person to person based on factors such as age, gender, and medical conditions such as pregnancy and breastfeeding. In addition, conditions, lifestyle choices, and limitations play a role.
(Dr Vivek Srivastava, Senior Vice President, Zeon Lifesciences)
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