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Sunday, January 31, 2010

Decreased energy levels - Overeating, Sleep, Nutrition

Written by Tena Moore

Decreased energy levels can be caused by a variety of things, such as your age, weight, and diet, as well as medical issues such as hypothyroidism, unstable blood sugars, high stress, or chronic fatigue syndrome. Since the vitamins and minerals found in food are the fuel for energy, it is oftentimes one’s diet that is the cause of low energy. Overeating can cause a drop in energy, as well as eating over-processed, convenience junk foods that offer little or no nutrition. Many people use sugar and caffeine to sustain their energy levels throughout the day, which only leaves them with less energy in the end.

Make sure you are sleeping at least eight hours a night. Have protein with each meal. Eat a nutritionally balanced diet and supplement your diet to make sure you are getting enough B vitamins, Omega-3’s and other healthy nutrients. Limit your consumption of coffee and sugar – they may be a quick fix for low energy, but they put undue stress on the adrenal glands and lower your energy. Try to minimize the stress in your life and take time to smell the flowers. You may also want to visit your doctor to talk about your energy levels and make sure you are not experiencing the effects of a medical condition.

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