As a freelance writer, I typically set my own hours which leads to the reality that what I do is interconnected with other parts of my existence: discipline, mind-set...and physical stamina (or the lack of it).
Fatigue is one of our biggest constant problems. And it's connected to our ability to live the best quality of life we are worthy of experiencing.
You're probably fatigued right now, so enough intro. Let's get down to the 6 things that really could be sapping your energy and draining you:
One: Your prescription drugs. If you take any pharmaceutical drugs, take a look at the label's long list of side effects. Usually, fatigue is a common side effect. Plus, drugs are toxins, so they overload your liver, brain and other important energy-making body functions-which means your body is functioning at a low capacity-which also means you're tired and sluggish with symptoms like brain fog (especially if your particular drug crosses the blood-brain barrier). Remember, if you are fatigued, you can't really think correctly. Thinking may be unseen, but it requires energy just like running a mile does.
Two: Your thought life. Remember, the mental controls the physical. Our minds are a very infinite and powerful thing. What are we thinking about most of the time? Negative, depressed, helpless thoughts contribute to a similar physical state. So does laughter, joy, peace and hope.
Three: Lack of enzymes. Most people today have little to no enzymes left. Over time, they say we lose our enzyme count and potency so it’s important to ingest enzymes to aid in digestion. Enzymatic reactions are catalysts in the body, producing energy for its cells. Without enzymes, we cannot digest food properly and assimilate important nutrients. And most of all, we won’t be able to generate the necessary energy production (i.e. ATP) to propel us forward.
Four: An impacted colon. Today, the average adult’s bowel movement occurs around once a week. If we eat every day, then it makes sense that we move our bowels every day. The colon is a key component of overall health, vitality, and energy. If your colon is blocked (i.e. chronic constipation) it will interfere with the colon’s ability to digest and absorb nutrients. In fact, if fecal matter is stuck there long enough, it can diffuse through the colon wall and enter into the bloodstream, leaking toxicity into the blood and the rest of the body.
Five: Food and drink choices. What you put into your body has a huge impact on your energy levels. When we eat foods without enzymes (i.e. cooked foods like meat and pasta) it places a lot of stress on our bodies, causing us to utilize a huge amount of energy for the digestive process. This is why we feel sleepy and/or fatigued after eating a huge meal.
Six: You guessed it-sleep. This is difficult in today’s crazy-paced world, but having a consistent sleep schedule helps the body repair itself, digest the day’s food and rejuvenate old cells into new cells. Melatonin production is reported to take place between the hours of 12 midnight and 6 A.M. I’ve found that I have more energy when I’m asleep during these hours. Another thing that happens is that you shut down the conscious mind and allow yourself time to dream and meditate. It’s easy to get depleted when your mind is constantly running all day AND all night, too.
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