If You Are Feeling Tired and Have No Energy, Try This
Thursday April 26th 2007, 10:01 am

Many people have days when they feel tired and have no energy from the moment they wake up, until they go to bed at night. For most of us, it is from a lack of sleep, but there are also other reasons for this lack of energy. I have found that if I don’t drink enough water during the day, I become dehydrated, and I don’t even realize it, because I am not thirsty. If I drink my usual eight glasses of water a day, I feel fine. But if my routine has changed, and I haven’t had enough water, I can feel the lack of energy. Try drinking at least two glasses of water the next time you feel tired, and you may see a difference.

If you don’t notice the lack of energy until the late afternoon, you are probably suffering from a drop in your blood sugar. Those late afternoon slumps, when you feel hungry and tired by 3:00, are caused by eating too many carbohydrates for breakfast and lunch. Most of us try to remedy this by having a cup of coffee and a muffin, but this only makes it worse, and you are starving by dinner time. Eating a bagel, toast or a muffin for breakfast or morning break, and having too many carbs such as pasta, sweets or fries, with not enough protein to balance the carbs, causes our blood sugar to drop. When this happens, we crave more carbs which perpetuates this cycle.

If you are among the 25% of the population in North America who have blood sugar problems, you should consider eating less simple or refined carbohydrates, which are foods made with flour or sugar, and eat some protein at every meal, on a regular basis. You will notice quite a difference in your energy levels as a result of this simple change in your diet. If you still have problems, increase the amount of protein and fibre, and decrease the amount of carbohydrates at every meal. Eating this way isn’t about losing weight, as much as it is about feeling better and having more energy. Although you will be surprised that you may also lose some of those unwanted pounds too.

Exercising is the best way to give yourself more energy. If you can exercise after eating a high carbohydrate meal, your body uses the carbs for fuel, so they don’t effect your blood sugar levels as much. I also find that chewing sugarless gum, for some reason, works for me. It seems to give me more energy when my blood sugar level has dropped.

These are all common sense things, but many people get into daily routines, and they don’t realize that some of these things are causing their problems with a lack of energy, and feeling tired and hungry all the time. I have found that doing these things work for me, so they may work for you too.

Have a good day,
Anne