Oftentimes, we refer to energy as an abstract force—”I don’t have the energy” or “I have so much energy!”—when in fact energy is an actual, tangible, real-life thing that all humans need and use. Our bodies are provided with chemical energy from the food we eat, which helps carry out functions needed in order to survive.
There are foods, activities, and more that contribute to how much or how little energy we may have. Learn more with Functional Medicine Center of Fort Collins and contact us for any additional questions as well.
What is Energy for the Body?
The body’s main source of energy is blood sugar. Different types of food contain different proteins, which provide energy in different ways. For example, carbohydrates like starch or sugar break down into glucose, which is the body’s main energy source. Food is fuel, and we need it to maintain the energy we need to go about our daily lives. If we lack energy, we may sometimes experience fatigue.
What Is Fatigue?
Rundown, exhausted, weary, or tired. These are all general terms used to describe fatigue. Fatigue is another term used to describe feeling a lack of energy, but it is not the same as feeling sleepy or drowsy. When you are fatigued, you have no motivation and no energy—physically, mentally, or both.
What Causes Fatigue?
There are a number of reasons someone may be experiencing fatigue. Including:
- Depression and/or anxiety
- Thyroid Dysfunction
- Sleep Apnea
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
- Food Sensitivities
- And more.
Fatigue can also have causes unrelated to underlying diseases, like overexertion, jetlag, lack of sleep, a large meal, or aging.
What To Do If You Are Constantly Fatigued Or Lack Energy
If you have ruled out any potential health problems like those listed above, or circumstances like excessive exercise or jet lag, but still feel fatigued, consider implementing a regular sleep schedule, a healthy diet, and frequent exercise to combat fatigue. If you drink coffee or caffeinated soda, consider removing caffeine from your diet or try not to drink it close to bedtime.
When To Make A Doctor’s Appointment For Fatigue
You should consider booking an appointment with Functional Medicine Center of Fort Collins if:
- You have had fatique which has lasted two weeks or more.
- You struggle to work and/or complete daily tasks.
- You feel sad, slow, or excessively tired.
You should see a doctor immediately if:
- You feel severe pain when you are fatigued.
- You have chest pain or shortness of breath.
- You have an irregular heartbeat.
- You experience abnormal bleeding.
- You feel faint, in addition to being fatigued.
- You are contemplating suicide.
Good Sources of Energy
If you want to boost your energy and have decided not to see a doctor yet, some good sources of energy are:
- A regular sleep schedule
- Drinking plenty of water
- Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol
- Consider drinking more or less caffeine, depending on your current routine.
Good Food To Boost Energy
Good food to consume in order to boost your energy can include:
- Fish, like salmon and tuna
- Sweet Potatoes
- Dark Chocolate
- Brown rice
- Green Tea