WHAT CAUSES LOW ENERGY?

Low Energy is a common health complaint. If you are like most people, your life moves so fast and is so hectic, you just accept being constantly tired as normal. Probably, everyone you know has complained about it at one time or another. Just because it’s so common does not rule out the fact that there can be some very serious conditions causing it. You should consult your doctor to determine whether your low energy level is caused by hypothyroidism, depression, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, or anemia.

Your lifestyle may be contributing to your low energy level. Today, one hour of daily exercise might be your goal, yet it seems impossible to achieve. Even as recently as 100 years ago, 8 hours of daily physical activity was the norm. Jobs were much more physical, and a large part of the population had their own farming plot. Even farther back in history, many lived a rural life outdoors in the wilds and walked many miles a day while hunting or gathering food and water. Your life today is not only noisier, it is considerably more sedentary. All the gadgets that make your life easier seriously reduce your physical effort. You live indoors, you probably spend your work day tied to a desk, and you seldom walk farther than the bus stop or the mailbox. Your life is predictably filled with stressful circumstances that consistently pressure you into multitasking to cram more and more into the same hours in the day.

In times past, daylight regulated most people’s sleeping habits. You could only work during the daylight hours. During that time, most people went to bed shortly after sundown. In the winter, they often got 10-12 hours of sleep a night. Nowadays, you can just flip on the light at night and keep right on with life; so you seldom get even 8 hours of sleep every night.

If you do not get any exercise, you may find it hard to sleep through the night. You start the day feeling tired. You avoid physical activity because you are already tired. Your body gets weaker as your physical level of activity drops. Studies show during one week of bed rest, your muscle strength is reduced by 10%. Yet, life goes on and the demands keep coming. Despite low energy and near exhaustion, you are called upon to do something requiring physical effort. This starts the vicious circle all over again. You get more and more tired and weaker and weaker.

When you’re tense, stressed, or worried, your adrenal glands produce four stress-managing chemicals epinephrine, norepinephrine, cortisol and DHEA. Generally, these chemicals function normally and keep the harmful effects of stress under control.

However, you’re probably like most Americans, and your life is just one ongoing pressure cooker. Your adrenal glands were never intended to deal with stress levels, good or bad, on a continuous basis. They become overtaxed and overproduce the stress hormones. You end up feeling exhausted, irritable, and mentally drained. The overproduction of stress chemicals can also increase the symptoms of peri-menopause and menopause. Many cases of low energy are the result of adrenal exhaustion and an inherent hormonal imbalance.

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