You are in charge of your personal life and your health, and it’s the choices you make with the knowledge you have, that greatly determines your wellbeing. Although you do inherit about 3% of your family genes, the remaining 97% of your health is in your hands.
With hormonal levels of oestrogen, progesterone, thyroids and adrenals changing rapidly after the age of fifty, your cellular energy in your body becomes compromised therefore, you will experience fatigue over a number of years until your hormones regulate - post-menopause.
If you feel like you have poor energy levels, then check the following points to see if you can make lifestyle changes to eliminate an energy crisis.
Food and fluid play a major role in assisting your hormones to balance, as does fitness, emotion, sleep and sunlight but you may be overlooking the importance and relationship these life necessities offer your energy levels and when you feel tired, even exhausted, you most probably look to blame an action or series of events that have combined to create your fatigue.
The daily Western diet has changed greatly over time and the convenience of buying prepared foods today often result in the purchasing of high processed, preserved, genetically modified, high sugar and salt infused foods and beverages, which serve little nutritional benefits to your cells and hormones. If your body cannot draw an ample balance of nutrients from what you digest, your body releases adrenaline to protect the cells. With the nervous system thinking it’s in stress, the body and brain becomes tired. Always aim to have three nutrient rich meals a day. Your portion serve size does not need to be large because with hormone change, your body now needs less food. Further, cut snacking from your daily habits. Too much food, and carbohydrate, wheat based foods, will all contribute to feeling sluggish and energy starved.
Since the introduction of technology, the time you spend sitting is greater than the time you spend sleeping. The average sedentary 10 to 13 hours sitting, contributes greatly to added health problems that decrease energy levels. Not only has overweight and obesity grown to a major world epidemic, but disease in aging is also on the increase due to a more sedentary lifestyle. The heart, the arteries, the cells and organs, all have to work harder when carrying excess weight. It’s important to be part of a regular routine-based exercise program that incorporates, strength/resistance training, cardiovascular training, core conditioning and stretching.
Stress is your body’s natural way to deal with threatening, challenging, physical or psychological challenges, and even-though a little stress from time to time can actually be quite good for you, when stress becomes chronic, when it consumes you with very little or no relief for long term time periods, your internal organs are not only under pressure, but your brain and coping mechanisms zap your energy leaving you feeling like you are in crisis mode constantly. Build breathing time into your day. That may sound silly but drawing ten deep, slow breaths in to fill your lungs, end exhaling to deplete the air rhythmically, will instantly relieve anxiety and stress. Equally, remember the things in life that you can’t control, are not your concern. Aim to let go of concerns, people, or events that you may have unnecessarily adopted as your worry.
Research has proven that sleep deprivation can be not only be detrimental to your health and weight, but it creates cognitive decline which can negatively affect speech and actionable productivity. If you struggle to get out of bed in the morning, have trouble concentrating, or find yourself dragging yourself throughout the day, check that you are clocking seven to nine hours of quality sleep each night. Start by resetting your body clock. Create disciplines in your home environment to switch off technology at least two hours before bed time and for one week, set a routine to go to bed and wake at the same time each day, allowing for approximately 8 hours or rest a night.
The Sun is the ultimate source of energy for almost all cells, and for human cells, it is vitally and equally important too. You gather the sun’s heat conductively and radiantly through your skin, and solar energy allows photoreceptors in your eyes to receive reflective light and energy from objects around you when in sunlight. Being in direct sunlight, for ten minutes every day without protection, is a terrific way to draw energy into your cells to serve your brain and body. Step out of indoor lighting, and get into natural sunshine. Your energy levels will thank you.
If you begin to use your energy levels as a marker for your health, rather than scales, measurements, or influential perceptions, you could greatly improve your wellbeing. In fact, this is how super centenarians – aged 110 or older – avoid, stroke, heart disease Alzheimer’s and cancer. Their secret to longevity is to place a priority of nutrient rich foods and beverages, health, and good lifestyle choices.