What is Low Energy?
Low energy, in simple terms, is a feeling of never-ending exhaustion. People generally have more energy in the morning and settle into a more sedate presence in the evening, but a person suffering from low energy can feel tired and fatigued throughout the day. When a person is suffering from low energy, it is important to hone in on what the underlying causes are, as it can be a product of many different factors including stress, poor diet, lack of exercise, immune system malfunction, acute or chronic infections from a virus or bacteria, autoimmune inflammatory disorders, such as rheumatoid arthritis, and the decline of organ function in conditions like congestive heart failure. Once the cause of low energy is determined, it can then be treated with a combination of methods.
How can I treat Low Energy?
Traditional Chinese medicine remedies all energy-related issues by observing and treating the patient’s qi, or vital energy. Each person’s qi is unique, and relating it to the person’s health allows for treatment that often includes acupuncture, herbal therapy, and modifications of diet, lifestyle choices, and exercise. Maintaining and building energy can be accomplished through eating a balanced diet made up of organic whole foods such as fresh vegetables, berries, whole grains, nuts, seeds, legumes, and a moderate amount of organic proteins. These foods include broccoli, spinach, blueberries, raspberries, cherries, mushrooms, mung beans, pearl barley, pumpkin seeds, almonds, pine nuts, and green tea. Other beneficial habits include drinking 8 glasses of room temperature water per day, eating a nutritious breakfast, eating a trail mix made of almonds, pine nuts, walnuts, dried cranberries, dried plums, and raisins, and jumping rope for 5 minutes every hour throughout the day. Other recommended physical activity includes 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise per day.
What should I avoid in my lifestyle for Low Energy?
One should avoid sugar as a primary tactic for avoiding low energy, and one should eliminate sodas, sweetened juices, and sweet desserts. Other things to avoid include deep-fried and fatty foods, cold and raw foods, coffee, alcohol, smoking, drug use, and excessive sexual activities.
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