It is quite natural that you feel tired once in a while after a hectic day at work, a late night movie, or a special occasion like moving your residence. A sound sleep after such a day usually keeps you relaxed and ready to move on. On the other hand, chronic fatigue, -feeling tired constantly- needs special attention as it can disturb your daily routine and life itself.
If you feel tired all the time, it can be a warning sign of diabetes, thyroid disease, arthritis, kidney or liver complaints, some kind of heart disease or even very serious problems like cancer. Viral diseases like influenza or gastroenteritis also can be a cause of your fatigue. Only a medical practitioner can identify the real reason for such persistent tiredness.
If you are not getting sufficient nutrients from your food you might at all times feel tired as well. Fatigue can be an early symptom of slight insufficiencies of essential nutrients such as iron, vitamin B, magnesium and potassium.
There is a close relation between getting tired and low iron levels. Drinking too much alcohol, eating lots of junk foods or having medication for depression can create Vitamin B deficiency. This will bring in low energy level. Lack of magnesium which is essential for muscle and nerve function is a problem for many people to suffer from chronic fatigue. Women who have a twin pregnancy or have been through a difficult labour are particularly at risk. Lack of potassium also causes fatigue and weakness.
Choosing a well-balanced diet helps in beating chronic fatigue by benefiting the immune system. A specialist dietary advice is invaluable in case you do not feel energetic even after following healthy diet. Choose any four of the following food items per day to keep you energetic.
Cereal with milk and fresh fruit, one or two eggs (boiled, poached or scrambled), one piece of whole meal toast with a little butter and jam, baked potato, or beans, sunflower seeds, vegetable soup with a little cheese, rice cakes, root vegetables such as carrots, at least two pieces of fresh fruit, dried fruits, mixed unsalted nuts, yoghurt, rice cakes spread with peanut butter, low sugar jam or a little honey.