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6 Most Common Causes Of Fatigue

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Being tired and being always tired are two different things. What you may perceive and dismiss as a simple tiredness that can be remedied by a quick nap is not often what you think it is. Read on as we delve deeper into the possible causes of fatigue.

Reason # 1:  Anemia

The loss of blood brought about by a woman’s monthly menstrual period causes anemia – and this is the number one cause of fatigue. Menstruating can lead to a loss of iron because of haemoglobin deficiency brought about by the loss of blood components such as red blood cells.  RBCs are responsible in carrying oxygen coming from the lungs to all body systems. When important organs and other tissues fail to receive adequate amounts of oxygen, fatigue becomes a consequence.

Aside from menstrual periods, bleeding, fibroid tumors and folic acid deficiency can also cause anemia. A blood test will confirm this diagnosis and the best way to manage iron deficiency anemia is to consume foods that are rich in iron such as beans, shellfish, liver and lean meat as well as take iron supplements.

Reason # 2:  Dehydration

Your body is 60-70 percent water, and your body processes relies on water for it to be able to perform its function well. Your blood, which is responsible for transporting oxygen and nutrients to your body systems, has water in it.  So imagine how dehydration will affect your body – the brain will be deprived of blood causing sluggishness, muscles will become weak, breathing becomes difficult. The best way to counteract this is to make sure that you drink enough water all throughout the day, especially during periods of extreme physical activity.

Reason # 3:  Hypothyroidism

Easy fatigability is one of the symptoms of an underactive thyroid – or a thyroid gland that is functioning less efficient than normal.  Your thyroid gland is responsible for controlling your body’s metabolic rate.  It refers to how fast, or slow, your body converts fuel so that it will be utilized in the form of energy. So if your thyroid malfunctions in such a way that your body’s metabolism slows down, you will feel sluggish, always tired and then you begin to put on weight (which can cause sleep apnea).

The American Thyroid Foundation revealed that approximately 17 percent of women ages 60 years and above have a disorder of the thyroid gland.  The problem is this: they are not aware of it.  If you notice most of the symptoms listed below, go see your doctor and he will advise you to undergo a T3 and T4 blood test which will determine the levels of your thyroid hormones:

  • Constant tiredness
  • Low energy levels
  • Depression
  • Weight gain
  • Diminished appetite
  • Cold intolerance
  • Slowing of the heart rate
  • Muscle weakness
  • Difficulty in concentrating


Reason # 4: Insufficient sleep

Your harried lifestyle and your harried existence are complemented by your harried looks. An eight to eight job isn’t just enough for you that you have to actually bring work at home. You go to bed at two in the morning and then jump out of bed by six.  That 4-hour sleep won’t be enough to tide you by.  Yes, you may argue that you’ve been doing this for so long and that your body is already accustomed to it, but sooner or later, those sleepless hours will catch up with you.

The lack of sleep causes poor performance and it diminishes a person’s ability to concentrate on the task at hand. If your co-workers start to notice you nodding off at a mid-day meeting, and your boss has started to throw dagger looks your way, maybe it’s about time that you slow down.  In order to be healthy, adults are advised to get at least seven hours each night.  If you find trouble falling asleep, see your doctor.  However, before you decide to pop in that sleeping pill, try these natural methods first:

·  Set a regular bedtime schedule and stick to it, even on weekends.

·  Put your cellphone on a silent mode and issue a ban on laptops and PDA’s inside your bedroom.

·  Make sure that your room is conducive for sleeping.  Your wall color can greatly affect your ability to sleep. Go for muted tones and refreshing hues and avoid wild, splashy colors.

·  Know what stimulates you to sleep – soft music, reading or a glass of warm milk – and then make this as your bedtime ritual.

Reason # 5:  Sleep Apnea

If you still feel tired despite having sufficient sleep, think again. Maybe you did not have enough sleep, after all.  True, you may have gone to bed at 10pm and woke up at 6am, but you really haven’t slept for all of the 8 hours that you were in bed. Such is the case when it comes to sleep apnea.  You sleep soundly, and then the next thing, you wake up all of a sudden because your breathing stopped. This typically occurs all throughout the night – without you even knowing it.  So instead of a deep and restful, you are constantly awakened.

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that results to a temporary absence of breathing.  This is often caused by obstruction in the upper airway, most especially in obese or overweight women.  The person’s sleep is interrupted without her knowing it.  In order to diagnose sleep apnea, you will need to go to a doctor who specializes in sleep disorders or visit a sleep laboratory.

One natural way of relieving sleep apnea, and thereby eliminate chronic tiredness, is a change in lifestyle.  If you are overweight or obese, start modifying your diet so that it will include healthy meals.  You might also want to include regular exercise as a part of your daily routine.  Also, if you are smoking, it is best that you quit. The danger in sleep apnea lies in the fact that if it is left untreated, it significantly increases the risk for heart attack and stroke.

Reason # 6:  Too much caffeine

Surprised? You may have associated caffeine with alertness and hyperactivity.  This is understandable because caffeine has long been known as a stimulant.  But an article by W. Stephen Pray, PhD, RPh, found in the US Pharmacist journal stated that consuming too much caffeine can sap up your energy levels. For some who abuse caffeine’s stimulant effects, the results are opposite – you get too tired. And if you think adding more caffeine will do the trick, think again.  This can actually worsen fatigue.

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4 Types Of Drugs That Make You FAT

Fat pills in disguise! That’s what many common medications really are.

It’s the ultimate medical double cross. You take a pill to get rid of one health problem – allergies, insomnia, or even heart disease – but while you’re working on that your weight spirals out of control, giving you a whole new set of problems.

You feel hungry all the time. Your appetite is ferocious, but your metabolism seems to have gone on vacation. Week after week, the numbers on your scale keep going up.

Extra trips to the gym don’t make a dent in your weight. A strict diet hardly budges the scale. Frustration, anger, and depression set in as your waistline expands for no apparent reason.

It may be years before you think to complain to your doctor. Even then, you might not hear what you need to know: Weight gain is a commonly overlooked side effect of everyday medications.

Even if you discover the truth, you’ll still have to deal with the pounds. A better plan? Know ahead of time which four common medications are secret fat pills that make you pack on the pounds and fight back against these unwanted weight gain drugs with an all-natural solution.


Allergy Medications

More than 13 million people went to their doctor in 2010 to complain about allergies. It’s estimated that 60 million Americans suffer from allergies, making them the fifth most common chronic complaint.

You may reach for over the counter allergy pills as a first line of defense for your nose when the sniffles strike… but you’re not doing your belly any favors. While these pills may help stop the sneezes, they also help you pack on the pounds by altering your appetite.

The antihistamine diphenhydramine increases your appetite as long as you’re on the medication. It’s found in Benadryl, Alka-Seltzer Plus Allergy and many generic antihistamine products. Instead of pure allergy relief, you get the chance to pack on “mystery” pounds that seem to spring up out of nowhere.

Sleeping Pills

Sleep deprivation is a quick path to weight gain. If you’re short on sleep, you eat an average of 300 extra calories a day. While it may not seem like much, those 300 calories represent “a substantial increase in energy intake that, if maintained chronically, would lead to rapid and robust weight gain,” according to sleep researcher Eve Van Cauter.

Making matters worse is that most of those calories come in the form of high-fat and high-sugar junk foods. Ice cream is a favorite food of the sleep deprived and so is fast food. Thus, turning to sleeping pills is a smart weight loss choice … or is it?

It turns out sleeping pills are actually weight gain drugs that boost your appetite even more. Common over the counter pills like Sominex, Unisom, and Nytol all stimulate your appetite. Add the calorie hike you’re already getting from being tired in the first place and this one-two punch is a sure path to unwanted and unwelcome pounds.


Being overweight can make you feel depressed … but don’t count on antidepressants to give you any help with the scale.

Leading antidepressants such as Paxil, Pexeva and Celexa actually work to increase your appetite. They are SSRIs that contain paroxetine and citalopram, which modify your perception of hunger. Other antidepressants that work on dopamine won’t give you the same weight gain problems these pills will, but the likelihood of extra pounds isn’t always highlighted as a potential side of treatment. As a result, you may find yourself feeling better but looking worse.

Heart Medication

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in America, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Unfortunately, heart medications can also cause unwanted weight gain.

The top culprits are dedicated beta-blockers such as Lopressor and Tenormin, which really should be called fat pills! Researchers believe these drugs reduce your overall metabolic rate, making it harder for you to burn calories and lose weight. Sadly, weight gain isn’t even mentioned as a common side effect by top medical sites like the Mayo Clinic, leaving you in the dark as to why you’re putting on extra pounds while you take heart pills.

Fight “Fat Pills” and Weight Gain Drugs

These sneaky fat pills make you pack on pounds by altering your body’s basic chemistry. They pump you full of artificial compounds and sabotage your metabolism. To fight back, you have to be ready to meet these weight gain drugs at their own level with sound cellular science.

What you need isn’t another pill – it’s a spray. ThinMist™ is a revolutionary mouth spray that floods your body with the critical minerals, amino acids, and bio-identical hormones you need to fight drugs that make you fat. Just like those sneaky pills, ThinMist™ goes to work at the cellular level – but for your benefit.

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Nuzzo, R. Pills That Put On Weight. Reader’s Digest. 2012 Mar; p. 38. Beta-Blockers. 2010 Dec 16.

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