7 Fatigue Provoking Foods We Consume Every Day
Have you been experiencing a noticeable decline in your energy? Does it bug you that you’re not as productive and active as you used to be?
This is not your fault.
Sounds crazy right? But it is true.
The modern diets and foods we are consuming every day are one of the biggest things that deplete us of our energy and leave us empty, not willing or having the drive to do anything.
So the easiest way to return energy back to your body and taste awesomeness life again is to stop putting toxic things in your body.
And here’s a list of top 10 foods you need to avoid at all costs.
The main reason why you should avoid soy is that it’s processed in such a way that it affects the thyroid gland, eventually causing energy imbalance and fatigue.
If you must consume soy, then go with non-GMO sources of soy, especially whole food choices such as edamame (shelled green soybean) or miso (fermented soy). Avoid soy protein bars, cereals, soybean oils and other processed soy products.
Dairy products like milk and cheese have certainly become a great source of nutrition throughout history. But in those with dairy sensitivities, milk and cheese have also become silent contributors to chronic fatigue and brain fog.
Studies have even demonstrated that the immune system fights against dairy proteins, resulting in inflammation that can range from joint pain and headaches to a swelling in the small intestine. When sensitivities like this impair our ability to get the nutrients we need from our food, we are left tired, unenthusiastic and lacking in energy. So skip the dairy if you want to drive up energy!
Undiagnosed food sensitivities can wreak havoc on your health for years without you ever knowing it. More than 25% of the population suffers from gluten sensitivities, but less than 1% is aware of the problem.
Generally speaking, if you are sensitive to gluten, there’s a good chance that you have some form of leaky gut or intestinal inflammation, which inhibits the absorption of vital nutrients (including iron). Iron is responsible for delivering oxygen to all of your tissues. Without oxygen, fatigue is imminent. If you feel bloated, gassy or constipated and just downright lethargic after a meal rather than energized, you may be gluten sensitive.
Experts now believe that sugar consumption itself has become a disease. Continuously consuming sugar, day after day can lead to the development of hypoglycemia, diabetes, heart disease, and chronic fatigue.
Balancing blood sugar and keeping the master hormone insulin in check, is an important part of maintaining normal energy and optimal health. So it should go without saying, excess sugar consumption is one of the major causes of fatigue.
Staying hydrated is an obvious goal when it comes to achieving optimal health. In fact, a major cause of fatigue and energy imbalance can be due to dehydration.
However, far too many people are unwittingly harming themselves by consuming liquids that only serve to perpetuate the cycle of stress that leads to severe fatigue. If you’re suffering from low energy and fatigue, you must avoid beverages that contain caffeine, sugars, artificial flavoring and coloring and alcohol.
Red meat is the highest and most bioavailable source of Iron and Vitamins B6, B9, and B12. B vitamins are responsible for energy production and metabolism, so eating meat allows you to use more energy and boost metabolism. However, the source of your meat is what plays a crucial difference when considering health benefits versus risks. If your meat comes from a conventionally grown animal, which was raised with an unnatural diet, antibiotics, hormones, and in terrible conditions – avoid it, if it is a healthy pasture-raised animal – eat it. The association of hormones used in foods, with cancer and hormonal imbalances is very well known, yet still poorly understood by most people.
Fats are extremely important for optimal health. But toxic fats are a fast track to low energy and disease. Human-made fats such as vegetable oils are linked to chronic inflammation, cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and low energy or fatigue. Good fats, on the other hand, are the number one most lacking nutrient in the modern American diet, and essential to hormone production, decreasing inflammation, and yes, even weight-loss.
This list can go on forever and consumption of toxic foods can be detrimental to your health and energy production. But did you also know there are other key lifestyle factors which may be standing behind your fatigue?
If you want to discover the most primary causes for your lack of energy, then click here and pass a quick quiz that I usually give my patients.