How Poor Nutrition Contributes to Fatigue

You’ve probably heard the expression that food is fuel. But busy schedules, poor nutritional choices, and lifestyle habits can all wreak havoc on our diets and energy levels. 

Whether you’re trying to lose weight or need some help meeting your nutritional needs, an optimal diet is a key to staying healthy and feeling your best. At Kennesaw Gynecology, our gynecologist Dr. Angel Paas and our team offer weight loss and women’s health services at our office in Kennesaw, Georgia.

The relationship between nutrition and fatigue

Poor nutrition can be a double threat when it comes to fatigue and your overall health and wellness. Too much of certain foods can impact your metabolism, and getting too little of essential nutrients also leads to a host of health problems, including fatigue. 

Even people with relatively healthy diets and lifestyles indulge in fatty or sugary snacks and drinks from time to time. If you are one of the many people that experience a mid-afternoon “slump,” chances are that you crave sweets and caffeine for the jolt of energy you need to get you through the rest of the day. 

The problem is that the momentary energy caused by a spike in your blood sugar inevitably leads to a crash that usually leaves you feeling worse than before. 

Here are the most common foods to avoid or consume in moderation to prevent fatigue:

You might be surprised to see that some of the foods on the list are actually good for you and recommended as part of a healthy diet, such as salmon and leafy greens. That’s because some healthy foods increase the body’s production of melatonin, which works to put you to sleep. 

Don’t cut out the healthy foods like salmon and leafy greens entirely. Instead, if you’re experiencing fatigue or notice that certain foods make you feel tired earlier in the day, adjust your diet so that you’re eating them later to help you wind down and get a good night’s sleep.

Excessive caffeine and alcohol consumption can increase your risk of dehydration, which can leave you feeling sluggish and tired. Make sure that you drink enough water every day to stay hydrated.

Try to eat enough of the following foods to make sure you’re getting the essential nutrients your body needs to stay healthy and fight fatigue:

Good nutrition is the foundation of a healthy and active lifestyle. For more information about healthy weight loss options and other women’s health issues, contact us today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Paas or book your appointment online.

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