Low energy levels could be a sign of serious health problems
What are low energy levels and their symptoms?
Everybody experiences periods of low energy, when it feels hard to even get day-to-day tasks done. But if you’re experiencing chronically low energy levels and mental and physical fatigue, this could be a sign of a potentially serious health problem.
Low energy levels may prevent you from functioning effectively at work or getting normal household chores and activities done. This is often accompanied by a lack of motivation and low libido (sex drive). It could even prevent you from managing important daily affairs.
In most cases, there is a rational explanation for low energy levels. The causes can usually be ascribed to two factors: non-medical and medical (disease or illness).
3 non-medical causes of low energy levels
Stress. Excessive amounts of stress can cause havoc with your energy levels. This is because the normal ebb and flow of your stress hormone, cortisol, can be thrown out, preventing you from getting a good nights’ sleep.
Emotional state. If you’re depressed, or worry a lot, this can suck the energy out of you. “Major depression causes a total lack of energy that doctors call ‘anergia’,’” says Dr. Stephen Geisler, an assistant professor of psychiatry at the LIJ School of Medicine in Long Island, New York. “This lack of energy can lead to mental, emotional, and physical fatigue that’s difficult to treat.”
Lack of sleep. Your body needs adequate levels of sleep to replenish your energy. Insufficient or disturbed sleep can prevent your body from recuperating. Sleep apnoea is an extreme and specific sleep disorder where your throat narrows or closes during sleep and repeatedly interrupts your breathing. This can result in bad snoring and a drop in your blood's oxygen levels.
9 medical causes of low energy levels
Chronic infections. These are infections that persist for an abnormally long time. Your body’s immune system attacks the infection by releasing chemicals called cytokines, which can cause exhaustion. Examples of chronic infections include tuberculosis, hepatitis, gingivitis and Lyme disease.
Low testosterone (in men). This hormone maintains a number of key bodily functions, including bone density, muscle mass and libido (sex drive). A significant drop in testosterone levels can result in a number of symptoms, including low energy levels and mental and physical exhaustion.
Anaemia. One of the most common medical reasons for feeling constantly run down is an iron deficiency, called anaemia. Iron helps your red blood cells carry oxygenated blood around your body. If you are low in iron, this can cause low oxygen levels, resulting in low energy. It affects around 1 in 20 men and postmenopausal women but may be even more common in women who are still having periods. Typically, you'll feel you can't be bothered to do anything, your muscles will feel heavy, and you'll get tired very quickly.
Kidney disease. Kidneys produce a substance called erythropoietin (EPO), which stimulates your bone marrow to produce red blood cells, which in turn carry oxygen to your body. If your kidneys aren’t operating effectively, this can lead to low oxygen levels, and cause low energy.
Congestive heart failure. This occurs when your heart isn’t able to pump enough oxygenated blood to your organs. This, in turn, causes weakness and low energy levels.
Diabetes. Blood sugar provides energy to your body, but to do this it needs to get inside your cells. The pancreas makes insulin, which helps carry sugar into your cells. With diabetes, your pancreas doesn’t make enough insulin. This leads to insufficient sugar getting into your cells, so they can’t generate enough energy for your body. As a result, one of the main symptoms of diabetes is fatigue and low energy levels. The other key symptoms are feeling very thirsty, going to the toilet a lot and weight loss.
Underactive thyroid. An underactive thyroid gland means you have too little thyroid hormone (thyroxine) in your body. This can make you feel tired and low in energy. This may also result in you putting on weight and having aching muscles. It's more common in women and can happen more often as you get older.
Addison’s disease. This is a rare condition that affects your adrenal glands, which produce the hormones cortisol and aldosterone. Low energy and fatigue are symptoms associated with this disease.
Cancer. Cancer cells grow very quickly and drain your body’s resources, which would otherwise support your body’s normal functions. The low energy experienced is most likely caused by increased levels of chemicals called cytokines.
6 steps you can take at home to improve energy levels naturally
The three pillars of good health are adequate sleep, healthy eating and regular exercise. According to Dr. Theodore Friedman, “if you aren't getting good sleep, it's hard to eat well, and it's hard to exercise. And the same is true the other way around. They're all related”.
So try not to short-change yourself on shut-eye. Adults need 7 to 9 hours of sleep. Eat a balanced diet of fruits, veggies, and lean protein, and get a regular dose of physical activity. If you've checked all those boxes and you still drag through your days, it might be time to check possible medical causes of fatigue.
Here are some easy ways to improve low energy levels and its symptoms:
Exercise. Exercise is one of the best and cheapest fatigue fighters available. It’s a natural remedy for low energy, fatigue and stress as it releases endorphin chemicals in the brain that act like natural painkillers and mood-lifters. Aim to get at least 30 minutes of exercise several days a week. Yoga or Tai Chi are ancient forms of low impact exercise that provide physical activity as well as relaxation techniques.
Sleep. Try and set a regular sleep routine, making especially sure you are getting up at the same time each day – even on weekends. Your body will eventually settle into and appreciate the routine. If you feel like you need more sleep, just go to bed earlier rather than sleeping in. If you need a nap during the day, keep it shorter than half an hour. Anything longer than this and your body will want more and you’ll be groggy when you wake up.
Drink thoughtfully. Sip water all day long, at least eight glasses. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty because your ‘thirst alarm’ isn’t always accurate. Even a little dehydration can make you fatigued. Keep caffeinated drinks to a minimum. The caffeine in coffee and some sodas can give you a short-term burst of energy, but following that ‘rush,’ there’s typically a ‘crash.’ Limit alcohol consumption. Alcohol depresses your central nervous system. It also reduces your blood sugar level.
Follow a healthy diet. Eat a good breakfast, together with several small meals and healthy snacks throughout the day. Go easy on foods high in refined carbohydrates (that is, with lots of white sugar or white flour). Eat more high-fibre foods that are rich in complex carbohydrates, such as whole-grain cereals, whole-wheat bread, and vegetables. Cut down on your intake of fatty foods.
Reduce stress and deal with anger. One of the biggest energy zappers is stress, says psychologist Dr. Paul Baard, a sports psychologist at Fordham University in New York. Like worry or fear, Baard says, stress can leave you mentally and physically exhausted. More commonly, low but chronic levels of stress erode energy levels, so over time, you find yourself doing less and feeling it more. In much the same way, unexpressed anger can give a one-two punch to your energy level. We can counter these energy killers by programming more relaxation activities into our day.
Natural supplements. There is a range of herbs used for centuries that are proven to help boost energy levels, reduce fatigue, stress and anxiety. Reputable herbal supplements like Herbal Ignite contain the most effective of these anti-stress supplements.
There are many downsides to fatigue and low energy, because of the long-term damage they cause. Used in conjunction with physical fatigue relievers, energy pills or supplements can give you more get-up-and-go and help you get your life back on track.
Why is Herbal Ignite a good natural choice for improving energy levels?
Here are some of the benefits of using good quality energy boosting capsules like Herbal Ignite:
- Better concentration and energy levels.
- Increased productivity and physical and mental performance.
- Reduced stress and anxiety levels.
- Better quality sleep.
- Improved mood and emotions.
- Improved health.
How Herbal Ignite for Men and Women helps boosts your energy levels
Herbal Ignite for Men and Women are over-the-counter dietary supplements taken daily with food. They help boost energy levels and relieve fatigue and stress in both men and women. Herbal Ignite for Men also increase men’s health and libido, boosts testosterone levels and improves nerve function and genital blood flow. Herbal Ignite for Women supports pre-menstrual tension and menopause, helps restore hormone levels to a healthy balance and improves libido.
Herbal Ignite for Men
The three key herbs in Ignite for Men – Tribulus Terrestris, Horny Goat Weed and Avena Sativa – have been used in traditional medicine for centuries to rejuvenate men’s sexual and hormonal health. The herb Tribulus Terrestris, in particular, has also been found to naturally boost testosterone levels and is available in capsule form in herbal supplements like Herbal Ignite.
In the last 30 years, the traditional use of these herbs has been supported by some scientific studies, but there is still a lot we don’t understand about how exactly the active ingredients in these herbs work.
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- Tribulus Terrestris lifts testosterone levels and improves sexual activity and muscular strength. It also generates male energy, confidence and stamina and men using Herbal Ignite report an improved sense of wellbeing. While Tribulus Terrestris supports and assists the body's natural production of testosterone it should be clearly understood that it is not a hormone supplement. By promoting the production of the body's own hormones, it works only within the body's natural limits to help men achieve their strength and muscular potential. Tribulus Terrestris will not cause the body to indefinitely produce increasing amounts of testosterone – rather, it balances natural hormone levels.
- Horny Goat Weed increases desire and sexual performance. The active ingredients in this herb are PDE-5 inhibitors, which increase blood flow to the penis and help with better erections.
- Avena Sativa relieves stress and increases sexual desire. Many men notice a decline in sex drive and sexual strength because of the effects of stress and long working hours; this herb helps counter the effects of our tough modern lifestyle.
Herbal Ignite for Women
Herbal Ignite for Women contains four key ingredients:
- Damiana is the key fatigue and stress fighter in Herbal Ignite for Women. Known as the ‘ultimate feel good herb’ for women, it combats fatigue, relaxes the body, reduces stress and anxiety, lifts mood and enhances sexual response. It also helps balance female hormone levels, control hot flushes and is renowned for its libido enhancing qualities.
- Dong Quai is known as ‘the women’s herb’ or ‘female ginseng’ because it is recognised in traditional Asian medicine as an excellent all-purpose women’s herb. It is used to calm nerves, relieve anxiety and mood swings, aid in the treatment of various skin conditions, promote youthfulness, reduce stress and is also considered effective in treating cancer. It also helps restore hormonal balance, improve menstrual regularity and relieves PMS and hot flushes.
- Tribulus Terrestris is a general tonic that balances hormone levels, boosts vitality and sense of wellbeing and supports reproductive and sexual health.
It also supports sex drive, ovulation and reproduction.
- Horny Goat Weed has been used in traditional medicine as an aphrodisiac to increase libido, improve sexual response and function and create a feeling of wellbeing during menopause. Horny Goat Weed has been used since ancient times to promote physical and mental energy. It stimulates libido by enhancing sexual response and orgasm, relieves symptoms associated with PMS and menopause, balances hormones, relieves stress and aids in the treatment of osteoporosis. Horny goat weed contains a flavonoid called Icariin that assists to increase nitric oxide levels relaxing genital muscles in men and women, promoting erections and orgasms. Horny goat weed influences the stress hormone cortisol to help relieve stress.
Herbal Ignite has been used successfully by thousands of men and women in New Zealand and Australia to help beat stress and fatigue, boost libido and sexual satisfaction. It is 100% natural and free of unpleasant side effects. It is made in New Zealand to the highest standards, with thorough testing and guarantees of no adulteration or undeclared ingredients.
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Disclaimer. This information is provided for general informational purposes only and does not substitute for the advice provided by your medical professional. Always seek specific medical advice for treatment appropriate to you. Individual results may vary and are not guaranteed.