4 Things You’re NOT Doing To Combat Sluggishness & Fatigue
During this particular time of year sluggishness and fatigue can pose quite a challenge for most of us, so I thought it might be worth sharing a few tips that can really help:
#1 Hydration - make sure you are getting at least 6 to 8 glasses (or about 2 litres) of water every day, unless your GP has identified any medical conditions that mean you need to limit your fluids.
#2 Daylight - ensure that you get out in the fresh air for at least 20 minutes in the middle part of the day when the sun is at its highest, i.e. between 12:00 and 15:00 - this will enhance your Vitamin D status which is always a challenge in winter when the days are shorter. You could ask your GP to check your Vitamin D status, as more and more people who complain of tiredness as being diagnosed with vitamin D deficiency.
#3 Iron status - ensure you are meeting your iron requirements through a varied diet; if you are a meat eater, try to have lean red meat once or twice a week, and you will also find iron and other associated vitamins (e.g. folic acid) in fortified breakfast cereals, which will can offer a significant boost to your overall nutrient intake.
#4 Fibre - opt for wholegrain when you can (i.e. breakfast cereals, bread, rice, pasta) and ensure that you are getting your daily quota of fruit and vegetables - five portions (at about 80g per portion, which usually equates to just slightly less than one whole piece of fruit or 3 tablespoons of cooked veg), to keep your digestive system well primed and in good health.
All the best for a healthier you!