Why you may always feel tired

Our body is so smart and powerful - it's amazing how much it can endure, and how aware it becomes when something feels a tiny bit "off".

Haven't you had moments where you feel you're doing everything right, but you still feel extremely tired? There's so much healthy food, 8h of sleep, and exercise that one can do to have a more structure routine, but no matter what you do, you still feel like you could be sleeping in for almost 10h?

Here are the less obvious reasons why you may feel so tired:

  1. Dehydration. There are so many ways you can limit dehydration. If you love your coffee, then add a glass of water on the side since coffee is a huge dehydrator. Limit your sodium intake. Limit your sugar intake. Another huge factor of dehydration is sweat - so if you feel extra sweaty, then balance it out with a few glasses of water. Some of us tend to sweat at night and wake up super drowsy - so the only cure for the drowsiness is to just drink lots and lots of water.

  2. Blocked nose. A blocked nose can lead to so many things - dizziness, weakness, blurred vision, migraines, and a sore throat. Make sure you have a humidifier next to you to sleep peacefully and wake up fresh.

  3. High acidity in the stomach (GERD). When you have high acidity, you don't end up absorbing all the nutrients that food has. So, make sure you keep an eye on how you feel after certain foods. An acidity reaction in the stomach can also leads to a blocked nose (point b).

  4. Lack of Iron. This one is fairly obvious - if you feel like you're anemic, add foods that are high in iron and protein (meats, lentils, spinach, chickpeas,...). Anemia leads to low energy, which could even lead to depression.

  5. Eating high processed foods. As much as that cheat meal is delicious and comforting, it leaves its effect for awhile, but not in a good way. So, if you want to have your cheat meal, just make sure you balance it out with a few glasses of water.

I know the rules say to always have your 2L of water, but if I'm going to be honest, sometimes it's really hard! But, it does help to keep in mind what could happen if you do get dehydrated. There are also really sneaky and healthy ways to stay hydrated - check them out here.