Have you ever imagine what the world would be like without energy? From its most basic and naturally occurring forms to our relatively modern ability to harness it, energy and its uses not only impact and affect almost every aspect of our lives, it allows life to be possible.
Most of us have a smartphone, one in which we use periodically – or nonstop in many cases – throughout the day. And in doing so, with each phone call made, email replied to and Google search performed, we are draining the energy from its battery. And once it runs out? Well, you can’t use it anymore, at least, not until you plug it in charge it full of more energy. It’s a fairly simple premise – in order for your phone to do its job and all the things it can do, it requires energy.
For most people, the time to charge their phone is at the end of the day before they go to bed. Which is rather fitting, considering that while we sleep is an important way that we, as people, get our own energy. As we sleep our mind is at work consolidating memories and the day’s events; our muscles and tendons are repairing themselves, and our internal organs and processes get a break from working as much as they do during waking hours. One only needs to have had a bad night’s sleep and a busy day following to understand that sleep, in many ways, is the equivalent to recharging our own batteries.
However, it isn’t only through sleep that we “recharge our batteries,” for by viewing our bodies as machines (which to a large degree they are) they need an input of energy or fuel, and that comes in the form of food. Carbohydrates, such as sugar and starch, for example, are readily broken down into glucose, the body’s principal energy source. Glucose can be used immediately as fuel or can be sent to the liver and muscles and stored as glycogen, which can be used later on.
So why is that in spite of everyone eating and everyone sleeping – albeit to varying degrees – that many of us are constantly feeling like we don’t have the energy to get through the day and accomplish the things we need to do?
Sadly, there isn’t just one answer to that which applies to everyone, however, we have been successful in narrowing it down to a few possibilities thanks to our ever growing understanding of science and medicine. And on that note, allow us to provide you with 11 possible reasons that you have no energy, and more importantly, what you can do to fix it.
You may notice that many of the causes for your lack of energy on this list can be improved by changing or altering one's diet, and that is because very often, it is our diet that is at the root of it all. While many of us just view what we eat as a source of energy (which it is, depending on what you eat), food also impacts our hormones; neurotransmitter function, which make you prone to anxiety or depression; sleep cycle; mood and motivation.
So knowing as we certainly all do the importance of a nutritious and balanced diet, why is it that so many of us choose to eat so poorly? Often, like many negative things, eating poorly is a result of habit, lifestyle, or just sheer convenience. Fortunately, it is never too late to change one's eating habits and get on the right track.
Foods that are high in B vitamins like grass-fed beef, wild-caught fish, cage-free organic eggs and poultry, and all kinds of green leafy vegetables can help to boost one's energy. Foods that are rich in calcium, magnesium, selenium and zinc, can all help you to relieve stress and get better sleep. And healthy sources of fats like omega-3 fatty acids help to stabilize hormones and your mood, so you sleep through the night better and fight depression, stress, and thyroid or adrenal disorders.
On the inverse, foods with high sugar; processed or refined flour; excessive caffeine and too much alcohol should be avoided.
Like the timeless adage goes, “we are what we eat,” by ensuring that our diets consist of healthy, energy filled foods, we can ensure that we have a healthy and energy-filled life.