Feeling tired and struggling with lack of energy is a common issue everyone has to face at different times in our lives; though when it becomes severe, it is named fatigue. It is a common which can be triggered by psychological or physical factors. These can be stress, medication, overload of work or other illness or disease. It may also indicate existence of a more serious disorder.
The causes behind fatigue may vary from person to person. Insufficient sleep, excessive sleep, working in shifts, consumption of alcohol, malnutrition and nutrients deficiency are the most common factors causing fatigue. In addition to these causative factors, disorders like low or high blood sugar, thyroid and GERD may also be the reasons behind fatigue. Other than these, lack of exercise, too much workout, anxiety, grief and stress are also to be blamed.
- Tiredness or exhaustion
- Shortness of breath
As per Ayurveda, the reason behind fatigue may be imbalance of one, some or all of the three Doshas namely Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Improper circulation of nutrients in the body tissues and production of ama (toxins) due to improper digestion further magnify the symptoms.
Diet & Lifestyle Advice
- Ayurveda recommends Sattvic foods or whole foods in their natural form. Avoid spicy, hot or salty foods, coffee, tea, alcohol, tobacco, cold drinks especially during or after meals. Warm water or herbal tea can be consumed instead.
- Avoid excessive physical exercises, opt for Yogasanas instead. Also include breathing exercises such as Pranayama in your every day routine.