Fatigue, also referred to as tiredness, exhaustion, lethargy, and listlessness, describes a physical and/or mental state of being tired and weak. Although physical and mental fatigue are different, the two often exist together - if a person is physically exhausted for long enough, they will also be mentally tired. When somebody experiences physical fatigue, it means they cannot continue functioning at their normal levels of physical ability. Mental fatigue, however, is more slanted towards feeling sleepy and being unable to concentrate properly.
Fatigue is a symptom, rather than a sign. A symptom is something the patient feels and describes, such as a headache or dizziness, while a sign is something the doctor can detect without talking to the patient, such as a rash. Fatigue is a non-specific symptom, i.e. it may have several possible causes.
Feeling sleepy at the workplace? Instead of reaching for that cup of caffeine, try eating these healthy foods, which promise to fight fatigue and energise you instantly.
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Foods that Fight Fatigue
It can be a cucumber, melon or an apple, fresh foods not only wakes you up but also provides you with essential nutrients and vitamins that boost your energy levels.
Nuts and seeds
A handful of nuts like walnuts, almonds, raisins etc are rich in omega-3 fats. Add some flaxseeds or sunflower seeds for an extra dose of good fats. These unsaturated fats are burnt quickly releasing shots of energy. Also, the natural sugar in nuts will help keep you going all day.
Yoghurt is a quick shot of energy, with the natural sugars working over time to keep your energy levels up for awhile. The protein in it releases energy slowly and keeps you going fuller. Also, if you have cold yoghurt, it will chase away the drowsy feeling instantly.
Water or Juice
Dehydration is one of the main reasons for fatigue. Drink a glass of cool water, add some lime, sugar and salt to make up for the lost salts to boost you further. Or get a glass of orange or sweet lime juice. The vitamin C, A and B1 in the juice will keep you going for awhile.
Beans can be boiled, mixed in a salad, or added to your soup. They take longer to digest and make you feel fuller for a long time. Plus the fibre content increases your energy levels and keeps your blood sugar levels in check.
Just add milk to a bowl of oatmeal and have it for a quick boost of energy. The fibres and carbohydrates in oatmeal with help you feel fuller for a longer time and also give you that instant shot of energy. It is also rich in minerals like magnesium and phosphorus, which prevent fatigue.