Freedom, Fireworks and... Fatigue? - By Courtney Wolf
While many of us are looking forward to the upcoming Fourth of July holiday (all the festivities, BBQs, picnics, pool parties, fireworks, fireworks and more fireworks!) there are many of us who can’t deny that celebrating and having fun is quite exhaustive.
If the thought of having to host or attend a holiday celebration this Fourth of July makes you feel more dread and less excitement, the following tips may be just the answer you’re looking for. They can help you regain your energy, and maybe even help resurrect that party-loving side of you that you thought for sure was gone forever…or at least busy taking a long nap.
If anyone tells you that vitamin deficiencies are a thing of the past in developed countries like the U.S., feel free to smack them. And then blame your improper etiquette on a vitamin deficiency. Truth be told, 92 percent of American adults are deficient in important vitamins like vitamin D, magnesium, and B-12, all of which are vital for good health and optimal energy levels. If you aren’t specifically monitoring your vitamin intake, the exhaustion you’re feeling could be due to a deficiency in one or more of these key vitamins. The recommended daily allowance (RDA) for vitamin D is 600 -5,000 IUs, 300mg – 533mg for magnesium, and 2.4mcg for vitamin B-12. There is, however, no RDA for smacking someone.
If your thyroid levels are in check, yet you still feel drained of energy on a consistent basis, it could be your adrenals. Adrenal fatigue is estimated to affect 80 percent of American adults, most of whom are women. If you regularly feel “tired but wired”, have difficulty concentrating, get light-headed upon standing up, or have unexplained joint and muscle pain, you may want to ask your healthcare provider to run some tests on your adrenal glands.
There are also many herbal supplements that are purportedly good for the adrenals, including holy basil, ashwagandha, and rhodiola. I take a natural supplement designed for adrenal support that contains all three of these herbs, and the change it’s made in my health and overall energy levels is nothing short of amazing. Since the adrenals play a crucial role in regulating the body’s level of the stress hormone cortisol, I also take MD Live Cortisol Stress Hormone Stabilizer. Not only has it helped calm my anxiety and boosted my energy levels, it has also helped reduce inflammation and jumpstart my weight loss efforts. Bonus!
Whacked Out Hormones
Every woman on the planet knows just how frustrating and annoying hormones can be, whether you’re trying to conceive, trying to plan a special occasion around your period, or simply trying not to wig out on every idiot driver during a PMS-infused daily commute, every woman knows how even the slightest fluctuation in hormone levels can throw their entire system out of whack. This is especially true when it comes to energy levels. If you’re feeling stressed, exhausted, depressed or weepy, there’s a good chance that a hormonal imbalance is to blame. Vitex (also known as Chasteberry) and Black Cohosh are two of my personal favorite herbal supplements for balancing out hormonal fluctuations. However, you may need to schedule an appointment with your doctor if your symptoms are negatively affecting your quality of life, if you’re having a difficult time conceiving, or if you’re experiencing heavier than normal periods.
Having more energy and being in a better mood is often a top priority, regardless if there is a holiday on the horizon or not. After all, if your energy levels are low, it’s hard to accomplish everything on your everyday “to do” list, much less get excited about throwing or attending a party. But with a little healthcare detective work and some vitamins and supplements, you can be back to celebrating in no time – with a drink in one hand and a sparkler in the other.