Do you feel like you are constantly running on empty? Do you feel tired, sluggish or just plain wore out?
Exhaustion has been upgraded to a syndrome that is growing at an alarming rate. People are leading hectic lives, trying to balance work, raise kids, care for loved ones and financially stay afloat. Daily life can drain the best of us.
But did you know that exhaustion could be due to an undiagnosed medical condition?
In order to feel energized, people's bodies need to have a high level of oxygen, said Dr. Mehmet Oz, author, television host and heart surgeon
Anemia is a low concentration of red blood cells. Having fewer blood cells means the body is receiving less oxygen than it normally would. Women tend to get anemia more often than men do.
Symptoms of anemia include dizziness, especially when you stand up. Sensitivity to cold (you may often be the only one in your office who's freezing), pale in color under the tongue or on the inside of your lower eyelid are also symptoms, said Oz.
Any one of the symptoms on its own could indicate something is wrong but taken all together, they may indicate anemia. Anemia can be confirmed with a simple blood test and it can primarily be treated through diet and over-the-counter medications.
Anemics can add iron-rich foods (such as broccoli and red meat) or you can cook in an iron skillet which allows iron to be absorbed into the food. You can also add iron supplements, vitamin B12 and folate.
The body needs magnesium to help convert food into energy. Research shows that women who are deficient in magnesium use more oxygen than those who had adequate levels, Oz said.
The recommended daily dose of magnesium is 320 milligrams but an estimated 65 percent of women don't get that much. Oz recommends adding pumpkin seeds and spinach to your diet.
According to the American Thyroid Foundation, 17 percent of all women will have a thyroid disorder and most of them don't know it. If your exhaustion is coupled with weight changes, hair and skin changes or neck enlargement, you should have your doctor check your thyroid.