Do you feel like you're always tired? Are you having trouble staying awake during prime time sitcoms? Most of us know what it's like to be tired, especially when we have a cold, flu, or some other viral infection. But when you suffer from a constant lack of energy and ongoing fatigue, it may be time to check with your doctor.
You're overbooked and overworked. Between your job, your family, your fitness routine and all the to-dos on your list, it's no wonder you're tired sometimes (or, um, all the time). But if you feel as if you're running on empty most days and find that getting more sleep hasn't helped, you may have an underlying health problem, says Molly Cooke, MD, the president of the American College of Physicians. Here, six surprising conditions that can leave you drained.
Where's My Mojo?
You need more vitamin D.
Up to 40 percent of us are deficient in D, the vitamin that protects against osteoporosis and several autoimmune diseases and may also help fight cancer and high blood pressure. “You have vitamin D receptors in your muscles and in almost every organ of your body, including your heart and brain,” explains Sue Penckofer, PhD, a professor at the School of Nursing at Loyola University in Chicago. …
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