General weakness or feeling lethargic is a common problem experienced by a lot of people. It refers to a lack of physical or muscle strength that may or may not be due to exertion.(1)
Symptoms of weakness
Weakness can leave you with no energy to carry out day-to-day activities. You may feel:
Other symptoms of weakness include:
- Excessive sweating
- Loss of appetite
- Difficulty concentrating
- Difficulty falling asleep
Causes of weakness
You can feel weak due to a number of reasons, including:
- Lack of essential nutrients
- Lack of sleep
- A weak immune system
- Excessive drinking
- Skipping meals
- Emotional stress
- Too much physical labour
Persistent weakness can be caused by health problems, such as:
- Sleep disorders
- Serious diseases like cancer
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Heart disease
In these cases, it is vital to find out the exact cause behind the weakness by consulting your physician.
Preventive tips for weakness
Here are a few tips to help you keep weakness and fatigue away.
- Exercise at least for half an hour every day in order to stay energetic and active.(2)
- Try to maintain your ideal body weight.
- Follow a healthy and wholesome diet.
- Get proper sleep.
- Drink plenty of water to keep your body hydrated.
- Avoid alcohol and stop smoking.
When to See a Doctor
If the weakness persists for too long or if the symptoms get worse, it is best to seek medical attention.
There are several home remedies that can give you a boost of energy and replenish your strength.
Here are some home remedies for weakness.
Bananas are a great source of natural sugars namely; sucrose, fructose, and glucose. These sugars can effectively give you a quick and substantial energy boost.(3)
Also, bananas contain potassium, a mineral your body requires to convert sugar into energy. Moreover, the fiber in banana helps maintain the glucose level in your blood.
- Eat a banana or two whenever you feel weak. You can also try a banana shake or smoothie.
- To help strengthen your body and keep weakness away, eat a ripe banana with 1 tablespoon of honey twice daily. Alternatively, you may add it to your morning cereal or oatmeal.
Almonds are packed with vitamin E that can help you fight the symptoms of general weakness and stay energetic.
Also, the high dose of magnesium in almonds plays a role in changing protein, fat, and carbohydrates into energy sources. A mild deficiency of magnesium can be the cause of weakness in some people.(4)
- Soak two almonds, one dried fig, and a few raisins in water overnight. In the morning, remove the almonds, figs, and raisins and drink the water. Peel and eat the almonds, followed by the fig and raisins.
- Also, carry roasted almonds with you, and whenever you feel fatigued or weak, eat some for instant energy.
Milk is considered one of the best sources of calcium and vitamin D, which are shown to support healthy muscles and bones.(5)
- Drink a cup of warm milk with 1 teaspoon of honey or enjoy it plain. Also, add milk to your cereal or coffee.
- You can also boil two to three figs in 1 cup of milk. Eat the stewed figs and drink the milk to gain strength.
4. Indian Gooseberry
Also known as ‘amla’, Indian gooseberry is a highly nutritious fruit that can help boost your energy level. It is a good source of vitamin C, calcium, protein, iron, carbohydrates, and phosphorous.
- Deseed a few Indian gooseberries and put them in a juicer to extract fresh juice.
- Mix 2 tablespoons of this juice with an equal amount of honey.
- Drink this two or three times a day for a week.
For centuries, ginseng has been known as a powerful antioxidant. It can give you energy whenever you feel weak. Owing to its calming and soothing nature, this herb also has a soothing effect on your nerves.(7)
- Cut one ginseng root into thin slices.
- Simmer 8 to 10 slices in three cups of water for 15 minutes on low heat.
- Strain the solution, add a little honey and allow it to cool.
- Drink 1 to 3 cups of ginseng tea daily, as required.
This low-calorie addition to a healthy diet can help you stay energetic throughout the day. Strawberries are packed with vitamin C, an antioxidant that helps in tissue repair, boosts immunity, and wards off free radical damage.
Strawberries have anticancer, antidiabetic, and anti-obesity qualities. They have been proven to help protect the heart and the nervous system.
In addition, you get a healthy dose of manganese, fiber, and water from berries.(8)
- Drink half a glass of fresh strawberry juice whenever you feel tired and weak.
- You can also eat strawberries alone or mix them with other fruits, whole grains, and vegetables to make a low-calorie, high-fiber fruit salad.
Eating a well-balanced diet is of utmost importance in order to keep away weakness and fatigue. Including eggs in your diet can be really helpful as they are loaded with nutrients such as protein, iron, biotin, vitamin A, folic acid, riboflavin, and pantothenic acid.(9)
Eat one egg daily for the nutritional boost provided by this protein powerhouse. There are a number of ways you can have your eggs, including hard-boiled, poached, scrambled, and fried or as an omelet with cheese, low-fat meats, and vegetables.
The caffeine present in coffee perks up the brain and gives you an instant energy boost. In addition to making you feel energetic, it can help increase endurance, improve focus, reduce pain, and improve your metabolism rate.(10)
Drinking coffee in moderation will not cause any harm to your health. Studies suggest keeping coffee consumption limited to 2 cups or less per day. Excessive coffee consumption can increase the risk of anxiety and insomnia.
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