Many people seem to feel that they never have enough energy and are tired all of the time. There are various reasons a person would have fatigue even after they have had adequate sleep. The body requires seven to eight hours of sleep per night, adequate exercise and a healthy diet to stave off fatigue. If after providing the body with the requirements to be rested, the fatigue continues, there are physical causes that may be at fault. Much research has gone into finding the various causes of the lack energy.
Anemia is the most common cause of fatigue in kidney disease. When kidneys are damaged, the ability to form red blood cells are compromised, which leads to anemia. Red blood cells contain a protein called haemoglobin, which transports oxygen around the body. Without enough oxygen, the human body will die. Dietary supplements may be indicated at this time to help supply iron to the system to aid the production of normal haemoglobin levels.
Aside from the understandable (i.e. iron supplementation), an improved diet and exercise program will be the next bet to aid energy enhancement. The body requires a balance of nutrients, vitamins and minerals to be at peak performance and provide enough energy for daily activities. Even though a person may eat several times a day, this does not mean they are eating the right foods to fuel the body, nor doing enough exercise to stir the body into burning that fuel. In order to make certain that your body is receiving all the vitamins and minerals needed to be healthy, fill your diet with fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables have more nutrients packed into them than other types of food and they are low in calories and fat, which will slow the system down even more.
Whole grains, seeds, and nuts fuel energy as well as providing fibre which promotes effective elimination of waste products in the blood. Eat three balanced meals a day with two snacks, one in the morning and one in the afternoon to keep the energy stores high.
The next dietary concern is saturated fats. When you clog up your system with saturated fats, this causes atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), which in turn causes high blood pressure, which is a major contributor to kidney disease. Eating lean sources of protein such as soy, fish, and poultry (without the skin) your body is able to digest and convert the fats and oils into pure energy.
A lack of hydration is also a common cause of fatigue. The 250mL of water eight times a day rule is really the secret to keeping hydrated throughout the day. Water helps the kidneys filter and separate out the nutrients we need while eliminating toxins and wastes from the blood stream. Energy levels are directly related to the ability of the kidneys to process the food and liquids in the body. If the body runs low on water, it also runs low on energy. Let it be noted that caffeine rich drinks such as coffee will not cure fatigue. Caffeine is a short term solution to fatigue, but in the long run makes the condition worse and also dehydrates the body.
Healthy sleep habits, dietary habits and exercise routines are usually adequate to energise individuals daily. When this does not happen, there are most likely other physical reasons that are making you feel fatigued. This is when it is time to check in with your healthcare provider and explore the reasons why your body is not able to give you the energy you need to conduct your daily activities.