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Ways to help fight fatigue

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Fatigue is a symptom, not a disease, and fatigue is experienced differently from person to person as well there are different kinds of fatigue. For example, the fatigue you feel at the end of a long day or after a time zone change might feel similar to the fatigue resulting from an illness. The difference is that fatigue from stress or lack of sleep usually subsides after a good night’s rest, while other fatigue is more unrelenting and may be debilitating even after getting a good night’s rest.

Fatigue is a feeling of tiredness, exhaustion, or lack of energy. You may feel mildly fatigued because of overwork, poor sleep, worry, boredom, or lack of exercise. Any illness, such as a cold or the flu, may cause fatigue, which usually goes away as the illness clears up.

If you are experiencing a bout of fatigue and need a pick-me-up, check out one of the five foods listed in the List, each of these are good as just that. If you feel that your fatigue may be from something more serious or it lasts for a week, you should consult a doctor.

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Lean Meat

Lean pork, lean beef, skinless chicken, and turkey are sources of protein that include the amino acid tyrosine. Tyrosine boosts levels of two brain chemicals (dopamine and norepinephrine) that can help you feel more alert and focused. Meats also contain vitamin B-12, which may help ease insomnia and depression.

Dark Chocolate
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Dark Chocolate

Chocoholics, good news: A little bit of dark chocolate can boost your energy and mood. That's because of the caffeine in chocolate, along with another stimulant called theobromine.

Cashews
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Cashews

These nuts are rich in protein and magnesium, a mineral that plays a key role in converting sugar into energy. Being low on magnesium can drain your energy. Good sources of magnesium include whole grains, particularly bran cereals, and some fish, including halibut.

Leafy Green
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Leafy Green

Folate is another nutrient that may lower the risk of depression. Find it in leafy green vegetables (such as spinach and romaine lettuce), legumes, nuts, and citrus fruits.

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Produce

Another way to stay hydrated and energized is to eat fresh fruits and vegetables, which are naturally full of water. Snack on apple wedges or celery, for example. Other hydrating foods include oatmeal and pasta, which sop up their cooking water.

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