Choices Concerning Low Energy in Men – Pt 7Final

Why Men Have Low Energy (Serial) – Part 7

What Causes Low Energy in Men and What are Their Choices

A. Increase energy with diet and exercise

Fatigue may result from poor diet and a lack of exercise.

Exercise might be the last thing you want to do with low energy.Senior Man Exercising But getting the blood pumping with just a 30-minute walk, at least 5 times a week, can put a spring in your step. Regular exercise can decrease fatigue and improve the quality of your sleep.

Diet is also a big factor in fighting fatigue. Eating portion-controlled meals and healthful snacks throughout the day can be beneficial in fueling your system. A diet of fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, whole grains, lean protein, and plenty of water can give you much more energy.

Fried food, high-fat foods, and highly processed foods like candy, chips, and soda should be limited. These foods can drain energy levels and give you sugar highs and lows that result in fatigue.

B. Talk to your doctor

Everyone deals with occasional fatigue and low energy. In most cases, this isn’t a cause for concern. But if your energy level doesn’t improve with diet, exercise, or better sleep habits, or if it worsens, see your doctor to rule out a more serious health problem.

A portion of this seventh excerpt (of seven) is from an article, published by HealthLine.com, that was drawn from publications by the following organizations –

– National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD)
– Sleep Foundation
– Mayo Clinic
– National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

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Thank you for following me on this 7-part journey! I sincerely hope something in this series helps you overcome some/any issues you have with low energy, a need to take naps to rebuild your energy, or any other  problem you have with sleeplessness, keeping up with your family, or feeling your best!

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Choices Concerning Low Energy in Men – Pt 6

Why Men Have Low Energy (Serial) – Part 6

What Causes Low Energy in Men and What are Their Choices

Deeper concerns

Fatigue can be an important symptom of deeper health issues. Conditions that can cause fatigue include:

liver failure
kidney failure
heart disease
cancer
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
type 1 and type 2 diabetes
chronic fatigue syndrome

(If you have or suspect that you have any of the above conditions, do not hesitate – See Your Doctor RIGHT AWAY! Fatigue may be caused by these conditions, but in reality fatigue is not what you need to be worried about. Get a handle on the cause of the fatigue and avoid other, more serious, effects.)

Meds

Medications can also cause fatigue, including certain pain medications, heartFatigue from medications medications, blood pressure drugs, and some types of antidepressants.

(Should you feel any medications are the underlying cause of your fatigue, get expert medical help. A simple request to your doctor to change medications to avoid fatigue often gives dramatic improvement.)

Substance Dependence

Fatigue can also result from excessive caffeine consumption, alcohol abuse, drug abuse, and the use of antihistamines and cough medications.

(We hope it is obvious, in these situations, that you may need to make some lifestyle changes. Ask for help from a qualified counselor to guide you out of over-dependence on such substances.)

A portion of this sixth excerpt (of seven) is from an article, published by HealthLine.com, that was drawn from publications by the following organizations –

– National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD)
– Sleep Foundation
– Mayo Clinic
– National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

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Choices Concerning Low Energy in Men – Pt 5

Why Men Have Low Energy (Serial) – Part 5

What Causes Low Energy in Men and What are Their Choices

Iron(-less) Man

Iron-deficiency anemia is usually more common in women than men. However, all types of anemia can be a cause of chronic low energy and fatigue. Low iron levels in men can result from a poorly balanced vegetarian diet, frequent blood donation, or internal bleeding from, for example, the stomach or intestinal tract. Other forms of anemia can be caused by vitamin deficiencies such as low levels of vitamin B-12 or folate.

Depending on the cause, anemia symptoms can include:

extreme fatigue
weakness
pale skin
shortness of breath
headache
dizziness
strange cravings to eat non-food items (dirt, ice, clay)
tingling in the hands and feet
tongue swelling or soreness

Other complications can include irregular heartbeat and a decreased ability to exercise.

Recommendation

If you are vegetarian, make sure you include servings of leafy Iron-rich Foodsgreens, such as spinach, kale, swiss chard, collard and beet greens, and other greens like broccoli, as well as lentils and beans, nuts and seeds, grains (for example whole wheat, brown rice and fortified breakfast cereals), and/or dried fruit.

Should you donate blood often, increasing your intake of iron supplements or iron-rich foods should help.

If you suspect or know that you have internal bleeding, you MUST see a doctor to determine the cause and treatment and to determine the best way to increase your iron intake.

A portion of this fifth excerpt (of seven) is from an article, published by HealthLine.com, that was drawn from publications by the following organizations –

– National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD)
– Sleep Foundation
– Mayo Clinic
– National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

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Choices Concerning Low Energy in Men – Pt 4

Why Men Have Low Energy (Serial) – Part 4

What Causes Low Energy in Men and What are Their Choices

Depression

The National Institute of Mental Health reports that six million men have depression each year. Depression is a psychological and physiological condition that can affect anyone. Symptoms of depression include:

feeling sad, empty, or hopeless
loss of interest in the world
difficulty concentrating
trouble sleeping
decreased energy
fatigue
feeling “slowed down”
changes in weight

Recommendation

Depression is a treatable condition. Counseling and medication are widely available and effective. It’s dangerous to ignoreI-am-stronger-than-depression symptoms of depression. Severe untreated depression can potentially result in self-harm or even suicide.

Seek help – it IS available! Find someone to talk with who will listen and guide you out of this quagmire. Depression is not natural and you DO NOT NEED to stay there! You are too important to someone – do it for them.

A portion of this fourth excerpt (of seven) is from an article, published by HealthLine.com, that was drawn from publications by the following organizations –

– National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD)
– Sleep Foundation
– Mayo Clinic
– National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

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Choices Concerning Low Energy in Men – Pt 3

Why Men Have Low Energy (Serial) – Part 3

What Causes Low Energy in Men and What are Their Choices

Sleep difficulties

Your fatigue may be due to a lack of sleep or poor sleep quality. You may feel tired if you don’t have good sleep habits, work at night and sleep during the day, or simply skip sleep altogether to get more done.

Recommendations

A good sleep fortifies the body, rebuilds both tissue and energy, and allows the body to function better when awake. While 8 hours of sleep is highly recommended, go for at least 6 hours – that’s four 90-minute REM (rapid eye movement) periods. Usually that suffices, at least in the short term. Avoid sleeping in noisy or highly lighted areas if possible and avoid looking at your Getting Good Sleepsmartphone! Also it may help to perform a small ritual before you lie down. Some people find that reflecting on the positive happenings of the day or affirming a positive outlook for the morrow helps. Others read or listen to music. Find something that soothes you and calms you down as you drift off to slumberland.

Sleep Disorders

However, you may suffer from a sleep disorder that prevents quality sleep even if you allow enough time for it. Sleep-disordered breathing and sleep apnea can rob you of quality sleep by constantly disrupting your breathing. Restless leg syndrome is another disorder that can negatively affect sleep.

Recommendations

If you have a sleep disorder like those above, give yourself a break and see a doctor or sleep specialist. You may need specific therapies or even medication to overcome such disorders but the results of better sleep can not be overrated – do it!

A portion of this third excerpt (of seven) is from an article, published by HealthLine.com, that was drawn from publications by the following organizations –

– National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD)
– Sleep Foundation
– Mayo Clinic
– National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

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Choices Concerning Low Energy in Men – Pt 2

Why Men Have Low Energy (Serial) – Part 2

What Causes Low Energy in Men and What are Their Choices

Thyroid issues

Hypothyroidism, or low levels of thyroid hormone, can wreak havoc on your energy levels. This condition may be due to an autoimmune disease in which your immune system attacks your thyroid. While it’s more common in women, it can occur in men and become severe if early symptoms are ignored.

Symptoms of hypothyroidism include:

fatigueCatching sleep on a bus
sensitivity to cold
constipation
weight gain
muscle aches
dry skin
thinning hair
depression

Interestingly, low levels of thyroid hormone can lead to low levels of testosterone (see Part 1), linking the two problems and the possibility for experiencing fatigue. Treating low thyroid hormone may improve fatigue as well as other symptoms. Treatment may also help prevent complications like goiter, heart disease, and neuropathy.

Hyperthyroidism, or an overactive thyroid, can also cause fatigue due to a racing heart, high blood pressure, sleep troubles, and an overtaxed system.

This second excerpt (of seven) is from an article, published by HealthLine.com, that was drawn from publications by the following organizations –

– National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD)
– Sleep Foundation
– Mayo Clinic
– National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

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Choices Concerning Low Energy in Men – Pt 1

Why Men Have Low Energy (Serial) – Part 1

What Causes Low Energy in Men and What are Their Choices

“I’m Just too tired”

Everyone has phases of low energy when we just want to veg Fatigued Old Manout on the couch. But prolonged mental and physical fatigue and chronic low energy can be a sign of serious health problems. Men have a unique set of reasons why they may experience fatigue for more than a few weeks at a time.

Low Testosterone Troubles

Men gradually produce less testosterone as they age. Testosterone works hard in the body, maintaining everything from bone density to muscle mass to sex drive and beyond. A significant drop in testosterone levels can result in a reduced sex drive, increased body fat, decreased motivation, and sleep problems like insomnia. These symptoms can add up to chronic low energy, and mental and physical fatigue.

You have a choice!

Therapy is now available to supplement testosterone. Blood tests are necessary to see if you suffer from low testosterone. A discussion with your doctor is important for understanding the causes of low testosterone-related symptoms, as well as the appropriate treatments and potential side effects.

Another possibility that might help with this issue is testosterone-boosting foods! Check that out, too.

This first excerpt (of seven) is from an article, published by HealthLine.com, that was drawn from publications by the following organizations –
– National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD)
– Sleep Foundation
– Mayo Clinic
– National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

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Challenges of Choice

Choice Can Cause Discomfort

Having the ability to Choose – that gift we have as humans – can sometimes feel like a burden!

Did I make the right choice? Should I choose this or that? Is there another choice? Why do I have to choose NOW? What happens if I don’t choose anything?

I lose myself at times in those movies (Back to the Future, Time Cop, Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, and more) where the character has the chance to go back and make a different choice, or set of choices, that will bring about a different set of circumstances (preferably those that are more desirable!). But I am also a realist.

Different Choices, Different Outcomes

While different choices can lead to different outcomes (?and different timelines?), I know that it doesn’t matter to the person I am right now, in this timeline. What I have to work with is – what is the likely outcome of any particular choice I make? and is the likely outcome worth making the choice?

Many times every day we are forced (given the opportunity?) to make choices – and we inevitably choose SOMETHING. Get out of the house late and take the shortcut, even though we know it will be busy and frustrating. Or go earlier and take alternate roads to bypass the busy route that others are taking.We make choices all day long

Eat lunch by ourself or ask a co-worker to join us. Make a call or put it off. Surf the internet or write an article. Eat spaghetti for supper or pork chops. Choices, choices, choices all day long!

Choosing to Avoid Something

More often than not, a lot of our choices involve safety and security, in other words avoiding ‘pain’. In this case, ‘pain’ can just be discomfort (eating a new food) or a feeling of not being in control (like taking a different, unfamiliar route to work). It can also involve worry or fear, like moving to a new neighborhood or city you are not yet comfortable with.

Then there are times in life where we may need to make a Drastic Choice, like realizing the need to change jobs, dealing with things such as the death of someone close, divorce, financial loss, or even facing the issue that you are NOT going where you want to go.

When the choice is unclear and the outcome is unknown (and maybe unknowable!), but the ‘calling’, the Vision is so strong that – whether nudged, pushed, or kicked – we HAVE to choose, that is when we enter into Joseph Campbell’s “Hero’s Journey”. (Search for the movie Finding Joe.)

Facing the Challenges of Choice

Choosing to leave one’s comfort zone and step into the unknown, knowing that this is the only way to find your true self and ultimate purpose, is very challenging – and often Scary! But it happens to everyone, somewhere along this journey of life.

If not today, then maybe tomorrow or the next day, you will likely have to make a choice. (Have you read Who Moved My Cheese?) You can either choose to stay where you are, hoping things will get better (someone will bring more cheese) or you can step into the unknown and go find what you truly desire! It is out there – waiting for you!

Make a Great Choice!

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Cannabis, Hemp, Marijuana – What?

So What’s the Difference?

The way these three terms are tossed around, almost willy-nilly, has caused SO MUCH CONFUSION, it’s ridiculous!

Let’s once and for all learn the difference and, please(!), let’s all make an attempt to stop creating confusion about this. Okay?

Watch the video below – it’s really short and sweet…and to the point!

One More Distinction

Now that we all know the correct term to use for what we are referring to, let me point out one more significant factor.

Hemp, which we now know is the non-psychoactive variety of cannabis, is also the variety that has lent itself to myriads of uses that have/had absolutely NO relation to the marijuana (psychoactive) version.

Hemp Products

According to a variety of sources, hemp was utilized for centuries for the fibers it contains. From cloth to ropes to paper to food to the first American flag, hemp was actually used in over 25,000 (up to 50,000!) different products. These sources (search Google or Youtube) also state that the first colonists were actually required to grow hemp so that they could make quick use of the potential of the plant. (It grows and can be harvested quickly, as opposed to trees.)

History in a Thimble

About 90-100 years ago, several factors coincided to determine the fate of hemp. First (and in no particular order), synthetic fibers began to take the place of natural fibers because of their lower cost to produce. Second, the political pressure by the timber industrialists who saw hemp as a threat to their wood-sourced paper-making efforts. Third, as you might guess, was the rise in the cultivation/processing/distribution of products from the ‘other’ strain of cannabis – the marijuana version.

Despite the obvious (?) differences between the two strains/varieties of cannabis (something government agencies still don’t seem to understand correctly), hemp was effectively banned in the US through heavy federal taxes
(the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937) imposed indiscriminately on all varieties of the cannabis plant.

Does this help you understand the current state of confusion?

Watch this space for more reasons for the confusion over the current legal state of affairs in the cannabis industry! Coming soon.

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Become or Be – Not the Same Choice!

To Be Choice

Yes, you can just BE; you can simply exist. You can do what is safe. You can ‘go along to get along’! There isn’t much to it – you avoid danger, or risk, and you keep yourself alive.

Survival is, indeed, our strongest motivator. You are proof of that; without it, you wouldn’t be here! Your parents, grandparents, and every one of your ancestors survived – and now there is you.

And, surely, survival has had its benefits for you. You learned from those who survived before you how to survive, how to fit in, how to seek protection, how to avoid risky behavior and circumstances.

But, in truth, was that enough? Are you just here to survive? Or are you supposed to do more than just survive?

To Become Choice

So face it, survival involves more than just staying alive – it involves HOW to stay alive. That means learning, and then sharing, tips and tricks on ways to survive better. Even more than that, it involves what to do DURING times when safety and security has been (somewhat) assured!

Were cave paintings of a hunt drawn only to depict the exploits or to help teach others how to carry out a hunt? Are modern writings only to boast of adventure or to show others how to have similar adventures?

Sure, the advantages of the written word, recorded audios, and now the proliferation of videos serves to a large extent to document one’s achievements. Nevertheless, most of the time these achievements, adventures, and experiences are passed on in the hope that they will inspire others to do more and do better thWhat we do for others...emselves.

We can CHOOSE, then, to become motivators, teachers, guides, and the inspiration to others – sometimes thousands of others – so that they, too, can find something in their own lives to pass on. Knowledge, experiences, encouragement, and even achievements that we pass on all show that we can choose to become someone who does more than survive – we can help others to Thrive!

Choices We Make

So, to look at it another way, we always make choices – choices to stay where we are, safe, secure, and not rocking the boat or choices to learn, gain experiences and knowledge, and then share the results of these choices with others. To take it back a few years, we can keep throwing dirt clods at the boar (and maybe hiding from the boar!) or we can choose to create slingshots, pointed sticks, propelled shafts with pointed rocks on the tips, traps, and other ways to help our lineage, our community live better, learn more, and survive even better than those before us.

Choose we must. Yes, many choices involve risk. Fortunately, today the choices we make that involve risk aren’t usually the type that will kill us. If we can get over the thoughts of ‘looking different/out-of-the-ordinary/?crazy?’ and just get creative, we may find that we CAN make choices that will better our own lives and the lives of others.

The question you must ask yourself is, “Since I’m driven to survive, how do I want to survive?”

Here’s to you if you make choices to survive as a BECOMEr rather than just as a BEer!

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