Ask Chuck: Here's how to fight fatigue, improve health

By Charles Colson
Aug. 8, 2013 at 3:08 a.m.

Charles Colson

Charles Colson

Charles, I don't know why I feel so tired and fatigued so often. As a massage therapist, do you have any good answers for this condition and some remedies to help me out?

Thank you so much for asking such a wise question. It seems like we are asked this question quite often, especially when it is so hot outside. First of all, I'm sure you know I am going to suggest massage therapy for a beginning treatment.

Believe it or not, many have proven this to be one of the most energizing methods to get quick results. Massage therapy most definitely creates energy in every organ in our body. Through professional techniques, we are able to move oxygenated blood to flow throughout all systems.

It has been proven over and over that we not only begin looking better, but we also start feeling much better and, most importantly, living a healthier life. This happens simply because you finally took time for yourself.

An article found in Massage Today puts it well when it stated that fatigue is something we all fight on a daily basis - whether we are a new or seasoned parent, a night owl, a compulsive couch potato or an overworked office worker. I have always maintained the thought that you can become extremely tired whether you work physically or mentally.

Here are a few ways to fight fatigue and improve your mental and physical health:• Put your body in motion with regular exercises. Man, do I need to learn that one. Following a strict routine will simply increase energy levels.

• This is a simple but important one - eat to win. Choose healthy foods that will metabolize throughout our body. Fast foods and processed foods will always give us a short-term energy flow that quickly fades away and makes you more hungry. Imagine that.

• Get into a healthy sleep pattern. Work for that perfect six to eight hours of uninterrupted sleep - and research stresses uninterrupted sleep.

• Get away. If you really want to restore energy levels, take a vacation or go somewhere completely different than your regular environment situation. Just leave the work at home or at the office for a short time. Don't worry, it will surely be there when you return. I guarantee it.

Chuck, I enjoyed your previous articles concerning diabetes. This may be a dumb question, but is there such a possibility of obtaining a shopping list at the grocery store for diabetics?

Don't ever think there is such a thing as a dumb question. It's how we learn different aspects in living. I can remember when I was just 4 or 5 years old, my dad kept asking me to stop asking why to everything he was telling me. I found out it sure helped me learn quicker and get smarter sooner, right?

Would you believe I did find an anti-diabetes shopping list from Massage Today magazine? There are nationwide campaigns in America that have made this possible. These studies are also largely due to the rise in obesity problems throughout our country, no matter the age limits.

This, of course, is what brings on such conditions as Type 2 diabetes. The daughter of a friend of mine acquired Type 2 at the young age of 12 and was never overweight. Imagine trying to figure that out. Have you ever heard of insulin-friendly products available at your local grocery store?

For instance, look for whole grain or 100 percent whole wheat bakery items because whole grains are actually metabolized more slowly. This allows your blood sugar to not undergo rapid changes.

Also, the fiber contained in these items will make you feel fuller longer and aids in lowering your blood cholesterol. How about that for smarter intakes? Eating beans and lentils are another good option to help slow sugar absorption.

All of us know that adding fruits and vegetables to this list, as main courses, will be quite beneficial. Make sure you have a variety of colors - yellow peppers, carrots, lettuce, red tomatoes, purple cabbage and green beans are excellent choices.

In all actuality, wouldn't this make a perfect diet for all of us to live by? Seems like we were taught this in about the seventh grade in health class. Remember?

Try and stay away from fruit juices, which are filled with sugars and calories. For a perfect dessert, add apples, citrus, whole berries and bananas. Still hungry? I bet not. Already sounds digestible.

Well maybe it's best to stop while I'm ahead. I'd hate for you to get bored reading more. I think this is enough for us to swallow now.

Let's get started eating healthier and living longer. Guess who you will make happy doing that? You're right - yourself.

Charles Colson is a local hair stylist and registered massage therapist. You may email hair or massage questions to or call 361-575-5331.



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