Does WFH = WTN (work … then … nap)?
It’s two in the afternoon, and after an (admittedly quick and low effort lunch of fast food) you find your concentration wavering – so much so that you can’t even really concentrate on your mid-afternoon Instagram scroll in between emails and meetings. The chocolate chip cookie you had from the kitchen did little to wake you up. At ten in the morning, you felt alert after your routine two cups of coffee. But after powering through your mid-afternoon slump, you finish off the day at work and collapse onto the couch feeling like you ran a marathon.
Fatigue is an almost universal symptom of several nutrition deficiencies that are incredibly common – for example, 25% of the world’s population is deficient in iron, and over 1 million people worldwide are deficient in vitamin D. Three other common deficiencies are deficiencies in vitamin B12, magnesium, and iodine. Outside of fatigue, many of the symptoms overlap. Back pain, hair loss, loss of appetite, and dizziness are common side effects of a deficiency in those vital yet elusive nutrients.
If you’re finding yourself tired and drained at work, chances are there’s something missing in your diet. If you find yourself reaching for snacks throughout the day (like that chocolate chip cookie) without sitting down for a proper meal until a post-work dinner, then chances are you could be deficient in some essential vitamins and minerals. If you find yourself eating regular meals (like that fast food lunch) but find that most of them mainly consist of refined carbs without much produce or protein, you may be meeting your caloric needs but not your nutritional needs. That’s why we created Wellory, so that we could help people get access to and work with a nutritionist to create an individual plan for pursuing a rounded and healthy diet.
Water intake is another crucial part of your diet to monitor. Having caffeine in the morning to start off your day is OK, as long as your caffeine intake stays under the recommended 200-400mg per day (that’s about 2-4 cups of standard brewed coffee). However, we’ve probably all experienced the persistent urge to make several trips to the bathroom after having our morning coffees (like the two you had this morning) and that’s because caffeine temporarily blocks our ADH hormone, which signals to our kidneys to absorb water. For every cup of coffee you drink, try having at least two glasses of water to offset the risk of becoming dehydrated. Try to sip on water throughout the day to prevent some of the nasty side effects of dehydration, which include headaches, fatigue, and difficulty concentrating.
Undernourishment can also have some more subtle side effects that are just as important. Symptoms of anxiety are associated with lacking vitamin B12 and a lack of vitamin D. Chronic stress can exacerbate these symptoms, making us feel like every work day is a collapse-on-the-couch-and-remain-motionless-for-hours day. Maintaining our mental health is just as important as maintaining our physical health, and they’re closely intertwined.
There’s more to nutrition than meets the eye, and sometimes it can feel overwhelming to stay on top of our food intake to make sure we’re fueling our bodies adequately. Healthy meals seem elusive, expensive, and difficult to obtain. For inspiration, check out our wellory.com/blog for tips on how to create a healthy approach to nutrition and easy, nourishing recipes to recreate at home. Here are some of our favorites:
- Clean Eating For Beginners
- 3 Tips To Make Wellory Work For You
- Meal How-To With: Eggs
- 10 Immune Boosting Foods
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