Fatigue can be a big problem can’t it?
It can be such a controlling factor of someone’s life and impact their social life, career and relationships.
But what are the potential causes of it?
Here’s a few…
Nutrient deficiencies can be very common in people with chronic health problems.
This can be due to lack of intake through the diet, loss of nutrients through bowel movements, or inflammation meaning that nutrients aren’t properly absorbed.
Magnesium, iron, and vitamin B deficiencies can be especially common and would potentially leave you fatigued, so addressing those is really important.
As mentioned above, inflammation in the body can affect the nutrient absorption from the food you eat.
Diet, stress, toxins and much more will be causes of inflammation.
Every single drug has side effects, and fatigue is a very common one.
Obviously I’m not telling you to stop taking your meds, but it’s well worth looking into further (i.e. is this fatigue a known side effect of your medication?) and, if so, discuss it with your doctor and see if they can suggest an alternative if fatigue is an issue for you.
The amounts of fats, carbs and protein you eat will play a part in how you feel.
So often peoples’ diets are very high in carbs and low in fats and protein.
But protein is needed to help us heal, fats are critical for hormone levels and both help to better control blood sugar levels through the day.
So having a better balance between these is really important.
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When we run testing on our clients, we often uncover bacterial or parasitic infections, as well as digestive issues, yeast overgrowth (Candida) and more.
These can (and do) all contribute towards fatigue and as we identify and address them we see energy levels increase significantly.
Additionally, a “leaky gut”, which I’ve spoken about in the past, can cause fatigue, so healing the lining of the gut can help a huge amount.
Blood Sugar levels
Controlling your blood sugars through the day is really important…
For example, some people can go for long periods of time without eating and not find it a problem, but others will be extremely fatigued and irritable (hangry!) if they go more than 2-3 hours without food.
This is really down to your blood sugar levels.
Additionally, some people may suffer from insulin resistance which will affect the ability of glucose to get into your cells and give you energy. Addressing this is, therefore, critical.
Dehydration can be a very big (and common) factor in fatigue.
Therefore, you must make sure you drink enough (beer and wine doesn’t count!).
We are exposed to toxins all day every day, from the air we breathe, the food we eat, the water we drink and what we put on to our skin (to name just a few).
And those toxins affect people differently and, in some, will certainly be causing fatigue.
Helping your body to detoxify, while minimising toxin exposure, is therefore a really important, often under-appreciated step to greater energy.
Two really important hormones for energy are DHEA and testosterone.
They have been shown to boost energy, reduce stress, improve libido, reduce body fat, increase muscle mass and improve sense of overall wellbeing.
A number of factors can reduce the levels of these hormones but in particular, when the body is under a chronic amount of stress (which could be mental stress but also physical stress), we see very low DHEA and testosterone levels.
Having sufficient amounts of fat and protein in your diet is important for the production of these hormones.
Good fatty foods (such as avocado, nuts, eggs, red meat, oily fish, and coconut) can be particularly beneficial.
When you eat foods to which you are sensitive or intolerant towards, this will cause a reaction in your body that can often lead to fatigue.
I have a had clients in the past who’s digestive health was apparently very good but when they ate certain foods they would be incredibly fatigued for a few days afterwards.
Obviously now we have worked out what those foods are (which isn’t easy to do) she knows what ones to avoid.
Not Eating Enough
You’ve heard of calories right? Well all calories are is a unit of energy. Therefore, if you aren’t taking on enough calories from your diet, then you will struggle with energy.
When normal fit healthy people go on low calorie diets, their energy levels will often suffer for this very reason.
You will get calories from all foods, but fats have the highest number of calories per gram. Therefore, making sure you have enough good fats in your diet will be important for your energy.
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I hope that helps!