Why are you so tired?
What is the cause of your fatigue?
Fatigue is one of the most common complaints I see in my naturopathic clinic. It presents alongside pretty much every possible condition or disease. Improving my client’s energy is always a number one priority.
Fighting fatigue is easy once you know what’s causing it.
Did you know that about only 3% of people struggling with fatigue demonstrate any diagnosable pathology when investigated by a GP or specialist? This means that there may be causes of your fatigue that are impossible to see in a blood test.
The cause of fatigue may be as a result of an underlying ailment, or the cause of one. Sometimes fatigue is a result of just having too much on your plate. Other times it may be a symptom of a larger picture that needs investigating.
The cause of fatigue:
Poor digestion resulting in reduced absorption
An unbalanced thyroid
Blood sugar irregularities
Insomnia and poor sleep hygiene
The Source of your Energy:
For those who know me you’ll not be surprised that I like to nerd out on some science regularly, so here goes.
90% of your cellular energy is formed from powerhouse organelles called mitochondria. They are found inside every cell of your body. The goal of mitochondria is to produce energy in the form of adenosine triphosphate or ATP and to do this they use a wonderful thing called The Krebs Cycle, or the Citric Acid Cycle.
This is the Krebs Cycle:
So, what has this got to do with your fatigue? Put simply we could not survive for a second without a steady and constant supple of ATP. A reduced Krebs cycle is often the cause of fatigue.
To push this cycle along your body needs some specific nutrients, vitamins, minerals and amino acids – if you’re not getting these in your diet, or you’ve got digestive absorption issues then your Krebs cycle isn’t turning and your energy is nonexistent.
How to get your bounce back:
Step one: Stop by your GP and get a full blood count. This will highlight any obvious chemical and nutritional issues that may be the cause of your fatigue.
Step Two: Make an appointment with your naturopath. An in-depth investigation into your overall health and wellness could just be the thing you need to reboot your energy levels, address any dietary issues and get your life back on track. A naturopath will uncover the cause of your fatigue.
Step Three: Do some exercise. For many who have overwhelming fatigue the idea of doing something that could give them more fatigue seems impossible. However, if you can do any type of movement at all it will help. Even if it is stretching on the carpet at home, a gentle yoga class or going for a fast-paced walk just give it a go. You’ll create a greater need for cellular energy, kick-starting your Krebs cycle. Get to some functional fitness classes to do some cardio and resistance training – it will make you feel wonderful. (I love Rob’s classes in Marrickville). Or boogie down and dance.
Step Four: Eat breakfast and make sure you’ve got a good combination of complex carbohydrates, protein and fats. Starting the day with balanced nutrition will improve your whole day.
Step Five: Manage your stress. This is so important as long-term elevated stress and cortisol levels will result in complete adrenal fatigue. Do your Headspace daily, read a book, get out in nature, have time without screens and smart phones, exercise, cook, laugh and enjoy the simple things in life. Book a massage or acupuncture. Whatever works for you make sure you do it.
Step Six: Top up your nutrition. There are some key nutrients and herbal medicines that are specific for helping reduce fatigue. Your naturopath will make sure you are taking the right things at the right dose.
Fatigue can be very debilitating – but it can be easily overcome with some simple lifestyle changes.
Ask me how I can help you reduce your fatigue.
Thanks – Hannah