Are you too tired to get things done, let alone enjoy your life?
Getting my energy back was a game-changer in my own health journey, as it is for many of my clients, some of which had been tired for over 20 years. It’s possible for you too… it’s about finding the root cause of your fatigue.
And to help you with this, I’m sharing the most common causes of fatigue I see in my clinic, and a few tips and supplements that can really help boost your energy.
1- FOOD SENSITIVITY & DYSBIOSIS
When you eat foods that you are sensitive to, it activates the immune system and creates a lot of inflammation in the body, which means you will be very tired! An elimination diet (such as my 4-week Meal Plan) can really help figure out which foods you might be sensitive to, and eliminating those from your diet can go a long way in improving your energy (as well as helping with other symptoms like digestive issues, skin rashes, anxiety, joint pain, etc).
If you have an imbalance of bacteria in your gut (referred to as dysbiosis) or SIBO, there can be a lot of fermentation in the gut, which creates toxins (especially when the wrong bacteria or present in high number). If you have a leaky gut as well, those toxins can easily enter the bloodstream, creating various symptoms, including fatigue. The 4-week Meal Plan will also help reduce this fermentation, hence reducing both gut symptoms and improving energy.
2- BLOOD SUGAR IMBALANCES
When your blood sugar goes up and down constantly during the day, it can wreak havoc on your energy (and mood!!), and it’s also very stressful for the body, causing your cortisol and inflammation levels to go up. Eating a diet high in carbohydrate can also lead to insulin resistance (much more common than you think), a condition where your body becomes ‘resistant’ to insulin, leading to high insulin levels, and an inability to produce energy because the glucose is not getting into the cells.
The very first step to balancing your blood sugar is…. cutting down on sugar and carbs! Intermittent fasting can be helpful for many people as well.
3- ADRENAL FATIGUE
Adrenal fatigue is a term that has been popularised to describe what happens when your body is under more stress than it can handle. HPA Axis dysregulation is a more accurate term to describe what actually happens in the body.
The stress response is primarily governed by the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis. Stress activates the HPA axis and sets off a cascade of neuroendocrine signals that ultimately leads to the release of hormones and neurotransmitters like cortisol, norepinephrine (noradrenaline), and epinephrine (adrenaline).
Over time, the chronic activation of our stress–response system erodes resilience and depletes metabolic reserve, creating a change in our hormone production, which in turns affects nearly every organ and system of the body, including the gut, brain, thyroid, metabolism, catabolism, and male and female reproductive system.
Adrenal fatigue is not a simple fix, but reducing stress in your life and finding ways to better cope with everyday stressors will make a tremendous difference. I share some great tips in my exclusive digestion series, which you can get for FREE here.
Certain herbs and supplements can be helpful, but I do recommend you work with a practitioner to figure out which is best suited for you.
4- THYROID DYSFUNCTION
If you are tired and haven’t had your thyroid tested, I highly recommend doing it. I recommend getting a full thyroid panel including TSH (the standard test for thyroid), free t3 and t4 and thyroid antibodies.
5- NUTRIENT DEFICIENCIES
Low iron (ferritin under 100) and B12 are especially common. Get tested and supplement if needed. However, it’s important to note that nutrient deficiencies usually have an underlying cause… so figuring out why you are deficient in those important nutrients is also important in your recovery.
6- DAMAGE TO THE MITOCHONDRIA
90% of your energy is generated by tiny cellular structures called mitochondria.
But these little energy factories are vulnerable to damage and dysfunction.
The main contributors to mitochondrial damage are important root causes to investigate if you are doing everything right and still feeling tired.
- Toxins (especially heavy metals)
All of those can damage your mitochondria and disrupt their function. This can drain your energy and make you feel like you’re stuck on a slow, plodding merry-go-round.
Addressing those root causes can really turn your health around.
A healthy diet can go a long way to improving how you feel, but it’s often not enough. An elimination diet will help you figure out if there are foods that you eat that creates inflammation in your body. It can be very hard to plan meals when doing an elimination diet, which is why I’ve done it all for you in this 4-week Meal Plan. It’s also low FODMAPs, so well help tremendously if you also have digestive issues.
Simple yet effective. You can either buy some (Try to avoid the ones with sugar. I like ultima replenisher) or make your own:
- 4 cups water
- 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime or lemon juice
- 1/4 teaspoon celtic sea salt
- 1/4 to 1/2 tsp bicarbonate soda or cream of tartar
- 1-2 tablespoons raw honey or maple syrup
- Magnesium powder (Optional but highly recommended. Add the equivalent of around 300mg, depending on type and brand)
Biomolecular oxygen: It’s a simple fact that oxygen is necessary for life. Biomolecular oxygen increases the amount of oxygen in supply for ATP production and the subsequent supply of energy to the cells.
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Mito ATP: Formulated to enhance mitochondrial function and upregulate ATP production by addressing the root causes of mitochondrial dysfunction.
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I hope that was helpful! And if you are not sure where to start, book a 1:1 consultation with me and we can work together to identify the root cause of your fatigue.