by Sachiko Giorgilli, Nutritional Medicine
As the end of year party and deadline season creeps up check in with your energy levels. Are you feeling unusually tired, tired from all the extra activity or have you been feeling tired for a while and the extra activities seem overwhelming?
Below is a list of 6 potential causes of fatigue for you to consider.
A balanced diet of real, whole foods plays a huge role in maintaining proper energy levels.
The most common dietary issues that cause fatigue are:
Caffeine and sugar
To optimise your diet and identify the foods that are triggering your fatigue I recommend a food sensitivity testing and/or an elimination diet.
2. Nutritional Deficiencies
Iron-deficiency and B12-deficiency are fairly common causes of fatigue. You can combat these nutritional deficiencies with a diet high in quality animal protein and colourful vegetables. I also recommend adding in iron or B12 supplements. Furthermore, if you have one or more MTHFR mutation, your ability to convert B12 to its active form is reduced, I recommend the MTHFRgene test to find out.
Gut infections such as Candida, parasites, and SIBO can all be underlying causes of fatigue. Other systemic infections, including reactivated Epstein-Barr or Lyme disease, can suppress the immune system and interfere with energy levels. If you have or suspect that you have one of these infections, you should treat them as soon as possible.
4. Hashimoto’s or Thyroid Dysfunction
Your thyroid powers every cell in your body through the hormones it produces and plays a huge role in your energy levels, body temperature, and metabolism. So, as you can imagine, if you are low in these all-important thyroid hormones, you’ll experience fatigue and low energy. The most common form of thyroid disease is Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune condition where your immune system attacks your thyroid, causing it to under produce its hormones.
In stressful situations, your body releases cortisol and a cascade of other hormones in order to help you overcome the stressor. However, if you experience chronic stress you can deplete your stores of these hormones, putting you in a state of adrenal fatigue. A side effect of adrenal fatigue, is actual physical fatigue. To combat the effects of stress and adrenal fatigue I recommend practicing daily stress relief techniques, whether it’s meditation, yoga, or simply going on a walk or taking a relaxing bath. I also recommend taking an adrenal support supplement to relieve your symptoms while you restore healthy adrenal function.
Having a high toxic burden is a strain on your body period, which can cause fatigue. Here are four steps you can take to minimise your exposure to toxins on a daily basis:
Filter your air
Filter your water
Buy clean food
Buy clean body products (or make your own!)