As you are no doubt aware, fatigue means that you cannot function as you feel you should. It can also contribute to many other symptoms and conditions that may not be so obvious such as depression, headaches, joint pain, kidney, liver and skin issues.
The reasons that people suffer from fatigue are as many and varied as the individuals themselves and therefore each instance needs to be treated differently. The basis of fatigue may be related to stress, poor liver function, insulin resistance, allergies, inflammation, imbalance of the microbiome or other metabolic abnormalities to name but a few or ‘simply’ just a lack of sleep. Lack of sleep in itself can also be caused by a number of factors and has far reaching health implications particularly if it is long term.
So, what is making you tired?
- Do you have digestive problems? Do you get more tired after eating?
- Are you getting enough … food & specific nutrients for energy?
- Do you sleep properly? Do you wake tired? Do you have trouble getting to sleep? Do you wake up during the night? How long has this been going on?
- Are you feeling stressed or anxious?
- Do you have other health issues? Hormonal problems? Weight gain or loss?
- Are you bloated often?
- Do you suffer from a mid afternoon slump?
What can you do about it?
- Keep a food diary and see if there is any correlation between certain foods and your symptoms.
Are you eating high GI foods and at what time of the day?
- Keep a sleep diary and note other factors in your life (including mood and food) at each instance of inadequate sleep
- Take steps to reduce your stress levels and improve your sleep patterns.
- AND/OR … Visit your nutritionist so that they can evaluate your health and help you on your way to your optimum energy and health.