Natural Solutions to Fatigue
If you’re constantly exhausted despite getting a good night’s rest, it may be non-sleep issues that are bringing you down. Reasons for fatigue can range anywhere from diet to exercise to medications and certain medical conditions. Addressing the root of the cause, whatever that may be, should be your first step. Here’s a rundown of some common culprits that may be causing a full-time energy slump in your daily routine:
Even mild dehydration can sabotage energy levels and make it difficult to concentrate. But our thirst isn’t a good indicator of hydration, since we often don’t feel thirsty until we’re already slightly dehydrated. Aim for at least half of your body weight in fluid.
When we’re under chronic stress, our adrenal glands pump out the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline. These stress hormones can stay elevated for hours, and surge yet again and again with the next stressful events.
The result: a constant state of elevated stress hormones, running throughout your body, which has been shown to increase abdominal fat and make it harder to lose extra body fat, despite a solid diet and exercise regimen.
The key is to find ways to manage stress more effectively – always easier said than done. Make it a point to carve out time for exercise, creative hobbies, or even just spending time with people whose company you enjoy, all of which can significantly reduce our cortisol levels.
An underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism) affects the entire body, with symptoms including fatigue, high cholesterol, slow heart rate and difficulty losing extra weight. If you suspect an underactive thyroid, ask me how to balance them naturally.
Anemia can cause fatigue, headaches and shortness of breath because it interferes with the circulation of oxygen throughout our body. A simple blood test can determine if you’re anemic. Common causes include deficiencies in iron, folate or vitamin B12; foods rich in these nutrients (think egg yolks, legumes, spinach, red meat, and oysters) can help to correct a deficiency. If you’re not getting enough through diet alone, then it’s time to consider a B-Vitamin Shot (link in bio).
There can be many causes for that wiped-out feeling. For some, the problem may be resolved with simple changes to diet and exercise. In other cases, the issue may require an in-depth consultation going to the root of the cause.