Everyone experiences fatigue at some point of their lives. Temporary tiredness occurring once in a while may have no apparent cause but is very simple to deal with. A more constant state of fatigue that is not helped by sleep, however, can reduce your quality of life and be both literally and figuratively draining. Generally speaking, states of fatigue can be triggered by lifestyle factors. The most common is too little exercise (or even excessive exercise!) Other lifestyle factors include lack of sleep, medications, unhealthy diet choices, stress, and alcohol or drug use.
Fatigue can also be a symptom of something else going on in your body. Both general and chronic fatigue can be caused by hormone imbalances, especially in conditions like hypothyroidism and sluggish adrenals. People who struggle with IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) can present fatigue symptoms. Obesity, insulin resistance and diabetes are linked to fatigue symptoms as well. Those who struggle with depression or who have had a recent reason for grief often feel fatigued. Vitamin deficiencies, such as a lack of B vitamins, amino acids or antioxidants, can leave you tired and not getting enough energy. Finally, stress is a huge factor to consider. There are also many more potential causes that we have not listed here. If you struggle with fatigue and want to get motivated about your day, Nutritionally Yours is here to help! Get answers and get energized!
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Medical disclaimer: Testing cannot be used to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. All test results are to be used as educational materials and as a guide to help support your overall health and wellness. Always discuss health concerns with your medical doctor.
Crichton, A. et al. “Fatigue In Child Chronic Health Conditions: A Systematic Review Of Assessment Instruments”. PEDIATRICS 135.4 (2015): e1015-e1031. Web. 18 Apr. 2016.
By Alane Palmer, ND, CNC and Russell Shein