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Fatigue

Fatigue

Everyone experiences fatigue occasionally. It is the body’s way of signalling its need for rest and sleep. But when fatigue becomes a persistent feeling of tiredness or exhaustion that goes beyond normal sleepiness, it is usually a sign that something more serious is amiss.

Typical symptoms of fatigue include

  • Lack of energy
  • Drowsiness
  • Tiredness
  • Sleepiness
  • Malaise
  • Listlessness
  • Feelings of muscle weakness
  • Slowed movements or reactions
  • Lack of mental clarity
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Difficulty remembering things

Underlying causes

Nutrient deficiency – Certain nutrients are essential for ensuring that the energy production process in the body runs properly. These include the B-vitamins and the mineral magnesium. Unfortunately these are the nutrients that are most often lacking in our modern processed diets! Luckily low nutrient status can be identified using A Vitamin and Mineral Screen. 

Imbalanced blood sugar – A diet high in sugars and refined foods can make us feel great one minute and really low the next. This can make us fell permanently tired as well as causing mood swings, cravings and weight gain. If you have any of these symptoms Smart Nutrition can give you expert advice on the practical diet changes to rebalance your blood sugar. Book a Consultation.

Food Allergy or Intolerance – Fatigue is a common symptom of food intolerance, especially for people with an intolerance to grains, such as wheat. If your fatigue is accompanied by digestive symptoms or headache, or if you think you have a food allergy or intolerance you may want to consider having A Food Allergy or Intolerance Test.

Candida infection – A Candida infection occurs when there is an overgrowth of the pathogenic yeast Candida Albicans in the gut. This can be caused by poor dietary habits, compromised levels of friendly bacteria in the gut and poor immunity to name just a few. Common symptoms include digestive disturbances, craving sweet foods, difficulty losing weight, mood swings, joint pains, headaches and poor memory as well as fatigue. If you think you may have a Candida infection it is possible to have this confirmed with A Candida Saliva Test.

Anaemia – Anaemia is a condition which occurs when there is a reduced number of red blood cells or not enough iron in the blood. Red blood cells are vital for carrying oxygen to our cells. This is needed for energy production, so one of the primary symptoms of anaemia is tiredness. Anaemia Profile.

Low thyroid function – Fatigue is also a very common symptom of hypothyroidism – an under active thyroid. The thyroid gland controls the body’s metabolism so it has a huge influence on how energised we feel. Hypothyroidism also slows down many of the body’s other systems. This can result in constipation, cold hands and feet, weight gain and depression. If you think hypothyroidism may be a factor in your fatigue you might want to consider A Thyroid Test.

Adrenal exhaustion – Two small glands, known as the adrenals, help us deal with life’s stresses by releasing the hormones, cortisol and DHEA.  Sometimes in periods of long-term or profound mental or physical stress these glands can go into overdrive. If this occurs for too long or happens too often then the adrenals glands can become exhausted. When this happens, the levels of cortisol and DHEA in the blood stream become imbalanced, leading us to feel tired and exhausted. If you lead a stressful lifestyle, this may be contributing to your fatigue.  Having an adrenal stress test can help pinpoint precise imbalances in the stress hormones.  These can then be targeted with the help of Smart Nutrition who will help you to support and nourish your adrenals to restore your energy levels. An Adrenal Stress Test.