Fatigue is one of the most complaints of today's busy world. It's no wonder - our schedules push us to the max, at times we don't have enough time to dedicate to sleep, we're exposed to toxins and environmental factors that require extra nutrients and energy, and our food system is deficient of the essential nutrients we need to function optimally. It's also one of the symptoms with the most underlying causes! If you suffer from fatigue, it's important to take a deep look into the potential causes. You should be able to wake up with energy, get all the things done in your day without dragging through it or relying on caffeine, and have extra energy left over at the end of the day to play with your kids, or your dogs, or take yourself out for an adventure.
Most Common CAUSES OF Fatigue
- Adrenal gland imbalance (Chronic Stress)- the adrenal glands are in charge of your stress response and are also a big part of giving you energy through the day. If you are like most people, you are dealing with chronic stress and the adrenal glands may be out of balance.
- Environmental exposures: Toxins, viruses, bacteria, molds, electromagnetic frequencies (EMF).
- Nutrient deficiencies from an imbalanced diet, food intolerances, or poor digestion/absorption of food, and blood sugar imbalance.
- Insomnia leading to daytime sleepiness.
THE INITIAL INVESTIGATION May include
- Assess stress levels (mental, emotional, and physical) and sleep patterns.
- Assess lab work for common causes for fatigue.
- Assess potential environmental exposures and measure immune markers as well as levels of toxins in the blood or urine.
- Assess diet and specialized nutrient testing in blood.
- Lifestyle changes and in-office procedures to decrease stress and optimize energy levels.
- Food analysis and diet counseling for balancing blood sugar and energy.
- Replete deficient nutrients through diet and supplementation.
- Sleep re-training.
- Nutritional supplements and herbs as needed for the individual.