“Why do I feel tired all the time?” About 30% of visits to doctors involve complaints like this.
Perhaps getting a good night’s sleep doesn’t help or perhaps you’ve been to the doctor to rule out any medical condition. Fatigue results from interacting factors like nutrition, digestion and stress. You rely on your body’s trillions of cells getting macro- (protein, fats and carbohydrate) and micro –(vitamins and minerals) nutrients to generate energy every day. In other words, nutrient deficiencies slow down energy production inside the cells resulting in excessive tiredness and lack of energy. Those suffering from fatigue are commonly eating a poor quality diet (low in fruits and vegetables; deficient in vitamins, minerals, and phyto-nutrients; excessive in high-glycemic, high fat, high-inflammatory foods). In addition, fatigue sufferers have been found to have more digestive symptoms linked to altered intestinal bacteria and abnormal function of the intestinal lining.
Weight issues may also be a reason for tiredness. Being underweight or overweight can also contribute to tiredness as the body has to work harder to perform everyday activities.
Living in a 24/7 world where technology has created a society that never sleeps, we seem to be running our lives at a breakneck speed and rarely take time out. As a result, the behaviors that have always been prevalent are exacerbated, leading to feelings of exhaustion and fatigue. These behaviors include:
- Drinking too much alcohol
- Consuming too much caffeine
- Working late shifts or long hours with long commutes
- Skimping on breakfast or skipping a meal
- Snacking on the go and/or eating an unhealthy diet
- Not getting enough exercise
- Not taking enough time to relax and to recuperate
As you can see, tiredness is a complex issue. Whether prolonged fatigue is the result of lifestyle, psychological, or medical causes, eating a balanced diet could be a defining factor to help address these causes.
Energy boosting foods providing optimal nutritional value to support bodily functions, improve emotional and physiological health is considered essential to help combat tiredness in the long run.
At the Kahm Clinic, you’ll receive your individualized, balanced nutritional plan to guide your body toward what it needs for your optimal health.