At some point in life, everyone feels tired, or worn-out. But genuine fatigue is more than just feeling exhausted after a hard day at work, it’s when you don’t have the energy to complete even the simplest of tasks.
You will feel mentally and physically exhausted and this feeling goes on for a period of time. In fact, fatigue can be split into two categories:
- Temporary or Simple
If you’re suffering from reduced energy levels and feelings of fatigue for 6 months or less then you’re suffering from temporary, or simple, fatigue. While you’ll feel exhausted it shouldn’t make a significant difference to your daily life.
Once your fatigue passes 6 months and you notice that it is difficult to do everyday activities, you know you have chronic fatigue.
You’re not alone, estimates suggest as many as 60% of people feel fatigued, it may be more common in women but men are also affected.
The most obvious sign that you have an issue is that you feel exhausted all the time. But, that’s not the only symptom that confirms you have chronic fatigue:
- Sore muscles
- Weakening muscles
- Finding it difficult to make decisions
- Poor coordination
- Loss of appetite
- Memory issues, particularly short-term memory.
- Difficulty focusing.
- Poor reflexes
What Causes Fatigue?
There are actually several different possibilities regarding the cause of fatigue:
- Nutritional issues
Not getting enough nutrients, especially iron and your B vitamins is one of the biggest reasons you’ll feel tired all the time.
If your hormones aren’t balanced, then you can suffer from a variety of health issues, including feeling fatigued. Adrenal or thyroid gland issues are a prime cause of lack of energy and tiredness, although you can also find irregular blood sugar levels can be contributing toward the issue.
Anything that affects your metabolism can give you an issue with fatigue. The most obvious issues are sleep disorders, chronic pain, inflammatory issues, and even problems with your cardiovascular health.
- Immune Issues
Respiratory infections, stomach viruses, immune system issues, bowel problems, and even food allergies can all prevent you from sleeping properly. The result is you’ll end up feeling fatigued.
- Environmental Issues
The environment is an important consideration for many of us at the moment, climate change and global warming are serious threats to the future of human life on this planet.
But, the toxins that we push into the atmosphere aren’t just affecting the planet. Lead and mercury, in particular, are poisonous to humans and will leave you feeling exhausted.
You can also create issues for yourself by taking sleeping pills, even if they work at night you may find yourself paying during the daytime.
- Other Reasons
It’s also important to remember that stress, anxiety, poor self-esteem, and even insomnia can all contribute toward you feeling fatigued.
Doing Something About It
Fortunately, you can beat your fatigue. Speak to our experts at Brisbane Naturopath and they can work out which types of treatment will help you best. This involves completing a full family history as this may shed light on a genetic issue.
There are also an array of diagnostic tests which can be undertaken to identify the fatigue issue. From this, your naturopath will be able to help you find the best way forward.
There are a number of options available.
- Balancing your diet to ensure good nutritional levels
- Complete detox before starting
- Antitoxins to deal with toxins in your body.
- Checking, monitoring and regulating blood glucose levels
- Reducing, or eliminating, body pain, especially if it is chronic.
- Dealing with low moods/depression
- Boosting cellular reproduction and natural healing
- Rebalancing immune system
- Improving your digestive system
- Verifying sleep quality
Your first step to beating fatigue starts here. Speak to our qualified Naturopath today and start developing your own program, it will boost your energy levels and alleviate your fatigue.