Why Am I Always Tired?
This is a question I get asked a lot by clients and the truth is there are many different answers.
There are different medical conditions that can be linked to feelings of fatigue such as thyroid conditions, anaemia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and if you think you may be suffering from one of these, you should contact your GP for testing and diagnosis.
That said, there are also many ways you can begin to support your health
Stress, especially long-term stress is usually a big contributor and can leave you feeling emotionally and physically exhausted, even “burnt out”.
Diet can obviously have a huge impact – lack of nutrients such as b vitamins, magnesium or iron can all contribute to feelings of tiredness. And just as important as what you put in your mouth, is what you can absorb from your food. It’s possible to be eating the “perfect” diet for you, but if you are unable to fully digest and absorb those nutrients, then you won’t be able to use them to make the energy that you need. I have also, on more than one occasion needed to increase the amount of calories someone is eating: If you are not taking in sufficient calories to fuel your activities, then you will feel tired!
Unstable blood sugar levels can also contribute to feelings of tiredness. Eating refined carbs, may give you an initial boost, but this rapid boost in blood sugar can cause it to spike and lead to (more) insulin being produced by your pancreas, which in turn quickly drops your blood sugar level and leaves you feeling wiped. Reducing the amount of refined carbohydrates in your diet or replacing them with complex carbohydrates can be one way to minimise these blood sugar spikes.
Studies show that a sedentary lifestyle can increase feelings of fatigue and that even minimal exercise can benefit energy levels of otherwise healthy people. Interestingly light exercise has also been shown to reduce feelings of tiredness in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
Food sensitivities are another possibility when it comes to low energy and are often accompanied by other symptoms such as digestive or skin issues. The most common intolerances include dairy, gluten, eggs and corn.
As you can see, there are many reasons why an individual may feel tired, and this list is just scratching the surface. If you would like to investigate why you might be feeling fatigued, then please consider booking a nutrition consultation where we can look at different ways to support your individual health.
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