Your Plan Of Action – The Natural Approach
- Make changes to your diet to help improve your energy
- Know what to avoid in terms of food and drinks that might be making you tired
- Find out with testing if there is an underlying reason why you are tired
- Take specific nutrients and herbs that improve your energy
Best Test Option: Chronic Fatigue Test
Why You May Be Tired?
There can be a number of reasons why you have fatigue and a lack of energy and it is important to try and find the underlying cause. If the underlying cause can be pinpointed then it is easy to know what action to take to improve your energy.
Reasons, why you are feeling so tired, can include an underactive thyroid, anaemia, undiagnosed type 2 diabetes, vitamin B12 deficiency, stress, poor sleep, and your diet.
What Symptoms Could You Experience?
If you find yourself yawning a lot or even nodding off as soon as you sit down on a chair or sofa you may be suffering from fatigue or as it is often called these days – TATT – tired all the time. With many of us leading increasingly busy lives – juggling work and family – it is hardly surprising that lack of energy is increasingly common.
Feeling energetic all of the time isn’t possible and it is perfectly normal to feel tired at the end of a busy day or to have temporary dips in energy during the day but if you feel persistently tired and haven’t got enough energy to get through the day, then that is not right and something needs to be done about it.
Can Nutrition Help With Fatigue?
A well-balanced, healthy diet is essential for good energy levels. At its most basic level, what you eat and drink is the fuel that your body and brain needs to function at its peak. Skimp on the quality of that fuel and you will pay the price with fatigue and lack of energy. Skipping breakfast, not drinking enough water, over eating, dieting, eating on the run, consumption of caffeine and alcohol, and eating a lot of refined, processed food are the major causes of low energy levels.
Dietary sources of important nutrients should always be your first choice to boost energy but there are times when a vitamin and mineral supplement can act as an insurance policy. In addition, some herbal supplements have the potential to boost your energy levels if you feel they are not where they should be.
First of all take a good multivitamin and mineral to safeguard against nutritional deficiencies which can cause fatigue. To make sure you are getting enough omega 3 essential fatty acids which are vital for energy production and good health take an omega 3 supplement. In trials, omega 3 essential fatty acids have been shown to have a significant beneficial effect on people suffering from chronic fatigue.
Other nutrients and herbs that can be useful include Siberian ginseng, co-enzyme Q10 and alpha lipoic acid.
Test Options For Fatigue
The Chronic Fatigue Test would be the best test to check what may be causing your tiredness.
It is a combined urine and saliva test and will look at your stress levels as measured by cortisol in saliva and will also check via urine for your need for vitamins A, C E, the B vitamins including B12, the minerals zinc, magnesium, and manganese and your need for probiotics and digestive enzymes.
Where to Start?
Make sure you are eating well to support your symptoms. If you would like personalised advice on what to do next then request a consultation with one of our qualified nutritionists.