Lack of energy is the “mysterious symptom” that a large majority of the population and almost all the people I have worked with in my health programs suffer from. Constant fatigue and lethargy has become so common that many people have learned to live with these symptoms, or attribute them to age or suppress them with stimulants such as coffee. But it’s certainly not biologically normal.
Lack of energy can affect every aspect of your life: your family, friends, work and activities will suffer. In this article I want to present the seven main causes of chronic fatigue, which I see in my practice and how they can be solved effectively.
1. Imbalances in Macronutrients.
Macronutrients are fats, proteins and carbohydrates. Your body works with these macronutrients and you need a proper ratio between them to get maximum energy.
One of the most common macronutrient imbalances I notice is the low intake of healthy fats and excess carbohydrate sugars. In this way there will be glycemic imbalances, which will result in increased fatigue, but also mood swings, irritability, resistance to weight loss.
2. Nutritional Imbalances.
Mineral imbalance is at the root of all ailments and negative symptoms. Healing is not possible without the correct and accurate detection of mineral imbalance in any body.
Like a car that needs the right fuel, our body also has certain specific nutritional requirements, which make it possible to maintain health without constantly feeling tired and lethargic. Common deficiencies that underlie chronic fatigue are deficiencies in B vitamins, deficiencies of iron, magnesium, potassium, copper.
3. Blood Sugar Imbalances.
Blood sugar, the amount of sugar found in the blood, is the body’s main source of energy. When you have a constant level of blood sugar, you will have a constant level of energy, without dramatic fluctuations.
When your blood sugar fluctuates, your body struggles to try to regulate it. You may begin to feel sick, tired, dizzy, faint, or exhausted. These symptoms may worsen as your blood sugar rises or falls to dangerous levels, as your body will either try to get more sugar from your diet or flood your system with hormones to try to bring your blood sugar to a stable level.
A person with hypoglycemia is prone to low glycemic levels especially around 3-4 PM and may have dramatic drops in glucose levels 2-3 hours after a meal. This person has a continuous craving for sweets, is grumpy in the morning, becomes nervous when not eating, has dizziness, is addicted to coffee to provide the body with the energy needed, feels weak, agitated and nervous, gets upset very quickly, has a weak memory and low ability to concentrate.
Other people have very high glycemic levels and become insulin resistant. For the body, the normalization of the glycemic level is a priority and thus transforms the excess glucose into triglycerides that are deposited as fat. This process requires so much energy that the body gets very tired. Moreover, insulin resistance decreases the body’s ability to use accumulated fat to provide energy.
This process also increases the level of serotonin, a substance that causes drowsiness, apathy. People who develop insulin resistance feel tired most of the day as well as after meals, feel hungry, have a craving for sweets that is not reduced even after consuming them, are full-bodied, urinate frequently, have a high appetite, continuous thirst and difficulties in losing weight.
You can find out more about how you can solve this imbalance in my article Six Steps To Solve Your Blood Sugar Problems Permanently.
4. Imbalances in the Intestinal Microbiome.
Known as the “second brain”, your gastrointestinal system is an essential and often overlooked factor in your energy level. You do not have to have visible symptoms to have a chronic gastrointestinal problem. The gut-brain axis is a complex network of communication between these two vital systems when it comes to energy levels.
If your body suffers from leaky gut syndrome, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), food reactivities, or just imbalances in intestinal bacteria (dysbiosis), it can significantly affect your energy.
For example, one study showed that infection with a parasite called Giardia lamblia is associated with an increased risk of chronic fatigue, which persists for at least 5 years after the infection has been treated. Another study found that patients with chronic fatigue had abnormally high levels of stool Candida albicans.
In my practice I use a very comprehensive intestinal microbiome analysis which can offer valuable clinical information to develop a very targeted gut healing protocol.
5. Inflammation and Toxicity.
Processed, toxic food, fast and chaotic lifestyle, as well as the polluting environment are the main factors that contribute to inflammation and toxicity.
We are not genetically adapted to this toxic attack and we cannot manage the inflammation out of control too well.
Fortunately, part of the genetic intelligence of cells is the ability to self-detoxify. If this were not the case, every cell in our body would die of self-poisoning! But due to the fact that we are bombarded with toxic materials everywhere, from food, drugs, water, air, soil, our body can become toxic, and the cells lose the resources needed to self-detoxify.
Through the body’s effort to stay healthy, it will try to eliminate toxins when given the opportunity – it’s not that simple, given that our body is made up of over 100 billion cells. This can be an additional burden for the already weakened detoxification organs… and of course causes an even more accentuated state of fatigue.
But by providing the body with all the nutrients it needs according to its individual genetic and nutritional requirements, and by properly supporting it to cope with the elimination of toxins (which poison, weaken and alter metabolic functions), an environment can be provided to facilitate the natural, innate tendency of the body to manifest optimal health… if allowed!
6. Hormonal Imbalances.
The different systems of our body communicate through an intelligent network of hormonal pathways. A properly functioning endocrine (hormonal) system is essential for a good energy level. Two relatively common hormonal pathway dysfunctions that I observe in people I’m working with who are struggling with low energy levels are adrenal fatigue and low thyroid function.
I use in my practice a very complete and precise test to understand the whole hormonal picture. In all cases, however, it is necessary to follow the above steps to ensure a long-term healing.
7. Sleep Problems.
Sleep disorders, such as insomnia and apnea, affect millions of people around the world. It is often a consequence of the problems listed above.
Poor or insufficient sleep causes not only physical effects, such as slower reflexes and muscle weakness, but also emotional effects, such as irritability, difficulty concentrating, poor memory and pain.
When you don’t get enough sleep because you have a constant level of stress in your life and body, your cortisol levels rise above normal and your melatonin levels drop. This makes you feel even more anxious, and have difficulty falling asleep as well as insomnia.
Under stress, healthy adrenal glands increase the production of cortisol and DHEA to maintain health. They also secrete adrenaline, providing an energy boost when needed. If this becomes excessive and chronic, the adrenal glands can no longer keep up with demand and the DHEA level begins to drop, causing adrenal exhaustion.
In conclusion, the first step in solving this problem is to become aware of it, then to understand the causes, followed by the clear action to solve them.
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