Why Am I So Tired? The Naturopathic Approach to Fatigue

Posted by Riannon Page on

Do you constantly feel exhausted, struggling to stay awake throughout the day? You are not alone! Fatigue is a widespread issue, especially among women, and can stem from various factors. In this blog, we'll delve into some common underlying causes of fatigue and offer natural remedies to help revitalize your energy levels.

Nutrient Deficiencies: 

Deficiencies in iron, B12, and vitamin C can contribute to fatigue. B vitamins are crucial for cellular energy production, with B6, B12, and folate also protecting against brain atrophy. Consuming a balanced, nutrient-dense diet is vital for maintaining optimal energy levels. In some cases, supplementation may be needed to help bring the body back to balance .

Mitochondrial Dysfunction: 

Mitochondria is the energy-producing powerhouses of our cells. Overtime stress, exposure to environmental toxin such as smoke, drugs and chemicals and certain diseases or illness may cause our mitochondria to malfunction, leading to energy deficiency. Coenzyme Q10, an antioxidant, helps protect mitochondria and maintain their membrane structure. Magnesium plays a crucial role in energy production and can stimulate calming receptors in the brain, making it helpful for managing stress-related fatigue.

HPA Axis Dysfunction: 

The HPA axis, regulating our stress response, involves the complex interaction between the hypothalamus, pituitary gland, and adrenal glands. Dysregulation can lead to low cortisol levels and disrupted circadian rhythms, contributing to fatigue. Adaptogenic herbs like Siberian ginseng, rhodiola, and withania can support adrenal function and alleviate stress-related fatigue.

Thyroid Dysfunction: 

The thyroid gland regulates metabolism, which is the chemical reactions in cells that change food into energy, and low thyroid hormone levels can cause fatigue. Nutrients like zinc, selenium, and tyrosine are crucial for thyroid function and can support healthy energy levels.

Chronic Infections: 

Fighting off infections requires significant energy, which can result in exhaustion. Mushrooms, zinc, and vitamin C are natural remedies that can support immune function and address chronic infections.

If fatigue plagues you, it is important to work with your healthcare practitioner to identify the root cause and create a suitable treatment plan. Lifestyle changes like enhancing sleep habits, reducing stress, and eating a nutrient-dense diet can substantially impact energy levels. Natural remedies like adaptogenic herbs and targeted supplementation can address specific underlying causes of fatigue. With a comprehensive approach, you can reclaim your energy and feel revitalized.

If you are struggling with ongoing fatigue, please book in for a full consultation with one of our Naturopaths so they can support you with a tailored treatment plan to improve your health and vitality. Book Here

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