Tired? Tips For Fighting Fatigue

Posted on by Paula Gallagher

I am exhausted! By far, this is the most common concern I hear from men and women alike. Fatigue can be very difficult and discouraging to deal with, and also extremely tough to treat because there are so many possible causes including lifestyle, diet, and stress. The most obvious and seemingly simple reason for fatigue is a lack of sleep. As a general rule, we want to be aiming to get 7-9 hours of sleep a night. Following these tips, will also help you get a more restful sleep so that you are more energized during the day. But what if you have a condition that is hijacking your ability to have a good night sleep? Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), hypothyroidism and anemia, are some common causes of fatigue. More and more health care practitioners are acknowledging the possibility of sub clinical hypothyroidism, meaning lab work or blood tests are all coming back normal but symptoms all fit with a hypothyroid state. If you suspect that there may be a disease process at play, talk to your healthcare practitioner about testing your TSH, T3 and T4 levels, as well as your ferritin, B12 and vitamin D, as abnormal findings or deficiencies in these may be the cause of fatigue and may provide helpful clues in terms of treatment. Food allergies are also extremely common and can severely impact energy levels. The body is constantly reacting to what it sees as a foreign substance, producing antibodies to fight off the substance and causing inflammation in the process. If it is a food that you are eating on a fairly regular basis, this reaction is happening continuously and the body becomes exhausted! Talk to your health care practitioner to find out about food allergy testing. If you think that you may be affected by one of the conditions above, testing may be something you would want to consider. Village Green Apothecary offers testing. Contact Naz Amini to learn more. Email naz@myvillagegreen.com or call 1-800-869-9159 ext 1019.