Most Common Causes of Fatigue
Theodore Friedman, MD, PhD emphasizes sleep, diet and exercise as the three musts for good health which lead to feeling good and being energetic. A lack in any of these three foundations of good health can leave you dragging and open to illness. If you find yourself sick and tired a lot of the time, then first of all your immune system needs a boost to help you fight off illness. If your main complaint is a lack of energy then there may be other culprits ranging from short-term causes to more serious ones causing your chronic fatigue. Some of these are:
Poor nutrition – Body doesn't get enough healthy nutrients to produce energy and excess free radical damage affects body cells and energy stores
Jet lag – crossing time zones interrupts the internal clock and throws off circadian rhythms
Overdoing physical activity – Uses up energy stores and leads to exhaustion
Menopause – Hormone changes causing night sweats and hot flashes interfere with sleep
Anemia – a lack of iron and oxygen circulating through the bloodstream leaves you feeling tired
Diabetes – Changing blood sugar levels use up energy
Depression – Interferes with the production of serotonin that regulates internal clock
Alcohol or drug abuse or some medications used to treat medical conditions – Can lead to anemia, depression, or heart disease. Drinking alcohol in excess interrupts the sleep cycle and interferes with getting good quality sleep. Medications such as antihistamines, cough medicines, steroids, statin drugs or drugs used to treat conditions such as inflammation, heart disease, thyroid disorders, depression, anxiety and many others also interrupt the sleep cycle
Underactive Thyroid – Lack of hormones being produced for controlling how energy is used
Sleep Apnea – Lack of oxygen when sleeping interferes with REM and quality of sleep according to Lisa Shives, MD, director of the Sleep Medicine Center at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine
Heart Disease – Heart not pumping enough blood or oxygen to body
What You Can Do
Tackling the entire list of causes of fatigue is probably too much, even for a New Year's Resolution. But you can tackle two simple aspects: sleep and proper nutrition.
For tips on getting better sleep check out these resources on our blog:
Sleep Like a Baby Again so Sleep Deprivation Doesn't Getcha!
How to Reboot Your Sleep Cycle
5 Natural Solutions for Getting a Good Night's Sleep
Algae to the Rescue For Good Nutrition
For proper nutrition, make sure you are getting all the nutrients, vitamins, minerals, trace minerals, amino acids and phytochemicals your body needs to function properly and produce energy. Eating a diet of whole foods with lean protein, whole grains, fruits, vegetables and healthy fats will help give you the nutrients needed to feed you on a cellular level. Mitochondria that exist in our cells produce the energy our bodies need to function. Mitochondria need calories, oxygen and certain nutrients such as B vitamins, magnesium, lipoic acid, acetyl-l-carnitine, and coenzyme Q10 to produce ATP or cellular energy. Coenzyme Q10 is crucial to producing energy and a lack if CoQ10 not only means less energy being produced, but also an increase in free radicals that damage body cells. Sufficient CoQ10 gives you the ability to produce the energy you need and the antioxidant power to destroy free radicals. The body does produce some CoQ10 on its own, but as we age the amount produced decreases and some medications can interfere with the amount produced. If you are not getting enough Coenzyme Q10, this could be a contributing factor to your fatigue and supplementation may be necessary. This ubiquinol algae supplement gives you a combination of pure ubiquinol which is the active and bioavailable form of Coenzyme Q10, reishi and oyster mushrooms, polyphenols from olives, and AFA bluegreen algae, for nourishing cells and supporting energy production. The added bonus of this supplement is AFA bluegreen algae, particularly this form with the cell wall intact. The cell wall of most plants are made from cellulose, glucose molecules tightly bonded, which we don't have the enzymes to be able to digest and therefore cannot access those glucose molecules for energy production. AFA bluegreen algae has a cell wall made of polypeptide chains of four amino acids and is very digestible by humans. This process along with the full spectrum of nutrients that comes from AFA makes it an ideal whole food for supporting the body's energy production. It also has a wide array of antioxidants to protect against free radical damage and protect cell membranes which supports strengthening of the immune system, DNA, and body organs. For an additional antioxidant punch, this antioxidant algae supplement has ingredients to provide even more antioxidant power.
When you are sick and tired enough of being sick and tired and decide to do something about it, visit your healthcare provider and see if there is a medical cause for your chronic fatigue, make sure you are getting adequate amounts of good quality sleep and exercise, and make the dietary changes you need to in order to insure your body is getting the nutrients it needs to produce enough energy. Taking control of your energy level will leave you with a happier, healthier and more productive life.
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