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Understanding Fatigue

Some people are calling fatigue a symptom of living in the 21st Century.

And since one of the most common symptoms we see in our clinic is fatigue, we will focus on the many aspects of fatigue this month.

Fatigue is such a common condition that it is often misunderstood or even dismissed. It is especially dismissed if there is no identifiable ‘cause’ from diagnostic procedures, such as blood tests. But that doesn’t mean you should just put up with it. If no disease has been medically diagnosed, then something can usually be done using natural methods.

fatigue - Your Wellness Centre NaturopathyIf fatigue persists, it can start interfering with your ability to perform at work, with personal relationships and ultimately reduce your enjoyment of life in general. It can be a sign of more serious problems and the underlying cause needs to be identified and resolved. Left untreated, it creates a self-perpetuating downward spiral which can be very difficult to break.

For many of us, loss of energy is something that simply sneaks up on us. The reduction in our energy most often happens so gradually that we don’t notice the change from one day to the next. The sad thing is that we actually get used to feeling low in energy and this becomes our new “normal”.

Your Wellness Centre Naturopathy - Fatigue - Stress Fatigue can be caused by a great variety of problems, some of which are obvious to us, while others are not so obvious and may need professional assistance to identify. Underlying problems that may contribute includes:

  • Emotional stress
  • Inflammatory conditions, including arthritis
  • Digestive problems which reduce the absorption of key energy-producing nutrients
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Blood sugar problem
  • An imbalance in the diet
  • Exposure to chemicals and environmental toxins
  • Physical stress; either through exercise or other laborious work, and
  • Muscle pain or injury.

In order to treat it effectively and restore your energy and vitality, it is important to correct these underlying problems, and at the same time support and repair the energy-producing factories, called mitochondria, within your cells.

In my next post, I will talk more about overcoming fatigue.

Read more about chronic fatigue syndrome.

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Overcome Fatigue by Taking these Steps

If you are someone who often feels fatigue, let’s look at how you can you bounce back into achieving optimal energy levels, significantly improve your quality of life and regain your enthusiasm for living.

Cardoviascular Exercise - Your Wellness CentreTo get you back to bouncing out of bed, you need to lead a healthy life. By starting with these five simple steps, you will be on your way to better energy, and a new lease on life.

  1. Get adequate, regular and consistent amounts of sleep each night.
  2. Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet and drink plenty of water throughout the day.
  3. Exercise regularly.
  4. Learn better ways to relax.
  5. Avoid stimulants or excess alcohol.

To keep your energy levels up, you also need to ensure that all your body systems are in balance and working effectively.

Then you need to ensure that the energy centres of every cell in your body, the mitochondria, are in good working order by supplying them with certain nutrients.

No matter what else is going on in your body, if mitochondrial function is impaired, you will have reduced energy production. This means that supporting healthy mitochondrial function is essential. And so, if you experience fatigue, improving mitochondrial function is an important first step toward improving your energy levels.

Nutrients are the key to increasing energy in your body, as they are used to support the mitochondria. These important nutrients include:

  • Coenzyme Q10 may be helpful in the management of fatigue as it enhances cellular energy production and is also a powerful antioxidant.
  • N-Acetyl Carnitine: Carnitine plays an important role in fat metabolism and energy production. It acts by transporting dietary fats directly into the mitochondria to be broken down and burnt as fuel for energy production. It is also able to cross the blood-brain barrier and assist with mental fatigue.
  • Lipoic Acid is important for the correct transport and conversion of carbohydrates into energy whilst protecting the mitochondria from damage (as it is a potent antioxidant).
  • Magnesium is an essential cofactor required for energy production in all cells. Without adequate levels of magnesium inside your cells, fatigue is inevitable. Magnesium is needed everywhere in the body; in fact, over 300 processes in the body depend on magnesium. With regards to energy production, it is important for the conversion of sugars, fats, and proteins to energy.

Fish Oil - Your Wellness Centre Naturopathy MelbourneOmega-3 Essential Fatty Acids are vital for the integrity and stability of every mitochondrial membrane in the body. Omega-3 oils stimulate the growth and size of the mitochondria, along with helping to lower stress levels, which overall can contribute to higher energy levels.

If you are a sufferer of fatigue, all you have to do is put the above strategies in place step by step, or enlist one of our naturopaths to give you a helping hand.

Contact us to find out more.

Take the step toward a healthier you!
Call 9879 9596 and book an appointment today!

 

Your Wellness Centre Naturopathy Melbourne