We all struggle with a little fatigue from time to time, but when you are struggling with keeping your eyes open in the middle of the day or finding the energy to get up from your chair, this is when fatigue can become a much bigger issue. Sometimes fatigue can even persist when following a healthy diet and lifestyle. If you are wondering why you cannot get rid of your fatigue, this article will explain some reasons why you may be feeling drained.
Fatigue is a very common health complaint. Diet and lifestyle play a major role in chronic fatigue. A diet high in processed foods, sugar, enriched flour, alcohol, and folic acid can all contribute to creating symptoms of fatigue. Additionally, getting less than 7 hours of sleep a night can bring about that 3PM afternoon fatigue commonly experienced. Physical symptoms such as fatigue, can be brought about by chronic stress.
Fixing an unhealthy diet and lifestyle simply by avoiding certain foods, getting more sleep, and relieving stress, can greatly reduce fatigue. Try doing these things first, but if you are still having fatigue, here are some other common contributors.
Do you have chronic inflammation? Do you have autoimmune disorders? Inflammation, especially chronic inflammation, can be very taxing on the body. There are many symptoms of chronic inflammation, but one of the main symptoms is fatigue. Toxins are a major contributor to chronic inflammation. Some individuals have a harder time eliminating toxins from their bodies than others. If you have an MTHFR mutation, for example, you have a harder time detoxifying. This makes it easy for toxins to build-up within your body which creates inflammation.
So, what can you do to reduce inflammation?
- Detoxify the body. Eliminating toxins will help reduce inflammation.
- Eat anti-inflammatory foods: leafy greens, beets, fresh salmon, ginger.
- Reduce grains and sugar from your diet.
- Eliminate processed foods from your diet.
- Eat healthy fats.
- Relieve stress. Find ways to relax that you enjoy: meditation, talking to someone you trust, exercising, reading.
- Reduce exposure to environmental toxins.
- Eat organic fruits and vegetables.
- Drink filtered water.
- Stay hydrated.
- Avoid chemicals, harsh cleaning supplies, heavy metals.
Chronic infections are a common cause of fatigue and exhaustion. These infections can either be viral or bacterial. When your immune system is constantly attacking itself, this can be very tiring on the body, and symptoms of fatigue begin to develop. Addressing your chronic infections, and working to get them under control, is one suggestion to help reduce fatigue. Click here to learn more about chronic conditions, and how to get them under control.
Methylation is essential for many important body processes. Methylation starts when a methyl group is created and combined to various functions in the body, for example, taking nutrients from our foods and converting them into useable forms to make energy. Methyl groups are also used to make healthy cells and neurotransmitters, remove toxins, fight infections, and protect the body from oxidative stress and free radicals.
Regarding fatigue, one of the most essential things methylation does is create COQ10. COQ10 is essential for energy production. If you are not able to methylate properly, your body will have a harder time making COQ10, which slows down your energy production and brings about symptoms of fatigue. Click here for an MTHFR Friendly COQ10.
Methylation also plays a role in detoxification. When your body is not able to properly detoxify, and begins to build up toxins, one of the most common symptoms that starts showing is fatigue. Click here to learn more about detox.
Additionally, methylation is needed to absorb and regulate folate intake and metabolism. Folate, an essential B vitamin, is needed for many things, but supports healthy energy levels and DNA/RNA production. Improving folate intake can help relieve fatigue. Methylation also impacts your immune system. Having a weak immune system leads to fatigue and many other uncomfortable symptoms.
As you can see, methylation is a major contributor to whether you are experiencing fatigue. Methylation deficiencies can lead to low levels of Folate, B12, and COQ10. Therefore, improving methylation is one way to get your fatigue back under control. Read more about improving methylation here.
Mitochondria are the powerhouse of the cell. They feed our bodies energy. They take in nutrients, break them down, and then utilize them and turn them into energy for the body. Mitochondrial dysfunction can occur from an unhealthy diet/lifestyle and exposure to environmental toxins or be inherited. Fatigue is the main symptom of mitochondrial dysfunction.
Gut health is the key to overall health. This is very true. Having gut problems can contribute to symptoms of fatigue. Gut issues such as: SIBO, chronic infections, fungal overgrowth, gut dysbiosis, food sensitivities, and IBS, are a few examples that commonly lead to fatigue.
What causes gut dysfunction? There are a few different reasons why you may be experiencing gut issues.
- Poor absorption of nutrients needed for energy production, and healthy digestion.
- Chronic inflammation
- Oxidative stress
- Poor detoxification
- Poor immune system
Addressing gut issues and gut dysbiosis can make a huge impact on your energy levels.
Chronic fatigue, can be very frustrating, especially because it can be caused by so many different things. It may feel daunting to think about pinpointing the root cause, but it can be done. Address each of the topics suggested above, work on creating a healthier lifestyle and diet, and make sure to get 8 hours of sleep every night, and you’ll be on your way to eliminating your fatigue.
Questions? Set up an appointment to speak one on one with our MTHFR Experts! We offer free 15-minute consultation phone calls. Click here to schedule an appointment.
Do you have an MTHFR mutation? Take our survey to get information regarding your specific mutation.