Why Am I Always Tired? + How To Beat Fatigue

Posted on 27-Oct-2019 by Kripa Jalan

When we’re exhausted, everything feels hard. We feel heavy. We feel like nothing comes easy. We lose our glow and vibrancy. Life quite literally feels like a drag. 

We all have days where our energy just falls flat, and we assume it’s just something we have to live with. That it’s a part and parcel of adulthood. While it is completely normal to feel sleepy sometimes, if it’s happening every day - in spite of you sleeping well enough - it’s time to figure what’s making you feel so sluggish!

To help you pinpoint some cases, I’m going to go over common issues that are directly linked to your energy slump as well as super easy ways to fight it!

The Causes:

1. Your blood sugar is on a rollercoaster ride. Remember the last time you ate some sugar/bread? You probably felt super energetic and full of life… for about 5 minutes. Soon after the high begins to wear off, your focus diminishes and before you know it you’re left exhausted - craving more sugar. Eating more whole foods, especially protein and vegetables (more nature made, less man-made stuff) keeps your blood sugar balanced translating to better energy levels throughout the day.

2. Your meals are imbalanced. Foods like nuts, seeds, ghee, butter, coconut oils are absolutely amazing sources of good quality fats. Yes, that same macronutrient that feeds your hormones, nourishes your cells, boosts brain function, protects your heart and keeps you fuller longer! On that note, please note that eating/hydrating too little will create chaos in the body; fatigue could be a meager outcome of it. 

3. You’re not getting enough nutrients. In the midst of turning nutrition into a math equation, we’ve lost sight of factoring in the key vitamins and minerals that are essential to living optimally. Certain deficiencies like Vitamin D3 and Iron are directly linked to fatigue. I’d recommend working with your healthcare practitioner, to figure out the root cause as well as a suitable treatment plan to amp up your energy!

4. You may have an undiagnosed health condition: Like diabetes, fatigue can be a symptom of one of many health problems, including liver and kidney disease, cancer, a malfunctioning thyroid gland, poor gut health, chronic inflammation, and anemia (or a deficiency of red blood cells). Being tired doesn’t necessarily mean that you have any of these conditions, but it may be a side effect. It’s not just physical ailments that can hinder your liveliness during the day, but your mental wellbeing, too. Stress, anxiety, and depression can all make you feel lethargic and unmotivated to move. 

5. Your mitochondria aren’t functioning at full capacity: If you find yourself constantly drained, the answer may come down to a cellular level. The big energy player in our cells is called mitochondria. Your body produces ATP, or the energy-rich molecule known as adenosine triphosphate, in the mitochondria by using oxygen to convert the energy from your food into energy your cells can use. Given that your mitochondria are so closely linked to cell energy, it’s no wonder that dysfunction in these powerhouses and leave you feeling exhausted beyond belief.

The Solution:

  1. Get seven to nine hours of sleep: Avoid using electronic devices a few hours before bed!
  2. Give up refined carbs and sugar: They can mess with your blood sugar and cause your energy to slump.
  3. Balance out your meals: Go the PFF way (Protein, Fat, Fiber as the focus). Treat the starch as a side!
  4. Get regular check-ups: Check iron and thyroid levels, cortisol and your adrenal profile with a doctor.
  5. Get more micronutrients: Iron through green leafy veggies, nuts, seeds, legumes, and meat. Throw in a Vitamin C supplement for better Iron absorption! Plus, a B-Complex supplement (especially if you’re vegetarian) can help beat the slump too.
  6. Limit caffeine intake: Reducing your intake to one cup per day can do wonders for lowering cortisol and adrenaline.
  7. Prioritize liver health: Fatigue is a common symptom of an overworked liver. When the liver is clogged with too much alcohol, caffeine, sugar or medications, it can’t function optimally.
  8. Exercise regularly: As long as you’re not always pushing your body to its last limit, exercise is great way to fight fatigue. 
  9. Drink more water: Dehydration zaps your energy, so be sure you’re consuming a minimum of 8-10 glasses a day. More if you’re active!
  10. Take care of your adrenals: When we’re tired too long, our adrenal gland function can become compromised, sending us into what’s known as adrenal fatigue, which is deep, deep fatigue. Set aside some time to nourish your mental wellbeing! Make it a priority!

If you’re looking for more support and ways to switch up your diet and boost your energy levels, then check out our SHIELD program!


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