We all live quite a significantly busy life, and lately busy has turned into stress due to the challenges that we’ve faced with covid_19 cruising into our lives. Being constantly busy, and stressed can do more than just make you feel terrible. It actually has a huge impact on your body, making it harder to build muscle, lose fat and maintain healthy body weight. If your lifestyle is hectic and you often feel overwhelmed, there’s plenty that you can do to fight back, the natural way.
How do you know if your energy levels are depleted?
Lack of energy is best described as tiredness, weariness, lethargy, weakness and peaks of fatigue. It can be accompanied by depression, decreased motivation, or apathy. Lack of energy is a normal response to not enough sleep, overworking the body, stress, lack of exercise or boredom in some cases. This can be due to poor management of sleep, stress and nutrition.
What could be the underlying reasons why you have low energy?
Adrenal fatigue is a syndrome that occurs when the adrenal glands (which sit on top of the kidneys), are unable to produce enough hormones to maintain homeostasis. This typically occurs because of chronic stress or a single and extremely stressful situation.
How do you know if this is you? If you’re feeling tired for no reason, difficulty getting up in the morning, feeling overwhelmed or rundown, cravings for sweets or salty foods, feeling more awake and energetic after 6 pm.
Vitamin B12 is essential for the formulation of red blood cells, the function of the nerve tissue, and absorption of folic acid, among many other benefits. A deficiency like this generally develops over time, and initial symptoms re always subtle.
How do you know if this is you? Tiredness, short of breath, sore tongue or mouth, weight loss, pale skin, menstrual difficulties. A simple blood test can detect this.
Candida is generally a safe fungus that exists in low levels in the mouth and intestinal tract where it helps with the absorption of nutrients and digestion. When the fungus is overproduced, it can cause infection in the mouth, vagina and intestinal tract. People who have a weakened immune system experience infection that spreads to the blood, brain and heart.
How do you know if this is you? Exhaustion, cravings for sweet foods, reoccurring UTI’s, gas and bloating, thrush and white coating on the tongue, bad breath, joint pain, mental fogginess, loss of libido, mood swings
At times it’s totally normal to experience moments of sadness, or loneliness, but when they become overwhelming for weeks or months on end, this can significantly impact everyday life. This could be major depression which can reduce your energy levels and disrupt your sleep, making you even more tired during the day.
How do you know if this is you? The trouble with memory, concentration and making decisions, feelings of guilt, worthlessness or helplessness, irritability, mood swings, loss of libido, emotional eating, no interest in life, headaches, thoughts of suicide.
This is one of these diseases that the ‘cause is unknown’ but it’s where the nervous system is hypersensitive in people. The diagnosis is super challenging because there are no particular tests the confirm this and symptoms are similar to other conditions.
How do you know if this is you? Fatigue, chronic pain, restless sleep, anxiety or mood changes, depression, problems with memory or concentration, brain fog, irritable bladder, migraines, numbness or tingling.
When people have sensitivities to certain foods, their stomach has a hard time digesting them which triggers the immune system and histamine response. A food diary is the best indication for this.
How do you know if this is you? Bloating, headaches, cough, runny nose, tiredness, irritable bowel, stomach pain, hives.
Are you getting a good 8hrs sleep every night? Have you noticed that you’re sleeping patterns are off, or that your sleep is being disrupted? Little sleep can cause toxicity on the brain, and lead to all other concerning problems.
How do you know if this is you? Chronic pain, too much light from electronic devices, getting up frequently to urinate, insomnia, sleep apnea, snoring partner (or dog), terrible bedding.
Similar to vitamin B12 deficiency, iron involves the red blood cells. If you have a deficiency, then there is an insufficient amount of iron to produce haemoglobin, which is the part of the red blood cells to carry oxygenated blood throughout the body. This can be common due to blood loss (especially in women), insufficient iron, poor absorption and pregnancy.
How do you know if this is you? Extreme fatigue, shortness of breath, chest pain, pale skin, weakness, headaches, dizziness, cold hands and feet, poor appetite, brittle nails.
The thyroid gland which is located in your neck produces a hormone that helps regulate your energy usage. When the gland fails to produce enough of the hormone, your thyroid becomes underactive. This condition reflects low energy levels and fatigue. This problem can easily be determined by a blood test.
How do you know if this is you? Fatigue, increased sensitivity to cold, constipation, dry skin, weight gain, puffy face, muscle weakness, thinning hair, depression, heavy periods, elevated cholesterol levels, impaired memory.
Seasonal Affective Disorder
Believe it or not, but some humans experience seasonal depression, which is a type of depression that is related to changes in the seasons. Most people who experience SAD symptoms notice it at the beginning of Autumn, right through till the last of the winter months.
How do you know if this is you? Low energy, irritability, grumpiness, mood swings, excessive sleeping, hypersensitive to others opinions, cravings for heavy foods, weight gain, inclusiveness.
There are many other reasons that could be causing the lack of energy, such as a high sugar diet, stress or underlying disease but what we can recommend is to keep note, or a diary of symptoms daily for a month, and if you notice that they don’t subside or get aggressively worse in some situations, then we suggest you seek a functional practitioner, dietitian or nutritionist.
Otherwise here are some supplements to incorporate to naturally overcome energy depletion:
- Tryptophan: This is one of the 8 essential amino acids. It’s known as a great supplement for boosting mood, recovery and sleep.
- Zinc, Magnesium, & Vitamin B6: This can help with better quality sleep and recovery. Magnesium is well known for increasing sleep quality. Zinc helps with testosterone production. Vitamin B6 helps both absorbencies of both.
- B complex vitamin: Find one that has B1, B2, B5, B6 and B8 to help support fatigue, mood, wellbeing, immunity and nervous system to function normally.
- Iron Supplement: Is often helpful for those with low energy levels, especially women.
- Multivitamin: Supplementing with a multivitamin during a high period of stress can be a good safety net if you don’t have time to get blood work done to find out the underlying issue. It keeps everything regulated, while you navigate your way through challenging times.
So whether you’re experiencing periods of exhaustion, or this is a consistent thing, we always suggest you seek medical advice or help. Although we can give you as much advice as possible, everyone is different, we all have different DNA and therefore not one size fits all.