There are almost as many causes of low energy as there are tired people; this is a highly individual experience with a multitude of contributing factors. Like many states of being, each person’s fatigue can have many many reasons, each one an important part of a jigsaw puzzle. A full understanding of the complexity of the puzzle can take time, investigation and serious consideration.
Fatigue, low energy, lack of stamina; however it presents for you, lower energy levels can have a serious impact on your life and daily function. Some of the most common causes of fatigue are the obvious ones: poor sleep, poor nutrition, lack of exercise or poor hydration for example. However, many people continue to have unexplained fatigue despite addressing the obvious causes.
Many people know that when they are eating the foods that agree with them, they have improved feelings of energy and vitality. Often people suspect that eating foods that may not be right for them contributes to feelings of low energy. Foods that are reactive for an individual can actually use energy in order to be processed and metabolised, creating feelings of tiredness or lethargy. Sensitive foods and food substances also put a strain on the body, so that the body is not running as efficiently, contributing further to energy issues. Streamlining your diet to include more of the foods that feed, nourish and give you energy is often a step towards better vitality.
Nutritional imbalance is also a key area of investigation when fatigue is a presenting complaint. Having an excess of the wrong minerals or a deficiency of the right vitamins and minerals can be detrimental to the human body’s metabolic processes, and therefore contribute to fatigue. A buildup of toxic elements such as heavy metals has far-reaching consequences for our health and wellbeing. Both toxicity and deficiency have an impact on metabolic systems, and when these normal processes are disrupted, fatigue can ensue. Deficiencies in B vitamins, magnesium, essential fatty acids, iodine and iron are all common causes of fatigue and poor energy, but this very individual, and establishing a person’s nutritional profile allows for a targeted approach.