Fatigue – I am always tired and don’t know what is wrong with me

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Causes of fatigue

1. Nutrient deficiencies

  • A low kilojoule diet and / or protein intake
  • Low nutrient density – food intake might be high in kilojoule content and low in nutrient value
  • Specific deficiencies: low in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, essential fatty acids. carotenoids and flavonoids
  • Food intolerances or allergies

2. Stress: Physical and/or psychological

  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Restlessness
  • Burnout
  • Depression

3. Mitochondrial dysfunction

  • Impaired cellular energy production

4. Inflammation and Oxidative Stress

  • Diet
  • Lifestyle
  • Genes
  • Diseases: diabetes; cancer; cardiovascular disease etc.

5. Immune System Dysfunction

  • Chronic infections: viral, bacterial and fungal – Herpes; Ross River virus; Epstein-Barr; Human retroviruses; Mycoplasma; Rubella and Candida

6. Hormone Imbalances

  • Endocrine malfunction and imbalances

7. Gastrointestinal Imbalances

  • Dysbiosis: gut flora unbalanced
  • Leaky gut
  • Pathogens and Candida
  • Inflamed digestive tract
  • Small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO)
  • Constipation

8. Environmental toxicity

  • Herbicides and pesticides
  • Electromagnetic pollution and radiation: cell phone and electronics
  • Polluted water: parasites, fluoride and pharmaceuticals

9. Genetics

10. Drug Nutrient Interactions

  • Pharmaceutical drugs can have fatigue as a side effect: analgesics, antibiotics, antidepressants, antihistamines, antihypertensives, chemotherapy medication, fibrates, muscle relaxants, opionds, proton-pump inhibitors, sedatives and statins

11. Body alignment and Chakras

  • An unhealthy, unbalanced spine may interfere with the natural flow of energy through your body, creating blockages and imbalances that may cause physical and emotional fatigue
  • Not being supported as well as you could by your sacral chakra can cause fatigue

Fatigue is a complicated dis-ease and you have to rule out a lot of possibilities to establish why you are tired. When you address the real cause of fatigue you can claim your energy back. Are you chronically fatigued? Get an opinion from your Integrative Healthcare Professional.

 

References

www.medford.co.za

www.crowleydc.com

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Dr James Liddell is an Integrated Healthcare Specialist (B.Pharm; M.Pharm; PhD; SAPC and PSSA registered) specialising in integrating different disciplines of healthcare to ensure holistic healthcare solutions. With 25 years experience as a Pharmacist, Dr of Nutrition and Complementary & Alternative Medicine Healthcare Practitioner, he believes lifestyle is ultimately the key to optimal health; a good nutritional foundation combined with sound emotional health are the fundamentals to what he calls ‘the optimal health zone’.