29 May

It is so common that it seems it is normal for people to have fatigue. Fatigue to the point of needing an hour or two of napping during the day just to make it through until the evening nap. Or worse, needing a nap after breakfast. Is this you?

This problem starts insidiously. You aren’t even aware it is happening. Then before you know it you are not sleeping well. You wake up tired, go through the day with less energy than you should, need a nap sometime in the day, and can’t wait until your favorite TV program so you can ‘rest your eyes’. Finally it’s time for bed but instead of sleeping through the night, you have the typical fitful, sleepless night. Then you wake up and do it all over again.

Fatigue is a multi-faceted problem. For most people this has been going on for years. And like most, you don’t know how strong a grip it has on you until you are so tired you don’t feel like doing anything. This is a problem of large proportions.

Just the other day we found anemia markers so low I don’t know how the person was functioning…she wasn’t. Not only does anemia cause fatigue, it can damage the body because the delivery of oxygen is not happening. If you don’t have oxygen inside your cells what do you think will happen? Not much. What you do have, flickers like a light and then dies. Anemia is a serious health problem.

But there are more causes of fatigue. Sugar imbalances, either hypoglycemia (very low blood sugar) or insulin resistance (too much sugar that insulin cannot take it into the cells so it stores it as fat) – this will certainly cause fatigue.

Another very common cause of fatigue is an autonomic nervous system, parasympathetic imbalance. What this means to you is that your nervous system has its brakes on with both feet…your entire system is suppressed; from low, slow heart rate to slow respiration to low thyroid output. The mother of this is the hypothalamus, found in your brain. It isn’t functioning very well. Many people, when we test them, are in major parasympathetic lockdown. This is a systemic, depressive hold and needs to be released, or no matter what you do, you will never feel good or be healthy.

When any of these factors get out of  balance, the cascading affect create many dysfunctions, fatigue being one of them.

Then there are other causes of fatigue: adrenal gland problems, thyroid problems, gastrointestinal dysfunction, nerve interferences, liver congestion (related to diet and lifestyle), mental/emotional problems, and then all the others: loss of job, divorce, financial problems…other forms of energy drain.

What you must do if you have ongoing fatigue is find out what may be going wrong in your body. Fatigue is a major symptom of a multi-faceted problem and needs attention.