Why am I always tired?
The reasons why you are always tired could simply be lack of sleep! However, lack of sleep may be the symptom for which there can be many underlying causes.
What are the causes of lack of sleep and general fatigue?
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When the body is under stress – psychological, emotional, physical – this can impact on its overall function and health and, as the body likes to be in balance (homeostasis), it will always try and achieve this balance but may need extra resources.
If it does not get these resources in the form of rest, good quality food and supplements, we end up fatigued as the body cannot cope.
I believe that we should have sustainable energy all day, ready at the start of the day and feeling energised throughout the day.
If you are unable to get out of bed, the snooze button is your favourite function and you rely on coffee to get you through the afternoon slump then please continue reading, this is for you!
Reasons you could be suffering from fatigue
• Toxicity in the body leads to low energy and exhaustion among other symptoms
• Caffeine leads to insomnia and anxiety
• Food intolerances lead to nutritional deficiencies that lead to fatigue
• Sleep debt – getting less than 7-8 hours of sleep a night
• Stress = raised cortisol levels which leads to fatigue
• Exposure to environmental toxins and pollution
• Prolonged stress due to financial hardship, bad relationships or work environment, and other conditions that entail feelings of helplessness
• Negative thinking and emotional trauma
• Lack of sleep
• Poor diet and lack of exercise
Your diet and lifestyle are the basis of all of these
If your diet is poor, you are constantly under stress in one form or another.
Not getting 7-8 hours of sleep per night, the body will be wearing down and not getting the chance to repair and this compounds fatigue.
When the body simply cannot keep up with the tremendous amount of daily stress we end up with adrenal fatigue, this is where the adrenal glands become overloaded and ineffective.
If you don’t address the underlying cause and this goes on for a period of time you may end up with chronic fatigue and then you will have a much longer road to recovery.
Without stating the obvious, the treatment involves reducing stress on your body and mind, eliminating toxins and nourishing the body.
Diet and lifestyle are a huge factor and there are a number of foods that you should include, equally there are foods that need to be avoided and you should always do what you can to banish toxins and chemicals from your environment.
As discussed earlier, one of the foods to avoid is caffeine; apart from interfering with sleep, it can add to your toxic overload.
Sugar & sweeteners – try to avoid sugar as much as possible and be aware that it can be added to all sort of foods even ones you least expect such as savoury tinned or bottled sauces.
Processed foods – they have many preservatives and fillers that are hard to digest and wear out your body’s energy and digestion cycle.
Step 1: We are looking to have as nutrient dense a diet as possible
• Cruciferous vegetables (cauliflower, broccoli, brussel sprouts, etc.)
• Organic Chicken and beef
• Nuts, such as walnuts and almonds
• Seeds, such as pumpkin, chia and flax
• Celtic or Himalayan sea salt;
• good fats such as coconut oil, olive oil, organic butter or ghee.
Step 2: Supplements
Another big key is taking the right supplements.
I always recommend eating the right foods to heal your body. However, due to soil depletion (from over-farmed and unhealthy farming practices), many of our fruits and vegetables do not have the same amount of nutrition that they did even 50 years ago.
But certain nutrients are beneficial.
I always recommend taking food based natural and organic supplements which could greatly improve your symptoms of fatigue. I always recommend a bespoke supplement plan designed for you individually.
Please discuss your supplement needs with an expert and don’t hesitate to contact me if you need help with this.
As a valued reader of WatchFit I am happy to give you a FREE supplement consultation.
Step 3: Stress reduction
Last but not least you need to pay attention to your body!
1. Sleep 8-10 hours a night
2. Keep to a regular sleep cycle – ideally, in bed before 10pm
3. Laugh and do something fun every single day
4. Eat nutrient dense REAL foods, reduce sugar and caffeine
5. Exercise (do something you enjoy, even walking can help)
6. Avoid negative people and self talk
7. Take time for yourself – to do something relaxing (yoga, meditation, bath)
Diet, supplements and your environment are essential when dealing with fatigue and your environment is possibly the most important.
So, be kind to yourself!
Try to be around people who will support you and are mostly positive. Stay positive and avoid saying negative things about yourself and others.
To find out more about stress relief and how I can help create a bespoke plan for you, connect with me by clicking here and we can start straightaway. You can also contact me for my healing diet cheat sheet for more food suggestions.
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