25 Jun Feeling Tired? Here’s Some Reasons Why
It’s one of the most common complaints we hear. ‘I was so tired this morning’; ‘I couldn’t make it to the gym because I was feeling tired’; ‘Need a coffee asap, I’m so tired!’. I can’t exercise because I am so tired.
Feeling tired even after you’ve had a good night’s sleep isn’t a new phenomenon. In fact, as our lives get busier and more stressful, the occurrence of fatigue increases. While sleep quality is important there’s more to the story as to why you’re lacking in energy. This is part of the reason why I created the wheel of wellness and so much of what the online gym is about. Its about building energy and real health and this is holistic. Everything is connected. The key is to understand your bodies energy and build health and habits around it to improve it.
Your diet, hormonal balance, stress, genetics and exercise routine all play a role in leaving you exhausted. Avoid addressing any of these issues and you’re at serious risk of burnout. So I want to share with you some of the common reasons fatigue might be getting the better of you.
You’re suffering from adrenal fatigue
I have previously spoken a lot about adrenal fatigue because it is becoming more prevalent due to the high amounts of stress we put our mind and body through. It is also something I have dealt with and continue to manage regularly. With all the stress and busy-ness of today our adrenals become exhausted which leads to lower levels of hormones, including cortisol and adrenaline responsible for energy regulation.
It’s not just emotional stress that can cause adrenal fatigue. A poor diet, overexercising, alcohol or drug abuse and a lack of sleep can all contribute to its onset.
You have a thyroid disorder
Thyroid disorders are also very common, especially in women. The symptoms of a thyroid disorder range from fatigue and moodiness to muscle pain, changes in appetite and poor focus.
When your thyroid gland is compromised, it impacts your entire body. This is because it is responsible for secreting hormones that effect every bodily function. Your thyroid gland is responsible for your heart rate, body temperature, production of protein, metabolic rate and controlling your energy levels.
Your sedentary lifestyle
Our modern-day lifestyle means that many people are sedentary for the majority of the day. Lack of movement means your body becomes sore, your joints in your back, neck and shoulders become stiff, and you’ll be more prone to chronic headaches.
Our bodies are designed to move, so without regular activity, you’re more likely to experience fatigue, mood swings, weight gain and a lack of motivation. Exercise releases endorphins, which boosts your stamina and metabolism and lifts your mood.
Drinking water is such a simple task that we can add to every day, yet so many people forget its importance. When you’re dehydrated, your blood viscosity increases effecting the amount your heart must beat in order to transport oxygen to all the cells in your body.
This transportation slows when you don’t take in enough fluids. Essential nutrients and oxygen are delivered to your brain, muscles and vital organs at a much slower pace which is why you’re feeling tired, lethargic and experience those “brain fog” moments throughout the day.
You’re nutrient deficient
Insufficient nutrient levels are a common cause of tiredness, particularly amongst those who rely on a diet of processed foods, sugar and caffeine to survive the day.
Nutrients essential for energy production include vitamins C and B complex and iron; and the minerals magnesium and zinc are important in supporting your adrenals. If you’re too low in iron, you may be suffering from anaemia meaning your body won’t get enough oxygen-rich blood causing you to become fatigued. When feeling tired magnesium is required in relatively high levels to reduce your stress hormones and help you recover.
You suffer from leaky gut syndrome
Leaky gut syndrome does more than just mess with your bowel habits. Its a condition where the digestive track essentially develops holes in the gut lining and could be a contributing factor to why you’re feeling tired. This is because it can result in nutrient malabsorption starving your body of essential vitamins and minerals. This is what happened to me. Learn more about my story here.
Iron, zin and vitamin B’s are commonly low in people with leaky gut. The key is to remove factors contributing to the condition, like sugar and gluten, and support your body with gut-healing supplements and foods.
You’re emotionally drained
Emotional stress can have dire consequences when it comes to our health and wellbeing. A lack of energy is often caused by anxiety, depression, reduced sleep and stress due to its ability to disrupt neurotransmitters and hormones.
Reducing emotional stress can be difficult, but there are simple things you can do to start the process. Exercising and sleeping more, eating a healthy diet, talking healing supplements like probiotics, magnesium and B vitamins will all help in achieving emotional balance.
If you’re feeling tired, it’s important to start listening to your body rather than pushing through. Rest more, avoid stimulants like caffeine and sugar, consume a wholefood healthy diet and get moving. Trust me, you’ll be rewarded with an increased vitality and much more energy.
The key is understanding how to create real wellness. It is through my own journey and through helping others that I have developed the true essence of creating optimal Wellness and energy. Its not just about the food and its not just about the exercise. Its created by working on the four key elements equally. Learn more about these elements and find out which area may be lacking for you right now. Build energy and health through taking care of your entire body with a solid foundation first. Learn more about our Wheel Of Wellness here.