How often do you respond to a friend or coworker “how you are doing” by saying; “I am so tired?” Do you find your energy levels are low at the same time every day? Are there some days you feel too fatigued to go to work or spend time with family, much less go to the gym and exercise?
Why is that?
While a simple solution to not being tired during the day is to get a good night’s sleep, many other factors can influence your energy level.
Your naturopathic doctor will discuss your fatigue and other symptoms and determine the cause of it so you may be treated appropriately. Be sure your ND draws your blood as it is possible to discover nutrient deficiencies. Did you know that low levels of vitamin D, vitamin B12, or iron can cause significant fatigue? If you are deficient, simply supplementing specific nutrients could bring those levels up along with your energy. These are relatively easy and inexpensive ways to give you a boost, however be sure you are taking the prescribed dose and using a quality product.
Do you have seasonal allergies starting at this time of year? Allergies can cause tiredness as well, not to mention all types of itchy, dripping and sneezing symptoms. Talking to your ND about getting your allergy symptoms under control is another step in the right direction to resolving your fatigue. Natural remedies; such as Chinese herbal remedies, homeopathic remedies, and acupuncture can all help decrease the symptoms of allergies, consequently adding another jolt to your day.
Various hormones play an important role in your energy level throughout the day. Both men and women are affected by the hormones released by the adrenal glands. These stress hormones are important for keeping your body going during stressful times or while exercising. NDs are able to test for low hormone levels and supplement when necessary. Women are also more susceptible to fluctuating hormones during the menstrual cycle or menopause. Hormonal balance is very important and they can be tested to determine if an imbalance is the cause for your lack of energy and vitality. It is also helpful to consume a healthy diet during those times by avoiding too much sugar, alcohol and coffee and by increasing your intake of leafy green vegetables, water, and protein at each meal during the day.
Sometimes your mood can affect your level of energy. If you wake up on the wrong side of the bed, it is possible that you may not bounce through your day with a smile on your face. There are tests you can take that show the levels of neurotransmitters in your brain. The results are very helpful in determining how to balance your mood, calm your nervous system and help you sleep. Finally, some simple solutions to not being tired during the day are to get a good night’s sleep, plenty of exercise and maybe even some meditation and yoga. Sleep issues? Well that’s a whole other article.
Dr. Thybulle is a naturopathic doctor and may be reached at: Health Moves 17311 135th Ave NE Ste. C-800 Woodinville, WA 98072 Phone: 425.402.9999 or www.HealthMoves.org Most insurances accepted.