Do you feel the shift from saying that you're too busy to saying you're too tired? Does no amount of sleep help?
The root cause of exhaustion can be complicated. Fatigue cannot be written off as being tired. Here are 5 reasons why you may be feeling chronically exhausted:
1. Adrenal Fatigue
This is an imbalance in your cortisol production. Cortisol should be high in the morning, when you wake up, and slowly decrease throughout the day. If you feel, flat throughout the day, then adrenal imbalances may be your issue.
2. Depression or Anxiety
Sometimes your feelings of tiredness may be confused with feeling sad or fearful. Many people may hide behind feelings of tiredness rather than express sadness.
3. Lack of Certain Nutrients
A high calorie, low nutrient diet is depleting. Your diet may be lacking in folate, B12, and magnesium. Alcohol and coffee can deplete nutrients and water through the kidneys, chronic high stress increases the elimination of magnesium, and medications like blood pressure drugs and stomach acid blockers reduce absorption of nutrients. Changing your diet can always make a huge difference.
4. Lack of Cellular Energy
Oxidation can damage our cells. Eating too much sugar and refined, processed foods can create oxidation and be detrimental to our cellular energy.
5. Gut Imbalances
Our gut microbiome not only aids in absorption of nutrients, but also regulates our immune system and brain. The gut microbes make neurotransmitters that travel through the gut wall to our brain, helping increase serotonin and GABA. Brain fog and fatigue can also be signs of bacterial or fungal overgrowth like SIBO or Candida. Stool or urine testing may show such overgrowth. Herbal antifungals and/or herbal antibiotics may be helpful in these cases.
Being tired all the time is not normal, especially when you are getting enough sleep.