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Fatigue

Any constant tiredness that goes on for more than a week should be investigated.

Nutrition_Specialties_FatigueThere are many health conditions that can cause chronic tiredness such as diabetes, hypothyroidism, adrenal dysfunction, hormonal dysfunction and iron deficiency anaemia.  It is important not to take an iron supplement unless you have been diagnosed as having an iron deficiency, as excessive iron can cause inflammation in the body, which can cause more problems. For this reason, it is important to see a Nutritionist.

Nutritionally based reasons for chronic tiredness can be:

Coeliac disease

In people suffering celiac disease, the villi in the small intestine lay flat when they come into contact with particles of gluten and this majorly reduces the amount of nutrients absorbed from your food. Products containing gluten must be removed from the diet and replaced with other foods.  Energy is restored once this is addressed.

Adrenal fatigue

Caused by not eating healthy regular meals and noticeably exacerbated by stress. Commonly caused by a fast food diet.

Hypoglycaemia

Low or irregular blood glucose levels can be responsible for chronically low energy levels. Can be caused by irregular eating or meals containing nutrient poor highly refined carbohydrates. This is easily corrected through diet.

Food Allergies/Intolerances

For some people the ingestion of wheat, gluten, dairy products or foods containing salicylates or certain preservatives and additives, can leave the joints aching or the digestion struggling – resulting in chronic tiredness.  Removing these offending foods can restore vitality and energy levels.

Gastrointestinal Dysbiosis

Sometimes after having a course of antibiotics or just from eating incorrectly for a long time, opportunistic bacteria flourish in the gut, interfering with normal digestive processes, and causing tiredness as well as other symptoms. This is repairable through a change in diet and addition of probiotics.

Lack of the correct carbohydrates resulting in a lack of B vitamins.