Are you are feeling tired all the time, from the moment you wake up, even after a good night’s sleep? Are you tired all day even when you haven’t had a very busy day? PLEASE don’t ignore it!!!
Being tired all the time, to the point of exhaustion at times, can seriously effect your quality of life. You can become a grumpy parent who snaps all the time or a less affectionate loving spouse or partner. You can become less sociable, less productive at work & less motivated to help your community. Worst of all you can become less focused on your dreams and goals and drift away from being Naturally You, which is being nourished and fulfilled on every level.
The good news is that there are a few common causes of this that you can investigate and see if they could apply to you. Then you can start your journey to alleviating your lethargy, putting a spring back in your step and joy back in your life.
Just 5 of the most common causes & ways to deal with them are:
This is an iron deficiency, which can cause a variety of symptoms including being tired all the time, dizziness and feeling cold. A quick test for your iron levels is to pull down your bottom eye lid, if the flesh is glossy and red you probably have good iron levels, but if it is pale and pink, you could probably do with an iron boost. You can do a lot with your food, herbs and lifestyle to increase your iron levels in just a few weeks. Start adding as many of these wonders to your life as possible to naturally boost your iron levels:
Add herbs like:
And foods like:
Dark green leafy vegetables
& Meat and Poultry
Consistently reducing your calorie intake to below what your body requires will always result in you feeling tired all the time, even if the aim of it was rapid weight loss. Focus on naturally improving your diet and lifestyle and this will keep the weight off much more effectively than severe calorie restriction.
This is a very common, under diagnosed and rarely treated fungal overgrowth, which can be brought on by processed sugars in your diet, a lack of healthy whole foods, constant stress, lowered immunity and long term or frequent use of antibiotics. Some of Candida’s symptoms include being tired all the time, irritability, headaches, food sensitivities and poor digestion. There are simple tests you can take to evaluate the likelihood having the infection and it’s severity, which most good natural health coaches and practitioners can offer. You can also use an elimination diet to remove the foods that could be feeding the fungus, then slowly reintroducing them in a supervised way.
But in the meantime, the 3 most important things to do are to stop feeding the fungus on processed sugars, replenish the friendly bacteria to control the fungal overgrowth and build immune system to give your body the energy and defences required to deal with the overgrowth. Garlic is thought to slow the spread of candida and Aloe Vera juice can help the damage to the gut lining cause by the overgrowth and the powerful antifungal Grapefruit seed extract has been shown to control the overgrowth also.
You probably know at least 5 people from your family or just friends who have allergies to something these day. We are being bombarded with so many weird and not always wonderful chemical cocktails in our food, water, air, that our bodies defences end up on high alert trying to fight them all off. This doesn’t always work and your body can develop intolerances or allergies to several substances, which will trigger an immune response if your body is exposed to them.
When your immune system becomes engaged of defending your body against an attack, it uses quite a bit of your energy, which is why sleep is the first recommendation when you’re sick. But did you know that many people are allergic or intolerant to things they eat, drink or are exposed to everyday without even knowing it, which is triggering their immune system daily?
It’s not just sluggish digestion or not enough sleep that makes you sleep after lunch or a big meal, you could be intolerant to the gluten in the bread or the dairy in the cream sauce too.
There is a simple pulse test or a more advanced blood test you can use to find out what foods you could be reacting too, so you can remove them from your diet and feel the benefits. Get a copy of Becoming Naturally You and refer to page 200 for instructions on performing a pulse test for food allergies at home.
Exercise is great to boost your energy, vitality and more. But if done in excess it can have the opposite effect. Your body needs a balance between exercise and recovery to avoid over training. Symptoms like lingering fatigue, mood changes, disturbed sleep, persistent soreness, irritability or frequent injuries accompanied by daily strenuous exercise are signs that you could be over exercising. Insure that you have at least one rest day a week in your training schedule and listen to your body. Get professional help on how to structure your exercise regime to give you optimal results and energy. Find a good exercise coach, like a Chek practitioner, a functional exercise coach or a African or Kemetic Yoga instructor.
If none of the above are the cause of your fatigue, other reasons could range from simply not getting enough sleep to hypothyroidism or even adrenal fatigue. But whatever it turns out to be for you, rest assured that healthy whole foods, simple diet changes and the amazing power of natural remedies, can all play a part in relieving you feeling tired all the time, so you can get your life back on track and become Naturally You.
Take care and stay healthy
The Naturally You Coach
About the Author: Leah Salmon, The Naturally You Coach, is a best selling author of 6 books, editor of The Naturally You Magazine, founder of Amun University, a whole foods and personal development coach, raw food workshop teacher and homeschooling mother of 6. Leah helps culturally focused mothers of colour create a nourished and fulfilled life, using personalised dieting planning with whole foods and her signature 7 step Naturally You Coaching program and MA.M.A circle. Join her FREE mailing list in the yellow box on the right of the page to get a Free Top Ten Health Boosting Recipes Book