by Dr. Serenity Aberdour, ND
One of the most common complaints that I see in my practice is fatigue – patients who feel like they have just run out of steam, don’t have the energy they used to, and/or just can’t seem to get enough sleep to feel rested.
There are a lot of different reasons that a person can feel tired all the time and naturopathic medicine is well suited to help deal with many of them. Here are some of the top reasons I have found for people being tired all the time:
Anemia – a lack of sufficient red blood cells. Without enough red blood cells, there is just not enough oxygen getting to your tissues, and even small tasks can seem like they take more effort than they should. There are different types of anemia such as iron deficiency or B12 deficiency anemia and knowing which type you have is the first step in providing appropriate treatment. A quick and easy blood test can help to figure out if anemia is making you tired.
Burning the candle at both ends and burning out – high stress job, not enough sleep, major family responsibilities, intense training schedule – these and many other factors can put a major dent in your energy reserves. On top of our kidneys sit two little glands, the adrenals, that do their best to support us when we are under stress. But these little guys can only hold up to so much abuse! Eventually the adrenal glands become fatigued and people begin to feel “burnt out”. In addition to making sure you get enough sleep, dietary changes and herbal medicines can help to restore your tired adrenal glands to their former glory – so you can get on with that busy life of yours.
Sugar blues – too much sugar, and other nutritional imbalances can really zap your energy. A naturopathic doctor can help you to determine where your diet may be lacking and how to fix it so you can get back in the game.
If you are tired of being tired, consider a visit to a naturopathic doctor, it may be just the boost you need.
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