causes of chronic fatigueBy Alane Stieglitz, ND, CNC

Fatigue is so prevalent in our society today, and multiple underlying conditions can be linked to the causes of fatigue. The causes of fatigue can be different from person to person. Some conditions that can cause fatigue are; grief, autoimmunity, adrenal burnout, high insulin, high inflammation levels, infections, food intolerance, low hormones, vitamin deficiency, to name a few. All of these conditions can wear people out and lead to debilitating fatigue.

Let’s start with grief.  Grief elevates the adrenaline in your body. Over time, the added stress from this condition can cause the adrenal glands to burn out, leading to a condition known as adrenal fatigue. The reduced function of the adrenal glands is one of the causes of fatigue. Whether the grief is from a death in the family, divorce, or an unexpected accident, it will have some impact on the adrenals. It is considered a condition that causes chronic fatigue.

Next are autoimmune issues and infections. Both of these can take a toll on the body and wear you out. The autoimmune process can cause attacks on healthy tissues and uncontrolled inflammation. When a person is suffering from an autoimmune disease or an everlasting infection, it takes a toll on the adrenal glands and energy levels. This explains how autoimmunity is one of the causes of fatigue. 

Now let’s take a look at hypothyroid. Fatigue is a prevalent symptom of hypothyroidism (an under-active thyroid gland), occurring as a result of the decrease in thyroid hormone production. Your thyroid makes hormones that control the way your body uses energy. Your thyroid also regulates your metabolism, which is how your body turns food into energy. With hypothyroidism, your body experiences a drop in hormone production, which leads to lower energy levels causing you to feel; weak and tired. It is essential to have a TSH of 2.0 or under and healthy levels of Total and Free T3. Plus, make sure your thyroid antibodies are negative, or this can indicate autoimmunity against your thyroid, which can also be a significant cause of chronic fatigue.

Other conditions that are some of the causes of fatigue are insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, hormone imbalance, irritable bowel syndrome, and a weak immune system. Let us help you get your life back and get to the root condition causing your fatigue.

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