By Alane Palmer, ND, CNC and Scarlett Eriksen
Fatigue is so prevalent in our society today, and there are multiple conditions that cause fatigue. The reason for the fatigue can be different from person to person. Some of the conditions that cause fatigue are grief, autoimmunity, adrenal burnout, high insulin, high inflammation levels, infections, food intolerance, low hormones, low vitamins that help the body have energy and hypothyroid, to just name a few. All of the 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” (1). “The reduced function of the adrenal glands can cause the fatigue” (1). Whether the grief is from a death in the family, divorce, or an unexpected accident it’s going to have some impact on the adrenals and is considered a condition that causes fatigue.
Next, are autoimmunity 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 on energy levels.
Now let’s take a look at hypothyroid. “Fatigue is a prevalent symptom of hypothyroidism (an underactive thyroid gland), occurring as a result of the decrease in thyroid hormone production” (3). 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, and this leads to lower energy levels causing you to feel; weak and tired. It is essential to have a TSH of a 2.0 or under and healthy levels of Total and Free T3. Plus make sure your thyroid antibodies are negative or that indicates autoimmunity against your thyroid which can also cause fatigue.
Other conditions that cause fatigue are insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, irritable bowel syndrome and a weak immune system. Let us help you get your life back and get to the root condition that may be causing your fatigue.
Some tests to help determine the cause of fatigue
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Medical disclaimer: Our tests cannot be used to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. All test results are to be used as educational materials and as a guide to help support your overall health and wellness. Always discuss health concerns with your medical doctor.