Feeling tired all the time? The stressors in your everyday life do not necessarily help you constantly feel vitalized. However, there is more to just not getting enough sleep, nutrition, and stress that makes you feel tired. In this post, we are going to uncover some of the physical reasons as to why you might be feeling fatigued.

Here are some reasons as to why you might be feeling tired:

Thyroid not functioning optimally

Your thyroid gland is responsible for producing thyroid hormones for their regulation in metabolism. The thyroid hormones are responsible for the effect in all the cells in the body because they are responsible for maintaining body temperature, slowing down or speeding up heart rate, determining how fast calories are burned off, they influence the rate of which food moves through the digestive tract and the rate of which dying cells are replaced in your body

When the thyroid is not functioning optimally it can manifest in a variety of different ways but one of the major symptoms of low thyroid function is fatigue. Some other symptoms of low thyroid function include depression, brain fog, muscle cramps, cold intolerance, slowed movement and speech, and dry skin.

Low Iron

Iron deficiency is caused by low levels of iron in your body. That being said, with the lack of iron your body it is not able to produce enough red blood cells, ultimately affecting your ability to carry oxygen. This can result in someone feeling fatigued and experiencing shortness of breath. Some other symptoms of iron deficiency include pale skin, weakness, cold hands and feet, and brittle nails. 

Some Iron-rich foods include:

  • Spinach
  • Liver and organ meats
  • Legumes
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Quinoa
  • Tofu

B12 Deficiency

Lastly, fatigue and weakness are common results of B12 deficiency. B12 is needed in our body to help make red blood cells and transport oxygen. Low levels of B12 can also result in anemia. You can find B12 in food sources such as meat, eggs, milk, and cheese and if you are a vegan, sources of B12 include:

  • Nutritional yeast
  • Marmite
  • Vitamin-fortified almond, soy, hemp or coconut milk

In conclusion, there are a number of things that can be affecting your energy. Having low energy ultimately impairs us from functioning optimally and being able to participate in your everyday life.

Contact your student Naturopath or Naturopathic Practitioner at Empower Health today to talk about how you can boost your energy levels today. Let’s get you feeling BETTER NOW!