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Do you wake up feeling tired…no matter how well you sleep? Do you have low energy in the day? The afternoon lull has you grabbing for coffee and sugar?
At any given time, 1 in every 5 people feel unusually tired and 1 in 10 have prolonged fatigue. It is often due to poor sleep, but not always. Diet and lifestyle choices have a huge impact.
Poor diet, lack of sleep, anxiety and stress can certainly cause fatigue and low energy (I will explain more below), but…..what about people who eat ‘healthy’ foods, sleep well, don’t get stressed and still feel tired?
When you visit the docs for fatigue or low energy, it’s likely you will be diagnosed with depression or anxiety and prescribed antidepressants (I am talking from experience here). Doctors tend to resort to this response when they either don’t know what to do next, or don’t have time to investigate.
There are two other reasons for the low energy that you’re doctor won’t mention:
“All disease begins in the gut” – Greek Hippocrates.
This seems to be my most popular quote as it’s so important for overall health and wellbeing because the gut represents almost 70% of the entire immune system.
Gut issues can range from IBS, leaky gut, IBD, intolerances, SIBO, parasites, Ulcerative Colitis etc….
It is also important to note, that many other symptoms and diseases that seem totally unrelated to the gut, such as eczema, achy joints, psoriasis or fatigue, are actually caused by gut problems. So…. by focusing on the gut you can get better and it’s not all down to the food we eat.
Inflammation is part of the body’s natural response to infection and tissue damage, and it is crucial to the healing process. However, if you are experiencing low energy, low moods, dehydration, headaches etc. then inflammation is not a good thing and you need to start looking at the foods you’re eating as well as the lifestyle choices you are making.
Cool inflammation to boost your energy levels.
Below I have put together a list of foods and lifestyle choices that could be causing your inflammation and gut problems, and also a list of things that can heal them.
Helpful tips around lifestyle and food
Foods that HARM:
- Caffeine; seems odd right but the initial boost you get will only drop and reduce nutrients as well, making you more drained.
- Sugar; puts you on a rollercoaster of energy
- Alcohol; causes restless sleep
- Intolerances, common ones being gluten, dairy, sugar (SIBO)
- Processed foods; high salt and sugar
- Low iron
Foods that HEAL:
- Wild tuna and salmon
- Grass-fed beef (If you’re vegan; increase Vitamin B12 with a supplement)
- Sweet potatoes
- Hazelnuts, almonds
- Green leafy veg
- Fermented foods; Kefir, sauerkraut, natural yoghurt
- WATER; boosts metabolism and energy
- Bone broth
Lifestyles that HARM:
- Electronics, screen watching constantly
- Sedentary/ lack of regular exercise
- Lack of quality sleep
- Over exercising
Lifestyles that HEAL:
- Aromatherapy oils to relax; lavender, chamomile, clary sage
- Meditation, belly breathing, yoga
- Remove electronics at least 1 hour before bed
- Keep the room cooler
- Self care; massage, dedicate one full day a week of total rest
- Try quality sleep over quantity; 90 min sleep cycles to suit your natural bodies circadian rhythms
No one wants to struggle with low energy, especially over the Christmas period when we have so many social events, family dinners and shopping to do, right? If you want to know more about what’s going with your overall health and wellbeing and how to improve your energy and gut problems, book a FREE gut health breakthrough session.
What can I say, its nearly Christmas after all, its my gift to you.