“I just don’t have the energy , “I am so tired all the time”, “I am exhausted”, is what I hear from so many women. But WHAT is causing so many of us to be SO TIRED? It generally is not just that we aren’t getting enough sleep. However, I do know how hard that first year (or two) with a little one can be in the sleep department so I definitely can be part of it. BUT if you are finding that even after getting a decent night’s sleep and are still tired throughout the day then there likely is something going on in your body that is draining your energy.
Below are the 7 most common causes of low energy:
1. Chronically Dehydrated
Chronic Dehydration is actually a fairly common factor, however it’s often not the only factor. But drinking more water is one of the easiest things you can do. So I encourage you to focus on increasing your water intake for a few days and see if you notice any changes. Just drinking a big glass of water is a trick if you notice a lull in energy during the day. It might give you an instant perk in energy. And as a side note: you really don’t need to be drinking anything other than water. Skip the juice, skip the milk and just go for the water. Juice is filled with sugar and can cause problems with inflammation and blood sugar (which I will talk more about) and milk is inflammatory for many and if so is also causing you low energy (I will touch on this more in #3).
2. Low Thyroid Output/Hypothyroid
Low thyroid is a problem for so many and most don’t know it. You may have suspected this already because of the common symptoms including weight gain and low energy and have gotten tested only to find out you are in the “normal” range. But those tests often aren’t accurate and you can still be “normal” with a thyroid output low enough to really be taking a toll on your energy (and possibly your weight). The good news is that making the lifestyle changes (many mentioned here) to really nourish your body and take away what is causing inflammation, can help to increase your thyroid output.
3. Food Intolerance
If you’ve been following me, you know I talk about this often. That’s because uncovering hidden food intolerances (that I did’t even know I had) made a big different in my health and my quality of life. The most common culprits are gluten, dairy, soy, egg and/or corn.
The effects of food intolerances differ from allergies in that the symptoms often don’t appear right after consuming the offending food but it might not appear until 12-24 hours later, making it very difficult to make a correlation, especially if you are consuming it on a daily basis. Doing an elimination diet or getting tested by a Naturopathic Doctor are the best ways to determine if it’s a problem. You can grab my free elimination diet guide here.
Chronic stress takes a toll on the body. I’m not talking about the occasional stressful event but if you are finding you are stressed on a daily basis, then it likely is a cause of your exhaustion. Chronic stress depletes essential nutrients in your body, it can result in blood-sugar imbalances, and it can take a toll on your adrenals. Try finding a healthy stress reliever like relaxing daily walks, meditation, yoga, journalling to get your thoughts out onto paper or daily gratitude journalling.
5. “Bad Foods” – Sugar, Processed Foods, Bad Fats, Additives and Refined Carbohydrates
These foods are all hard on your system. Sugar depletes nutrients from your body as well as causing big blood/sugar and insulin problems. Additives, colourings and bad fats (fried foods, canola oil, vegetable oil, anything with trans fats are a few examples) are all highly inflammatory to the body resulting in, but not limited to, low energy.
6. Blood-Sugar Imbalance and Insulin Resistance
Consuming sugar and refined carbohydrates causes surges in blood sugar levels (and drops) which leaves you with energy drops and spikes, often throughout the day. This rollercoaster also results, over time, in insulin resistance leading to diabetes and a wide array of problems. Try to avoid foods containing added sugar as well as refined carbohydrates (crackers, bread, muffins, pasta…) and consume more whole foods with a focus on healthy fats, quality protein and an abundance of vegetables.
7. Overgrowth of Bad Bacteria
You may have heard of yeast overgrowth (also known as candida overgrowth). Note: just because you don’t get yeast infections doesn’t mean you don’t have a yeast overgrowth. This is just one form of “bad bacteria” that commonly takes over in the digestive tract resulting and a huge variety of issues, one being low energy. Antibiotics, consuming added sugar and refined carbohydrates, and stress are a few of the reasons we develop an imbalance in gut bacteria. Cutting sugar, reducing refined carbohydrates, reducing stress and adding in dark leafy green vegetables and probiotics are all helpful in getting those bacteria strains back into balance.
I know I have thrown a lot of information at you here but wanted to shed some light on why you might be feeling the way you are, possibly on a daily basis. I also want you to know that it IS NOT because you are lazy. What I hope you take away from this is that your low energy is most likely due to internal imbalances and that the imbalances are completely reversible through diet and lifestyle changes. It can be so overwhelming…especially when you are exhausted. For that reason I am in the development phase of creating the Mama Recharged Method. It is a 6-week group program that guides you through the changes needed to getting your energy back…and your life back. It is set up in an easy to follow fashion. Even though we will be cutting out some foods, you won’t feel deprived. I will introduce you to a whole new world of nourishing, simple, but most importantly satisfying and delicious recipes. You will come away with a sustainable (and enjoyable) lifestyle change. Our focus is getting your energy back but a nice side effect is some weight loss and banishing those all consuming cravings. Think of just how different your life could be with an abundance of energy! And don’t worry, you won’t be stuck in the kitchen with all that new found energy either.
If you are interested in making big changes in 2018 (starting January), I will be offering a small number of people the chance at being “beta testers” for this program. Being a beta tester means you will gain lifetime access to this program for 75% off (or more) the program price. In return I will ask you a few quick questions (usually yes or no questions) as I continue to develop the program as well as some feedback after the program on what you liked or didn’t like about it. The fun part is that in a way your input is customizing the program based on YOUR wants and needs.Watch for the info coming out in a week or two. To make sure you don’t miss the chance at it, send me a message and I will make sure I get that info to you.
Wishing you health, happiness…and energy!