Fatigue by Dr. Michael Kane
Fatigue is a common issue for many people. It can be challenging to find the cause of fatigue especially if it is not associated with any other physical symptoms. The assessment of anyone with fatigue should include a physical exam and some blood work. The blood work can help determine if the issue of fatigue is caused by an underlying problem like anemia, thyroid problem, adrenal fatigue, low testosterone, allergies or a number of other issues.
If the physical exam and the blood work do not reveal any leads as to the cause of fatigue there are some nutritional issues to consider. Some nutrient deficiencies can cause fatigue. Low levels of certain vitamins or nutrients can make us feel like we are dragging. Some of these levels can be checked with specific blood work and others through looking at a general nutritional diet assessment. Optimizing your nutrition is a good goal for anyone but can be very important for those with fatigue. It is also important to note that certain medications can have fatigue as a side effect.
Certain medications can deplete a number of nutrients in our bodies and that can lead to fatigue. And when the medications are many, the burden on the liver and our bodies can in itself cause some fatigue.
One of the hardest things to do when you are tired is to exercise but exercise can often be one of the best things to help with fatigue. Getting out and getting active is well worth the effort when the rewards are an increase in our vitality and our overall health.
Doing a spring cleanse or detoxification for our body can also be a good overall support for low energy.
If your energy is less then what you desire ask your physician for suggestions that would be most appropriate for you.
Supplements to consider:
Energy Plus is an adapatogenic formulation to help give support to those with generalized fatigue that has been associated with increased stress or overworking. This product contains a few botanicals that help the body adapt to increased stress including American Ginseng, Schisandra, Polygonum, Astragalus, Atractylodes and Licorice root. Ask your doctor if this is right for you.