Does that question resonate with you? You’re not alone. Many people suffer from a lack of energy even though they get plenty of sleep every night — or constantly feel fatigued even though they haven’t exerted themselves physically. And, far too many people just learn to live with in, rather than seek out a medical, treatable reason for their malaise.
Diagnosing the cause of chronic fatigue is not simple, but if you want answers, you need to challenge your doctor to help you find them. We recommend focusing on these three energy-sapping conditions:
- Low Mitochondria. Mitochondria are powerhouses that act like a digestive system — taking in nutrients, breaking them down and creating energy molecules in cells. Every year, you lose one percent of your mitochondria, so as you age, your cells are generating less energy.
- Nutrient Deficiencies. This shouldn’t really be a big surprise. Food is like the crude oil that runs a factory; it needs to be high grade or the “end product” will suffer. A poor diet can sap your energy level. Mom was right; you need to eat your vegetables!
- Inflammation. If you have an inflammatory arthritis or autoimmune disease, inflammation in your joints and other tissues can cause fatigue. Cytokines, found in inflamed tissue, are similar to chemicals released in viral illnesses like colds and the flu.
These aren’t all the possible causes for your fatigue, but they can be a good place to start. Your doctor should perform a battery of tests — not just a complete blood count — to try to isolate the source of your lack of energy, rather than just trying to treat your symptoms. Medical supplements that can help address the issues noted above include ALAmed CR, Nutri-Essentials and Curcuminoid CR.