Are you tired all the time? Do you fall into bed at the end of the day and, despite getting a full night’s sleep, still wake up feeling unrefreshed and fatigued? If you do not jump out of bed every morning with a spring in your step, you may be suffering from fatigue.
Most people today are living extremely stressful, busy lives, so it is normal to experience tiredness some of the time. This tiredness generally resolves itself after some rest and relaxation. Increasingly though, persistent, unremitting tiredness is becoming a major problem for a number of people. Fatigue is a common presenting complaint of many Australians and New Zealanders, but is also misunderstood and at times even dismissed, particularly if there is no easy identifiable cause.
If you have to drag yourself out of bed and struggle through the day, then you may benefit from some natural supplements to give your energy levels a boost.
Things That May Lead to Fatigue
- Low iron levels
- Hormonal imbalances
- Digestion and liver issues
- Excess body fat
- Unstable blood sugars
- Stress and mood changes
- Mitochondrial dysfunction
When Your Powerhouses are Struggling to Make Enough Energy
Poor energy production at the cellular level will leave you feeling tired. To increase your energy levels, you need to ensure that your mitochondria are working at full capacity for optimal energy. Mitochondria are the ‘powerhouses’ within every cell – they make energy to keep each cell in your body functioning well. Mitochondria require certain nutrients to work efficiently, and no matter what else is going on in your body, if mitochondrial function is impaired, you will have reduced energy production. If you experience fatigue, improving mitochondrial function is an important first step toward improving your energy levels.
Key Nutrients Used to Increase Mitochondrial Energy Production
There are a number of nutrients that can help support mitochondrial function and give your energy levels a boost. These include:
- Coenzyme Q10
- Lipoic acid
- Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids
Eat and Exercise Yourself Energetic
Many of the above nutrients will help boost your energy levels, but it is also important to address some of the dietary and lifestyle factors that could be causing the problem in the first place.
If you are tired make sure that you eat a healthy well-balanced diet and drink plenty of water throughout the day. The quality and balance of the food you are consuming will have a considerable impact on your energy and vitality. Where possible avoid overly processed foods and eat organic, natural foods. Engaging in regular physical activity is also important.