Many of us are in an endless battle with feeling fatigued. One core reason could be our body is not designed for the stressful world we now live in. As the world evolved from the simple hunter/cave man days, our stresses have also evolved. Stresses from work, relationship, illness, and even certain health conditions are all playing a big part of why we’re feeling fatigued.
Many of these stress triggering factors increases the demand and strain on our body’s energy reserves which in the end results is us feeling run down and fatigued. Unknown to many a primary reason for feeling stress-induced fatigued is our nutrition. In simpler terms our body requires a certain amount of energy input, however when we’re supplying less than required we begin feeling the stress and all the triggers that come along with it that leads to fatigue.
What exactly is our energy input? Food! Food is the human body’s fuel, and with a lack of fuel we begin slowing down and require much more effort to function. Not all food is treated as equal energy either. A well balanced and nutritious diet will provide us much better fuel or energy, than unhealthy, sugary, fat loaded meals.
Getting your diet on track is the first step in ending your constant battle with fatigue. In a nut shell by incorporating more nutrient dense vegetables, eating enough protein, and low GI, wholegrain carbs you could begin feeling more energetic almost immediately.
However there’s more than just fueling up our body with the right type of food to battle fatigue. There are natural ingredients that you can incorporate to support our energy producing cells within our body to assist with fighting the fatigue.
The cells in our bodies are made up for clever components called organelles and one of these organelles is the mitochondria. The mitochondria looks after our energy supply and constantly provide our cells with constant fuel supply for us to keep going. Psychological and physical stress plays a major toll on our mitochondria and results in reduction in overall energy supply, hello fatigue!
CoQ1 is a vital nutrient used to protect your mitochondria and your overall body from cellular damage caused by stress. Research shows low CoQ10 stores can be linked to increases susceptibility to feeling fatigue and other chronic diseases. Taking additional CoQ10 supplements can assist in ensuring there’s healthy levels of this nutrient in your body and ensure your mitochondria is protected against the brunt of daily stressors.
Magnesium is an essential mineral for many functions of your body, however it’s also an essential mineral for your body to convert the food consumed in to energy. Low levels of magnesium can also result in stress, and further stress can influence stronger levels of fatigue.
Our mitochondria require Vitamins B2 and B3 in particular to create molecules of energy; however stress can deplete these vitamins quite easily. However thankfully B vitamins are quite versatile, as Vitamins B6 and B12 are able to soothe the blunt of the impact of stress on our body and manage the production of stress hormones. This is why it’s essential to ensure your body has strong levels of B vitamins in order to replenish any stress depleted vitamins, and also combat the stress hormones.
Fatigue could be a sole symptom of inadequate diet and lack of essential nutrients, or it could be part of many other symptoms due to other health problems. The constant demand of our everyday life can put our body in quite a toll and leave us feeling fatigued (or even stressed too). Talk to one of Feeling Healthy’s experienced nutritionist and see how we can help you kick stress to the curb through dietary advice, prescribing the essential nutrients listed above, and also address any other underlying causes of stress.
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