Understanding Fatigue or Low Energy

What is fatigue? What is low energy? It is simply an awareness of a lack of vitality to go throughout your day. Most people experience fatigue if they do high intensity exercise for a long period of time — they say words like “I’m tired” or “I’m exhausted”, but there’s a cause-and-effect relationship here: they know why they’re tired. They worked really hard, much harder than they normally do, and they expended a lot of energy. Just like a drained battery, they feel drained and usually go to bed earlier, or when they do go to bed they feel like they pass out because they’re so tired.

This is normal fatigue.

But what about the fatigue that stays with you every day even when you don’t do anything intense? You wake up with it. It’s there throughout the day. You go to sleep with it. It feels like the battery is always drained and never recharges. This is what we call fatigue that is chronic, or tiredness that is chronic, meaning it’s not dependent on the energy drain. It appears to have no cause, but is always with the person. They feel like they’re dragging all day long. When they wake up in the morning, they feel like they could sleep all day and still not feel better, still not feel energized, and if they have to do anything that has physical activity, it’s like lifting 1000 pounds. It’s extreme effort to get things done, even simple things. So fatigue goes in a continuum.

From the normal fatigue of over exertion to the severe debilitating disease of chronic fatigue, where minimal activities cannot be engaged in because of the continual drain of energy on the system, causing loss of function or non-function of daily duties. Even to the point of having to stay in bed almost continually — this is the most extreme, and then there are different degrees from the normal fatigue to the disease process of fatigue.

So what causes fatigue?

Besides the normal cause of over exertion, there are many abnormal causes, which include :

    1. Inflammation
    2. Infection (viral,bacterial)
    3. Pathogens (fungal, parasitic)
    4. Anemia
    5. Heart disorders
    6. Lung disorders
    7. Cancer
    8. Diabetes
    9. Chemical toxicity
    10. Dehydration

OnePoll recently surveyed 2,000 U.S. adults. The results stated 60% of American adults feel significantly tired, or fatigued, attributing it to not being normal.

It’s really important to understand your fatigue is secondary to an underlying problem. Fix all the underlying problems and your fatigue will be gone. This is the only way to treat yourself and improve your health. You cannot do a patch job with fatigue: many people take stimulants, even medications to give them more energy. The energy drain is coming from the underlying causes. The fatigue is just the effect. When you look in an iceberg peeking above the water you don’t see that 90% of the iceberg is under the water, only 10% is visible — the same goes with fatigue. Fatigue is what you experience, but what causes it is under the water. It is what has to be addressed: once all of these underlying causes have been resolved, fatigue is no longer there. So if you’re interested in getting to the root cause of your fatigue, contact us and we can help you find and correct those causes and get you started on the road to recovery, living a life of energy and vitality, as you were always meant to live. If you would like a consultation to see how you can recover your energy, click the box below: