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Are You Lacking Motivation This New Year?

The New Year inspires many to make healthy lifestyle changes, but sometimes a lack of motivation and fatigue can halt our New Year goals and resolutions!

Fatigue can have many underlying causes. Although it’s normal to be tired every once and a while, the following 6 causes of chronic fatigue should always be addressed. ny

  • Diet and Digestive Function (food sensitivities, poor dietary choices, sluggish digestion and inflammation)
  • Deficiencies (Iron, B12)
  • Hormonal imbalances (adrenal and thyroid)
  • Lifestyle factors ( stress)
  • Environmental and Dietary Toxins ( food additives and chemicals)

1. Diet

A healthy diet plays a huge role in maintaining proper energy levels. Fatigue can be triggered by your diet in a few different ways, including food sensitivities, blood sugar instability, poor dietary choices, sluggish digestive system and compromised intestinal health.

2. Deficiencies

Iron-deficiency and B-12 deficiency anemia are fairly common causes of fatigue. Iron is necessary in order to produce hemoglobin, a protein that delivers oxygen to your cells. If your cells do not receive enough oxygen, your body has to work significantly harder to function properly, which can leave you feeling exhausted. Iron is also absorbed by the small intestine, therefore, should you have compromised intestinal health, you could be prone to iron deficiency.

4. Hormonal imbalances

Hormonal imbalances such as adrenal and thyroid dysfunctions, are another major cause of fatigue. The adrenal glands and thyroid work hand-in-hand to support your energy levels, so it’s important to take care of them both. Estrogen dominance can make it difficult to lose weight, and many people will fail to ever maintain weight loss on diet plans if their hormonal function isn’t properly addressed.

5. Lifestyle Factors  

Lifestyle factors such as stress and sleep have a direct effect on your immune function. In stressful situations, your body responds by increasing your blood sugar, suppressing your immune system to save energy, and slows your ability to digest. We also release the stress hormone cortisol, that can have wreak havoc on the waist line. Cortisol tends to deposit fat around the mid-section in women and men. Over time, this stress can lead to a weakened immune system, digestive dysfunction and hormonal imbalances.

6. Toxins

Toxins of any kind, especially those we ingest through our water and food supply, can lead to devastating effects for our digestive and immune health.  This can lead to chronic fatigue, food sensitivities, as well as cause issues with vitamin and minerals absorption.

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