No energy? No worries. Getting it back may be easier than you think.
“I have no energy!” These are 4 words that I hear all the time from my clients! Whether they have trouble getting up and going in the morning or they crash and burn in the mid-afternoon hours, lack of energy is very, very frustrating (and can be quite worrisome) to say the least. Energy and hormone balance depend upon one another, too, which can add to the frustration.
No energy? There may be a simple answer.
Obviously, any time you’re not feeling at the top of your game you should check in with your doctor to make sure there is nothing serious going on, but did you know that often times there is a very simple answer to this feeling of exhaustion that creeps up on us? Sometimes the body is lacking the tools it needs to produce energy: NUTRIENTS. It’s not at all uncommon for us adults to have depleted the very vitamins and minerals that the body depends upon to keep us going. And this probably won’t surprise you – stress is usually the culprit!
Be sure to consider “subclinical” deficiencies.
We don’t hear a lot about the effects of nutrient deficiencies on health these days. Vitamin deficiency diseases such as Scurvy (severe vitamin C deficiency), Beriberi (severe thiamine deficiency) and Pellagra (severe niacin deficiency), though they were quite common and even feared back in the day, are now pretty rare in developed countries. But one thing that we sometimes fail to consider is the fact that even minor deficiencies of certain vitamins or minerals can wreak absolute havoc on how we feel! I’m talking about small deficiencies that don’t necessarily show up on blood tests – called subclinical deficiencies. Have you ever been told “your lab results look perfect” and you walk away thinking “what the heck.. but I feel awful!!” Well, you may have experienced a subclinical deficiency. Basically, the body doesn’t work the way it’s supposed to because it doesn’t have enough of a certain nutrient available.
“Nutrients are essentially tools that allow us to make energy.”
Not enough of these tools = not enough energy. This is the relatively easy-to-fix cause of many chronic health issues today ranging from depression to insomnia to high blood pressure … the list goes on and on!
What causes us to be nutrient-deficient?
Today we are prone to nutrient deficiencies mostly because of stress – emotional stress, stress in the form of a toxic environment and chemicals and hormones in our food, medications, lack of sleep, pushing ourselves too hard … I’m sure I’m forgetting something. Stress burns through vitamins and minerals almost like a car burns through gas when we rev up the engine. The more “revving” we do, the faster the body burns it’s fuel. Digestion plays a major role in nutrient deficiencies too. We can eat healthy foods all day long but if the gut is giving us problems, we won’t absorb the vitamins and minerals from our foods efficiently or effectively!
Also remember that anything that the body can’t use to build itself up and make energy, it must filter out. This causes physical stress. Chemicals in the form of artificial flavors, colors and preservatives, as well as added hormones and even medications, all have to be filtered out of the body. One more thing that we often don’t consider is that our soils are often over-farmed and therefore mineral-depleted. This, as well as the long period of time it takes our produce to get from the farm to our table, leads to lower levels of vitamins and minerals even in the healthiest foods!
“All of this becomes quite a problem because each vitamin and mineral plays an active role in, well, everything that the body does! Nerve function, metabolism of hormones, energy production, cholesterol metabolism, brain function … everything!”
So, if you feel exhausted and have no idea why, or if you have chronic health conditions that make life a drag, contact me and we’ll chat about what’s going on with you. I’ll explain how I will help you get to the root of the problem by uncovering what nutrients may need replenishing in your body.
Thanks for stopping by, and best of health to you!
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