Recent Posts

Archive

Tags

Tired all the time? You could be deficient in one of these nutrients.


Are you constantly tired and struggling to get through the day?

Do you feel like you always need more sleep no matter how much you get?

Low energy levels are becoming more and more common, especially with today’s hectic lifestyles.

There are a number of reasons why you may be feeling exhausted all of the time including hormonal issues such as poor thyroid function, anemia, food intolerances and chronic stress or “adrenal fatigue”.

I think a good place to start is by checking for any nutrient deficiencies which may help with getting to the root cause of the issue. Here are the most common deficiencies linked to fatigue:

Iron

Probably the most commonly linked nutrient to fatigue. Iron is essential for creating red blood cells which transport oxygen throughout your body and low levels can lead to anemia. Iron is widely available in foods but is most concentrated in dark green leafy vegetables, red meats and poultry, tofu, pine nuts, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds and apricots.

B vitamins

B vitamins are essential for the body to produce energy within the cells and B12 is a particularly common deficiency which can also lead to anemia and neurological conditions. It is mainly found in animal products such as fish, meat, poultry, eggs, milk and other dairy products and is sometimes fortified in foods.

Magnesium

Another essential nutrient for the body and is involved in hundreds of processes within the body including energy production within the cells. Many people are deficient in this nutrient due to poor soil quality and the consumption of processed foods. It can be found in green leafy vegetables, legumes, nuts and seeds, dark chocolate, quinoa and whole wheat.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is essential for muscle and bone strength as well as modulating the immune system and low levels can lead to muscle weakness and low energy. This is another common deficiency and is mostly obtained through sunshine although it can be found in some foods such as oily fish, eggs, red meats and fortified foods.

Potassium

Potassium is another important mineral which supports the healthy functioning of your heart, nerves and muscles. Low levels of potassium can lead to fatigue, muscle weakness, and numbness and can be caused by eating too much sodium, which upsets the balance of potassium within the body. Good sources of potassium are bananas, sweet potatoes, white potatoes, cooked broccoli and spinach.

Omega 3 fats

Low levels of these good fats can impair the activity of cells which results in cellular fatigue and low energy production. Natural source are oily fish such as salmon, mackerel, herring, nuts and seeds such as flaxseeds and chia seeds and plant oils.