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Tired and Fatigued

May 3, 2014

Why am I so Tired and Fatigued?

Due to the fast paced lifestyle  that is the norm today it is no wonder that we get tired.

However, after some time off and de-stressing our energy level should come back up. If the energy level does not improve that should be of considerable concern since your productivity and your moods will ultimately plummet.

There are three main reasons that could be experiencing fatigue.

  1. Metabolic reasons ( body Chemistry )
  2. Structural issues ( spinal nerve stress )
  3. Sluggish brain function problems


Your body must be in chemical balance for you to produce energy in your cells. You need the proper nutritional building blocks to produce hormones, neuro-transmitters, amino acids and other substances for all your organ systems to communicate with each other chemically. Deficiencies in B vitamins, vitamin D, essential fatty acids and minerals are detrimental to energy production

Gut problems are a huge factor because digestion breaks down your food and absorbs nutrients. A lack of hydrochloric acid is  a common and a critical problem resulting in bloating, reflux symptoms and feeling hungry 2 hours after eating. Low HCL also weakens your resistance to gut infections and can make you more prone to food allergies. 80% of your immune system is in your intestines, poor gut function can lead to irritable bowel and auto-immunity.

Endocrine problems are common as well, especially thyroid problems. Low thyroid is one of the most underdiagnosed problems that I see in my office, it causes fatigue, depression and an inability to lose weight even on a low calorie diet. Every cell in your body needs thyroid hormone to function, now you know why optimal thyroid function is so important.

Blood sugar and adrenal issues play a big role in fatigue. Your cells and especially your brain need the blood sugar levels to be in a certain range to keep your brain sharp and your energy consistent. Blood sugar problems is the  #1 physiologic stress that Americans experience. This is due to a diet high in sugar and grains. These two factors cause spikes and then drops in blood sugar levels that zap your energy. Your adrenal gland makes cortisol which is also involved in blood sugar regulation, high and low blood sugar also often mirror high and low cortisol output throughout the day. Your adrenal is your anti-inflammatory gland and your stress gland, it often takes a beating with your high stress level.

Chronic infections are another major reason that causes chronic fatigue,  these infections often do not show up on routine blood tests.

Spinal Issues

Your spine allows for movement and protection of the spinal cord and the nerves that exit between the bones of the spine. The spinal column is vulnerable to misalignments that restrict mobility and create tension on the nerves. This irritation at the spinal level is known as subluxation or spinal nerve stress. When the nerves are irritated it affects the vital electrical message that your brain is transmitting to your organs and muscles, this interruption may cause many symptoms depending on what nerves are affected and can cause low energy.

Brain imbalance

Your brain has a direct effect on every system of your body. Prior injuries to the head and neck can weaken brain function. The neurons of the brain are also very sensitive to body chemistry changes. Inflammation and interfere with brain function. Other common symptoms of brain weakness are: balance problems, dizziness, vertigo, brain fog, chronic pain, poor memory to list a few. Fortunately due to advances in neuroscience the brain can now rehabilitated and regain its function, just like a knee or shoulder can be rehabilitated, thanks to a discipline called functional neurology.

To get at the root of fatigue it’s important to have:

  • A spinal exam by a doctor of chiropractic
  • A neurological exam by a functional neurologist
  • A comprehensive laboratory evaluation to look at all the metabolic factors

When you have done all these steps you will have all the information you need to get on the road to recover!

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