Many health conditions can cause ongoing fatigue. Some of the possible causes of fatigue that I think about immediately include toxins in the body, hormonal issues, and immune system dysfunction. Sleeping problems can also contribute to low energy levels. Chronic fatigue syndrome and multiple chemical sensitivity are other conditions that can cause energy levels to plummet.
To address this problem effectively, you need to identify the underlying cause. There are important questions to ask yourself when you are struggling with chronically low energy levels. There are also several investigations that I recommend to clients who complain of chronic fatigue.
Some of the questions I ask my clients include the following:
- Have you been exposed to toxic chemicals?
- Are you using drugs or alcohol?
- Do you have good sleep patterns?
- Do you have other symptoms like weight loss? Digestive symptoms?
- What kind of diet do you eat?
One of the tests I find helpful in sorting out fatigue is the salivary cortisol test to assess adrenal function. Poor adrenal function can interfere with blood sugar, the immune system, sleep cycles, and energy levels.
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It is essential to check your thyroid function if you’re struggling with fatigue. Symptoms of an underactive thyroid include weight gain, hair loss, increased cholesterol, and fatigue. Thyroid tests I recommend include thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH), T3, T4, and thyroid antibody levels.
Other blood levels to measure are vitamin D, B12, and iron. A deficiency of these nutrients can leave you feeling tired all the time.
If the above blood work comes back normal, I recommend getting a comprehensive stool analysis. Candida, parasites, and problems with your intestinal bacteria can all contribute to fatigue. I particularly recommend a stool test if you have gut issues like bloating, gas,
indigestion, and food allergies. History of antibiotics use for a significant amount of time also justifies a stool test.
Significant fatigue needs investigation. That’s the bottom line. Then you need to act upon that information. Don’t make any rash decisions. Make decisions based on excellent and credible information. Using science to guide your treatment will give you the best possible outcome.