When fatigue is more than just sleep deprivation

Updated: Feb 15, 2019

by Kendra Samuels

Fatigue and low energy is a concern of many of my patients, and the source often stems from beyond just a lack of sleep. Other conditions that may be contributing to fatigue symptoms include:

  • Nutrient deficiencies- e.g. anaemia if you have heavy menstrual flow (women) or if you are a vegetarian or vegan

  • Long-term use of pharmaceutical drugs that can deplete nutrients required for energy production in the body e.g. statin drugs prescribed for high cholesterol can deplete CoQ10 ;and the oral contraceptive pill can deplete vitamin B6, zinc and magnesium

  • Chronic stress that can lead to immune dysregulation, hormonal changes and adrenal dysfunction, which worsens fatigue

  • Gut dysbiosis with a lack of beneficial gut bacteria and excess of pathogenic microbial species, a damaged gut lining, food intolerances and chronic inflammation all contribute to lack of energy.

My top tips for fighting fatigue:

  • Practice gentle, less-stressful exercises like Tai Chi, walking and gentle weights.

  • Avoid refined foods, sugar, caffeine, alcohol, saturated fats, dairy products, and gluten-containing grains.

  • Have your nutritionist ensure you are having enough wholesome vegetables, healthy fats and protein.

  • Take a good quality bioavailable magnesium supplement, as magnesium is excellent to support energy production. It is involved in over 300 enzymatic reaction in the body and is one of the most common deficiencies in Australia.

  • Support your body’s ability to cope with adaptogenic herbs. My favourites are Withania and Siberian Ginseng.

I love making personalised herbal formulas for my fatigued clients!