The cause of fatigue is so multifactorial and will be different for every woman. Some of the common causes are easy to rule out with blood tests. These include:
* Blood sugar imbalances
* ANA: Auto-immune conditions
* Cortisol levels - adrenal dysfunction
* Liver dysfunction
Other tests include sleep apnea to see if your fatigue is sleep-related.
HTMA (hair tissue mineral analysis) to investigate for toxic metal contamination or a GPL tox test to investigate for chemical exposure. The problem we have with toxins is that a lot of them get stored in your bones and as your bone turnover is increasing as you age more old toxins are being re-released into your bloodstream making you feel tired as your liver tries to process them again.
Mould exposure is another environmental toxin that when exposed to can cause fatigue as well as a host of other problems. To learn more about the role of environmental toxicity click here.
One of the biggest causes of fatigue is mitochondrial dysfunction. Think of your mitochondria as the batteries in your cells that provide your power. If they are out of charge, so are you! Technically they produce energy by the process of oxidative phosphorylation where nutrients are converted into adenosine triphosphate (ATP). Unfortunately, the DNA in your mitochondria is very prone to damage. This damage results from external mechanisms such as environmental or pharmacological toxins and internal mechanisms such as being exposed to reactive oxygen species. Common signs of mitochondrial damage include fatigue, pain, weakness, and depression. Mitochondrial fatigue is not relieved by rest. Heads up, this is one the rare times I don't test, as the best way to test for mitochondrial dysfunction is with a muscle biopsy. I find clinical signs are just as useful and less painful.
My favourite mitochondrial kickstart nutrients include:
If you have a history of Epstein Barr Virus (EBV) it is also worth considering supplements such as L-lysine to reduce your viral load. EBV is a well-known mitochondrial damager and is linked with the development of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
Depression, stress, and prolonged anxiety are also causes of fatigue, Click here for more details on moods.
Respiratory and cardiovascular disease both cause fatigue. Correctly the underlying disease will help improve your energy level.
Lifestyle considerations to improve your energy include:
Consider your environment. Fatigue is the #1 symptom of a toxic environment. Is your home filled with mould? How many toxic substances are in your kitchen, bathroom, or garage? It's time to ditch them and find chemical-free alternatives. Have you ever tested your electromagnetic field (EMF)? Is your WIFI on 24/7? Are you zapping yourself and your cells? There is scary research linking EMF to mitochondria damage.
Nutrition for energy
Herbal medicine can be a powerful addition to help overcome fatigue. Some of my favourite energy restorative herbs include: