It can be hard enough trying to build up enough motivation to plan and prepare healthy meals, let alone get up and be active. While being tired is to be expected if you’ve had a big week or haven’t slept well, if you are feeling tired every single day and this is affecting your motivation levels, it could be time to consider whether something else is going on…
Reason 1: Gluten
If getting your iron levels checked hasn’t been something you’ve done for years, or you have gotten them checked and they are always low, one possible cause is Coeliac Disease. This is an allergic response to the protein found in wheat products, and with continual exposure to gluten the result is the inability for your body to absorb important nutrients, including iron.
9/10 people who have Coeliac Disease don’t realise it, and it’s only when they are at the point of exhaustion that they seek out help and are diagnosed. If you have a family history of Coeliac Disease, or chronic tiredness, it might be worth speaking to your doctor about a blood test to check for Coeliac Disease.
Reason 2: Sleep apnoea
If you are carrying extra weight, the pressure of this weight on your chest at night can result in sleep apnoea, a condition where your airways close when sleeping causing snoring and night waking. You may not be aware that you are waking up through the night, but will get up for the day feeling utterly exhausted.
If you suspect you may be experiencing sleep apnoea, your doctor can direct you to a sleep clinic where you can be observed overnight, and there are several treatment options available if this is the case.
Reason 3: High blood sugar levels
Family history, being overweight/obese, having a high sugar/processed carbohydrate diet, and being inactive all increase your risk of developing diabetes. This is where your pancreas either can’t produce enough insulin to deal with the amount of carbohydrate you are consuming, or your body have developed a tolerance for the insulin you are producing, or both.
Insulin is the hormone in your body that allows sugar to leave your bloodstream and be used by your muscles and organs for energy, or stored away for later. If your insulin doesn’t work, or there isn’t enough of it, the sugar will stay in your bloodstream. This can cause symptoms such as feeling very tired, going to the bathroom a lot, and feeling thirsty all the time. A blood test can diagnose diabetes.
Reason 4: Hypothyroidism
Your thyroid is a gland that helps to regulate your metabolism, including energy levels. An underachieve thyroid means that not enough of the hormone thyroxin is released into your body, slowing down your metabolism resulting in weight gain, and making you feel tired and sluggish.
Thyroid problems can be treated with medication, and can be diagnosed with a blood test. If you are always tired and/or have unexplained weight gain, it may pay to ask your doctor to check your thyroid.
Reason 5: Chronic fatigue syndrome
If you are tired all of the time, routine tests show up nothing out of the ordinary, and nothing you try seems to work it’s possible that you are suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome. It can cause pain, inflammation, and fatigue among other symptoms. Exercise can worsen symptoms.
If you suspect you may be suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome it is best to speak to your doctor before commencing any weight loss or exercise program.
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