Overcoming Fatigue and Tiredness

Worn out and weary? Women across the country named fatigue among their top five health concerns in WebMD’s annual Year in Health Survey in recent years.  Energy is an important aspect of everyday life.  Without it, we cannot function and our body cannot heal.  Low energy and fatigue are becoming major problems in our society, affecting millions of Americans.  

Low energy can be a sign of serious health problems that should not be overlooked. Even young kids are complaining about always being tired. They can’t get up in the morning, return from school dragging, and can’t wait until the weekend so they can sleep until mid-afternoon.  

Energy drinks have become household drinks. Coffee shops are going up on every corner.  Most people are willing to do and try anything to help sustain energy.  Dealing with low energy can be frustrating. Instead of living a purposeful life full of energy and vitality, you look forward to any opportunity to sleep.  

Often times, poor energy results in doctor’s visits and the subsequent use of depression medication or some other pharmaceutical treatment that does not address the true cause of the problem.  If I were tired all of the time, I’m sure I would be depressed too. Low energy affects every area of life - your productivity, your social life, and your relationships.  Fatigue and tiredness keep you from being motivated and rob you from your life’s purpose. 

Have trouble getting up in the morning without hitting the snooze button a few times?  If this is this you, you may be suffering with an overlooked health problem. So what is the solution?  Is it another pill?  While battling fatigue is difficult, it is not a life’s sentence. 

Eating a healthy diet is the first step to reviving your energy.  We get our energy from the food we eat.   If you want to feel more alive, you must eat more "alive" foods.  Overtime, a poor diet can leave you suffering with fatigue. 

Glands 

The adrenal glands and the thyroid gland are most often the cause of poor energy levels.  To understand how the body produces and utilizes energy, you must understand the adrenal glands and the thyroid gland.  If you suffer with fatigue and tiredness, you need to look at the big picture. Several tests are available to look at the health, function and strength of your adrenal glands, although most are not routinely used in the medical field. 

The most common signs of adrenal fatigue include difficulty falling asleep, difficulty staying asleep, low energy, dizziness when you stand up fast, and low libido. The best test of adrenal health is a saliva test.  So, if you suffer with fatigue issues and have never had your adrenal gland function tested, this is a great place to start solving your fatigue issue. 

The health and function of your thyroid gland come next.  There are many ways to test this, but a simple TSH blood test, which is the most routine, is not enough.  The most common signs of thyroid weakness are fatigue throughout the day, dry coarse hair, hair loss and thinning, cold hands or feet, feeling cold or chilled frequently, difficult infrequent bowel movements and mental sluggishness.

If you want more information on how to solve your fatigue concerns and how to begin your journey to regaining health and vitality, please join us on Tuesday, March 1 at 7:15 p.m. at Panera Bread in Rocky River. Call 440-331-4744 to reserve a seat.  

Please share this with your friends, family and co-workers and anyone you know suffering from this life draining condition.  Join us in our mission to make our community a healthy one. 

Bryan Ruocco

Dr. Bryan Ruocco is a local chiropractor and wellness advocate. He owns and operates the Power of LIFE Wellness Center in Rocky River. Dr. Ruocco graduated from the Life Chiropractic College in Marietta, GA. He graduated in the top of his class and received Magna Cum Laude Honors. 

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Volume 3, Issue 8, Posted 3:53 PM, 02.01.2016