How to fix fatigue that history has failed to even recognize

In the last 2 weeks, I have had 6 people tell me that their symptoms have been recently dismissed by conventional medicine. I could write a book with the stories I have heard over the years. This is such a problem that many articles - and even a book that a patient sent me a link to this morning HAVE written on this topic. I can also remember learning that anatomy was based on a man's body - and to feminize the anatomy they would shift accordingly. Female anatomy, with respect to medicine was seen as an aberration.

Whenever I have a new patient, I ask every detail I can of the many symptoms that people report. And I don’t dismiss any of them. In fact I often spend a few minutes acknowledging the frustration of having been told that their symptoms are all in their head, psychosomatic or they must just need an anti-depressant.

The most common symptom I hear that is invalidated is fatigue. They’re told:

“You’re just getting older”

“Would you like to try an anti-depressant?”

“You just need to sleep more” (Problem is, they can’t sleep)

Or it’s insinuated that they’re just histrionic – REALLY? – I thought that died with Freud. But apparently it’s rampant. And while it frustrates me, I am so glad that I can be the one that helps. 

Everyday, I am consciously aware of my energy. I know that if I:

  • eat at the wrong times
  • eat too many carbs (and at the wrong time any carbs at all)
  • forget to take my supplements
  • don’t eat something before exercise, my energy will tank a few hours later 
  • don’t drink enough water
  • exercise and don’t replenish with minerals/electrolytes

I won’t be able to keep my energy high all day. And because I am a mother of 3 busy kids, run a business, like to take care of myself – and have fun on occasion! – I need to have as much energy as I can from the minute I get up til it’s time to wind down.

I would say that 90% of the people who walk in my office don’t have the energy they wish they had – and the great thing is that I have a LOT of tools to improve energy. 

Our bodies work better when we have more energy – all our systems, our hormones, our immune system, our brains. And we just feel better.

Things that can zap your energy:

  • blood sugar dys-regulation
  • low-lying undiagnosed infections
  • exposure to mold
  • heavy metals
  • environmental toxins (e.g. pesticides/herbicides)
  • nutrient deficiencies
  • hormonal imbalances (subclinical hypothyroidism being the most common)
  • food sensitivities
  • pain

I don’t know about you, but for me, there is nothing that can improve the quality of my life  more than great energy.

The first place to start – is making sure your blood sugar is even. 

Try these before moving on to other possibilities:

  • Eat within 30 minutes of waking and every 2-3 hours throughout the day. 
  • Avoid carbs until after lunch. 
  • 5 grams of protein before bed can help keep blood sugar more stable to improve sleep

You can try them all at once or add a new one each day. Let us know if you see an improvement!