Fatigue is one of the more common complaints people have these days. Stress, lack of sleep, poor diet, etc. are all contributing factors. Fatigue can range from being mild to being so severe that it disrupts the person’s life.
Once all issues that require urgent medical attention are ruled out (infection, occult bleeding, malignancy, etc.), functional medicine can be vital to finding out the cause and correcting any issues found. Let’s take a look at some of those possible causes.
A review of a person’s social habits and lifestyle can give clues as to potential causes of fatigue. For instance, staying up late at night working on the computer can interfere with the sleep cycle and prevent the person from obtaining a deep, restorative sleep. Frequent alcohol consumption in the evening can also affect sleep patterns. Excessive sugar consumption can stress the body and deplete resources leading to low energy.
A full assessment of these potential causes and many more is done as part of the functional medicine consultation. Modifying health damaging lifestyle habits is vitally important to each person’s care plan.
Underlying Root Causes
In addition to investigating a person’s daily habits, specialized testing can be done to identify any sub-optimal functions in the body as well as any nutrient deficiencies.
Here is a list of common underlying causes of fatigue that can be exposed by testing.
- Nutrient deficiencies (especially B vitamins)
- Chronic infections (abnormal gut bacteria, parasites, viral)
- Toxic exposure/poor detoxification (mold, chemical exposure, heavy metals)
- Hormone imbalance (insulin resistance, adrenal, thyroid)
- Poor gut function (flora imbalance, leaky gut syndrome)
If you are suffering from fatigue, schedule a consult today to find out more about our program. Our approach is simple. Modify lifestyle factors and test and address any issues that are interfering with the ability of your body to function optimally. Often when this is done, the body will heal itself and correct the dysfunction.