A tired woman

Why am I always tired? The number of people complaining of constant tiredness and weaknesses these days is on the rise. I also get this kind of question almost every day.

Constant tiredness without a known cause is known as “Chronic fatigue syndrome”. The cause of these is said to be unknown. Some health experts believe it is caused by a combination of many factors.

Well, with my knowledge and depth in natural healing, I believe there should be a cause for this. And the causes should not be far from our diet and lifestyle.

Our bodies are unique machines. Everything and every part of our bodies are connected. Nothing happens by accident. Nothing happens by coincidence. Nothing is random.

There is a cause for everything. And until the root cause is known and addressed, the condition can’t be reversed. In this post, I will be revealing the causes of constant tiredness and how to reverse it.

Symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

People who are always tired often experience extreme tiredness. They are unable to perform simple daily tasks. Other symptoms that they might have are:

  • Insomnia
  • Waking up tired and exhausted every morning. Some people are unable to get up.
  • Brain fog. This leads to difficulty thinking
  • Difficulty in concentrating and memorizing things
  • Headaches
  • Muscle and joint pains
  • Depression
  • Tender glands in your neck and armpits
  • Sore throat
  • The symptoms can aggravate after a mental or physical activity

Causes of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Like I said earlier, the main reason for always being tired lies in our lifestyle and diet. These two factors can affect the production of energy in the body.

People who are always tired have low or insufficient production of energy in the body. In this condition, your cells and tissues are perpetually starved of sufficient energy.

They won’t be able to function effectively. It is just like an athlete trying to run a marathon every day. It can’t happen because his/her body would need rest to regain and replenish the lost energy.

In chronic fatigue syndrome, this recuperation doesn’t happen. The body has exhausted all its energy reserve and no new fuel is available. And even if it is, the body can’t access it.

Every cell in your body has mitochondria. This is a tiny structure that acts like a furnace. It produces energy for the whole body to use. When there is an alteration in this process, the body would experience energy depletion.

Causes of Mitochondrial Dysfunction

  1. Unnatural foods

The first thing I do when handling this case is to correct their diet. Our modern foods are highly processed. They are loaded with excess refined carbs, bad fats, and chemicals.

Your digestive system can’t handle all these. I have noticed that CFS and digestive problems go together. These chemicals in these foods increase free radicals in your body.

All these will burn out your mitochondria, disrupt your hormone levels, weaken andreduce your probiotics. It will supress your immune system greatly.

Your first step towards healing is to correct your diet.

  1. Toxins

Our environment is highly toxic. If our ancestors should come back, they would not recognise this world. Electromagnetic waves from all angles, fumes from vehicles, microwaved foods etc.

Even the chemicals in our body and hair care products are harmful. The chemicals in our drinking water and can foods. We are surrounded by toxins.

These will interfere in the production of cellular energy. They will disrupt your hormones and weaken your immune system.

  1. Sedentary lifestyle

Most modern jobs now are sedentary in nature. We have prolonged hours of just sitting down. This leads to the accumulation of toxins in the body. It reduces the flow of blood also.

Inactivity also supresses your immune system, decreases endorphins (you become moody and angry), and finally low energy.

I tell my patients to walk for at least one hour daily. This will normalise everything in the body. It will correct hormone levels, improve mitochondrial functions, and fortify the immune system.

  1. Chronic stress

Modern life is stressful. No time to sleep, rest, or even exercises. If you live like this, you are harming your body. It is just like driving a car and never letting go of the accelerator.

Your body will hardly have time to recover. And you can never escape mitochondrial dysfunction. Your body would reach its breaking point. And that’s what’s happening to you now.

  1. Microbes

Our gut helps to keep harmful microbes out of the body. Viruses and bacteria have been linked to CFS. However, some of our lifestyle disrupts the gut flora. This makes harmful microbes outgrow the good ones.

Sugars, antibiotics, processed foods, and toxins are responsible for gut problems. This I why I am always strict on people’s diet when helping them overcome health problems.

Because gut problems are behind every health condition you can think of. Even mental problems, the brain and gut are closely related. They are even made of the same material. What affects one, affects the other.

Effects of Mitochondrial Dysfunction in the Body

From my research, I have come to know that most symptoms of CFS are caused by mitochondrial dysfunction.

Brain Changes: Mitochondrial failure affects the brain. It reduces the levels of neurotransmitters. This includes serotonin, acetylcholine, and dopamine.

All these contribute to the energy metabolism in the body. They also improve our mood. When these neurotransmitters are low or deficient in the body, depression and brain fog creeps in.

Thinking and other mental activities becomes harder. You will find it difficult to think and make decisions fast. You will be moody.

Digestion: Alteration in the functions of the mitochondria also affects your digestion. It also affects the functions of your heart and your immune system.

Mitochondrial malfunction adversely affects the production of energy. It reduces the production of energy. It also increases the accumulation of lactic acid in your body. This leads to muscle fatigue.

You might also find it hard to recover after a physical exercise. These are just some of the ways mitochondrial failure can make you tired always. You have to look for ways to tackle this if you want to recover.

How Do I Overcome Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

There are two main ways to correct this. Change your foods and pick up a healthy lifestyle. These will help you reverse mitochondrial dysfunction. You will also have a boost in the production of energy.

Change of Diet

Nutrition is life. You are what you eat. What you eat builds the type of body you have. In natural healing, bad nutrition is one of the leading causes of diseases.

Nutritional deficiencies are on the rise today. This is due to the high intake of processed and fast foods. The processes these foods go through kill most of the nutrients that are supposed to give us energy.

Most of the foods we consume now are nutritionally depleted and are just “empty calories”. One of the nutritional deficiencies plaguing our generation today is that of D-ribose.

D-ribose is a key building block of ATP. ATP is the energy currency of our cells. It is the main energy compound in the body. Your body needs ribose to make ATP, this will keep your body going.

Our bodies (a healthy heart and muscles) can make ribose. However, in certain circumstances like toxicity, the cells and tissues can’t do this anymore. They become choked and even over-exhausted. Before you know it, the production of energy starts reducing.

D-Ribose

This nutrient D-ribose is lacking in people with chronic fatigue syndrome. Apart from energy metabolism, it also has a lot of important roles it plays in the body.

D-ribose forms part of your DNA. Your genetic material that contains all the information for the proteins your body produces. This nutrient helps the energy stores in your body to recover.

It improves the heart functions of heart disease patients. This supplement treats pain disorders. It improves the functions of the muscles, and many more.

Rich Sources of D-Ribose

Natural rich sources of D-ribose are:

  • Seeds and nuts
  • Free-range eggs
  • Green leafy vegetables
  • Root herbs like ginger, turmeric, ginseng, ashwagandha. Etc
  • Whole grains

D-ribose is also available in supplement form. I read a study in which Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum treated his patients with 5000 mg (5 grams) of D-ribose thrice daily.

And they recovered and got their energy back. If you want to use this supplement, meet a naturopathic doctor to prescribe a good one for you.

I would advise you go for the Corvalen form of ribose. It is the highest quality and it is affordable.

How Do I Change My Diet?

  • The first step is to stop eating processed and junk foods. Make sure all your foods are natural. They should come from the ground.

I don’t have the time and space to tell you all the dangers processed foods cause in the body. One of the dangers is that they affect the production of energy in your body.

And this is what chronic fatigue syndrome is all about.

  • Most of your proteins should be plant-based. Forget animal proteins until you recover. And if you can’t, then eat only poultry, but make sure they are free-range and are free of growth hormones and antibiotics.
  • Your foods should not be genetically modified. Scrutinize your food before buying. And neither should it be “bio-fortified”, as that is the new name now. GM foods are also responsible for a lot of health problems.
  • Most of the rich sources of D-ribose and other nutrients you need to revive your energy metabolism are found in green leafy vegetables.

 

Heat destroys most of the nutrients in these fragile greens. A way to avoid this is to take your greens raw. You do these by making smoothies. Blend them raw with water or coconut milk.

 

You can add any herb of your choice like ginger or turmeric. You can also add some seeds and nuts, garlic, avocados, fruits, etc.

 

Make sure you take these green smoothies three times daily. This should be the least, but it can be more. It will energize you, supply the missing nutrients responsible for this. And it will also help to detoxify your body.

  • Remove sugar, trans fats, butter, margarine, white flour, milk, from your diet. Studies have linked all these to a lot of problems in the body.
  • Quit drinking soft drinks, sodas, diet products, alcohol. They cause harm to your body. Quit smoking and protect yourself from second-hand smoke.
  • Increase your intake of probiotics. These are beneficial bacteria present in your gut. Your gut makes up 70 to 80% of your immune system. And lots of studies have linked poor immunity to CFS.

These healthy bacteria fight harmful bacteria and even viruses that are not meant to be in the body. Viral infections like Epstein-Barr virus, herpes virus, and even some bacteria are responsible.

 

These probiotics help fight all these harmful microbes that are not meant to be in the body. They prevent candida overgrowth. This has also been linked to CFS.

 

Rich sources of probiotics are fermented foods, fermented fruits and vegetables, and fibers which serve as a source of food for these friendly bacteria.

 

This also means you should increase your intake of fiber. You can get them from fresh fruits and vegetables, oats, garlic, etc.

How to Protect Your Gut

Your gut is home to a lot of microbes, including the good and bad. Your gut is linked to your brain and it makes up 80% of your immune system.

If the number of bad microbes overpowers that of the beneficial ones, health problems will develop. Immune problems, CFS, infections, and other problems will arise.

A good way to prevent this is to take care of your gut. Avoid long-term use of antibiotics. Don’t take it except in serious cases. And it should be prescribed by a medical doctor.

Reduce your intake of sugar and processed foods. They kill and weaken your healthy bacteria and allow the bad ones to multiply in your body. A can of soda makes your white blood cells weak for one hour or so.

They won’t be able to defend the body against invading microbes. Make pickled fruits and vegetables and take daily. Increase your intake of sour and fermented natural foods.

Examples are kefir, Kombucha, sauerkraut, etc.

 

How Do I Change my Lifestyle?

Apart from nutrition, our lifestyle also plays a great role in how sick or healthy we are. Unhealthy lifestyle has been linked to many causes of CFS. These are hormonal imbalances, viral infections, and immune dysfunction.

Reduce your exposure to toxins

Toxins and poisonous substances can choke our cells and make them unable to function effectively. Your mitochondria can be affected by toxins.

We can get toxins through many ways. Through the foods we eat, the water we drink, what we apply on our skins, hair, and even what we cook in and put our foods in.

If you are experiencing this, I will advise you to take a break and scrutinize your exposure to these toxins. Stop using chemical-based skin and hair care products. Go natural. Women should stop make-up for now.

Stop cooking in aluminum pots, aluminum affects your brain. Even stainless steel now is implicated. They contain nickel and this is poisonous to the body.

I would advise you go for glass pots. Also, stop putting your cooked foods in plastics, they contain dangerous chemicals like BPA. Avoid can or bottled water, they are filled with chemicals.

Boiled water is better for you now. Stop taking processed foods. They contain toxins in the form of added chemicals. These chemicals help to enhance the taste, color, aroma, texture, and even lifespan of the food.

Just try to be as natural as possible. This will help your body heal and return to its default settings. Toxins have been linked to the three main causes of CFS.

  1. Viral infection: toxins weaken your immune system. They also reduce the population of the good bacteria in your gut.
  2. Immune dysfunction: Toxins weakens your immune system. It compromises it and in some cases, makes it ineffective.
  3. Hormonal imbalances: Toxins are responsible for abnormal levels of hormones in the body. This has been linked to CFS, diabetes, period pains, ED, etc.

Processed foods and GMOs are responsible for food allergies and intolerance. Food allergies have been linked to CFS, Fibromyalgia, adrenal fatigue, and many more.

 

When I handle cases of CFS, I first take them off all these by telling them what to do and the alternatives to use. This makes the healing fast and smooth.

Eat only natural foods

I have already said a lot on this. Avoid processed foods and drinks. They are the leading cause of nutritional deficiencies and toxins in the body. Aspartame in processed foods and drinks is poisonous to your brain.

Also, avoid genetically modified foods or meat. The other name they gave it now is “bio-fortified”. They know we are getting smarter and are looking for ways to poison us still.

Avoid microwaves. Do not eat microwaved foods. They have been linked to a lot of problems. Use heat to cook or warm your foods, and not harmful radiation.

Have sufficient sleep

Do you know that insufficient sleep has been linked to CFS. Our modern lifestyle is really making a lot of people sleep deficient. Now the common phrase I hear is “sleep is for the weak”.

Motivational speakers tell you that by sleeping you are wasting 1/3 of your life. See, you can cheat mother nature. Pay this 1/3 of your time to her as a “tax” or “tithe”. She would bless the remaining 2/3.

She would elongate it and you will spend it in happiness and good health. The body only heals and replenishes it energy once in a day, every day of your life.

And that is only done in a state of deep sleep. It is only in this state that your energy stores are re-filled. So tell me, how would this happen when you are working round the clock?

Sleep therapy is one of the ways CFS is treated. If you want to come out of this condition, you have to have long hours of night sleep. Avoid eating close to your bedtime and don’t take your phones or laptops to bed.

The lights they emit can suppress the production of melatonin, the sleep hormone. This would affect your sleep and increase the symptoms of CFS. Sleep in a dark room with no noise.

As an adult, you need 8 to 10 hours of night sleep.

Be active

This modern lifestyle promotes sedentary living. We sit in a spot for hours in the name of working or learning. We drive or take cabs for short distances. We are not active anymore.

Our bodies need to expel toxins. We come in contact with toxins every day. Our bodies also need to expel these on a daily basis. One of the ways to help your body do this is to exercise/walk.

This induces sweat and we expel toxins when we sweat. Everything in the body comes back to its default setting. Our bodies become clean and we have a regular bowel movement.

Try and walk for at least an hour daily. Don’t sit in a spot for hours. Stand up in between and stretch or do some mild exercises.

This is how I help people overcome this condition. If you have personal questions or need more help, contact me here.

Sources/References

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