Updated: Apr 26
By Dr. Shreya Batra, ND
You’re not alone!
Low energy throughout the day is a very common concern and can be due to a variety of different factors.
The top reasons for low energy are:
Diet: if you are consuming a lunch rich in simple carbs (such as bread, pasta, etc.), you will feel an afternoon crash. Try foods rich in protein and fiber. This will help balance your blood sugar levels after your meal and prevent that afternoon dullness.
Deficiencies: Often times, the root cause of low energy is due to some sort of deficiency in the body. Iron, Vitamin B12 and Vitamin D are the most common deficiencies. Deficiencies are corrected through diet and sometimes supplementation, based on individual needs. B12 injections can are also available to use for a few weeks to get your blood levels in the optimal range. Deficiencies are usually detected through blood work. This is interpreted by a health care provider, such as a Naturopathic Doctor.
Thyroid dysfunction: an association with a sluggish thyroid is low energy and even low mood and weakness. There are a few lab tests to test thyroid function. A recommendation of a lab test is suggested before any supplementation or medication. But thyroid dysfunction is often a culprit of low energy. Though, low energy is not the only symptom of a sluggish thyroid! Ask your health care provider to assess you for all the other symptoms.
Low sleep quality: getting an appropriate amount of sleep (that is best for you) is crucial. Proper sleep maintains your energy throughout the day. During sleep, your body regenerates and repairs. If your sleep quality is not optimal, it may impact the way you function throughout the day. Questions to ask yourself: Are you snoring? or waking up many times throughout the night? Having difficulty falling asleep? Waking up between 2-4am every night? There is a different reason for all those factors causing poor sleep quality. Factors such as low melatonin production or high cortisol. Working on sleep hygiene and determining the cause of the poor sleep is the first place to start.
Medications: the side effect of some medications is fatigue and low energy. For example: statins (cholesterol medication), will deplete a certain nutrient, called CoQ10. This could be the cause of your fatigue. In this case, supplementation is warranted. But requirements are different for everyone. Some medication side effects can be managed via lifestyle changes as well.
This is not an exhaustive list of reasons for your fatigue and low energy. But this does highlight the most common reasons. Other reasons may include: underlying diseases, mental health, infection, etc.
Next steps would be to determine what your root cause is. It is important to note that it could be more than one reason as it could be a combination of many things. We would work together to optimize your diet and lifestyle. As well as provide support through supplementation or other means to get you feeling energized again!
Some simple things you can do to help your energy stay stabilized throughout the day:
Set a sleep schedule for yourself
Stay hydrated throughout the day
Practice self-care and recognize your stressors
Find a way to relax – meditation, yoga, a short walk, spending time with loved ones
Plan ahead for your meals and pack healthy snacks with a focus on healthy fats, fiber and protein
If you’ve been feeling low energy and fatigue, book an appointment so we can work together and address the root cause!
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