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Ask Dr. Nandi: Always tired? 7 hidden causes for your fatigue

Posted at 5:50 PM, Aug 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-20 17:50:34-04

Our busy lifestyles can often leave us feeling tired and worn out. But if you’re always yawning or struggling with low energy, there could be hidden reasons causing your fatigue.

Question: You have 7 potential causes to share, what are they?

I can tell you that feeling tired is very common, we can all struggle with it, myself included. And for many of you, you might not need to look any farther than what you’re eating. Because the Western diet has a heap of junk and processed foods that are high in saturated fats, trans fats, and added sugars. These can drain your energy away. You could also be missing out on key nutrients if you’re eating the same foods over and over. And even if you think you’re eating well farming practices may possibly deplete the soil of essential nutrients.  And lost nutrients can lead to fatigue. Other hidden causes to consider are the amount of stress you’re under, how much sleep you’re getting, if you're living a sedentary lifestyle, and if you lacking omega-3 or vitamin D in your diet.

Question: How does a lack of omega-3 and vitamin D lead to fatigue?

There have been studies linking depression with vitamin D deficiency, and depression with not getting enough omega-3 fatty acids in your diet. Why this is important is because when people are depressed, they are often tired. And if you’re low in vitamin D, you may also have low energy. We live in Michigan where the summers are hot and the winters are freezing so many people stay indoors. And that means you’re not out in the sun where your bodies can naturally make Vitamin D.

Question: You mentioned farming practices and fewer nutrients in our food, how can we get all the nutrients we need?

Our fruit and vegetables are still nutritionally valuable so please don’t skip eating them. I guarantee you it’s much healthier to eat an apple than a candy bar or other sugar-filled snack. But do eat a variety of healthy whole foods which will help you avoid nutritional deficiencies and also boost your energy.