Do you feel sick and tired all the time? While you’re undoubtedly frustrated by feeling exhausted and unwell, know that you’re not alone. Many people experience chronic fatigue and a feeling of sickness with no obvious cause. This can make it difficult to receive a diagnosis from many doctors.
There are many possible causes of chronically feeling sick and tired, many of which can be tackled with natural, integrative methods of treatment. Some of these causes include:
While some stress every now and again is normal, extreme or chronic stress can have physical ramifications. Stress impacts your nervous system, immune system, hormones, and even your heart! Over time, prolonged stress can lead to fatigue and generally low energy levels, along with symptoms including:
- Gastrointestinal symptoms, such as cramps, constipation, and nausea
- Muscle pain
- Frequent infections (the common cold, flu, etc.)
Your diet is closely connected to your energy levels. So, if you’re feeling constantly fatigued, the culprit could be a poor diet. Eating foods that are high in sugar can spike your blood sugar levels and cause a crash later in the day. Not consuming enough calories can also compromise your energy levels, as your body needs a certain number of calories to function at its best. So, eating a balanced diet of vegetables, fruits, and whole grains may help you overcome fatigue and other symptoms caused by a poor diet. Supplements as recommended by your doctor can also ensure that you get the nutrients that your body needs for optimal health.
Imbalanced gut bacteria may, in some cases, contribute to chronic fatigue. Irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, is more common in individuals with chronic fatigue syndrome. Given that the bacteria in your gut impact the health of your immune system and even your emotions, an imbalance can affect your overall sense of wellbeing. Restoring balance in your microbiome may relieve fatigue, gastrointestinal symptoms, and frequent sickness.
If you’re experiencing frequent fatigue and sickness, contact The Center for Natural & Integrative Medicine. Our experienced medical team can implement a treatment plan using holistic methods to restore your energy levels and sense of wellbeing.