Tips to ease fatigue

Recommended by Dr. Michael White, Updated on October 10th, 2020
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Fatigue (or not enough energy) seems to be a common complaint with many people, why? Fatigue syndrome refers to fatigue that does not relent, which differs from fatigue caused by burning the candle at both ends.

There are many causes of fatigue: heart disease, colon disease, diabetes, malignancy, hypothyroidism, andropause, menopause, hormone imbalance, infection, sleep apnea, nutritional deficiencies, insomnia, alcohol consumption, medications, toxins, neurochemical imbalances, hypoxemia, allergy, autoimmune disease, and more.

Sometimes the cause can be quite obvious. Anemia is very common, more common than most of us think, especially in older people who are taking medications for acid reflux. There are several medications that have sedating effects, so check your medications, do they have side effects of sedation?

Do you feel tired after exercise or activity? Do you feel tired after taking a walk or running errands? Or does exercise make you feel better? When the body is physically active and exercising, testosterone is being produced and growth hormone increases. This is usually what causes an improvement in fatigue. Testosterone levels may be low, with exercise they improve some for a temporary relief of fatigue. If you are feeling worse with exercise, there may be issues with chronic infections, autoimmune disease, hypoxemia, anemia, adrenal insufficiency, and malignancy.

However, if exercise has no effect on how you feel, your fatigue could be from alcohol. Drinking alcohol after 6 p.m. disrupts sleep architecture, preventing restorative sleep. Typically, if you stop drinking alcohol, fatigue symptoms improve after 3-4 days. If not, consider your medications, toxins, allergies, nutrition, and deficiencies in magnesium, iron, calcium, vitamin B6 or B12. Calcium and magnesium deficiencies are very common, especially in diabetics.

Optimizing your hormones can alleviate fatigue by improving overall sleep. Progesterone has a calming effect. Birth control pills lower testosterone levels, resulting in low energy and fatigue. An extensive health history, along with a physical examination, can determine which lab tests are needed to appropriately diagnose your fatigue symptoms.

For more information contact Jan Nelson at Balanced Wellness Medical Clinic, (509) 919-4575,,

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