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Most of us live stressful, busy lives, so it’s pretty normal to feel tired sometimes. This tiredness generally resolves itself after some rest and relaxation. Increasingly though, persistent tiredness is becoming a major problem for many people. Fatigue is something I see a lot of in clinic and something I know a thing or two about, but it’s also often misunderstood and at times even dismissed, especially if there is no easily identifiable cause.

So let’s have a look at some of the common causes of fatigue:

  • Low iron levels
  • Inflammation
  • Infection
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Unstable blood sugars
  • Stress (physical and emotional)
  • Toxicity
  • Mitochondrial dysfunction
  • Poor sleep
  • Diet
  • Inactive lifestyle

and let’s not forget the naturopath’s favourite – bowel issues.

Here are a few natural remedies that I think may help:

Magnesium is an essential mineral, is used in over 300 chemical processes in your body and also plays a key role in the production of energy.
Carnitine is a nutrient that plays an important role in fat metabolism and energy production. It transports dietary fats directly into the mitochondria to be broken down and burnt as fuel for energy production. It might also be beneficial for weight loss and give you an energy boost at the same time.
Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a vitamin-like compound that is essential for energy production. CoQ10 is beneficial in the management of fatigue as it enhances cellular energy production and is also a powerful antioxidant.

Omega-3 essential fatty acids from fish oils or krill oil are vital for the integrity and stability of every cell in our body. Omega-3 oils stimulate energy production and help lower stress levels.

B Vitamins are essential, especially when under stress. A combination that includes magnesium with B vitamins is likely to help you feel energised and able to enjoy life.

And of course don’t forget to eat a healthy, well-balanced diet, drink plenty of water and exercise.