B VITAMIN DEFICINECY
Imagine if you put vegetable oil in your car and drove it out of town.
You’d probably get a little way down the road, but your car would quickly start to struggle.
This is a little like trying to create energy in the body, without all the essential nutrients.
The biggest culprit: B vitamin deficiency.
I often see the fastest results by simply supplementing with a bioavailable B vitamin complex.
There are also key co-factors that go along with B vitamins that enhance their affect.
As always, supplementing serves as a short-term fix. But essentially we have to correct the very reason you’re B vitamin deficient in the first place.
POOR SUGAR HANDLING
AKA “blood sugar dysregulation”.
Eating carby breakfasts like toast, cornflakes and fruit juices is a sure-fire way to crash before lunch.
Whilst the initial sugar gives you an energy spike, it doesn’t last long. It’s like racing up a steep roller coaster rather than the kiddie’s train ride.
By simply making a few dietary changes, you can expect sustained energy levels all the way through to lunch time (plus your boss will be impressed with your new-found commitment).
LEAKY GUT SYNDROME
I personally like to refer to it as “intestinal hyper-permeability” (it’s scientific term).
But “leaky gut” is the trendy name kicking around.
I won’t dive into the mechanical details here, but this particular condition can set off a domino affect of problems that lead to fatigue.
This can be due to malabsorption, as well as undigested proteins, bacteria and toxins that literally leak into our blood stream – often causing what we know as “brain fog”. It is also this same problem that can cause abnormal joint pain.
Most commonly among women, low iron is a sure fast way to feel flat on your feet. Low iron can also cause a racing heart, shortness of breath, dizziness, pale skin, and a sore tongue. If you have any of these symptoms you must see your GP immediately for a blood test. Get your B12 and folate tested whilst your at it.
It’s important to also understand that the reference ranges are no where near perfect. Many women come in saying “my iron was fine”, when in reality, it wasn’t. You need a qualified clinical Naturopath, Nutritionist or integrated medical practitioner to analyse this for you.
If you’re in Victoria, I’d HIGHLY recommend seeing a former colleague of mine (and now dear friend), Tania Delahoy. An expert in the field, Tania is an integrated Medical Scientist who can analyse your blood right in front of you and also assess your blood test results. Everyone walks away from her sessions feeling blown away by the information (myself included). Just when you were told your bloods were “fine”, Tania uses optimal reference ranges instead, as well as making connections that will give you real explanations as to why you might be feeling the way you do.