Why do I feel so tired?

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Many of us are walking through life feeling perpetually fatigued and tired. Back pain and headaches related to the body not having enough energy to function properly are, unfortunately, not uncommon for the average American. If you can’t remember the last time you woke up feeling well rested and ready for day, then chances are your body’s energy systems need some extra support.

How functional medicine understands energy

As a functional medicine practitioner, the first thing Dr. Brad looks at when he sees a new patient is their energy levels. Since a body’s ability to heal itself can greatly depend on the health of a body’s energy systems it’s important to check the health of the energy symptoms in every patient, even kids.

During a first appointment, Dr. Brad will check:

* Your thyroid — Your thyroid is in charge of your metabolic rate. It can affect everything from weight gain and menstrual cycles to your mood and how well you sleep at night. Since there aren’t any medical tests that can measure all aspects of your thyroid function, your hardworking thyroid can often get overlooked in western medicine.

* Your liver — We rely on the liver for energy throughout the day. When you go about your daily tasks, your liver supplies most of your energy. From 1:00-3:00PM is the liver’s favorite time to take a break. This is especially true if your blood sugar is fluctuating, which means it’s time for the adrenals to kick in and help out. But if your adrenals are already overworked, then this part of the afternoon can be challenging with low amounts of energy.

* Your adrenals — If you’re living in Minnesota, the health of your adrenal system is particularly at risk. Adrenals are supported through your kidney system and guess what, your kidneys really do not enjoy being cold. This means your adrenals can become fatigued more easily during cold weather. Just like your car slows down when it’s cold, so does our adrenal energy. Your adrenals aren’t cut out to handle prolonged periods of stress throughout the day. Adrenals are meant to deal with stress in short spurts. If you experience high levels of ongoing stress, there’s a good chance your adrenals are worn down and are in need of support.

* Your emotional energy — While this is often overlooked, your emotional energy happens to play the most important role in your overall energy levels. For many patients, when we are able to get their energy systems in line, then we often see the emotional energy come around and balance out as well. Homeopathy is another great way to address all these energy systems at once. If the emotional energy system is having more difficulty coming around, we will often match that patient with mental and emotional support to fit their specific needs at that time.

Healthy living means having energy

One mistake we often see people make is they think they ought to have limitless physical and emotional energy. But this simply isn’t true. While this can look different for every individual, it’s important to take time to figure out what works best for you. If you have children, it’s particularly important to help them find what works best for them as well.

Energy is a complex thing, but living a healthy life means having energy to do the things that are most important to you.

Thinking of coming for your first visit? Join us for our next Hope Class.