What Causes Fatigue?

by Karen Brooks on January 15, 2010

As a practitioner with over twenty (20) years of treating people, two of the most common questions I am asked is “why am I so tired(fatigued)?” & “what causes fatigue?” Well, I’m about to give you the answer that I have given so many others in my career as a Naturopath specialising in wellness, not just good health but total, jump out of bed, can’t wait to start the day – wellness, something that is sorely missing in our modern stressful lifestyles.

I’m sorry if I get a bit too technical here in parts but you need to know the truth to beat this scourge of society. So then – what causes fatigue??? First of all, what is fatigue? I guess the simplest explanation is that of having no energy, being listless and basically dog tired. Fatigue, like just about any condition can be caused from a number of reasons. The main and most common one can be and usually is low levels of magnesium. Magnesium is a mineral found in leafy green vegetables, nuts and whole grains. Even eating a good diet as much as 86% of women and 67% of men do NOT receive the RDA of magnesium in their diet, little wonder fatigue is so rampant in society. This is mostly due to poor modern farming practices and the over processing of foods which essentially robs magnesium from the fresh produce.

Magnesium is most important for energy production. With low levels of magnesium the most common sub-clinical deficiency symptoms are general fatigue, muscle pain &/or cramping, anxiety and lower tolerance to stress, sleep problems, premenstrual syndrome, migraines, tension headaches, painful periods. It is also important in the treatment of high blood pressure, fibromyalgia, diabetes, heart disease, fatty liver and excessive alcohol consumption.

Now for the technical stuff, there are many forms of magnesium supplements you can buy. BUT many are poorly absorbed by the body and these products can cause bowel upsets (Epsom salts is a form of Magnesium). The best form to take is magnesium diglycinate (a form of chelated magnesium).

It is most important is to take magnesium WITH the other cofactors that work with magnesium. These include Taurine, Glutamine, vitamin C and B group, calcium, potassium, selenium, chromium, malic acid.

The correct supplement of magnesium will depend on your individual requirements. There are many different types of magnesium and the dosage will vary greatly depending on how well it is absorbed by the body. Magnesium the most important supplement for fatigue, tiredness and stress..

Obviously there are number of other causes of fatigue as well as mitigating factors both in terms of supplementation, diet, exercises not too mention the all important ‘state of mind’, but in my vast experience dealing with fatigued people nothing gives the ‘bang for buck’ like correcting magnesium levels in the body. I usually find it to be the missing link which enables people to minimise fatigue in the initial stage to then deal with the other issues mentioned here.

Good luck and always remember to seek out a trained professional to help you with this very common and debilitating issue. So now you know what causes fatigue.

About the Author

Tracey Lee Morley is a Naturopath, Homoeopath & Herbaliust with over 20 years experience in helping people overcome fatigue. Tracey is a mine of practical, useful and up to date information that get results. Check out her website at http://www.alternative-natural-remedies.com.au

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