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Feeling tired all the time? It could be more than just poor sleep causing your fatigue.

Fatigue is a feeling of constant tiredness or weakness that can be physical, mental or even a combination of both and although it is common, it can be a sign of a health issue such as a hormone imbalance or bacterial infection.

Some of the most common causes of fatigue are: depression, anxiousness, dehydration, poor nutritional habits and believe it or not, lack of physical activity. As we get older, we tend to decrease our daily activities which can lead to poorer physical conditioning, therefore causing muscle strain to occur with very little activity.

When you begin to feel fatigued, you may associate it with needing to do less as this can be a sign from our body protecting us against overexertion, however, our bodies are sensitive to too little activity so one of the best ways to get rid of fatigue is by moving!

If you’ve been experiencing fatigue, keep reading to find out more about some of the most common causes of fatigue and what you can do to fight it.

 

Causes Of Fatigue

The potential causes of fatigue can be divided into three general categories: mental health problems, physical health conditions and lifestyles factors.

 

1. Mental Health Problems

Depression is a mood disorder that causes loss of interest, anxiety and constant feelings of sadness. It can also cause extreme tiredness and lack of energy, to the point where even the smallest task takes extra effort. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that comes and goes with the seasons- it usually begins in early winter and can continue through spring. During this time you may experience loss of motivation for work or other activities, daytime fatigue and reduced social contact.

Stress can disrupt sleep and cause insomnia, which can lead to low energy. A person who is constantly dealing with anxiety and/or stress keeps their body in overdrive and that continuous flooding of adrenaline can exhaust the body and allow fatigue to set in.

 

2. Physical Health Conditions

Iron deficiency anemia is a condition in which you lack enough healthy red blood cells to carry adequate oxygen to your body's tissues. Iron is a main component of these red blood cells and without enough iron, your body can’t get the oxygen it needs for energy. This is a common cause of fatigue in women and those most at risk for it are women who experience heavy menstrual periods or are pregnant.

Ever had the flu? Then you’ve definitely experienced fatigue. When you have the flu, your immune system has to use the majority of its energy to fight off the virus which means white blood cells are redirected from their usual job of keeping your muscles and joints healthy, to fighting off the virus, therefore causing you to lose strength in your muscles making you feel weak.

Hypothyroidism can cause fatigue, weight gain and depression. It’s a condition in which your thyroid gland is underactive, meaning it doesn't produce enough of certain crucial hormones. The thyroid gland works to regulate your metabolism, which is how fast the body converts fuel into energy.

 

3. Lifestyle factors

Are you getting enough H2O? If not, you may be dehydrated. When you’re dehydrated, the fluid loss can cause a drop in blood volume, which makes the heart have to work harder in order to push oxygen and nutrients through the bloodstream to your muscles, brain and skin therefore making you feel exhausted.

If you find it hard to maintain a well-balanced diet, then you are no stranger to fatigue. Foods high in sugar and fat such as white bread, baked goods and high caffeine drinks, can cause you to experience a sugar crash and make you feel extremely sluggish.

 

How To Fight Fatigue

1. Get Moving!

We get it, when you’re feeling tired it’s hard to muster up any energy to exercise, but that’s exactly why you should do it! Doing at least 30 minutes a day of physical activity can help to boost energy levels and it also helps to improve the working efficiency of your heart, lungs and muscles. Exercising also boosts the production of endorphins, which help to relieve stress and put a little extra pep in your step!

 

2. Hydrate

Water is your best friend. Since dehydration can decrease energy and impair your physical performance, try incorporating the 8x8 rule into your daily routine: 8 glasses of 8 ounces of water a day.

 

3. Be Mindful Of What You Eat

Life is all about balance. Sure you can eat your favorite junk foods here and there, but try adopting a more nutritious diet to help manage fatigue. Avoid processed foods and favor nutrient-rich foods such as kale, eggs, bananas, almonds, oats and watermelon!

 

4. CBD

CBD can help with fatigue in more ways than one- its been known to alleviate discomfort, anxiousness and trouble sleeping, which are all common causes of fatigue. CBD is also biphasic, which means it can have different effects at different concentrations-at low concentrations, it can promote energy and wakefulness whereas higher concentrations can help with sleep (reminder: there is no one-size fits all when it comes to CBD concentrations, results vary per individual.)

Our CBD Oil Drops are a great way for you to experiment when it comes to concentrations. We provide a 500mg strength CBD Oil as well as an extra strength 1500mg formulation- they also come in a variety of flavors including Watermelon Mint, Lemon Lime, Peppermint & Orange.

Another great way to take CBD is by capsule form. Specifically formulated to help clear brain fog and increase focus, our Alert CBD Capsules contain natural cognitive enhancers that help you to feel more productive without the crash later!

If you’ve been dealing with fatigue for some time, first determine if any of these causes of fatigue can be what’s contributing to you feeling tired, try some of the aforementioned ways to manage it and if nothing seems to be working, consult with your doctor ASAP.