The Fatigue Solution

By Jen Landa, MD, Chief Medical Officer of BodyLogicMD

Posted on | By Jen Landa, MD

Advances in technology keep millions of Americans “plugged in” to work around the clock leading to chronic stress, endless fatigue and poor health. And, odds are, you are among these tired, overworked members of the population. The good news is, there are solutions to the most common sources of energy deficiency and thanks to new research, these are solutions that get to the root of the issue with simple, all-natural, at-home remedies.

Fatigue Solutions

Reduce Interference of Gluten With Iron

More than 25% of the population suffers from gluten sensitivities, but less than 1% is aware of the problem. If you feel bloated, gassy or constipated after a meal rather than energized, you may be gluten sensitive.

In general, undiagnosed food sensitivities, like gluten, can cause inflammation in the intestinal lining of the gut, inhibiting absorption of vital nutrients, including iron. Iron is responsible for delivering oxygen to all your tissues; without enough, fatigue is imminent.

The best remedy is to remove gluten from your diet and develop a meal plan that optimizes iron consumption and absorption. Consuming iron-rich foods with sources of vitamin C, like strawberries, oranges, broccoli and Brussels sprouts, is an easy way to improve iron absorption.

Increase Iodine

Iodine is fuel for your thyroid. If your thyroid doesn’t have the fuel it needs, you will experience low energy levels and you may also struggle with healthy weight management or hair loss. There are two simple solutions to thyroid-related fatigue.

First, get more iodine in your diet – it is as simple as switching up the contents of your salt shaker. Many aspiring chefs have switched to sea salt, causing a sharp increase in iodine deficiencies in America. You don’t need to increase your salt intake, but just make sure your salt shaker is filled with iodized salt, which is easily found on your local grocer’s shelves.

If you find that your health struggles go beyond fatigue, get your thyroid levels tested with an expert that specializes in hormones and hormone therapy.

Physicians trained in this field of functional medicine can offer more comprehensive testing for thyroid hormones. The defined range of normal in traditional medicine is much broader than the functional range observed by a hormone specialist.

Recharge Your Liver

The liver is the metabolic powerhouse that manages your body’s energy levels. Junk foods, sugar-sweetened beverages and even tobacco use affect this vital organ making elimination of toxins more difficult, resulting in sluggishness and fatigue.

The most simple, effective method for detoxifying your liver daily is drinking dandelion tea two times per day. Dandelion tea stimulates the liver to optimally transport toxins away from the liver and induce excretion from the body. 

Article written by Jen Landa, MD
Chief Medical Officer of BodyLogicMD