Fatigue has become an increasingly common issue affecting the daily lives of so many. Do you wake up feeling exhausted? Do you long for the days when you used to start your day feeling rejuvenated and optimistic about all the things you’re going to accomplish? Let’s look at causes and solutions to treating fatigue at the root level, to get you back on track to plentiful energy and high performance!
Fatigue from Exposure to Toxins, Nutrient Deficiency & Chronic Stress on Adrenals
There is no single cause of fatigue that applies to everybody; a number of problems at the root level can result in lack of energy and poor recovery from exertion and stress. In my work with clients, I find the most efficient way to gain a screening of the body’s overall health status is with a hair mineral/metals test. When properly interpreted, this reveals deficiencies of needed mineral elements, imbalance between minerals, & levels of toxic metals such as mercury, lead, cadmium, arsenic, and aluminum, among others. Reading the story of mineral levels can reveal a picture of either full-blown adrenal fatigue, or a health trend that will lead to chronic fatigue if adjustments aren’t made.
Mold, Mycotoxins & Heavy Metals – Inflammation Leads to Fatigue!
When toxins enter the body and accumulate rather than get excreted properly, the common result is inflammation, generally starting in the gut and intestines. Once inflammation ramps up, endotoxins are released systemically throughout the body, causing a cascade of symptoms. Endotoxins are made inside the body, and include substances such as lipopolysaccharides. As I discussed in a previous blog post here, inflammation also greatly slows down the process of detoxification and frequently leads to Leaky Gut Syndrome. Leaky gut results in undigested food particles and lipopolysaccharides leaking into the bloodstream. As you can imagine, this wreaks all kinds of havoc on the body, as well as causing allergies and sensitivities to many foods.
Fatigue, Mitochondria & Minerals
How does this relate to fatigue, you might ask? One big cause is the poor function of cells and energy
production from the mitochondria of cells as toxins build up both in and outside of cells. This process also leads to transport channels for nutritional minerals such as magnesium and potassium being disrupted by the metals and other toxins – basically, the cells can’t get enough of the building blocks they need, and they can’t get rid of the undesirable products that harm them. Not a pretty picture, right?
Treatments & Approaches to Recovering from the Fatigue
I use several tools to first get a handle on the inflammation cascade and then begin correcting the deficiencies & toxicities causing the fatigue in a client’s body. Keep in mind, however, that it took a good deal of time in most cases to accumulate the toxins that developed into chronic fatigue syndrome; it does take some persistent and methodical work to correct the problems and get back to health.
Acupuncture for Calming Nerves & Reducing Inflammation in Chronic Fatigue
Acupuncture is an excellent tool that I encourage many of my local clients to take advantage of for
supporting one’s body and mind during the process of recovery from fatigue. It promotes blood flow and circulation that helps to activate, re-balance, and maintain the health of the Extracellular Matrix (learn more about the Extracellular Matrix here) while detoxifying. Acupuncture points set off electrical nerve stimuli that spread restorative effects rapidly over the matrix system to the entire body.
This movement of blood and lymphatic fluid also helps to reduce inflammation. In addition, the relaxing of the nervous system seen with acupuncture is key – we’re activating the parasympathetic side of your nervous system (think “relax and repair,” as opposed to “fight or flight” mode!). I find it’s very important to go light on needle-stimulation and even keep the treatment times on the short side to avoid over-stimulating a patient already dealing with fatigue. There’s a fine line between an ideal vs. an excessive treatment time, and it varies based on the client’s body type and degree of symptoms.
Minimize Toxin Exposures, Test Water, Clean Up the Diet
Another important aspect of recovering from fatigue is to minimize ongoing exposures to mold toxins, heavy metals, pollutants & chemicals. Testing your home for any water damage, and testing your body for heavy metals and other toxins is crucial. If you suffer from chronic sinusitis, the most likely culprit is mold exposure from home, work, foods, etc., as stated by the Mayo Clinic. It is also quite important to test your water source for heavy metals and other toxins, whether you use a well or municipal water supply.
Hair Mineral/Metal Analysis, Mineral Ratios & Adrenal Fatigue
In addition, a properly interpreted hair mineral analysis is key to detecting mineral deficiencies or imbalances that make us more prone to accumulating toxins. Note that an elevated level of calcium relative to magnesium will cause the body to lose sodium and potassium, which can in itself cause adrenal fatigue. Many people blindly supplement large amounts of calcium, or eat foods that contain lots of calcium and thereby cause the levels to get “out of whack.” A diet excessively low in good quality sea salt can exacerbate this problem. And lets not forget that many heavy metals such as tin, mercury, lead, cadmium, and others directly affect the function of the mitochondria in our cells – these are the energy producers in our cells that fuel our bodies.
Binders, Intestinal Normalization, & Gentle Detox Supplementation
Whether the source of toxins causing your fatigue is mercury from silver dental fillings, mold from
previous water damage in your home, or a problem with your nutritional mineral levels, it’s important to start slowly and gently as you prepare your body for a successful detox. If you try to go too fast, you can end up with worse fatigue, or new symptoms emerging as well. I work with clients to oversee their detoxification progress and tailor an approach to the speed their body is able to remove toxins.
If you start to feel bad while detoxing, it’s
important to back off the speed and consider adding needed minerals such as molybdenum or selenium to support the detox process and minimize symptoms along the way. As I’ve mentioned in articles such as this one here, it’s generally helpful to start with gentle binders at night time, such as activated charcoal, clay, and chlorella, depending on the toxins that showed up in testing. The intestinal inflammation can be relieved with products like modified citrus pectin and acacia gum fiber, again depending on your individual toxicities.
Where Do I Go From Here?
Ready to begin your path to regaining energy and living your dreams? Set up a free consultation to discuss your health goals, or just jump in and purchase a Hair Mineral/Metals Test & Analysis to start your journey to health and abundant energy!