Do you find yourself tired, no matter how much sleep you get? Your fatigue may be related to more than sleep deprivation.
Fatigue is one of the most common problems Dr. Wahls sees in her primary care clinic. Many with autoimmune diseases struggle with it every day, but many without a chronic disease also complain of fatigue, relying on caffeine to get them through the day.
Dr. Wahls has found that fatigue is often a symptom of depleted and starved mitochondria. Mitochondria, the energy makers in your cells, may not be getting the nutrients they need to function at the optimal level. Medication can further exacerbate nutrient deficiency. The food you are eating (or not eating), along with medication, may be exhausting you.
Dr. Wahls explains what mitochondria are and how they create energy from the food you eat. Your mitochondria require B vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and co-enzyme Q to make energy. When you are not getting the right nutrients in your diet, you run out of energy, which results in fatigue. Without these nutrients, your mitochondria malfunction and leave you at an increased risk of chronic disease.
The telltale signs of mitochondria strain include fatigue, chronic migraines, chronic antibiotic use, statin use, and regular use of prescription or over-the-counter medication. You may also be at greater risk of mitochondrial strain if you are over 50 years old.
Dr. Wahls suggests a few key therapies to revive your mitochondria. Rather than taking unnecessary medications, stop eating sugar, reduce starch intake, eat more non-starchy vegetables, eat more organ meats, and add COQ10, B vitamin, and mineral supplements to your routine.
Fixing your diet and addressing nutrient depletion may be all you need to living with more energy and vitality. Simple changes can work wonders.
Read the full article in Renegade Health here.