Are you always tired? Do you find that it’s difficult to wake up in the morning and that you never feel fully rested? Has your exhaustion changed how you live your life, and do you find that you do much less now than you used to do? Chronic fatigue is a condition of daily exhaustion that lasts for more than six months.
There is no known cause. Here’s the thing; you shouldn’t have to endure six months of exhaustion before you go to the doctor to get a diagnosis with no known treatment. You can instead take matters into your own hands. There may be some underlying sensitivities or allergies that are causing your fatigue.
Many doctors and health experts believe that chronic fatigue is caused by inflammation from an immune response. It makes sense to take a look at your diet. So let’s explore three possible causes for your chronic fatigue.
Gluten and/or Wheat
Gluten is a highly allergenic substance. There are a number of different theories about why so many people are finding that they’re allergic to it and why Celiac Disease diagnoses are increasing. Whatever the reason, it can cause debilitating health problems, and one of those problems is chronic fatigue. If you are always exhausted, take a look at the foods you eat.
Do you eat a lot of gluten? Keep in mind that it’s in soy sauce, mustards, salad dressings and more. How do you know that gluten, or any other food, is the cause of your exhaustion? Consider an elimination diet.
Eliminate gluten from your diet completely for a full month, 23 days at a bare minimum. Then eat some gluten and pay close attention to how you feel and how your body responds. If you do have an issue with gluten, your fatigue may return. You may also experience skin problems and other symptoms.
Also pay attention to how you feel without the gluten in your diet. Do you have more energy? That’s a surefire sign that gluten may be causing or contributing to your condition.
Dairy is a problem for many people. It can be a lactose issue or it can be an outright dairy allergy. It might also be an issue with the hormones or other additives in many processed dairy products. Again, consider an elimination diet, only this time eliminate dairy.
The average American eats 126 grams of sugar each day. That’s 31 teaspoons of sugar. The FDA recommends no more than 10 teaspoons each day. Sugar causes systemic inflammation in the body. This inflammation is the precursor for disease; we’re talking about cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and much more. And it could be causing your chronic fatigue. One way to find out… cut back on your sugar. Really cut back so that you’re eating less than 10 teaspoons each day or less than 40 grams. You can do it.
No one wants to be tired all the time. Sometimes there are steps you can take to regain the energy and vitality you once had. Take a look at your diet and evaluate how it might be impacting your current health. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to find the solution to your chronic fatigue?