1. Essential Nutrition
Anaemia, a lack of red blood cells, is one of the most common underlying causes of fatigue. Red blood cells deliver oxygen to cells throughout your body with the help of the protein haemoglobin. Proper consumption of foods containing iron, vitamin B12, and folate are necessary for producing this protein. With low levels of haemoglobin, oxygen is unable to be delivered efficiently, leading to a state of fatigue.
Healthcare professionals can conduct iron tests, vitamin B12 tests, and serum folate tests to see if patients have any nutrient deficiencies that would cause anaemia.
Also other deficiencies such as magnesium, Vitamin B complex, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, zinc, Omega3s, can play a role in fatigue.
Maintaining a well-balanced diet is important to sustain proper nutrient levels in the body. A diet of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats contain the necessary vitamins and minerals our bodies need for proper functioning.
- Avoid refined foods like white bread, pasta, and sugar
- Eliminate trans-fatty acids seen in products like snack foods (microwaveable popcorn), cakes, and cookies
- Avoid all processed foods like fries, onion rings, donuts, and margarine
- Avoid foods you are intolerant to*
*Food intolerances can lead to inflammation in your gastrointestinal tract, free radical damage, and a reduced ability to properly absorb nutrients. All symptoms from food intolerances converge to a compromised gut barrier.