Does your diet contribute to Chronic Fatigue?by holistic-optimal-nutrition on Aug. 07, 2013, under Uncategorized
Fatigue is one of the most common symptoms in our modern world today.
No matter how healthy you are or how much sleep you get, you will always have days that you are too exhausted to move. Our busy lifestyles with children, demanding jobs, and household duties sometimes just render us useless, despite our best efforts.
There is a difference between having days when you are tired and feeling fatigued nearly every day. The food that we are consuming on a daily basis contribute to how we are feeling. Every decision you make every day will ultimately affect how you feel that day, as well as long term.
If we are all eating so much and food is in such abundance, why do we have more vitamin deficiencies than ever? Why are we all exhausted and constantly looking for the next hit of caffeine? Our modern western diet consists mainly of meat, dairy, sugar and empty carbohydrates. At some point they may be a few pieces of broccoli and an occasional banana. Unfortunately, the United States has it backwards.
Failure to eat a primarily plant based diet rich in legumes, grains, nuts, fruits and vegetables will ultimately have you on a path to feeling a sense of chronic fatigue. Once you have eliminated a variety of illnesses and diseases, it is time to start evaluating what you are putting into your stomach. Many of the illnesses that you have can be associated with what we are putting into our bodies.
The constant intake of foods that contain fat, such as meat, dairy and processed foods cause your body to work much harder than normal. These foods process slow and leave little room for nutrients. It may give a short boost initially but will eventually leave your body feeling tired and robbed of energy.
Sugar is also a major contributor. Keep your sugar intakes as minimal as possible, with the exception of an occasional treat. Eating any type of sugary foods or too much in your drinks will raise your blood sugar levels, which releases insulin and then trigger tryptophan. This chain of events will get worse as tryptophan converts to serotonin. This leaves your body feeling tired and lethargic. Feeling this way can cause you to seek the energy hit. Most individuals seek more sugar or caffeine. It is a never ending circle.
The U.S Department of Agriculture did a study on 20,000 individuals on a typical western diet. The percentages of deficiencies are as follows:
Vitamin B6: 80% are deficient.
Vitamin C: 41%
Vitamin B12: 34%
Riboflavin (B2): 34%
Magnesium: 75% are deficient
Iron : 57%
Vitamin A: 50%
These number are astonishing. Many believe that living on a plant based diet would cause iron deficiency, calcium or B12 deficiency. The truth of the matter is, by filling our stomachs with hard to absorb, slow digesting fats, our bodies cannot take in the little bit of nutrients these foods have. Plant based foods digest quickly and our easily absorbed. If your diet is a priority and you eat a variety of plant based foods with an occasional treat, you will feel a difference in your energy levels very quickly.
I do suggest consulting with someone such as myself before you make the switch. Many people that make the switch do not take in the right nutrients and for that reason feel fatigued and often go back to the old cycle. I will help you start the transition the right way so that you are eating often, feeling good and loving your food. Your tastebuds will thank you and your body will thank you.
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