Why am I so Tired?

Constantly Tired

Why am I so tired? It's a common question that plagues millions of people around the world. As we all well know, the body is a very complex system of intertwining parts. Problems in one area can lead to problems in other areas. And often, little things can easily go overlooked. Fatigue and chronic tiredness can develop from a range of possible factors, or combinations of factors. Below are four very common reasons for feeling constantly tired. There are more, but I chose these, because these factors are all difficult to diagnose by medical exams. We'll go through each of them one by one.

  1. Toxins
  2. Vitamin and/or mineral deficiency
  3. Amino Acid Deficiency
  4. Adrenal Fatigue

Toxins

If you're constantly tired, one of the contributing factors may be toxin buildup in the body. There are two reasons why toxin buildup is common in modern society. One, the modern diet is full of artificial chemicals and compounds, many of which lodge inside the body. Two, one of the body's preferred method of flushing toxins is through sweat. Most people work in offices which are cooled through air conditioning. If you add to this situation a lack of exercise, a person might only sweat heavily every couple of months. This creates a large difficulty on the body, because one of its main methods for toxin removal has been eliminated. Another big way toxins enter the body is through personal care items like cosmetics. In 2004 a study was done over a 6 month period with more than 10,000 body care products and 2,300 participants. Of the findings of that study, it was discovered that the average personal care product contains 126 different chemicals. That's quite a few. These chemicals can enter the body through the skin, and many are treated as toxins by the body and are disposed of, which puts an extra lode on the body.

Toxins in the body are like lead weights that we carry around, and an abundance of them can very easily lead to tiredness and even chronic fatigue. Fortunately, there are a few easy solutions to this problem. If you think you may have a buildup of toxins in your system, here are a few tips:

  1. Drink lots of Water -- Water is another method which the body uses to flush toxins from it's system. If you drink more water, you'll probably start feeling more energy in no time.
  2. Drink a Detox Tea -- There are a few teas on the market that are very good at helping the body to purge toxins from its system. Yogi brand, which I have linked to below, makes a great Detox tea. It tastes good and is reasonably priced.
  3. Sweat -- If you don't like the idea of exercise, find a different way of sweating. Most gyms have saunas and steam rooms, which are great ways of making sure you're getting a good sweat a few times a week. Sweating has remarkable effects. Sweating can help brighten up your skin, remove toxins, and boost your metabolism. It's old fashioned, but it works wonders.
  4. Drink a Green Powder -- Green powder formulas are often loaded with chlorophyll, which is one of natures most powerful detoxifying agents. Chlorophyll has the ability to both dislodge toxins and bind to them, helping the liver and kidneys to process them out of the body. I take a green powder every day, and it gives me a huge boost in energy. I have a link to my favorite one below.

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Vitamin And/Or Mineral Deficiency

If you're asking yourself the question "why am I so tired?" a vitamin and/or mineral deficiency might be to blame. They're becoming more and more common in modern society. They can also be difficult to diagnose and detect. There are a variety of reasons why a person might develop a vitamin and/or mineral deficiency.

  1. Major Body Changes -- Pregnancy and other major body changes are among the leading causes for vitamin/mineral deficiencies.
  2. Poor Diet -- There have been many tests which have shown that foods grown today are actually less nutritious than foods grown 50 years ago. Reasons for this can include poor re-fertilization of soil in which food grows, a rise in overly processed and refined foods, and a rise in chemically altered foods that preserve longer.
  3. Poor Digestive Health -- A person's digestive tract is responsible for the absorption of vitamins and minerals from foods. Digestive tracts can become unhealthy and also lazy due to a variety of factors. A digestive tract can grow lazy and produce less enzymes over time if the food it processes is full of low-nutrition foods and easily digested foods such as refined sugars and simple carbohydrates. A digestive tract can become unhealthy if the levels of good bacteria vs negative bacteria become unbalanced. Either of these scenarios can lead to a digestive tract that isn't very efficient, and as a result, doesn't digest all of the vitamins and minerals being ingested.

Amino Acid Deficiency

Amino Acids have been called the building blocks of life. They're also very poorly understood by most modern persons. Amino acids are responsible for the constructions of literally thousands of different chemicals that the body relies on for proper metabolic function. There are approximately 22 amino acids, 8 of which are called essential amino acids because the body can't produce them on its own. It needs to get them from food.

One of the big problems with modern food labels is that all packaged foods will tell you how much protein they contain, but none of them will tell you which amino acids are in those proteins. Most protein sources are called "incomplete proteins" because they don't contain the full range of amino acids the body uses. This means that a person could be consuming enough protein and still develop an amino acid deficiency. There are two ways that an amino acid deficiency can lead to always feeling tired:

  1. The metabolism slows down -- This is very serious and fortunately is uncommon. Because amino acids are the building blocks of life, if the body doesn't have enough building blocks on hand, if can slow down the metabolism of the body in order to conserve energy and building blocks. This will have numerous negative effects, one of which is fatigue.
  2. Neurotransmitters -- Amino acids are also the building blocks for complex brain chemicals known as neurotransmitters. Among these are seratonin, melatonin, and dopamine. If the body is only slightly deficient in amino acids, it will generally produce less of the complex brain chemicals that aren't essential to survival. This leads to mental fogginess, depression, lack of motivation and feeling constantly tired. Because things like lack of motivation, depression, and mental fogginess are all intertwined, if you're feeling one or more of these symptoms, it might be that you're experiencing a slight deficiency in one or more amino acids. I've written another full length article about Amino Acid Precursors for Neurotransmitters that you can check out for more info. Also, there are many amino acid supplements available for purchase, some which are specifically formulated to try and boost levels of neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine. I've linked to one below.

Adrenal Fatigue

The adrenal glands are the glands in the body responsible for producing stress hormones, the most famous of which are adrenaline and cortisol. These glands secrete hormones in stressful situations which generally help to heighten a person's awareness, mental and physical faculties, and the like in order to safely deliver a person from danger. These glands seem primarily designed to deliver hormones during brief but intense periods of time, and then slowly recharge while a person sleeps.

But a problem emerges when a person go through periods of "Prolonged Stress." When this happens, these glands are called upon to secrete stress hormones day in and day out for months, and in some cases, years. During periods of prolonged stress, these glands can easily become fatigued, and can lead a person into periods of chronic fatigue and other physical problems. Prolonged periods of stress can often induce extended periods of fatigue and tiredness, when either the glands become so overworked that they cease to function properly, or when the prolonged stress event finally ends, and the glands begin the slow recovery process.


**This article is not to be used as medical advice or as a medical diagnosis. The information in this article is solely meant to add to your general knowledge

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connieow 3 years ago from El Cajon, CA

Great intro to each of the areas listed. Thank you, What were your sources?


shara63 3 years ago

Thankyou Benjimester, for sharing here this wonderful information.. that i think is the most relevant topic of today....you have described each & every point very precisely & effectively. Its true, Change in our lifestyles & luxurious living has gripped the modern society in lots of health problems & tiredness is the biggest issue of them.....most of us are unaware of the reasons behind it....I'm sure your hub will be a real help in making us aware & to overcome this problem easily! God bless You!


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soconfident 3 years ago

Very informative hub, I try to eat healthy to make sure my body has what it needs.


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ChitrangadaSharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

This is a very useful hub and very well explained too. Tiredness is related to the factors you have mentioned above. The causes must be diagnosed and treated accordingly.

I thought that this hub should be interlinked to one of my hubs, to add more relevance and understanding to my hub. Therefore I am providing a link in my hub. I hope to have your kind permission. If not, please let me know.

Thanks for sharing this useful hub!


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Benjimester 3 years ago from San Diego, California Author

Thanks guys! Thanks for your comments and encouragement.

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