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5 Surprising Reasons You're Constantly Tired

Updated on September 15, 2014
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Why am I so tired all the time?

You may ask yourself this question often, and the reasons may seem obvious. Work, lack of sleep, stress, etc. But what if none of these factors apply? There are other reasons why you may be tired all the time and the other factors are more common than you think. With symptoms of fatigue on the rise, it's important to be aware where you stand. It may be more serious than you think, or it could just be a matter of better lifestyle habits.

Candida culture
Candida culture | Source
Candida on the esophagus (white patches)
Candida on the esophagus (white patches) | Source

Reason # 1: Candida

Also known as Yeast Hypersensitivity Syndrome, Candida is a common bacteria found in primarily moist areas, such as skin folds, mouth and the digestive track. For women, it is mainly found in the vagina. For men and women, it can occur in the genital areas. Our bodies generally keep a certain amount of bacteria in these areas at a balanced level. When this balance is disturbed, candida can grow to higher than normal levels, causing various symptoms, such as yeast infection in the groin area or "thrush" in the mouth.

Symptoms

  • Feeling of tiredness
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Lack of focus, cloudiness with thinking
  • Strong craving for sugary food/carbohydrates
  • Irritation and soreness on head of penis/vaginal area
  • Redness
  • Burning urination
  • Yeasty odor from discharge
  • Clumpy discharge
  • Itchy rash around the groin and anal areas

NOTE: Some of these symptoms are also similar to STD's - sexually transmitted diseases. To be sure of your diagnosis, consult with your physician or health care provider as medication may be needed to treat an STD.

Treatment

Generally, the level of candida in your body is affected by the foods you eat. So you can make certain changes in your diet to improve the symptoms, including fatigue. Making these changes in your diet can take approximately 6 months to have an effect on candida levels in your body. The following moderation can be made:

  • Drink plenty of water - since water is a natural cleanser for the body, it can expel candida and flush your body of impurities
  • Eliminate sugary foods - sugar feeds yeast which can increase candida levels, so you may have to cut out all foods with sugar sources, which includes deserts, candies, flours and even alcohol
  • Include spices and herbs in your food - spices are known to have anti-fungal affects and can help eliminate candida overgrowth
  • Consume poultry, fish, vegetables, and salads
  • Over the counter medications
  • Prescription drugs - antibiotics or what your health care provider prescribes

In extreme cases, candida can be deadly for people suffering from weakened immune system brought on by leukemia or AIDS. In these cases candida is extremely invasive and poses a danger to one's life, this condition is called systemic candidiasis. You can refer to a healthcare official for more information on this topic.


Natural Treatment for Candida

Your thyroid secretes hormones that affect all the bodily systems and functions to include metabolism.
Your thyroid secretes hormones that affect all the bodily systems and functions to include metabolism. | Source

Natural options for thyroid treatment

Probiotic Diet
Gluten free diet
Improves "gut" health that affects thyroid
Possibly improve thyroid function
Helps slow down body's attack on thyroid
Improves digestion issues
Improves metabolism
Controls immune system activity to prevent overstimulation of thyroid
Alternative health methods for treating hypothyroidism

Reason # 2: Thyroid

An under active thyroid may be the reason behind your fatigue. The thyroid is a small, butterfly shaped gland located in the lower part of the neck. Although it is small gland, it affects every bodily system through the secretion of hormones into the bloodstream. An imbalance of the hormone secretion can result in hypothyroidism. A hypothyroidism condition includes the following symptoms:

  • Fatigue
  • Dry skin
  • Aches and pains
  • Feeling down or sad
  • Constipation
  • Appetite loss -weight gain
  • Problem concentrating
  • Cardiovascular effects
  • Intolerance of cold (because of thyroid, body produces less heat than normal)

Hypothyroidism is particularly common among women, as 13 percent of women currently have this disease. It is not detected often, especially because the symptoms can easily be linked with another medical condition. So over time many women are never treated for it. If untreated, other medical problems can occur such as heart disease and high blood pressure. Hypothyroidism can be diagnosed with a blood test and is often treated with medication (pill). The medication is prescribed after your blood is tested for levels of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH).

Treatment

T4 (levothyroxine sodium) in the form of a pill - this is the most common form of treatment for hypothyroidism. The dosages vary by age group and pre-existing medical conditions such as heart disease. Depending on the person's medical condition, T4 is initially given in intervals to monitor the stability of hormones. During these intervals, blood is drawn to check the levels of TSH and to make sure the amount of T4 being administered is safe. This treatment is available by prescription.

Nature-based options

  • A gluten free diet
  • Add probiotics to your diet
  • Vitamin supplements (if there is a deficiency)
  • Meditation/Yoga



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Red blood cells | Source

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Reason # 3: Anemia

Commonly referred to as "tired blood", anemia is a blood disease that results from a lack of red blood cells that carry oxygen to the body's tissues. When this happens, it causes feelings of tiredness throughout the body. Anemia can go undetected for years, because the symptoms are easily associated with just feeling tired all the time. While it goes undetected, anemia is the most common of all blood disorder diseases in the United States. The disorder is more common than reported, especially among menstruating women and older people. Generally, anemia can have profound effects on a person's day to day life, which is why it should not go undetected for too long. Some of the most common symptoms include:

  • Chronic fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Pale skin
  • Numbness/coldness in hands and feet
  • Irritability

Researchers emphasize that not enough attention is given to anemia and the detrimental effects it can have. The general symptoms are mild, so people do not get tested for it like the probably should.

Treatment

  • Iron -
  • Folic Acid -
  • Vitamin B12
  • Vitamin C

Nutrition deficiency is the most common cause of anemia, so it is important to evaluate your diet if you've been diagnosed with this disease. Since iron is known to be a common treatment for anemia, the following foods are a rich source of iron:

  • Dark green leafy vegetables such as spinach
  • Peas
  • Tofu
  • Prune juice
  • Dried fruits such as raisins or apricots
  • Cereals and grains fortified with iron


Food Sources that combat anemia

Vitamin B12
Folic Acid
Vitamin C
Meats - liver, poultry and fish
Pastas, breads, and rice
Berries: strawberries, raspberries, cranberries and blueberries
Eggs and dairy products
Spinach
Kiwi fruit
Soy based foods; drinks and burgers
Eggs
Cauliflower
Breakfast cereals with B12
Beef liver
Green and red peppers
Common symptoms of anemia.
Common symptoms of anemia. | Source
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Reason # 4 Exercise habits

This can be a challenge for a lot of people given the tight schedules and daily stresses. Instead of medication or drastic change in diet, finding time to exercise can take your body a long way. Exercise doesn't take energy away, instead it rejuvenates the body and increases it's energy. It doesn't have to be at the level of a triathlete, but doing some type of active movement will bring a huge change in the way you feel and function. It has been found over and over again that sedentary people who start exercising at least four days a week for 40 minutes notice significant changes with themselves. As time goes on, improvement increases and there are less feelings of fatigue and sluggishness.

If you're feeling tired all the time and start exercising for improvement, try this regiment for a few weeks and see whether or not you feel better. If not, then you may need to look into the other medical conditions described above. Other than that, more movement equals more energy.

Caffeine can have negative effects on your adrenaline, insulin levels and your sleep.
Caffeine can have negative effects on your adrenaline, insulin levels and your sleep. | Source

Reason # 5: Your use of caffeine

Although caffeine is known as a stimulant, the long term effects bring the opposite effect to your body. Generally, caffeine raises stress hormones in the body, which is why many feel like they can't wake up until they've had their cup of coffee. When caffeine is consumed, the body goes to "flight or flight" response which involves high use of stress to keep the body energized. The only time our body needs to be in this mode is if there's an actual fight or flight situation. So the body has gone into this mode for no reason. For daily caffeine consumers, the body is constantly put into this mode, or a state of stress. Once the caffeine wears off, the opposite takes affect and you feel tired all over again, causing you to reach for your second cup of coffee (along with a pastry) and you put your body through that stress cycle all over again. This habit causes serious wear and tear to the body which may cause you to feel more tired than normal. Your adrenaline levels are affected and the energy levels are hard to keep up.

Treatment

Cutting back on caffeine is a first step to take to decrease tiredness. Try to substitute those cups of coffee and soda with water. Water can be energetic for your body and won't leave any lingering side effects like fatigue.

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      Musu Bangura 23 months ago from Nation's Capital

      Yes, letstalkaboueduc, water makes a world of difference! That caffeine is no joke! LOL! Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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      McKenna Meyers 23 months ago from Bend, OR

      These are all good things to keep in mind. It's so easy to drink more caffeine when you're tired and then you're in that vicious cycle. Staying hydrated by drinking lots of water makes me less tired, especially later in the day.

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      Musu Bangura 3 years ago from Nation's Capital

      A lot of people were surprised at the coffee part. It's good to consume it in balance because I've noticed the coffee junkies are always tired! Thanks for stopping by and commenting, teaches12345!

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Good post on this topic. I think many times people just think they need sleep when they are constantly tired. It is good to go a step further and have check ups to make sure it isn't one of these sources you list. People think caffeine is a stimulant but it can also rob them of much needed energy.

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      Musu Bangura 3 years ago from Nation's Capital

      Thanks Mel. I hadn't heard much about it before I researched it. It's more common than a lot of people think. Thanks for stopping by!

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      Mel Carriere 3 years ago from San Diego California

      Very interesting discussion. I had not heard about the effects of candida.

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      Musu Bangura 3 years ago from Nation's Capital

      LOL! You sound like my sister! You gotta balance it out cmoneyspinner! Thanks so much for sharing my hub!

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      Treathyl FOX 3 years ago from Austin, Texas

      Great article. But listen up! I don't cuss. I don't smoke. I'm drinking my coffee! I don't care how tired it makes me! That's my final answer! :)

      Sharing this in my networks and circles.

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      Musu Bangura 3 years ago from Nation's Capital

      Frugal1, I'm glad to see that you were able to get the problem identified by your doctor. Thanks for commenting and be sure to take care of yourself!

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      Boston Menard 3 years ago from Tacoma, WA.

      I enjoyed your article, I just went to the doctor for fatigue, it seemed no matter how much I slept I just couldn't get enough. Turns out that my red blood cell count was really low. My doctor has me on a large dose of b12

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      Musu Bangura 3 years ago from Nation's Capital

      Thanks QuestionandAnswer. I'm glad the hub was useful for you and I hope you enjoy my future hubs!

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      Bex Walton 3 years ago from Kent, UK

      This hub has been extremely useful to me, so thank you. I've always relied on caffeine to bring my energy levels up, but I never once thought that it could be having the opposite effect. I do notice that I begin to get tired by mid afternoon, normally after I've consumed my limit of 2 coffees a day. I think I'll try to substitute one of those for water and see how it goes (I couldn't do both)!

      Thanks again for the helpful hub, looking forward to reading more of your stuff in the future.

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      Musu Bangura 3 years ago from Nation's Capital

      Thanks yourhealthmatters! A lot of damage is done with the caffeine beverages like coffee and soda. They also contain a lot of sugar so when we have a habit of drinking them we're constantly taking our bodies on roller coasters. It's all about balance! Thanks for voting!

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      yourhealthmatters 3 years ago

      Thank you for making the point about caffeine - the coffees and others drinks we think are keeping us awake really are making us tired! Great article! Voted up!

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      Bernie Ment 3 years ago from Syracuse, NY

      Wow! This article has opened my eyes to a lot of reasons why I may always be tired. Of course it could also be overwork. Think I'll sleep on it. Thanks for the handy information! Voted up!

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      Musu Bangura 3 years ago from Nation's Capital

      Thank you, amiebutchk0.

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      Amie Butchko 3 years ago from Warwick, NY

      Really informative hub. Important topic for many people!

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      Musu Bangura 3 years ago from Nation's Capital

      Hello parrster, yes - fatigue can be tricky because it's such a common symptom. That's why a lot of medical diseases are difficult to diagnose. It's surprising to see how everyday little habits like drinking coffee can effect you in the long run. Thanks for commenting!

      Thanks for reading, caretakerray.

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      Richard Parr 3 years ago from Oz

      Great article. Fatigue is one of those symptoms that's part of almost every condition and leaves people scratching their heads wondering where to start looking for the problem. I like your holistic approach to things.

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      Ray Van Hoff 3 years ago from Michigan U.S.A.

      I found this Hub to be very informative. Very well done

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      Musu Bangura 3 years ago from Nation's Capital

      Thanks FlourishAnyway. Putting the hub together was useful for me as I learned a lot about the different medical conditions that contribute to fatigue.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Very useful hub. You've done some nice research here and presented the information well.

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      Musu Bangura 3 years ago from Nation's Capital

      Hi jmartin1344. That's another contributing factor to fatigue - not having a set sleep schedule. It can catch up with you after a while and really effect your day to day functioning. I'm glad you found the article useful. Thanks for your response!

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      Tolovaj 3 years ago

      Very useful, I also noticed since I exercise less than I used to, I am tired more often. Winter is ending, I guess I'll have to catch up a bit ... Thanks for the heads up!

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      jmartin1344 3 years ago from Royal Oak, Michigan

      Very nice hub Zainab - I am constantly tired and while I think you're #4 and #5 likely have a lot to do with it, I fear that my bedtime also plays a large part - I haven't mastered the art of going to sleep when I'm tired quite yet! Thanks, great hub!

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      Cherylann Mollan 3 years ago from India

      Hi Zainab! Very interesting article. The Candida and Caffeine part was really something I was unaware about. I swear by my cups of coffee and never knew this could be contributing to tiredness. It becomes a kind of cycle I guess, you feel exhausted, you drink coffee, leads to more exhaustion, more coffee! Maybe I should rethink my coffee consumption levels.

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      Musu Bangura 3 years ago from Nation's Capital

      Hi thewritingowl, I'm glad to see that you've at least been tested to see how you're doing. A lot of things do change with age and busy schedules, so we should try our best to take care of ourselves. I wish you the best with your test results. Thank you for responding!

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      Mary Kelly Godley 3 years ago from Ireland

      Interesting, informative article. Have just had my bloods done and am waiting for results, I do suffer a lot from fatigue these days but don't know whether it is just my busy schedule or my age, also heart palpitations although have been told this is due to anxiety. My thyroid reading has also has been borderline a few times but never considered low enough to medicate, also my iron has been low too on a few occasions, also cholesterol a bit high, interesting to know all these things could be linked. Am at stage that I wish something would actually give a positive reading as I feel so tired a lot these days. I do exercise regularly though but these days I am fatigued so easily.