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WHY AM I SO TIRED? NATURAL SOLUTIONS TO FATIGUE

“If you’re sick of being tired all the time, don’t pour another cup of coffee, pop another Ginseng, or drag yourself through another day without reading this article. It could change your life.

“And, please don’t let anyone convince you that fatigue is all in your head, or even worse, that you simply have to live with it.”

Over time, Chronic Fatigue (CFS) can make life miserable, wearing down the body, depressing the spirit, and making a person much more vulnerable to a wide range of related illnesses. Living with CFS can be even more difficult when the individual--and those others around him or her--do not fully understand the factors behind this debilitating condition.

Fatigue is often part of complex, multifactorial health conditions. There are a myriad of possible internal and external mechanisms whereby the body's metabolic system can get thrown "out of whack" and induce feelings of exhaustion--and many of these mechanisms are interrelated.

The following are possible underlying causes and contributing factors of both fatigue and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). Each one can be triggered by different mechanisms in the body, and thus may have very different diagnostic indicators.

Fatigue and Toxic Build-Up: Fatigue can develop from toxic stress when the liver is no longer able to detoxify the body's harmful waste by-products and heavy metals begin accumulating from external exposure. Solution - The 28 Day Liver Cleanse.

Fatigue and Free Radicals: unstable free radical molecules can damage the energy-producing mechanisms inside the body's cells. Solution – Neutralize the reactive Intermediaries.

Fatigue and Gastrointestinal Issues: parasites, bacterial overgrowths, Candida, poor digestion or mal-absorption can all contribute to Fatigue. The incidence of infection from gastrointestinal “hitch hikers” is increasing in the U.S., and once these microscopic creatures establish themselves inside the GI tract, they can dramatically sap the body's energy. Solution- CDSA 3P Test can determine if a pathogen exists and what natural products combat them.

Fatigue and Glucose/Insulin: Insulin resistance and glucose intolerance are two key factors highly involved in the body's regulatory action of fuel metabolism. Solution – find out if you have these and regulate your body’s blood sugar naturally.

Fatigue and Allergies: Fatigue and allergic sensitivity often go hand-in hand, with a multitude of possible allergenic substances hidden in the food we eat. Leaky gut can contribute to food sensitivities. Solution - Test for Food Sensitivities and/or Leaky Gut Syndrome. Then neutralize the allergies and heal the gut mucosa.

Fatigue Toxins and Nutrient Deficiencies: Exposure to Chemicals from the environment, especially in combination with key nutrient shortages, can be an insidious source of chronic fatigue. Solution – Chemical Exposure Test to determine if you were exposed to toxic chemicals then detoxify them out of your system.

Fatigue and Fatty Acids: Identifying and treating fatty acid deficiencies has been shown to increase energy levels in many patients with chronic fatigue. Solution – Essential fatty Acid Test to determine if deficiencies exist then supplement with the proper ratios of these important fats.

Fatigue and Amino Acids: As the primary source of important proteins, amino acids play a key role in the body's production of energy. When certain amino acids are depleted it can lead to depression, weight gain and cravings for carbohydrates. Solution – test for deficiencies and balance the deficiencies.

Fatigue and Hormone Imbalances: Hormones are essential and primary regulators of the body's metabolism. Imbalances can affect virtually every metabolic process in the body, exerting significant effects on mood and energy level. All hormones need to be balanced; Adrenal, Thyroid and Sex hormones all play a major role in energy production.

Chronically high or low levels of powerful adrenal hormones can wear the body down and produce feelings of exhaustion and bring out peri-menopause, menopause and andropause symptoms (yes men do go through male menopause). Adrenal fatigue can raise cortisol levels and lead to obesity especially around the mid section. Solution – Adrenal Stress Test and balancing these hormones with nutritional intervention.

Thyroid function has a profound impact on overall health via its modulation of carbohydrate, protein, and fat metabolism, vitamin utilization, mitochondrial function, digestive process, muscle and nerve activity, blood flow, oxygen utilization, hormone secretion, sexual and reproductive health, and many other physiological parameters.

One of the most common hormonal disorders, hypothyroidism has been called the "great imitator" for the vast number of medical conditions it can mimic. Thyroid imbalances may elicit fatigue, depression, coldness, constipation, poor skin, headaches, PMS, dysmenorrhea, fluid retention, weight gain, anxiety/panic attacks, decreased memory and concentration, muscle and joint pain, as well as low sex drive.

Have you had your thyroid tested by your Medical Doctor and have you been told your thyroid is normal while you still have any or all of the above symptoms? Most M.D.’s only test two out of several thyroid hormones leaving an unclear picture as to the true nature of the thyroid’s health. If auto antibodies are present than the body is attacking the thyroid and the immune system needs help. It is evident that a complete thyroid panel is necessary to detect why a person is still having symptoms!

Weight Issues and Thyroid Hormones
As main regulators of the body's rate of metabolism, thyroid hormones have a profound impact on weight. By increasingly enzyme levels in the cell mitochondria, which produce energy, thyroid hormones control how the body burns up carbohydrates and fats.

If the body and its metabolism are likened to an engine, thyroid hormone levels may be seen as setting the "speed" at which the engine "idles." These hormones accelerate the basal metabolic rate of most cells in the body. This is important, because a low resting metabolic rate has been cited as a strong risk factor for weight gain and obesity.

Hypothyroidism occurs when the thyroid gland does not produce enough "energy-generating" thyroid hormones. Weight gain is a classic symptom of this dysfunction. In such cases, levels of thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) may rise in an attempt to spur more production and secretion of thyroid hormones from the thyroid gland.

In addition, overweight women with a family history of obesity may have lower levels of the thyroid hormone free triiodothyronine (T3) in their blood. Natural remedies to raise T3 levels may help reduce some metabolic risk factors associated with abdominal obesity in some overweight women. In a subset of these individuals, then, it may be a low T3/T4 ratio or a low T3/reverse T3 ratio, rather than a blanket deficiency of all thyroid hormones that sets the stage for weight gain.

Besides disrupting metabolism, thyroid imbalances may affect appetite control. Studies suggest that thyroid hormones may modulate levels of leptin, a hormone produced from fat cells that is believed to control hunger and stabilize energy levels, and which may play an important role in eating disorders and chronic obesity.

Solution- The Comprehensive Thyroid Assessment can detect metabolic irregularities arising from vitamin and mineral deficiencies, heavy metal toxicity, chronic stress, enzyme dysfunction, and aging even when TSH and T4 levels are normal. Thyroid antibody levels help gauge autoimmune response frequently associated with antigenic cross-reactivity and gastrointestinal dysfunction, which may require additional clinical investigation and focused intervention. Thyroid antibody levels may rise in response to trauma, dysbiosis, inflammation (including thyroiditis) and progressive thyroid degeneration. At high levels, antibodies may block thyroid hormones from attaching to cellular receptors, causing symptoms of hypothyroidism even when thyroid hormone levels are adequate.

Ensuring healthy thyroid function is a valuable tool in preventive medicine. Optimal thyroid function may help safeguard against the pathogenesis of diabetes, obesity, heart disease, and depression. Thyroid hormones also play central metabolic roles in healthy sexual and reproductive function in both women and men. Because they are essential for IGF-1 production, and thyroid hormones significantly affect lipid metabolism.

This test may reveal important clinical information about:

- Central thyroid dysregulation indicating primary or secondary thyroid disease or dysfunction, associated with fatigue, depression, coldness, hair loss, headaches, PMS, menstrual irregularities, fluid retention, unexplained weight gain or weight loss, anxiety or panic attacks, decreased memory or concentration, muscle and joint pain, low libido, and infertility

- Peripheral thyroid imbalances arising from nutrient shortages, heavy metal exposure, adrenal stress, enzyme deficiencies, and other chronic illness, which may result in functional hypothyroidism, known variously as euthyroid sick syndrome (ESS), low T3 syndrome, or Wilson's syndrome.

- Thyroid antibody levels, to gauge autoimmune response that can interfere with thyroid receptor function and promote inflammatory diseases like Hashimoto's thyroiditis, Graves' disease, or postpartum thyroiditis.

Sounds complicated, but of course not all these tests need to be taken. Often times a Functional Health Assessment Questionnaire or The Bio Meridian Assessment an Electral Dermal test much like an EEG or an EKG for the whole body, will help your nutritionist focus in on the areas where your body is out of balance. Then they will help you correct these imbalances naturally so you can have the energy to enjoy life!
Dr. Rispoli, Ph.D., L Ac. has had a clinical practice for over 25 years. Her programs work because she is so thorough in testing and providing a nutritional approach. She often quotes that “the body can heal itself if given the proper nutrients”.



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Yours For Inner Health and Outer Beauty,

Teresa Rispoli, Ph.D., L.Ac.


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