Exhaustion is a part of modern life for most adults. But how tired is too tired? Fatigue extends beyond feelings of normal tiredness or sleepiness, and can negatively affect many areas of a person’s life.
The team at the Biomed Center New England in Providence, RI, can help you get to the root of your fatigue and help you create a more sustainable life through lifestyle changes and holistic treatments.
Causes of Fatigue
Persistent exhaustion is usually attributed to one of three things: certain lifestyle choices, physical health conditions, or a mental health condition.
1. Lifestyle Choices
Certain daily activities can be the root cause of fatigue. Fatigue, for example, can result from:
- Lack of adequate sleep
- Medications (including antidepressants)
- Illicit drug use
- Poor diet
2. Physical Conditions
Medical conditions that affect the body can also cause the onset of fatigue. These can include:
- Infections (such as influenza)
3. Mental Health Issues
Mental conditions such as depression and anxiety can also cause fatigue. Depression and anxiety can lead to little to no interest in normal daily activities. They also might lead to poor dietary choices, and getting too little or too much sleep.
Can fatigue be genetic?
Yes. Recent studies have found that forms of chronic fatigue syndrome are linked to certain genes. The genes identified (serotonin and glutamate) are linked to stress and depression. Scientists are hopeful these newly-discovered links will lead to better diagnosis and treatment of chronic fatigue syndrome.
When should a person seek treatment for fatigue?
When your exhaustion disrupts your daily life and lasts more than two weeks, you may need to seek treatment. Here are some signs that you should contact a medical professional:
- When feelings of fatigue are without cause
- Weight loss that is sudden or unexplained
- Consistent trouble falling asleep
- If depression is suspected
A person should go to the hospital immediately if fatigue is accompanied by any of the following symptoms:
- Severe headaches
- Chest pain
- Irregular heartbeat
- Feeling faint
- Shortness of breath
What are some changes that can be made to help treat fatigue?
There are a number of lifestyle changes one can make to their daily routine that may help mitigate the effects of fatigue. They include:
- Stay hydrated. Drinking a glass of water first thing in the morning can help combat dehydration, a condition that can lead to fatigue. Avoiding caffeine throughout the day can also help.
- Eat a healthy diet. Reduce your intake of processed foods and sugar; increase your consumption of fresh veggies and fruits.
- Exercise regularly. Relaxing activities such as yoga can help release endorphins which help to raise energy levels. Just 25 minutes of yoga activity has been shown to boost energy levels.
- Get adequate sleep. Adults should get at least 8 hours of sleep per night.
- Reduce stress. Getting outside and breathing fresh air has also been shown to raise the body’s serotonin levels, increasing energy. Cardiovascular exercise in the morning is also an effective way to fight fatigue. Increased aerobic exercise has been shown to reduce feelings of exhaustion.
- Quit smoking and drinking. It’s no secret that these bad habits have significant negative effects throughout the body. Talk to a doctor about the best ways to quit these habits.
Treating Fatigue Holistically
The Biomed Center New England offers a variety of solutions for feelings of fatigue.
- IV Therapy – Vitality IV drips speed micronutrients into the body intravenously that can immediately boost energy and with lasting effects. Because IV drips bypass the body’s digestive process, the absorption rate is 100%.
- BioEnergetics – BioEnergetic therapies, such as oxygen and negative ion therapies, help to reduce pain and overcome emotional and energetic roadblocks.
- Supplements – The Elements Store at the Biomed Center supplies only natural supplements that are chemical-free, made from quality ingredients, and are designed to boost energy and overall health.
Fighting Fatigue at The Biomed Center
Fatigue does not have to be a way of life. The staff at the Biomed Center New England is prepared to diagnose your symptoms and help you rejuvenate, mind and body. Call (401) 443-4007 or make an appointment online today for a free consultation.