Do you feel tired all the time, no matter how much sleep you get? Are you wondering what could possibly be the cause of it all?
Sometimes, low energy has little to do with the amount of sleep you. In many cases, poor digestive health can cause or at least exacerbate your fatigue.
Why is my gut health affecting my energy levels?
There are several ways that your gut can influence your energy levels and how awake or tired you feel.
Your gut is responsible for digesting and absorbing important nutrients
Many vitamins and minerals play an essential role in energy production. But for you to have a good amount of these nutrients, it’s not just about eating enough of them via your diet.
Your gut needs to be able to break down your food to access the nutrients, then absorb the nutrients across into the body. So if your gut is not working optimally, you may end up with low levels of these nutrients.
Some of the deficiencies that can be caused or worsened by poor digestion include:
Working on your gut health can help to improve your nutrient stores long-term. However, if you are deficient in one or more nutrients, you may want to consider a high-quality supplement to boost your levels up.
The gut can influence your brain function and lead to brain fog
There is a powerful two-way connection that runs between the gut and the brain. If your gut health is compromised, it can lead to impaired brain function.
A brain that is not functioning well is more prone to brain fog. Brain fog often goes hand in hand with feeling tired or fatigued. Symptoms of brain dog include feeling hazy and mentally exhausted, trouble with concentrating and poor memory.
Your gut is where many of your brain chemicals are produced
You would think that brain chemicals, or neurotransmitters, would be produced in the brain. But what research has actually uncovered is that the majority of these chemicals are actually produced in the gut.
Low energy and exhaustion are known symptoms for low levels of several key neurotransmitters, including:
An imbalance in these chemicals can also impair your ability to sleep properly and affect your mood, leaving you at risk of depression and anxiety.
Inflammation in the gut can spread throughout the body
If you have any kind of digestive condition or symptom, there’s a good chance that inflammation is involved. Unfortunately, inflammation does not just stay put in the gut.
Once your immune system sets off the reaction, it can spread through the body. This can cause issues in other areas that affect your energy levels, including your brain and your thyroid. Any imbalance in the gut flora can further contribute to inflammation. Some unhealthy species can cause inflammatory reactions.
If you have any underlying health concerns such as an autoimmune disease, the increase in inflammation can cause a flare-up and further drain your energy.
Digestive symptoms can affect your sleep
Conditions that affect the gut can lead to many uncomfortable symptoms, including bloating, gas and stomach pain. If you experience these close to bedtime, it may be affecting your ability to sleep.
Even eating your dinner close to bedtime could impair your body’s ability to fall asleep. Whenever possible, make sure you eat your meal 2-3 hours before you plan on going to sleep.
To learn more about brain fog, <link to previous blog>
Are you tired of feeling tired all the time? Concerned that your gut health might be playing a role?
Our naturopath Trish is here to support you. As a qualified health practitioner, Trish can arrange any relevant testing and create a tailored treatment plan to optimise your energy levels and support your gut health.
To book an appointment with Trish at our Bundaberg clinic, call us on (07) 41522372