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8 Reasons Your Fatigue Could Be Thyroid Related

You’re not feeling like yourself. In fact, you’re feeling downright exhausted and it’s impacting your daily life. You might think that you’re just going through a phase or that you need more sleep, but what if your fatigue is actually being caused by your thyroid?

1) Poor Mood

One of the first signs that your fatigue could be thyroid related is if you find yourself in a constant bad mood. If you’re feeling irritable, anxious, or even depressed for no reason, it could be due to an imbalance in your hormones.

2) Feeling Cold

Another early sign of thyroid problems is feeling cold all the time, even when others around you are comfortable. This is because an underactive thyroid can cause your body temperature to drop.

3) Weight Loss Resistance

If you’re eating right and exercising but still not seeing any results on the scale, it could be due to a thyroid imbalance. An underactive thyroid can make it harder to lose weight, even when you’re doing everything right.

4) Hair Loss

Thyroid problems can lead to hair loss, which can further contribute to feeling tired and run down. If you notice that you’re losing more hair than usual, it’s worth checking in with your doctor.

5) Fatigue

Feeling fatigued all the time is one of the most common symptoms of thyroid problems. If you find yourself struggling to get through the day or falling asleep more often than not, it’s likely due to an imbalance in your thyroid hormone levels.

6) Imbalanced Hormones

One of the most common causes of fatigue is an imbalance in your hormones. This can be due to a number of different factors, but if you find that your energy levels are constantly fluctuating or that you’re feeling more tired than usual, it’s worth checking in with your doctor to see if your hormone levels are off.

7) Gut Issues

Another common cause of fatigue is gut problems. If you’re struggling with digestive issues like constipation or diarrhea, it can lead to feeling exhausted. This is because your gut health is directly linked to your overall health and well-being.

8) Pain

Lastly, pain can also be a sign of thyroid problems. If you’re constantly dealing with headaches, body aches, or fatigue, it’s worth checking in with your doctor to see if your thyroid could be the culprit.

We Can Do This Together

If you’re struggling with fatigue, it’s important to check in with a Certified Nutrition Specialist to rule out any underlying health issues. Thyroid problems are a common cause of fatigue, so if you’re experiencing any of the above symptoms, it’s worth getting checked out. Early diagnosis and treatment is key to managing thyroid problems and keeping your energy levels up. Check out below a few of my options to get you started on your journey to improve your health and regain your energy.

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Why Am I So Tired? – Part II

Last week, I covered the main physical reasons why you are so tired. This week, we will focus on your mind and how it affects your energy levels. If you haven’t read last week’s blog post yet, catch up by reading it here first, then come back for part II.

You’re Focusing on the Negative

When you’re feeling like you can hardly function even after lying in bed for 10 to 12 hours, it can be really hard to focus on the positive aspects of your health — especially if you feel like you’ve tried everything and can’t find the help you need to feel better. Believe me, I can relate: I was literally given no help and support. I was told that this was my new normal, and I was just supposed to deal with it. This made it difficult to stay positive and caused me to focus on the negatives.

If you feel this way, I encourage you to focus on what you can do: What is one quick win you can achieve? This is how my programs are designed; we work on a few little things, and little by little, people feel motivated to keep going forward.

Your Nervous System Is Not Working Properly

Do you have anxiety? Are you overstimulated? Are you not getting the breaks you need throughout the day? Is your mind tired? If you’re just plugging away at things all the time, you’re going to stay in fight or flight mode. And if you’re constantly running from that proverbial saber-tooth tiger, you won’t be able to calm down and shut your brain off.

What you want is to get into that rest and digest state where your parasympathetic nervous system kicks in to help you achieve a state of calm. The way you do that is by stimulating the vagus nerve, which runs right behind the back of your ear, kind of at the base of your ear lobe on the mastoid bone right underneath on the back of your skull.

This is a whole other topic on its own, so if you’re curious to learn more, Google “stimulation of vagus nerve” to learn ways to calm yourself down. A few methods I recommend:

  • Use clove and lime oil on the mastoid bone
  • Practice deep breathing
  • Incorporate meditation and mindfulness
  • Walk in nature
  • Focus on restorative movement

You’re Not Getting the Support You Need

A running theme with the issues above is that they come about when people don’t have the resources and support, they need to find the right solutions for their fatigue. Ultimately, getting expert insights into your particular situation will help to identify the underlying causes of your fatigue.

My programs are designed to help people resolve their symptoms much faster than if they were to try addressing them on their own. With my new Health Reset Membership, people are able to reset their bodies in a short period of time while getting the support they need to stick with the program and make lasting changes to optimize their health.

If you’re looking for a program that’s tailored to your needs to overcome your fatigue, thyroid issues, or other health problems, this program could be exactly what you need to get on track. Right now, you can take advantage of founding membership pricing of $2,000 for a limited time. To learn more and get started, message me at hello@tiffanyflaten.com or visit https://tiffanyflaten.com/.

Why Am I So Tired? – Part I

In this two-part series, I am going to share the 7 main reasons why you are feeling so tired right now and provide you with information to help you tackle these issues so that you can start getting your body and your mind ready to fight fatigue. This week, I am going to share the top physical reasons why you may be feeling so tired right now and next week I’ll conclude the series by sharing with you the top mental blocks that are contributing to your fatigue.

The pressure of everyday life is starting to get to you. You feel tired all day, tired before bed, and tired the next morning. As time goes on, you’re feeling more and more fatigued. But does your fatigue have a physical cause?

Here are the top physical reasons why your fatigue isn’t getting any better, no matter what you’ve been doing.

You’re Eating the Wrong Foods

Oftentimes, people tend to eat for reasons other than fueling their bodies, focusing on things like calories, macros, or a certain way of eating, like keto, intermittent fasting, paleo, or vegan, for example. The problem is, we don’t know if those foods are actually healthy for you.

And it’s a little bit of a guessing game, because there’s no shortage of information about diets and nutrition out there. People will Google everything and look at all the information to try to find the best diet, not realizing that if they have other underlying conditions, symptoms, or medications they are taking, a particular way of eating could be causing things to get worse. And when they don’t get the results they want for their fatigue, weight loss, or other issues, then they quit doing anything altogether.

You’re Not Drinking Enough Water

If you’re not drinking enough water, you’re going to be more fatigued. But what if you’re also running yourself ragged and consuming a ton of caffeinated beverages? You may wind up drinking more of the things that are actually dehydrating and not compensating with enough water.

A good starting point is to take your weight in pounds by half and drink that in ounces daily. So, if you weigh, for example, 100 pounds, then you should drink 50 ounces of water. You may need to up your intake even more based on other factors like your exercise routine, the climate where you live, and the number of caffeinated drinks you’re drinking throughout the day.

Your Exercise Routine Is Working Against You

As humans, we are meant to move and not be sedentary. Some people make the mistake of thinking if they exercise more, they’ll build up endorphins, lose weight, and have more energy. However, in reality, certain kinds of exercises could actually be making your fatigue worse.

For example, if you’re doing CrossFit regularly, this is very hard on your body and causes more inflammation, more oxidative stress, and greater nutrient and hydration demands — going back to reasons #1 and #2 about proper nutrition and water intake, along with about being reactive versus proactive. Not to knock CrossFit and the like, but if you’ve had ongoing fatigue for many years, then this is probably not the workout for you.

Instead, I recommend moving your body in a way that’s more restorative and functional. If you’re fatigued, start with just walking every day and adding in some stretches for your body. Get your body moving in the morning and drink a glass of water before you even think about coffee.

You Are Reacting Rather Than Responding

I tell clients all the time: If you actually listen to your body and just get out of its way and let it do what it needs to do, then you’re going to be much better for it. Instead, many people will go into reactive mode — they’ll start Googling symptoms, listening to someone who has similar symptoms, and self-diagnosing the best treatment plan for themselves. Generally, this means loading up on a bunch of supplements or trying a certain diet plan that someone said worked for them.

What I advise instead is to take a proactive approach: Respond to what your body is telling you versus being reactive. That’s the premise of all the programs and services I offer. Using fatigue as an example, we’ll look at the underlying causes of that fatigue. If you’re not sleeping well through the night, why is that happening? We’ll look at the hormones, deficiencies, and nutrients that might be at play to get to the root of issues so you’re not just taking an Advil PM or a sleeping pill as a quick fix to get to sleep.

Don’t forget to check back next week for the conclusion of the 7 main reasons why you are so tired.

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