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Energy & Vitality

As a nutritional therapist, I recommend an appropriate selection of foods and fluids, timing of intake and supplement choices for optimal health and energy.

For some people, just the ability to try and obtain the required energy in the face of ever increasing demands on our time, resources and often incremental symptoms of ill health is becoming more prevalent in my clinic every week. The result is often "fatigue" - that state following a period of mental or bodily activity, characterised by a diminished capacity for work and reduced efficiency of accomplishment, which may be accompanied by a feeling of weariness, sleepiness, mood changes and increasing pain.

Adequate and appropriate nutrition is crucial to healthy energy metabolism. Without the optimal daily intake of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, phytonutrients and energy, in the form of ATP-adenosine triphosphate (which can be thought of our human equivalent of petrol), optimal vitality and physical performance will not be achieved. Even with what may be considered "adequate" nutritional intake, energy demands may well exceed input and stores in the presence of emotional, social and physical stressors. These stressors deplete out nutrient reserves through a series of biochemical pathways which, left unabated will result in one or a number of systems being affected that in turn impacts on energy output and resulting fatigue. It could be the digestive system that has been impacted. For example, you are not absorbing nutrients as well as you should be and therefore the nutrients required in the pathway to make ATP(our human petrol) are not as readily available. Or adrenal and thyroid gland have been impacted and energy levels start to decline as a result.

Iron - deficiency anaemia can also be a major cause of fatigue. Low iron levels can be because the absorption process in the gut has become inefficient (a number of factors can play a part here - insufficient stomach acid, substances such as phytates, found in grains and tannins in tea which inhibit absorption are just two!). Apart from iron-deficiency anaemia, low levels of B12 and folic acid can also produce either megalobastic or pernicious anaemia.

In the case of clients with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) - we see a chronic picture of fatigue together with a host of other symptoms such as , but not limited to:- pain, crushing fatigue, muscle and joint aches, sleeplessness, poor circulation and disordered memory. It is usually accompanied by lowered immunity, possibly a latent virus still lingering, poor liver function and compromised digestive health. CFS and other mystery illnesses appear to be initiated by an acute stressor, ranging from infections such as yeast, viruses, bacteria, Lyme etc, to toxic exposures and physical or mental trauma. But no matter what the initiating cause, the downstream effect is free radical damage and inflammation that sets in motion a forward feeding cycle of multi-system malfunction.

As a nutritional therapist and under the guidance of The Functional Medicine approach to health care, a powerful way to work with such clients is to support and build resilience within each of the affected systems whilst also seeking to remove stressors and pathogens that could be fuelling the inflammatory cascade.

The whole picture
In summary, fatigue is the most common complaint of patients seeking general medical care. As a nutritional therapist I believe the same applies in our clinical setting and assisting in resolving that fatigue is to leave no bodily system, nutrient or biochemical pathway unturned.

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