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Celiac disease (CD) is increasingly being diagnosed among the Canadian population. As many as 300,000 Canadians could have this disease; and it can strike at any age. If left undiagnosed, severe complications may occur later in life.
Low Iron: Iron is essential for energy production in your body and is critical for the transport of oxygen in your blood and muscles. Low iron levels will lead to fatigue, weakness, headaches, and poor resistance to infection.
Dwindling Sex Hormones: For women, an imbalance or deficiency of estrogen, progesterone or testosterone can affect energy levels. For men, low testosterone levels can produce symptoms of fatigue.
Food Sensitivities: Energy levels will definitely suffer if you have undiagnosed food sensitivities or allergies. This can lead to nutritional deficiencies, creating further problems with energy production in the body.
Missing Essential Fats: If you don’t eat three servings of fatty fish each week or take a fish oil supplement, then chances are you are not getting enough of the essential omega-3 fats, DHA and EPA, in your diet. Symptoms of essential fatty acid (EFA) deficiency are wide-ranging, but include fatigue, lackluster energy, and lack of endurance.
Low Coenzyme Q10: This energy-producing powerhouse is present in every plant and animal cell. If you have heart disease or are on cholesterol medication (i.e. statins), you may be lacking this vital nutrient.
Chronic Bowel Issues: When you suffer from constipation, diarrhea or irritable bowel on a regular basis, your energy levels can be drained. Ensuring a healthy bowel, with probiotics and dietary fibre, can make a world of difference to your energy levels.
Thyroid Dysfunction: When you are hypothyroid, you are not producing an adequate amount of thyroid hormones, and will lack energy.
Vitamin B12 Deficiency: Seniors and vegetarians are at particular risk for vitamin B12 deficiency. As well, many prescription drugs interfere with vitamin B12 absorption.
Stressed Adrenals: In today’s stressed out world, the adrenals work overtime in our bodies, releasing excess hormones as our stress levels increase. This can lead to adrenal fatigue and result in weight gain, exhaustion, and insomnia.
Insufficient Magnesium: Magnesium has a critical role in energy production: magnesium is needed for over 300 reactions in the body, and the tissues that are the most metabolically active (the brain, heart, liver and kidney) contain very high concentrations of magnesium.
If you’d like to learn more about the nutritional and hormonal issues on this list, please read “Have you been suffering from low energy?” on our website.