I get it, you’re tired. Seems like everyone is these days. But instead of placing the blame on the actual reasons you are tired, you compare yourself to your co-workers and neighbours, and concur it’s just normal to feel this way.

I’m here to tell you that feeling tired on a consistent basis is NOT normal for the human body. Normal is refreshing, steady, and uplifting energy that carries you through even the toughest of days. So if you don’t have that, your body is crying for help and you’re ignoring it like the commercials on your PVR.

This is an opportunity to take a long hard look at the ten most common reasons you are tired, and take some steps to get yourself back on the energy train, before you get completely derailed.

Poor digestion

The state of digestion today is abhorrent, and what is even scarier is that unless someone is dealing with obnoxious pain or has been given a diagnosis, they figure nothing is wrong. That’s because they have no idea what poor digestion feels like, which leaves them in completely in the dark.

It takes a lot of things to make digestion go smoothly, including your state of your mind, chewing, stomach acidity, available enzymes and probiotics, and effective liver/gallbladder function. If any one of these areas become compromised, your digestion will suffer (even if you eat good, clean food). So imagine what it’s like when you are anxious, rushed, and choose to eat highly processed food in combinations that even the most diligent of digestive systems can’t deal with properly.

Yes Houston, you have a problem.

Digestion can sap a lot of your energy, and for every one of the factors mentioned above that you do improperly, it takes more and more energy away from your residual energy and directs it towards the gruelling job of digestion. This leaves you tired and ready for a nap, especially after meals.

SUPERHERO FILES: “I have been living with and trying to manage symptoms from Crohn’s Disease for nearly three decades now and I am only 37 years old. Over the last 5-10 years issues with adrenal fatigue, candida, thyroid and hormonal imbalances, low energy and many more symptoms have also come into play. I had been on various immunosuppressants drugs, as well as various steroids for the better part of my life. I had tried several different roads to health such as naturopaths, “healthy eating” etc. I had mild successes, however my normal day to day still involved a lot of pain, discomfort, and highs and lows. I was skeptical at first that Derek would be able provide me with any information that was different than what I had heard from my naturopath. I was wrong. The THRIVE Academy, changed my life. Within weeks I noticed changes in the way I was feeling and how my body was reacting. My new “normal” is light years better than how I felt before. I am off all medications at this point and am confident that my body will continue to only improve. Thanks Derek!” – Erin O.

Poor functioning liver

With poor digestion and man-made chemicals in our faces 24-7, the liver eventually has far too many tasks than it can handle. As a result, the efficient and proper handling of toxins does not get done properly, and rather than being dispatched out of your body, they become embedded in various tissues and organs (including your liver).

This leads to sugar handling issues, hormone fluctuations, and fat deposits throughout the body. If an overly toxic body is not enough to slow you down, carrying an extra 50-100 pounds will! Combine these two factors together (and they are often inseparable), and you get a serious smack down in the energy department.

Tapped thyroid

Thyroid disease is also becoming a common complaint, and when it comes to energy deficits, hypothyroidism might be at the top of the list.

Since the thyroid’s main role in the endocrine system is to regulate your metabolism, which is your body’s ability to break down food and convert it to energy, it’s compromised function hits you right in the energy pocketbook and the results can’t be any more frustrating. The worst part is this won’t change until your digestion is burning through food at a faster pace (increasing your metabolism, which increases your energy), and you support your thyroid health correctly.

What causes thyroid damage? Some of the heavy hitters include poor digestion, pollution (smoke, exhaust), EMFs, heavy metals, radiation (medial devices/Fukushima), low iodine levels, and crashed adrenals.

How do you recover it? Maximize your digestion, avoid pollution (to the degree you can control it), get grounded, eliminate heavy metals, avoid radiation, chill out (meditate/relax), and restock your iodine levels. As someone who dealt with a severe underactive thyroid, I can help you inside the THRIVE Academy.

SUPERHERO FILES: “Derek helped me heal my VERY serious autoimmune disease, hypothyroidism. After 4 days in the THRIVE Academy I already noticed my symptoms were reducing. After 8 weeks, he had me off 4 of 5 medications and my symptoms were diminished by about 70%. I lost 25 pounds (which put me at a near ideal weight), 5 inches, 4 pant sizes, increased my oxygenation, increased my height (less stiffness, which straightened me up), increased my mobility, increased my range of motion, and I now have increased energy, better mood, better clarity. What I love is that he takes what can be a very complicated and frustrating subject (health and wellness) and simplifies it so that anyone can understand and take appropriate action. Thanks Derek!” – Myrtle E.

Shot adrenals

Adrenal fatigue is now becoming a recognized condition, and these walnut sized glands have taken more than their fair share of beatings with our modern day stressors.

The main purpose of your adrenals is to enable your body to deal with stress from a variety of different sources, including injuries and relationship problems. They will largely determine the energy of your body’s responses every time there is a change in your internal and external environment. It’s also important to note that these hormones closely modulate metabolic processes like the utilization of carbohydrates and fats, the conversion of fats and proteins into energy, normal blood sugar regulation, proper cardiovascular function, and gastrointestinal efficiency.

So when you are dealing with relationship issues, financial problems, too little sleep, digestive infections, and alcohol abuse, your adrenals become tapped out and your energy goes POOF! Unfortunately, these energy issues are often countered with caffeine (coffee and energy drinks), which is another massive draw on your adrenal function and just makes the situation more chronic.

In fact, if you push them far enough an adrenal crash will follow and leave you completely incapacitated.

Lack of inspiration

Another energy vampire is the lack of a purpose or failing to enjoy life on a regular basis. This is often hampered by lifeless jobs and no real hobbies.

Listen, I get that work pays the bills, and perhaps you haven’t found a way to follow your passion and earn income. Perhaps you don’t even know what lights you up because you’ve never allowed it to. Either way, engaging in your passion or having inspiration on a daily basis (even if it is only an hour or two), will be enough to lift your energy levels.

Make it a point to write out what it is that makes you smile and gets you fired up, and find a way to weave it into your life through work and/or play. Your energy levels will reciprocate.

Chronic stress

On the flip side of lack of inspiration is chronic stress. Whether it is keeping up with the rat race, problems with family, financial burdens, or lack of gratitude, chronic stress is one of the most recognized but undervalued pieces to overall health. How many people do you know, including yourself, that knows the effects of stress but has taken no appreciable action towards negating it?

When you are happy, your energy is high. When you are stressed, your energy is depleted. It’s pretty simple, yet, few will recognize, acknowledge, and take action on relieving it. As a result, their energy levels will always be tapped.

Take a break from your worldly troubles, and learn why meditation works and is used by many successful people to offset daily stress. Also, get this adaptogenic herb to help replenish your adrenals.

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Sleep deprivation

“I’ll sleep when I’m dead”. A common phrase utilized by those who choose to burn the candles at both ends who will realize their statement is going to give them their wish sooner than they may wish.

There will be times that you do not hit the sack early enough, you have to get up really early, or both. As long as it is not a weekly habit, you can probably manage to avoid the consequences of low energy related to sleep deprivation.

However, if you choose to regularly forego proper sleep habits, know that you are choosing to drain your batteries and failure to use this regeneration period properly will put you in an energy deficit. There is no special power that you can tap into to avoid the energy peril that will eventually come with poor sleep habits.

Your iron levels might also be fine, but sometimes they are something which can make you feel tired.

Excessive exercise

It’s still conventional wisdom that if you are lacking energy, you should just get off your butt and go work out. Although this definitely can apply in some instances, people tend to overdo it and with consequences to their energy.

Depending on your current state of health, excessive exercise could be draining the little energy you have, especially if you do not properly replenish the nutrients spent while working out. In addition to that, if you adrenals and/or thyroid are spent you are only further draining your energy tank.

Work out smarter, not harder, so you can build your energy levels safely.

Clogged lymphatic system

The lymphatic system is a complex drainage or “sewer” system that consists of glands, lymph nodes, the spleen, thymus gland, and tonsils. Its role is to cleanse our cells by absorbing excess fluids, fats, and toxins from our tissues and into the blood where it can eventually be filtered out by the liver and kidneys.

Unfortunately, due to our toxic burden, nutritional deficiencies, and relative inactivity, this system has become increasingly polluted. As a result your energy levels suffer as your lymphatic system fails to provide you with strong cellular health, a major source of energy generation.

Fortunately, this is relatively easy to overcome through smart exercise, massage, nutrition, and more.

Polluted environment

Another major factor for dwindling energy is living in a heavily polluted environment. Unfortunately this has become a significant issue and is a constant source of energy drain.

Whether it is exhaust fumes, industrial smoke stacks, cigarette smoke, mold, solvents, paints, VOC’s, or perfumes, you can easily be assaulted indoors and out. Add in the relatively new concern of EMFs (electromagnetic frequencies) being emitted from appliances, electronics, and routers, and you have another layer of pollution that is omnipresent.

All these things, of course, will compromise your oxygen uptake and wear you down to the point that your energy becomes significantly compromised. Worst of all, you can’t see most of this pollution, so it is often a mysterious source of energy zapping.

You can improve all of these threats by avoiding heavier polluted environments and/or using plants to clean the air that you are breathing in on a daily basis. These 10 plants are a great start. You can also invest in essential oils.

You can also put some time into earthing or acquiring earthing products so that you can offset the negative consequences of EMFs.

Hopefully you can now appreciate that if you are constantly tired, you’re not a meal replacement shake away from getting it back. It takes a holistic approach, and failure to take that to heart will result in more chronic fatigue. Many have tried the supplement solution or the alternative therapy approach, and while that is a move in the right direction, the failure to follow a more complete lifestyle change proven to provide energy will only eventually lead to more disappointment.

Don’t get lost in the black hole of bandaid solutions for your lack of energy. Get on track quickly and for the rest of your life with the THRIVE Academy.

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Derek Henry

Derek Henry, Founder of Healing the Body and the THRIVE Academy, used nutrition, supplementation, and a holistic lifestyle to naturally unravel 13 chronic disease conditions that conventional or alternative medical professionals couldn't help him resolve. As a result of this one-in-a-million health transformation and the knowledge acquired in the process, he now educates, coaches, and inspires others to transform their health through a natural and holistic approach. Since 2014, he has helped his THRIVE Academy participants heal over 20 different chronic disease conditions, primarily related to digestive and autoimmune concerns.

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