Are you tired? You’re not alone. Over half of Americans are experiencing ongoing fatigue problems these days. But that means something is wrong. And where there’s a problem, it means it’s time to find a solution. Yes?

In this blog series, we’re breaking down the root causes of fatigue - of which there are many! Today… let’s talk about digestion.

Your Digestion and Energy Production are Connected

Poor digestion is often overlooked as a root cause of fatigue. Many people assume that fatigue is simply a result of not getting enough rest, but the truth is that it can be caused by a multitude of other issues, including poor digestion. 

Digestion is the process of breaking down food into small molecules that can then be used by the body for energy. Unfortunately, when digestion is impaired, the body is unable to effectively break down and use the food we eat. This can lead to a number of symptoms, including fatigue. 

Causes of Poor Digestion

There are many causes of poor digestion - like eating bad foods, having too much stress, and taking lots of antibiotics - just to name a few examples. Eating processed and sugary foods, for example, can lead to issues with digestion. These foods are difficult for the body to break down and can cause inflammation in the gut. Stress also shuts down healthy digestive function, and antibiotics destroy the healthy bacterial balance that should exist in your gut for good health.

Additionally, certain medical conditions, such as Crohn’s disease or irritable bowel syndrome, can also contribute to digestion issues and related fatigue. 

Tips for Healthy Digestion

Fortunately, there are steps you can take to improve your digestion and help combat fatigue. Eating a balanced diet with plenty of fiber, vitamins, and minerals is key. Additionally, exercising regularly, drinking plenty of water, and avoiding processed foods can all help improve digestion. 

Finally, try to reduce stress levels as much as possible. Stress has been linked to digestive issues and can greatly affect your energy levels. Meditation, yoga, and other relaxation techniques can help reduce stress and improve both your digestion and energy levels. 

By making small changes to your diet and lifestyle, you can improve your digestion and help combat fatigue. Remember, good digestion is essential to maintaining energy levels and overall health.

Finally, get support if you need it. Working with a naturopathic doctor can help you get a better understanding of what your body needs. We can run labs to test for digestive problems, advise on how best to heal your digestive problems, and provide you with tailored advice for your overall energy, health and well-being.