Is your energy zapped? Your digestion might be to blame.
Fatigue and digestive disorders like Irritable Bowel Syndrome commonly go hand-in-hand. In fact, any digestive issues will generally bring on fatigue.
Feeling tired and drained makes life difficult. These sorts of things can happen:
- Coffee might perk you up but it doesn’t last
- You are doing everything you need to, but with less enthusiasm or even struggling
- You feel unmotivated, irritable and less switched
- You lose productivity and miss out on exercising
- Then if you are anything like me, you also beat yourself up over this
This state is linked to your gut health.
As you heal the gut and learn which foods your body loves, a surge of energy follows. As your energy increases, you feel more motivated to keep going. You have the energy to work, run the household, exercise and even socialise in the same day.
Start by improving your digestion.
Chewing thoroughly, eating small meals frequently, avoiding water with meals and focusing on what you are eating will all help your digestive system to break down the food properly.
Then become aware of what you are eating and when your symptoms come on. Keeping a diet/symptom diary for a week is the most effective way to do this.
If you go one step further and incorporate a daily stress management practice, your energy will soar.
When the nervous system is constantly in a state of stimulation your body is running on stress hormones. You feel wired, anxious or wound up – but the body cannot maintain this state forever and so you crash. Maintaining a calm, sedated nervous system most of the time (except when there is an urgent situation obviously!) is key to more energy and productivity.
Keeping a gratitude journal, meditating or starting a yoga or qi gong practice are all wonderful ways to reduce the stress and calm the nervous system. Even just taking deep breaths regularly and having a nice wind-down routine at night will help, as it all adds up.
Looking after the diet and the emotions improves your digestive condition and in turn, your energy.