Lately many clients have commented that they are feeling fatigued. When I ask them to expand on their overall all feeling they state that they are tired or have a lack of energy. Other terms used to describe fatigue are exhaustion or being lethargic. For clarity, fatigue and sleepiness are not the same thing; sleepiness is a symptom of fatigue.

Many physicians consider fatigue as a medical condition. As a functional health clinician I believe fatigue is based on nutrient deficiency. All to often, due to the stresses in life and the ‘need it now’ mentality, we tend to jeopardize our health in lieu of our jobs. What good are you to your family, to yourself or to your employer if you are not functioning at your best?

List of Explanations for Fatigue

There are a number of possible causes for fatigue, which can be divided into three general categories; lifestyle, medical and mental issues. Listed below, under each category, you’ll see a number of points that may lead to fatigue. However, I am convinced that poor nutrition is the real culprit…


physical activity and physical exertion

lack of activity

lack of sleep

being overweight or obese

periods of emotional stress


certain medications, such as antidepressants or those that have a sedative effect

using alcohol on a regular basis

using street drugs, such as cocaine, on a regular basis

using narcotics

consuming caffeine

not eating a proper and nutritious diet




Addison’s disease (a disorder affecting your hormone levels)

hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid)

hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid)


insomnia and other sleeping disorders

eating disorders, such as anorexia

autoimmune disorders


congestive heart failure



kidney or liver disease


chronic fatigue syndrome

chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (or COPD, which makes it difficult to breathe) emphysema

restless legs syndrome


Anxiety or depression may be cause for fatigue- this may be a symptom of the condition.

Should any of the following accompany your fatigue it is wise to seek medical help immediately.

rectal bleeding

vomiting blood

a severe headache

pain in the chest area

a feeling of faintness

rapid heart beat

irregular heart beat

feeling short of breath

severe pain in the abdominal, back, or pelvic region


As functional health clinicians we recommend a SpectraCell blood draw to check Micrnutrients, CardioMetabolic risk, Pre-Diabetes risk and male – female hormone levels. Nutrition is key to a healthy body. When we are consuming a whole food plant based nutrition regime coupled with clean filtered water and clean supplementation, fatigue is often overcome with energy and positive thinking. Most of the points listed above can be overcome with proper nutrition. Remember nutrition first followed by physical activity and positive thinking. Slow down, think healthy, eat healthy…be healthy. Nutrition first!

Health is our greatest wealth.