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Fatigue: How It’s Linked to Your Gut

The many facets of modern life can all take a toll on the gut microbiome. This, in turn, may affect other aspects of health such as the:

  • Immune system
  • Hormone levels
  • Weight loss
  • Digestion
  • Ability of the body to absorb nutrients

There are several ways in which an unhealthy gut may manifest itself. Fatigue is one of them.

 

What is fatigue?

 

Fatigue is defined as a feeling of overwhelming tiredness. It doesn’t disappear completely and is commonly linked to digestive disorders. Among the cause of fatigue include:

  • Malnutrition
  • Lack of exercise
  • Food intolerance
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Gut dysbiosis

It is important to keep in mind that those with IBD and other digestive disorders experience vitamin B12 deficiencies and anemia. This probably accounts for the majority of fatigue that they have experience.

Chronic fatigue syndrome. A form of severe exhaustion that can’t be relieved by stress, is a very frightening and complicated disorders. This condition has no real triggers or underlying conditions. Diagnosis requires a lot of time and testing. Interestingly, people with chronic fatigue syndromes and digestive issues, report having both, but we’re not sure how they are related. While nutritional deficiency may seem the obvious cause, it’s quite possible also that the underlying cause is a deficiency in the gut bacteria.

Recent research shows that the gut bacteria microbiome of people suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome isn’t normal. Patients with chronic fatigue have lower gut bacteria diversity and blood samples show signs of inflammation associated with leaky gut. Additionally, their stool sample reveals markers for ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.

 

Tips for improving fatigue

  • Take probiotic supplements:

Taking probiotic supplements can help people with chronic fatigue syndrome feel better, according to health experts. Probiotics are living bacteria that provide health benefits. The health benefits of probiotics have bene well-documented, including improved digestion and immune function, lower risk of infection, and overall health wellness.

  • Add fermented food into your diet:

Fermented foods and drinks like miso, kefir and kimchi contain probiotics. Since gut bacteria appear to be linked with fatigue, it only makes sense that probiotics could help.

  • Check for nutritional deficiencies:

IBD patients commonly experience fatigue due to vitamin D deficiency, vitamin B12, magnesium, and iron deficiencies. If you are deficient in these vitamins and minerals, your doctor should be able to perform test easily determine the cause of your deficiency.

  • Hydrate

It is very important to stay hydrated, especially when the hot weather is upon us. At the same time, be conscious of maintaining the electrolyte balance in the body.

  • Exercise

You can help ease fatigue by gentle exercise. Swimming, walking or yoga are all excellent options. Exercising longer periods without being hydrated and eating enough may make you more fatigued.

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