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Why Am I So Tired? 5 Natural Ways to Boost Energy

Tired all the time? No wonder. Modern life is much faster paced and stressful than what our ancestors experienced. Even when you’re not up and doing, there’s the expectation that you should be!  Given these nonstop stressors, it’s no coincidence that chronic fatigue syndrome has become a far bigger health issue in the last 25 years.

Fortunately, for most people there are simple, natural solutions to overcome fatigue and get more energy.

#1: Check for Adrenal Fatigue

The first thing I suggest when someone asks me, “Why am I so tired all the time?” is to get their adrenal function checked. Your energy level is regulated by hormones from the thyroid and the adrenals. While most doctors know to check thyroid function, adrenal function is often overlooked.

Even when adrenal fatigue is suspected conventional testing can be complex and time consuming. Fortunately, most people don’t need complex testing since there are simple signs of adrenal fatigue.

6 Signs of Adrenal Overload

To boost your energy, you may need adrenal support if you experience one or more of the following signs:

  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness when rising quickly from a sitting or lying position, after standing for long periods of time, or after taking a long hot shower
  • Frequent urination
  • Sensitivity to sunlight
  • Difficulty driving at night
  • Cravings for salty foods

How to Overcome Adrenal Fatigue

For most people, these three nutrient interventions can help to support your adrenal glands, and overcome adrenal fatigue:

  • A High-Quality Multinutrient Supplement: one that contains at least a B-50 formulation (that is, at least 50 mg—or mcg, as appropriate—of each of the B vitamins).
  • Vitamin C (2,000 mg daily): Since vitamin C is used by your adrenal glands to produce cortisol (the “stress hormone”), supplementing with it is important for adrenal recovery.
  • Malic Acid (1,200 mg daily) and Magnesium (125 mg daily): Both help convert fats and carbohydrates into cellular energy.

For direct adrenal support, you may also want to consider taking a glandular supplement, such as Drenamin from Standard Process. Glandulars are extracts of actual animal glands (in the case of Drenamin, from cows) that provide the raw materials your glands need for proper function. It’s almost like the supplement “resets” your body.

#2: Check Your Thyroid

One of the many ill effects of hypothyroidism (low thyroid) is constant fatigue. One of the primary ways to reverse it is by adding iodine to the diet. Seafood, kelp, and seaweed products are good sources of iodine. Iodized salt can also help.

I also recommend an effective and predictable liquid iodine called Iosol by the company TPCS. Begin with four drops of Iosol (don’t use any other form of iodine) in a glass of water daily for two weeks, then cut back to one drop a day once you’ve restored your iodine levels back to normal. 

#3: Avoid the Quick-Fix Roller Coaster

If you are having one of those “I’m so tired” days, you may be tempted to grab a cup of coffee or an energy drink is a quick fix. But these drinks can do more harm than good.

It doesn’t matter if they are “natural” or not—too much coffee or a bottled energy drinks won’t give you energy. They contain caffeine that can make you jittery and impact your ability to get quality sleep at night (creating a vicious cycle of tiredness) and quick-absorbing sugars quickly lead to a sugar crash.

Instead of reaching for a caffeinated or sugar-fueled beverage, make sure you’re drinking plenty of pure, clean water since dehydration can contribute to fatigue.

#4: Use Royal Jelly

Royal jelly is a glandular secretion from worker bees. It is fed to a selected ordinary female bee, and it miraculously transforms her into the queen bee—doubling her size and extending her life.

Not only is royal jelly rich in B vitamins, it contains important amino acids, trace minerals, enzymes, and natural antibacterial compounds.

Unlike stimulants, royal jelly helps improve energy levels by enhancing the efficiency of various functions in the body by not depleting emergency energy reserves.

#5: Supplement with CoQ10

Coenzyme Q-10 (CoQ10) is another compound that can improve your energy levels without acting as a stimulant.

A few years ago, CoQ10 was the popular new kid on the block. It may not get the attention it once did, but that hasn’t negated its importance as one of the body’s most crucial components when it comes to energy production. Ninety-five percent of the body’s energy is generated through aerobic cellular respiration, which requires the presence of CoQ10. This explains why the organs with the greatest energy requirements (the heart, liver, and kidneys) have the highest concentrations of CoQ10.

Sardines and mackerel are great dietary sources of CoQ10, as are pork and beef liver. If mackerel and liver don't make it to your plate very often, stick with a CoQ10 supplement.

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