Food plays a big roll in how you look, feel, and think. And when you’re tired, it’s more difficult for you to do … everything!
Check out the list of the 7 foods below to see if you are eating any of these common foods which lead to fatigue, mid-section weight gain, and a variety of other symptoms and illnesses.
When the body is inflammed, it must spend energy and resources managing the inflammatory response. That energy is then taken away from healing and keeping the body, mind, and soul well.
And it can make you so so so tired!
Dairy is one of the most inflammatory foods, negatively impacting nearly everyone over the age of four. When the body is inflammed, it has to spend energy focused on reducing the inflammation. This pulls resources from the body which often leads to fatigue.
Most people don’t realize they have an inflammatory response to dairy because it’s happening at a cellular level where there may not be an “obvious” reaction. The hidden or subtle reactions can be the most damaging because people don’t notice the connection between the reaction (fatigue) and what’s causing it.
Dairy in all forms – butter, cheese, milk, yogurt, etc. – is showing up as a leading causes of gastrointentional distress such as gas, diarrhea, and bloating and is directly connected to asthma, eczema, acne. Studies have shown dairy to be the most exacerbating food for people with Hashimoto’s and IBS, and it’s one of the Top 8 Allergens listed by the USDA.
Sugar is an inflammatory ingredient which feeds fatigue, and common issues which cause fatigue, such as candida, SIBO, diabetes. Sugar, especially processed sugars such as corn syrup, cane sugar, and table sugar, also exacerbates hormone imbalance, mid-section weight gain, acne, cancer cells, adrenal fatigue, thyroid imbalance, PMS symptoms, Alzheimer’s disease, ADHD, cancer, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and a variety of other issues.
Sugar is also responsible for upsetting mineral relationship in the body, depleting (or stopping the absorption of) chromium, copper, calcium, Vitamin E, magnesium, and many other nutrients.
Cravings for sugar are often a sign of adrenal fatigue and thyroid imbalance and could even be a warning that candida overgrowth (which is more common than most people realize) or SIBO (small intention bacterial overgrowth) are problems.
Wheat (even the supposed “healthy version” called whole wheat) is proving to be one of the most inflammatory foods, causing tons of havoc for people. Flour products, easily convert to sugar which is a trigger for the obesity epidemic.
According to Dr Mark Hyman, Director of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine, “The average whole wheat bread has more sugar content than sugar. If you have two slices of whole wheat bread, you’re going to raise your blood sugar more than if you ate a candy bar.”
Even a “sensitivity” to wheat can lead to leaky gut, psoriasis, acne, digestive damage, hormone imbalance, reflux, insuline resistence, and a variety of other symptoms and illnesses. Another reason wheat can cause more devistating impact on health than other foods is because it can hang out in the body at a cellular level causing problems for nearly six months!
One of the most overlooked causes of fatigue are food sensitivities. Though the word “sensitivity” may imply that the reaction by the body to the foods isn’t that big of a deal, it’s misleading. In many cases, food sensitivities can cause major digestive, cognitive, and hormonal damage, leading to autoimmune conditions, diabetes, Alheimer’s disease, and organ damage.
Getting an IgG food sensitivity test is a great way to understand which foods could be having an underlying inflammatory impact on your body. It’s also a good way to test for leaky gut and potentially a red flag for autoimmune conditions.
Though caffeine can temporarily boost energy and can even help manage histamine reactions, it can work against you in the long run when it comes to energy levels. As the body (and brain) become more dependent on caffeine for energy, it lowers the body’s ability to naturally manage energy on its own. This can cause an imbalance of cortisol, adrenaline, and other hormones impacting weight, anxiety, depression, and natural energy.
Drinking cafeine to boost energy also masks the fact that the body is screaming for help. If the body is fatigued and cannot function without a caffeine boost, something is causing that fatigue. Getting to tehe root cause of the fatigue (ex. wrong food, candida, gut imbalance, autoimmune disorder, thyroid issue, etc.), will help the body over all and help prevent a more serious problem from occurring.
If you know you could not function in your regular daily routine without caffeine, you should take this as a giant red flag that the body is signaling you that it needs help. Listen to your body and get to the root cause of what is actually causing your fatigue and stop just masking it with caffeine.
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CONVENTIONALLY GROWN FOOD
Pesticides, herbicides, and insecticides are on and in non-organic (otherwise known as conventionally grown) foods. These substances kill off insects by essentially causing their hearts and respiratory systems to stop functioning.
No matter what you do, pesticides cannot be washed off. Even if they could be scrubbed away, and even if the skin of the produce is thick enough to protect the flesh from the pesticide spray, it still gets into the plant by seeping into the dirt and climbing up through the root system into the plant. Conventionally grown foods contain chemicals. When you eat non-organic foods, you are also eating chemicals.
Also, tests on conventionally grown foods show that they are less nutrient dense than organic foods. So, you get less nutrition when you choose non-organic ingredients.
It can be exhausting to the body as it spends resources fighting and cleansing from chemicals and other nonsense used in conventional farming practices.
GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOOD (GMOs)
According to The Non GMO Project, “Most developed nations do not consider GMOs to be safe and have significant restrictions or outright bans on the production and sale of GMOs.”
Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) wreak havoc on the body and brain on multiple levels. When a food has been altered at the genetic level, though it might look and taste the same, as the food is broken down in the digestive system, the body gets confused by what it finds as it’s not what Nature intended or what the body expected.
GMOs also often contain pesticides. In fact, according to third party testing conducted on 29 common grocery store foods such as Cheerios, Kashi cookies, Kellogg’s Special K cereal, Ritz Crackers, and Triscuits, high levels glyphosate residue, which is the key ingredient in Monsanto Co.’s killer pesticide Roundup.
GMOs have been linked to seziures, autoimmune disease, Alzheimer’s, learning disabilities, leaky gut, respiratory problems, cancer, and overall inflammation.