Everybody gets tired from time to time, but for some people, it’s a daily struggle. Some people are always tired, and this affects them physically, mentally and emotionally.

Work becomes difficult, sometimes impossible. Physical strength is lacking, and mental focus takes a dive. Instead of enjoying the challenge you just want to rest or procrastinate.

Not only is it a struggle to do things but your mood is impacted too. You may feel down and emotionally drained or “stressed out” and “tired but wired”.

As both energy and mood are affected, a chronically tired person will often skip social events or activities. What can you do when your just not up for it?

A person may feel life is passing them by. It’s frustrating for a person to see they’re potential wasted, knowing they are capable of so much more if only there was more gas in the tank.

Days turn into weeks, weeks into months and months into years. Hopes, dreams, aspirations, and ambitions are robbed by constant daily fatigue.

Thankfully it is possible to regain your energy levels. Even if you have been stuck for years with chronically low energy levels it is possible to “reboot your system” and regain your energy levels.

There is hope! But how you go about doing this will all depend on what’s causing your fatigue in the first place.

The aim of this post is to help you identify what the root cause of your fatigue is. If you can figure out what’s causing it, you can begin to take steps towards improving your energy levels.

It may not be easy to fix low energy levels if you have been suffering a long time. In biochemistry, there is a concept known as “metabolic reserve”.

When a system in your body is put under consistent pressure or stress, it becomes depleted. In order to rebuild robust energy levels, you need to replenish this metabolic reserve.

This is an important concept to understand, as you can’t expect an overnight fix. Even when energy levels return, you still must keep making the right choices for a long time in order to build a metabolic reserve.

Otherwise, you just put yourself back on square one whenever you go off course. Good health is something you build over time.

There isn’t really just one cause of fatigue. Therefore, it isn’t easy to diagnose and put a label on.

There isn’t usually a drug that can fix it.

What it comes down to is nutritional and lifestyle support to improve your biochemistry and build your metabolic reserve.

But to do this, you need to know what’s going on. So here are 10 possible causes of why you may be feeling tired.

1. Blood Sugar Imbalance

1. Blood Sugar Imbalanced Sugar Imbalanceally this affects everyone.

Low blood sugar means low energy levels. Ironically this is caused by a diet high in refined carbohydrates like white flour and sugar.

These foods are rapidly absorbed, spiking your blood sugar levels.

Insulin is released to mop up the excess sugar and put it to use and that’s a good thing, but this then leads to a rapid drop in blood sugar and fatigue kicks in.

To get your blood sugar back up you crave simple carbs and so the cycle continues.

2. Stress

Stress is a natural part of life, but prolonged stress leads to burnout.  This is also very common in today’s world.

When I talk about stress, I don’t just mean long work hours and hectic work stress.

Bad diet, illness, poor sleep, stimulants, emotional distress, trauma, over-exercising, lack of movement, environmental toxins, drugs, alcohol and social isolation all add to the burden of stress.

To recover from burnout, you need to reduce stress. As you can see this may mean more than taking a holiday. It means improving your whole lifestyle!

3. Stimulants

We are hooked on stimulants. They give is the boost of energy that we need improving motivation and focus.

These include caffeine, chocolate, sugar, and certain herbs. 80% of us drink caffeinated drinks such as coffee, tea (including green tea) and energy drinks.

The problem with stimulants is that they lead to burnout. This leads to a vicious cycle as you then need the stimulant to get you going again.

It’s fine to enjoy tea, coffee or other stimulants up to a point. And that point is when you start feeling tired all the time.

Withdrawal is tough but necessary if you want to rebuild your metabolic reserve.

4. Insomnia

Everybody gets insomnia from time to time. Occasional bouts are normal. However, when it becomes constant a person’s metabolic reserve becomes depleted.

For some people, it’s not being able to get to sleep. For others, it’s waking up during the night and not being able to get back to sleep.

Sleep hygiene plays a part. Stimulants can keep you awake as can eating late at night. The blue light from screens and devices blocks melatonin, the sleep hormone.

Blood sugar can play a role too in waking during the night. If it becomes too low, then adrenaline kicks in to raise it and this can wake you up and keep you from getting back to sleep.

Insomnia leaves many people exhausted and tired all the time. Improving deep restful sleep is vital for good consistent every level. Sleep builds a metabolic reserve.

5. Dysbiosis

Your gut has billions of microbes living inside of it known as the microbiome. When in balance, these critters are beneficial, healing the gut and helping with detoxification.

But when out of balance, opportunistic microbes can take over, producing toxins which affect the nervous system.

This can be a major source of not only gastrointestinal problems but also fatigue, insomnia, and other issues.

Rebalancing the microbiome will for some people resolve their fatigue.

6. Food Intolerances

This can be another trigger for fatigue.  Food intolerances set off inflammation in the gut which can lead to many varied symptoms.

The classic one is usually bloating and fatigue, so if you