I feel perennially tired. Can it be related to my gut health?
Chronic fatigue could be due to a disturbed gut. Digestive problems can wreak havoc over your entire body causing allergies, arthritis, autoimmune disease, rashes, acne, chronic fatigue and constant changes in your mood and sleep cycle too.
Having a healthy gut is key to your entire health. It is connected to everything that happens in your body. Here are some basics you can start with.
Eliminate gluten and dairy completely for 12 weeks to see changes in your energy levels. The first few weeks are hard and you will experience a lot of withdrawal symptoms just like a smoker who quits smoking. We have enough research to show how both gluten and dairy can be addictive for some people.
Increase consumption of high-fibre foods such as vegetables, fibrous fruits, nuts and seeds.
Avoid high-sugar, processed food, nutrient-poor, high-calorie diets. All of these promote the growth of wrong bacteria and yeast in the gut leading to a damaged microbiota population in your gut.
Stop or minimise the use of medications that damage the gut or result in inefficient enzyme function – this includes anti-inflammatories, antibiotics, acid blocking drugs and steroids. However, please consult your doctor before you make any changes to the frequency, and dosage of medications you are having.
Also read: Tired but can’t sleep? You may be overtired
Following some meditative practices like earthing (walking barefoot on the beach or any natural surface), breathing deeply and feeling grounded will also help you feel more relaxed which is in turn better for your gut.
Rashi Chowdhary is a nutritionist, diabetes educator and creator of The Protein Bake Shop. Got a problem? Our fantastic panel of renowned experts is available to answer all your questions related to fashion, well-being, nutrition, finance and hypnotherapy. Email your queries to firstname.lastname@example.org.