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The human body is a maze of often interconnected functions that can produce physical, mental, and emotional effects that are difficult to understand. When something isn't working like it is supposed to, we tend to feel "off" even if we can't explain why. The following are five of many potential reasons your body might feel "off" and what you can do to improve how you feel.
Antioxidants are important chemical compounds in the body that are involved in mitochondrial energy production. A lack of antioxidants means that free radicals cannot be as efficiently neutralized and are therefore more able to damage mitochondria, thereby decreasing energy production. Antioxidants can be supplemented by eating more antioxidant-rich foods (such as blueberries, artichoke, cranberries, and kidney beans), taking over-the-counter supplements, or using ASEA products to help boost antioxidant presence within the body and produce more energy.
Potentially two-fifths of the U.S. population could be at least marginally B12 deficient. B12 is crucial for red blood cell production and converting food into glucose that gives cells their energy. Some vegans struggle with B12 deficiency due to dietary lack of B12. However, vegan-friendly foods contain B12, such as silken tofu and rice or soy-based drinks. There are plenty of over-the-counter B12 supplements that can boost cell energy and help get you out of your "brain fog."
Thyroid imbalances (like hypothyroidism) and autoimmune disorders (such as Hashimoto's) can cause you to feel exhausted, ill, and chronically in pain. These disorders are characterized by the other symptoms in this list as well as others, such as adrenal fatigue, allergies, or gluten-intolerance. To detect imbalanced levels, request lab work from your doctor (including checking TSH, Free T3 and T4, Reverse T3, thyroid antibodies, iron, B12, magnesium, hormones, and Vitamin D). Natural healing (through changes in diet and exercise) and supplements (in order to re-balance levels) might be paired with synthetic medications as prescribed by your doctor.
Hormonal imbalance is a common aspect of many physical and mental disorders. Imbalances of hormones like testosterone and estrogen or low thyroid hormone production can lead to mental and physical fatigue and mental symptoms like depression. Having your doctor run blood work to check your levels is important in determining which, if any, hormones are not within optimal level. Getting sufficient exercise, eating enough healthy fats, getting enough sunlight exposure, and plenty of rest are several ways to naturally balance hormones in addition to taking supplements.
Over 2,000 years ago, Hippocrates stated that all disorders begin in the gut. Whether this is true or not, digestive issues can lead to an array of uncomfortable, even painful, bodily symptoms. Those with thyroid and autoimmune disorders commonly deal with leaky gut. A few signs that you might have leaky gut include food sensitivities, bloating, ulcerative colitis, nutritional deficiencies (including B12), mood disorders (such as depression), gas, cramps, and aches and pains in the abdominal region. Leaky gut and other digestive issues can best be healed through changes in diet (like eliminating gluten, wheat, dairy, soy, nuts, or any other food which your body negatively reacts to) and lifestyle (such as reducing stress and getting enough sleep) as well as taking supplements that can be prescribed by a functional doctor.
When your body is "off," you can become sick and tired of feeling sick and tired. It is always best to consult your primary care physician, functional doctor, and/or therapist regarding your physical and/or mental health concerns. Healing is possible when you are given a proper diagnosis.