Fatigue is one of the most common complaints I get from patients that walk through the doors of my office. Fatigue is something that many people are tired of (excuse the pun), but people get used to dealing with it.
There are so many common reasons people can have fatigue. Some examples are poor diet, over-stressed states, depression, insomnia or a simple lack of sleep, just to name a few. One common cause that can be, and is often overlooked is anemia. Anemia simply means the number of red blood cells is less than normal.
There are different types of anemia and each one requires different nutritional support. Most people think that anemia means someone is iron- deficient. Iron- deficiency is the most common but it is not the only type of anemia.
Why does the amount of red blood cells affect your energy level? One of the main functions of red blood cells is to carry oxygen to each cell in the body. Oxygen is used by every cell to create energy. So if you do not have enough red blood cells to carry the oxygen, you will not be able to get energy from the cells. How do you find out if you have anemia? Anemia can be found with a basic blood test called a complete blood count (CBC). This is a great example of why it is good to have blood tests every year.
Knowing that you have anemia is the first step in correcting it. The next step is to understand why you have it in the first place. Anemia is a symptom that something else is out of balance in the body. So once you confirm it with a blood test, the next step is talk with your doctor about why it is there. The answer could be as simple as you have a heavy menstrual flow each month or it could be a sign of something more serious. Once you solve the problem you will have more energy and improve your health in the process.
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