We’ve all experienced fatigue and low energy at some point. Whether it comes from stress, physical exertion, or something more serious, we know how it feels to lack energy and motivation. Unlike simple drowsiness, however, fatigue is not primarily a need to sleep. In addition to a lack of energy, fatigue can cause apathy, depression, and a variety of other symptoms.
While the cause of low energy and fatigue may vary, the key to recovering a normal energy level is proper treatment and diagnosis. So if you are suffering from lack of energy, don’t hesitate to contact LA Integrative Gastroenterology & Nutrition. At LA Integrative Gastroenterology & Nutrition, our board-certified gastroenterologists and practitioners of integrative medicine can give you an expert assessment of your condition.
Common Causes of Low Energy and Fatigue
Fatigue can be a symptom of many different diseases and conditions. Some of the possible causes include:
- Use of certain medication
- Use of drugs or alcohol
- Sleep disorders
- Thyroid gland problems
In addition to these causes above, a variety of illnesses can occur in connection with low energy and fatigue. These include:
- Eating disorders
- Hepatitis C
- Heart disease
- Autoimmune disease
- Kidney disease
- Addison’s disease
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the relationship between nutrition and low energy/fatigue?
A: Nutrition influences many aspects of our health. And poor or improper nutrition can affect a variety of diseases and conditions. This includes arthritis, fatigue, autoimmune diseases, heart disease, digestive symptoms, and more. A comprehensive nutritional assessment is an essential tool for locating and treating low energy and fatigue.
Q: How can LA Integrative Gastroenterology & Nutrition help me with dietary and lifestyle issues?
A: It is our belief that patients struggling with a broad range of problems can benefit from one-on-one counseling with a qualified registered dietitian or nutritional counselor. At this time our patients will receive nutritional recommendations customized to their specific needs.
Q: What is an intestinal breath test and what is it used for?
A: An intestinal breath test is a simple, non-invasive procedure that measures the gases produced by your intestinal bacteria. The test is easy to do and can even be preformed at home. The results are then analyzed and interpreted to show the amount of hydrogen and methane in the intestines. By doing this we are able to diagnose a number of conditions ranging from celiac disease to chronic fatigue, food intolerance, and much more.
Q: What is the Heidelberg pH test and what is it used for?
A: The Heidelberg pH test is a unique test that is only used at a very limited number of facilities in the US. It measures the amount of acid in the stomach. Because stomach acid is essential for proper absorption of nutrients, a low output of stomach acid or a lack altogether can be a leading indicator of many conditions and symptoms. These include abdominal pain, altered bowel habits, bloating, excess gas, iron deficiency, food sensitivities, mineral deficiencies, and much more.
Contact a Los Angeles Gastroenterologist
You don’t have to go on feeling tired and fatigued, always wishing you had more energy to do the things you want. We at LA Integrative Gastroenterology & Nutrition are gastroenterology experts with unique experience in treating low energy and fatigue.
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