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Feeling Low on Energy

Feeling Low on Energy?

 

“Do you have anything for energy?” Is one of the most common phrases I hear from patients.  As a Naturopathic Doctor in Mississauga, it is my job to get to the root cause of why you are feeling tired so that you can be at the top of your game at home, at work or at school.

low energy cat eyes

The first thing I ask my patients after they tell me they are tired is, “Tell me about your sleep?”  Most patients don’t get enough quality sleep.  Dr. Wyse ND wrote an excellent article on sleeping difficulties about how Naturopathic medicine can improve sleep quality and quantity.

If you are not waking refreshed, despite a good night’s sleep, there are other factors that need to be investigated.  Comprehensive blood work can rule out any deficiencies in iron levels and B12 or hormone imbalances such as a thyroid condition.  Blood work can also rule out a more serious underlying condition.

Poor gut health can be a reason why vitamins and minerals aren’t being absorbed properly, leading to fatigue.  Your Naturopathic doctor can get your digestive system back on track by discovering food sensitivities and improving leaky gut.

Stress can play a big role in why you may be tired.  Your stress hormone, cortisol, should be the highest in the morning, and decrease at night.  Chronic stress upsets this rhythm.  If your body remains in a constant state of stress, your cortisol levels stay high.  This can disrupt sleep or deplete your adrenal glands causing a constant state of being “tired but wired”.  Making sure to add in recovery time to your exercise routine and daily regime is important.

Certain medications can deplete essential nutrients such as B12 and CoQ10.  Your Mississauga Naturopathic Doctor can speak to you about how we can support the side effects of your conventional medications.

After getting to the root cause of why you are tired, your Naturopath can offer diet and lifestyle advice as well as herbs and supplements.  We also offer B12 injections and intravenous vitamin infusions.  The injections and IVs are able to give you high doses while bypassing the stomach.  Since the dosages can be much higher than in an oral form, most patients notice results much quicker.

Thanks to our Mississauga Naturopathic Doctor Ashley Chauvin for writing this article for us on how she addresses patients who complain of low energy levels!

For help investigating some of the above problems or in implementing new health strategies, contact our team of Naturopathic Doctors in Mississauga today!

New Mom after delivery with help from the Naturopathic Doulas at Erin Mills Optimum Health

Who has the energy? B12 shots?

Who Has The Energy?!

When I was pregnant with my son the one piece of advice I heard the most was “sleep while your baby sleeps”. Throughout my pregnancy I just kept thinking “sleep?! No way! I’m going to clean, and prepare meals, and maybe even sit and enjoy a cup of coffee.” Well those plans were great until my son was born. He has not napped since day one, unless he’s asleep on you.

The Naturopathic Doctors at Erin Mills Optimum Health really helped me get through the first few months. I came in for routine B12 shots and IV therapy to make sure that my sleep-deprived body had enough energy to look after myself and our new precious son.

Over the past four months I have come in to see the Naturopathic Doctors for energy boosters and it has helped me keep up with my active son perfectly! In a pinch coffee is great, but the B12 shots and vitamins and minerals in the IV therapy has a longer lasting effect.

Yvonne, new Mom and part of the Front Desk Staff

Refreshing Green Drinks

Good Morning Greens

Nothing can wake up the body and mind better than a greens drink!

Our naturopathic patients quickly find the benefit of incorporating greens drinks into their daily routines.  It’s better than coffee as it can give you a burst of energy from phytonutrients from kale, green apple, lemon, swiss chard and ginger!

Stop relying on caffeine to survive. Try a greens drink for 3 days in a row and see how your energy can soar!
Want more info on how to make your day to day diet detoxifying AND delicious? Join us for our upcoming community detox event–New Year New YOU coming up in the new year.
Contact us today to reserve your spot.
In health,
Kirsten Almon
Naturopathic Doctor and Doula

Dr. Kirsten Almon has a Naturopathic Family Practice in Mississauga at Erin Mills Optimum Health with special interest and training in fertility (helping couples conceive naturally as well as improving outcomes for couples using assisted reproductive technology), pregnancy, birth, postpartum and pediatric care. She loves seeing children for “naturopathic well child visits” and consults on common issues such as food introduction, how to avoid colds, flus and ear infections.  Dr. Almon is the co-author and instructor of a Doula course specifically designed for Naturopathic Doctors and teaches across Canada.