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Nutrient Deficiency


Could a nutrient deficiency be behind your fatigue?

After a long and hectic day, you are exhausted.  However, the feelings of fatigue and exhaustion can not only be a clear sign of a very frantic and frenzied day, they could also be due to a lack of certain nutrients in the diet.  Asking yourself if nutrient deficiency is behind your fatigue is important these days.

Fatigue can progress to the point where you are totally incapacitated hindering your quality of life.  It is very important, therefore to find out the cause of your fatigue and remedy your condition.
Fatigue is often due to vitamin or mineral deficiencies.  The following is a list of some of them:

Iron Deficiency

An iron deficiency causes anaemia.  This condition is very common in pre-menopausal women, vegans and vegetarians.  Anaemia always results in fatigue.  This is because there is a loss in the quality or the number of red blood cells.  The red blood cells transport oxygen around your body, and if there is sufficient oxygen, the result is fatigue;

Vitamin D Deficiency

 Research shows that a vitamin D deficiency is linked to muscle fatigue, aches and pains;

Copper Deficiency

A copper deficiency can cause anaemia

Magnesium Deficiency

A magnesium deficiency is quite common and will result in fatigue and in poor sleep patterns

Vitamin B Complex Deficiency

Complex B vitamins are renowned for the influence they have on energy levels.  This is due to the fact that the B vitamins are cofactors for the breakdown of food to energy.  A deficiency in one or more of the B vitamins can result in fatigue.

Whether it is a vitamin or mineral deficiency contributing to your fatigue, it is always a good idea to explore the root cause of your tiredness by discussing your symptoms with your health care professional.  There is no shortage of potential perpetrators for fatigue.  These can range from lifestyle issues, lack of sleep, not getting enough exercise to more sinister culprits such as heart disease.

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