For millions of Americans, tired is their new normal. Finding a solution
often starts with blood tests to rule out common culprits, including anemia,
diabetes and thyroid conditions. But Jyotika Wali, MD, board-certified
internal medicine physician, has a longer checklist—and it’s
helped many beat fatigue and increase their energy.
VITAMIN DEFICIENCY: People are often deficient in key vitamins and minerals – including
D, B, E and magnesium—any of which can cause fatigue. “These
nutrients play a major role in your body’s energy production,”
explains Dr. Wali, who recommends high-quality, pharmaceutical grade supplements.
“When there’s a deficiency, the result is often fatigue.”
TOO LITTLE SHUT-EYE: Sometimes the issue is sleep apnea and sometimes it’s just the false
belief that “five hours is all I need.” A lack of sleep impacts
two hormones—ghrelin and leptin— that control your hunger,
explains Dr. Wali: “Not enough sleep can sabotage your weight, vitality
and open the door to depression.”
EATING THE WRONG THINGS: “Spikes in blood sugar—whether from a Coke or white bread—leave
you feeling tired,” says Dr. Wali, explaining that refined carbs
stimulate insulin, a fattening hormone and over time can lead to insulin
In addition, most people consume too many inflammatory omega-6 fatty acids—thanks
to an abundance of processed foods and hydrogenated oils—and too
few omega-3 foods, such as avocadoes, eggs, wild caught salmon and olive
oil. “An imbalance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids creates fatigue
and inflammation,” says Dr. Wali.
According to the popular Fullerton physician, the key is to begin with
a few small changes—not attempting a dramatic overhaul. “Today,
find a great B supplement and make a bowl of guacamole,” she urges.
“Tomorrow, get some exercise by dancing for 20 minutes or take a
brisk walk. Small steps can lead to big successes.”
To contact Dr. Wali, please call
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