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Fatigue, Cold? What to do?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 10, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Hi!

So I've been really, really exhausted for the past week. Not really sure what's going on- I haven't made any large changes in my diet in that time. I've added PHD-style safe carbs back in for the past month or so. I'm living in Japan, so this consists mainly of kabocha, potatoes, and rice. I don't eat any fruit, and I'm allergic to wheat and dairy so those are definitely out.

I also feel like my body isn't really utilizing the food I give it- in addition to being fatigued, I'm often cold and can't seem to warm up.

I'm a 20-year old girl, ballpark 107 lbs and 5'1. I bike for at least 30 minutes a day, usually for about an hour or two. I get at least 7 hours of sleep a night, recently 8-8.5, and have been falling asleep after class for about an hour every day.

I wonder if the carbs could be the problem? I don't drink much caffeine, and I've been eating liver and small fish to try to get a few more vitamins.

Anyone else had this problem? Thanks!

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Thanks so much for the advice. I'll see what I can do about blood work in Japan- as an exchange student I feel like it might be a whole nother wasp's nest, haha! I actually have a family history of Hashimoto's, so I wonder if that's the culprit...

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on April 10, 2013
at 12:57 PM

I'd first of all ask your doc for some blood labs with full hormonal, thyroid, blood count, B12, Vitamin D, folic acid, ferritin and lipid panel as well as a salivary cortisol test.

With these you could have good hint regarding if you may either have anaemia, hypothyroid and/or adrenal fatigue. These are by far the most usually causes of the symptoms you are describing, although it just may be a slight deficiency of some nutrient, poor sleep or just too much work. But won't hurt to have checked.

If you don't want to go for the labs, then I'd try to add foods rich in iron, potassium, selenium, iodine, magnesium, vitamin A, vitamin D, and B family, that may help. Also having plenty of sunlight and proper rest, and avoiding stress as much as possible.

Also keep a look to see if there can be a possible food that is tied to the way you are feeling, as some foods are known to trigger migraines or inflammatory processes that may lead you to feel this way. Potatoes are a solanaceae that could be a possible cause, won't hurt to keep an eye at them. Maybe trying to switch for sweet potatoes some time to see if things improve?

46cca8ea7b1325c286c470182aef053b

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on April 10, 2013
at 01:08 PM

Thanks so much for the advice. I'll see what I can do about blood work in Japan- as an exchange student I feel like it might be a whole nother wasp's nest, haha! I actually have a family history of Hashimoto's, so I wonder if that's the culprit...

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on April 10, 2013
at 05:29 PM

You may have some other allergies as well. That it's happening now makes me think it's a pollen.

But that you're getting completely wiped out over it causes me to agree with the above. You should have more resilience to it and investigating those other things is important.

Except you shouldn't need supplemental iodine if you're eating seafood and seaweed over there. Japan is iodine heaven for thyroids and you'll have been soaking it up quickly there if you were deficient.

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