Are you a busy mom desperate to find the secret to gaining more energy throughout the day? If so, you are not alone because, let’s face it, being a mom is busy and often times exhausting. Whether you are a working mom or a stay at home mom, you need all day energy to keep up with your kids! If you feel like your energy is dragging and you need 5 cups of coffee a day just to keep up, you are not alone. Many supermoms today are being held back from their full potential due to three roadblocks getting in their way.
These roadblocks suck the energy out of you, hold you back from playing with your kids, and certainly don’t make you feel your best. If you are ready to get your supermom powers back, keep reading. I am going to uncover these 3 roadblocks that may be holding you back and keeping you from gaining more energy throughout the day. I am also going to share things you can start doing today to feel better and help you keep up with your kids all day long.
The Roadblocks That Keep You From Gaining More Energy Throughout the Day
Roadblock #1: Thyroid Dysfunction
In my practice, I see countless patients come to me with chronic fatigue, weight gain, and irritability. Many of these patients also come to me with “normal” lab values according to their doctor’s.
They have been walking around chronically fatigued for months, sometimes even years with little to no relief because they haven’t been properly diagnosed. The truth is that often times, you may be suffering from a thyroid condition that many lab tests will not detect. In my practice, I offer thorough lab testing, and I take a look at a complete thyroid panel. Just because your one lab test comes back “normal” doesn’t mean you aren’t suffering from thyroid dysfunction, especially if you have all of the most commonly seen symptoms.
Thyroid dysfunction can be a massive roadblock and can certainly hold you back from your truest supermom potential. It can make you feel like you have little to no energy, cause weight gain despite weight loss efforts, and make you feel irritable and anxious just to name a few. Here are some of the other common symptoms of thyroid dysfunction:
- Mood swings
- Muscle pain
- Dry skin
- Hair loss
- Brain fog
- Hormonal imbalances: PMS, irregular periods
As you can see, all of these symptoms can greatly impact the quality of your life. As a busy mom, we just don’t have time for symptoms such as these to hold us back from playing with our kids or spending time together as a family.
The great news is that with the proper testing, a treatment plan can be put into place. With some lifestyle changes, simple dietary adjustments, and even some supplements you could be well on your way to feeling better and gaining more energy throughout the day. Many of my patients who have thyroid dysfunction are able to make the adjustments they need without the use of thyroid medication. The trick here is to catch it as early as possible and make the necessary changes right away.
Roadblock #2: Adrenal Dysfunction
Adrenal dysfunction is another thing I commonly see in my practice and something that often times keeps mom’s too tired to do everything they want to do.
Adrenal dysfunction can occur when your adrenal glands aren’t working properly. This can occur when someone is under a tremendous amount of physical and or emotional stress.
Fatigue is the most common symptom associated with adrenal dysfunction which is why I often see a lot of moms suffering from this. Mom’s come to me wanting more energy and no matter what they do it just doesn’t seem to make a difference. The reason for this is because adrenal fatigue can cause a lower level of various hormones as well as neurotransmitters in the body. This can ultimately impact every single part of your body. (1)
Some of the other common symptoms associated with adrenal dysfunction include:
- Difficulty getting up each morning even after getting a full night sleep
- Fatigue that lasts all day
- Difficulty handling stress
- Craving salty foods
- Overusing caffeine and sugar to stay awake
- A weak immune system
Having any of these symptoms can get in the way of your quality of life, but when you are trying to balance life as a mom it can be next to impossible to get the things done you need to do.
If adrenal dysfunction is something you suspect, it’s important to see a practitioner who has experience working with this condition. It will take a specific set of tests to look deeper into your hormone levels and make a proper diagnosis. If adrenal dysfunction is present, there are steps you can take to take your life back. These include:
- Changing your diet to better support your body and body’s stress response. I generally recommend an anti-inflammatory Paleo style diet for my patients.
- Testing for food sensitivities: Food sensitivities can make symptoms worse.
- Reducing stress: Practicing mindfulness, meditation, and yoga are essential.
- Improving sleep habits.
- Working with a practitioner to develop a diet that is going to help support your energy levels throughout the day.
Roadblock #3: Leaky Gut/Food Sensitivities
Leaky gut is something that many people deal with today. Leaky gut is also called intestinal permeability where the lining of the small intestine can become damaged. When this lining is damaged, undigested food particles as well as toxins can leak into the blood stream. When these toxins leak into the body, an autoimmune response can be triggered. This can cause inflammation, allergies, food sensitivities, and even migraines. (2)
For moms, dealing with leaky gut can be debilitating. Leaky gut, just like the other two roadblocks can cause fatigue, cravings, nutritional deficiencies, as well as decrease immune function. As a mom, the last thing we need is to be getting sick or feeling like we can’t get through the day without a couple of naps. We need our energy to take care of our kids. Leaky gut is just not something we as moms have time to deal with.
So, what causes leaky gut? Leaky gut is commonly caused by diet and can occur when you are consuming foods such as gluten, soy, sugar, and dairy. If your body is treating a certain food as an invader, an immune reaction can occur. Over time this can cause intestinal permeability. Things like antibiotics, and over the counter pain relievers may also be to blame for leaky gut.
If leaky gut is suspected, it’s also important to test for food sensitivities. The last thing you want is to begin a healing protocol only to be consuming foods your body is still reacting to. This is something I will test for in my practice. A healing diet would also be essential to heal the gut. Starting a diet free from gluten, soy, dairy, and sugar is an important step in healing that gut lining and feeling better. There are also certain foods that are particularly healthy for the gut that can be included in the diet. These include:
- Bone broth
- Coconut oil
- Unsweetened coconut yogurt
- Grass fed meats
- Wild caught fish
If you are a busy mom who just doesn’t have the energy to do what you dream of achieving, it’s time to take a look at what roadblocks may be holding you back. By uncovering potential roadblocks in your life, you can achieve optimal health so that you can be the high performing mom you know that you are, and have plenty of energy to last you all day long. To take care of others, you need to take care of you! Start today by reaching out for a consultation to see how to uncover your hidden roadblock and start living your life to the fullest.
If you are suffering from weight gain, fatigue, hair loss and more, click here to schedule a phone call with me, so I can find out where you’ve been, where you want to get to, and how I can help you get there.
I know exactly where you are because I’ve been there myself…I remember being so tired that I could barely function. I gained 30 pounds out of nowhere and had a severe case of brain fog. I also started to get severe anxiety and panic attacks. I was driven and motivated…until I wasn’t. I didn’t know what was happening to me. All I wanted was to get my life back…
Finally, I learned about functional medicine and found a practitioner that I hoped could help me. They ran specialized tests that were far different than I had ever had before. When I got the results back, it turned out I had candida, parasites, high cortisol, the Epstein Bar Virus and many food intolerances. I also had an issue with my thyroid that no one found before because they were using the conventional medicine lab ranges which are way too broad….which I now know is one of the leading causes of hypothyroid misdiagnosis.
I went through treatment of all of these things and it completely changed my life. I immediately lost the 30 pounds I had gained plus more, I had a lot more energy, and my brain fog was gone. I felt amazing and knew that I wanted to help people find the underlying causes of their symptoms and disease.
(1) The Adrenal Fatigue Solution. What Are The Symptoms Of Adrenal Fatigue?
(2) Healthy Women. 10 Signs You Have a Leaky Gut—and How to Heal It