So many busy moms are desperate to find the secret to gaining more energy throughout the day. Let’s face it, being a mom is busy and often times exhausting. The truth is that 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 because 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 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 doctors.
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, low libido
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.
To help get you started, here are some things that you should avoid with a thyroid disorder. Keeping these out of your diet will be an excellent first step in taking control of your thyroid health.
- Dairy: Especially conventional dairy. Some people may be able to tolerate some organic raw dairy.
- Processed foods
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. Moms 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 which 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.
- Enjoying a high-protein snack with some healthy fat every couple of hours to keep your blood sugar levels stable.
- Eating a balanced breakfast daily.
- Testing for food sensitivities: Food sensitivities can make symptoms worse. When you get the proper testing and work with a Functional Medicine Practitioner, you can start an appropriate diet tailored to your dietary needs.
- Eliminating caffeine
- Eliminating or significantly reducing your sugar intake
- 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 and take some of the burden off of your body.
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 which can cause inflammation, allergies, food sensitivities, and even migraines. (2)
For mom’s, dealing with leaky gut can be debilitating. Leaky gut, just like the other two roadblocks can cause fatigue, cravings, nutritional deficiencies, as well as a decreased 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, and for some of us, we need the energy to get up and go to work as well. Leaky gut is just not something us 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, and over time intestinal permeability can develop. 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. Consuming foods that you are sensitive to can lead to a wide range of symptoms including digestive upset like bloating and constipation, headaches, and even irritability. When it comes to food sensitivities it's also important to remember that it's possible to be sensitive to a food that is generally considered healthy. Each person is going to have their own individual sensitivities which is why it's so important to get tested for both food sensitivities and leaky gut.
A healing diet would also be essential to support 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:
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, and having 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.
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(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