Fatigue is a commonly mentioned symptom of many diseases and illnesses. Persistent fatigue can be debilitating, and has a negative effect on one’s quality of life. Fatigue may be an early warning sign of food intolerance or sensitivity. Usually, the fatigue is worse in the early morning, and will occur with other symptoms such as migraines, eczema or irritable bowel syndrome.
Researchers have theorized that sensitivities to foods may produce fatigue as part of a generalized immune reaction. The chronic inflammatory response or immune reaction overburdens our bodies. This leads to oxidative stress, which in turn affects the mitochondria or energy –producing parts of our cells. Thus, excessive fatigue ensues. Once the offending foods are eliminated, most patients experience immediate improvement in their energy level.
Dr. Anne Hermann, a holistic internal medicine physician, offers food sensitivity testing to her patients. Dr. Hermann maintains offices in Tampa and St. Pete Beach, Florida. Please call the office at (813) 902-9559 for more information or to schedule an appointment.