An Interview for UK Health Radio
Lack of energy is an ongoing sign and symptom presented by so many individuals. Some people feel tired on waking or suffer from slumps in energy levels throughout the day. Coping with life’s stresses and strains can also be linked to the need for stimulants such as caffeine or fizzy drinks to keep going. Energy is everything and without energy there would be no life. Aside from stress, any illness can also drain the body’s resources and increase feelings of tiredness. These can include coeliac disease, anaemia, sleep apnea, underactive thyroid, diabetes, glandular fever, depression and anxiety. Reflecting on life and understanding potential causes can help you to rebalance and regain your energy levels.
Niki Gratrix is an award-winning internationally renowned registered nutritionist and health writer specialising in stress and mind-body medicine. In 2005 she co-founded one of the largest mind-body clinics in integrative medicine in the UK with patients in 35 countries where she worked as Director of Nutrition until 2010. The clinic published a preliminary study on its results with chronic fatigue patients in the British Medical Journal Open in 2012. In August 2015 she hosted the largest ever free online health summit on overcoming fatigue interviewing 29 world-leading experts on optimising energy with over 30,000 attendees. She now speaks internationally at conferences, on TV and radio shows and writes for a range of health related online publications and magazines.
Niki started on this journey for abundant energy after meeting her ex business partner who had just gotten over chronic fatigue syndrome after suffering for seven years. Chronic fatigue is the worst kind of energy deficiency and is thought to affect some 250,000 people in Britain and 2.5 million in the US. Niki recognised that conventional medicine deals with acute illness but it doesn’t work to address the root causes such as the aches, pains or food allergies. It is merely like a car show room, the mechanic takes over and you follow the protocol that’s given. Functional medicine, a term coined by Jeffrey Bland in 1990, is a very different approach that connects the mind and body in terms of energy. This approach holds health creation at it’s core and looks at how diet, lifestyle and feelings can restore balance and empower the individual to take control of their own health, so they are guided rather than instructed.
The human body encompasses the energetic body, physical body and mental body. All three of these affect energy levels and optimal health and an imbalance in any could cause fatigue. Common imbalances that may be related to low energy and fatigue include:
- Amount of refreshing sleep
- Exercise (too much or not enough)
- Stress levels
- Emotional trauma from childhood, which is thought to affect 67% of adults and can affect biochemistry, personality, beliefs and behaviour increasing the risk of fatigue
- Quality of social relationships. Niki suggests people need to be as picky about who they hang out with as they are with their dirt
Optimal health is very personalised, therefore one model does not fit all. There are different signs and symptoms of energy reduction, which include:
- Chronic fatigue – un-refreshing sleep, crashes after mental or physical exertion
- Hormonal imbalances in women
- Depression – lack of motivation and apathy
- Adrenal fatigue – un-refreshing sleep, blood sugar control issues, headaches, memory loss, aches and pains
So with all these considerations Niki shares her top tips for restoring balance:
- Alter your lifestyle. Try to switch off at night to support a better quality nights sleep.
- Focus on diet. Avoid or reduce sugar, caffeine, processed/refined foods, overeating and also eating late. Particularly beneficial foods include vegetables, fruit, vegetable juices, eating a rainbow of foods, fibre and anti-inflammatory foods such as turmeric.
- Develop a re-charge ritual – total relaxation daily to re-programme your nervous system. By focusing on nervous system balance, this can support optimal digestive health, which can also support efficient detoxification and immunity.
- Retrain the brain to compensate for all the daily stresses.
The impact of emotional trauma, such as abuse, neglect, mental health within a family, witnessing a death or being bullied can increase the risk of heart disease, lung cancer, depression and diabetes. Niki explains that if the brain has been shifted into chronic stress since childhood, time doesn’t heal. The impact of the trauma needs to be reversed, the brain needs to be reset and some people may require professional help too.
To hear this interview in full visit: UK Health Radio
You may also be interested in ‘Finding the Roots of Chronic Fatigue’ an interview with leading expert Dr. Sarah Myhill
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To find out more about Niki Gratrix visit:
Web address: www.nikigratrix.com
Abundant Energy Summit: https://goo.gl/KRhINf