Though all too common, fatigue is not so much a condition in and of itself, as it is a symptom of a larger imbalance. Many people attempt to remedy fatigue by drinking caffeine and eating sugary foods, however this only exacerbates the problem, as both caffeine and sugar tax the adrenal glands. Among many other important things, the adrenal glands are responsible for maintaining day-long energy levels and controlling how our bodies respond to stress. Unrelenting stress eventually impairs adrenal function, and when the adrenal glands become depleted, fatigue results. Other underlying causes of fatigue can include impaired thyroid function, chronic candida infection, hypoglycemia, nutritional deficiencies, depression and insomnia. Because the causes of fatigue are extremely diverse, treatment varies according to each individual. Another common cause of fatigue is a negative reaction to food. A food allergy or sensitivity can cause extreme fatigue anywhere from a few minutes to a few days after eating that food. Since most food allergens are common foods (dairy, eggs, gluten, etc.) many people consume their food allergen multiple times a day, leading to a constant sense of fatigue. If you suspect that food may be the cause of your fatigue, begin with one of our 10-day cleansing kits, and monitor for reactions to foods as you reintroduce them. If you begin to feel better while avoiding that food, leave it out of your diet for good!