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I'm So Effing Tired

A Proven Plan to Beat Burnout, Boost Your Energy and Reclaim Your Life

By Amy Shah
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I'm So Effing Tired by Amy Shah
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I’m So Effing Tired (2021) shows how you can overcome chronic exhaustion by tapping into the interconnected relationship between your gut, your immune system, and your hormones – also known as “the energy trifecta.” It demonstrates how you can boost energy levels by making changes to your lifestyle, your diet, and how you manage stress. 

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Boosting your energy requires balancing your hormone levels, immune system, and gut health.

Maybe you wake up each morning feeling exhausted. No matter how many cups of coffee you drink, you can’t seem to raise your energy levels. During the day, it’s hard to focus on your work. When a colleague addresses you with a simple question, you snap at her, only to feel guilty immediately after. Why do you feel this way? What’s going on?

If you’re utterly sapped by life’s daily demands, you’re not alone. According to a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 15 percent of women and 10 percent of men regularly feel drained of energy. The good news is, you don't have to settle for exhaustion!

The key message here is: Boosting your energy requires balancing your hormone levels, immune system, and gut health.

So how can you reclaim your energy? Well, the author – a medical doctor and nutrition expert – discovered that you can boost your energy levels by tapping into the interconnected relationship between your hormones, your immune system, and your gut, or what she terms the energy trifecta

When you feel drained, it’s usually because the energy trifecta is out of balance. Women tend to be more susceptible, in large part because of periods. Periods cause hormonal fluctuations, which, in turn, result in low energy levels. You may be familiar with hormones like estrogen or cortisol, but there are many more, and each performs an important role in how good and energetic you feel.

When faced with constant exhaustion and stress, the resources that enable your hormonal system to function at full capacity become depleted, and this makes you more susceptible to getting sick – a fact that underlines the connection between hormonal inflammation, disease, and energy. 

Meanwhile, there are 100 trillion microbes in your body, the bulk of which live in your gut; these constitute your microbiome. When your microbiome is in balance, your hormone and immunity levels also improve. Everything is connected, so fixing one system benefits the others, and your energy levels shoot up. 

You now know that balancing the energy trifecta will help you ward off over-exhaustion and infection. [slight pause] But how do you achieve that balance? 

The author used research around hormones, inflammation, and the gut to put together a two-week strategy designed to combat fatigue by rebalancing the energy trifecta. It’s known as the WTF plan – as in “Why the eff am I so tired?!” – and the most important element involves a change to your diet.

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