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3 Steps You Need to Take to Solve Body Burnout

Filipa Bellette

Are you stuck on the “busy” cycle – over-doing, overwhelm, perfectionism, people pleasing – and now your body is feeling burned-out? Energy, mood, gut and other inflammatory issues? Have you hit a roadblock with your GP? Dr Google failing you? Even the diets and supplements aren’t quite getting to the root? Because, try as you might, your symptoms keep coming back and you can’t seem to relax? Yep, that was me too – a chronic over-doer, with a body that was screaming at me! If this is you now, read on to discover the missing steps you likely haven’t taken yet.

 Step 1 – Test Body Systems 

First up, you can’t have symptoms in the body without there being a body system imbalance, specifically in your:

  • Neuroendocrine system: neurotransmitters, adrenals, mitochondria and sex hormones
  • Gastrointestinal system: pathogens, microbiome and digestive organs
  • Detoxification system: detox pathways, methylation, inflammation, oxidative damage

These imbalances aren’t tested by regular GP’s or medical specialists, but they can absolutely cause symptoms and major dysfunctions in the way you feel, if they are out of whack. So if you haven’t yet worked with a functional medicine practitioner to test these body systems, this is an important first step to solving your body burnout. But it’s not the only step.

Step 2 – Heal Deeper “Metaphysical” Root-Causes 

Step 2 involves looking at the deeper root-causes, that caused your body systems to burn-out in the first place. This is where we start asking Why? Why do you have adrenal fatigue? Why do you have leaky gut? Why do you have blocked detox pathways? Stress is a major root-cause in people running “busy” patterns doing all the things, and it also literally burns-out body systems – your adrenal glands, your neurotransmitters, your gut function, and your immune system.

But the thing is – stress isn’t an “outside” thing. Stress is always internal, and how you are responding to your external world. If there are hidden dysfunctional beliefs about yourself (I’m not good enough, I’m unworthy, I’m broken, I’m flawed), as well as hidden unprocessed trauma stuck in your body, triggering and heightening your stress response, these MUST be addressed in order to end your body burnout. If you don’t, you’ll continue staying stuck in a dysregulated state. In this state your body systems can not heal. And you’ll continue running “busy”, stressed-out patterns that led to the health issues in the first place, like over-working or eating sugar to get through the day.

Step 3 – Supplement & Lifestyle Support 

Now that the deepest part of yourself has been rewired and you’ve stepped out of “busy” burnout patterns, you are now able to heal, and able to dial in your lifestyle with more ease and flow. Step 3 to solving your body burnout is to optimise your body systems and your lifestyle. This may look like:

  • Supplements: Therapeutically supporting imbalances in your body systems, based on lab markers, with exactly what you need. There’s no guess-work anymore. You can clearly see where imbalances lie in your three main body systems, and how you can therapeutically rebalance and support your body with targeted supplements. This might look like a therapeutic dose of tyrosine and Vitamin B6 if your dopamine levels are low, or magnesium if you’re in adrenal fatigue.
  • Diet: Optimising your diet based on what your body needs to heal and thrive. For example, if labs reveal candida overgrowth, a low-carb diet can assist in reducing overgrowth. Or if you’re recovering from adrenal fatigue, eating regular macro-balanced meals will help stabilise blood-sugar levels, which will then support stress hormones.
  • Sleep: Resetting your sleep-wake cycle is also essential, as the majority of healing takes place while you sleep. Everyone is different in terms of their ideal sleep and wake time. For example, I am definitely not in the 5am camp. My body much prefers a good solid 9 hours, from 10pm – 7am. The journey for you is learning how to listen to your body, to discover what you need to thrive.
  • Movement: If you’re in a state of body burnout, and you’re doing lots of exercise or feeling more crappy after exercise, you’ll want to reduce the intensity and load, as too much movement can put more stress on a burned-out body. Pare it back to walks, yoga or stretching. Or if you’re sedentary, start increasing steps, or adding in mini 2-minute movements into your day.

When you can bring all these areas together (because you cannot separate your body, mind and environment), this is where healing accelerates – and it lasts long-term. Cheers to finding your spark again!


Written by Filipa Bellette.
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Filipa Bellette
Filipa Bellette, author of Ending Body Burnout, is an accredited Clinical Nutritionist, Functional Medicine Practitioner, Coach, Trauma Therapist, and PhD Scholar. She is co-founder of multi-award-winning health practice Chris & Filly Functional Medicine, best known for ending body burnout (for good!) in “busy” people with energy, mood, and gut issues.


Filipa Bellette is an Executive Council member at the CEOWORLD magazine. You can follow her on LinkedIn, for more information, visit the author’s website CLICK HERE.