Low energy levels
Your hormones play a key role in controlling your energy levels. When hormones are out of balance it can make you feel tired, lethargic, and can often cause sleep issues.
How hormones affect your energy levels
Hormones are chemicals that play a key role in controlling your body’s daily functions. If these powerful chemicals are out of balance, even by a small amount, it can cause a wide range of symptoms including low energy levels. When it comes to hormones, there are a few key players that can impact your energy.
Thyroid and energy
If your thyroid is underactive (hypothyroidism) your bodily functions start to “slow down” and can leave you feeling tired and burned out, forgetful or foggy, and sometimes feeling depressed. On the other hand, if your thyroid is overactive (hyperthyroidism) you might feel restless, anxious, and have trouble turning your brain “off,” which can cause sleep problems.
Sex hormones (estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone) and energy
Having the right balance of sex hormones can help you maintain good energy levels. However, many women have an imbalance between estrogen and progesterone, known as estrogen dominance, which can cause anxiety, restlessness, and sleep issues.
Progesterone is a calming hormone that promotes sleep by stimulating your brain to produce a neurotransmitter called GABA. When you are rested, you will naturally have more energy throughout the day.
Testosterone also plays an important role in a woman’s overall health, especially when it comes to your energy levels. This is largely because testosterone is needed to produce red blood cells, which help distribute oxygen throughout your body, which is needed for energy. If your testosterone levels are low, it can cause extreme tiredness and fatigue.
Cortisol and energy
Cortisol is a hormone that helps your body cope with stress. Unfortunately, most of us are under constant stress. This leads to high cortisol levels which can cause difficulty sleeping, tiredness, poor concentration, and irritability. Also, under chronic stress, your body cannot keep up with the demand for cortisol, so it begins to steal progesterone, creating a further imbalance between estrogen and progesterone.
How to improve your energy levels naturally
Firstly, you need to understand what’s causing your low energy levels. If you think your hormones might be the cause, we can help. Our programs work to naturally balance your hormones – helping improve not only your energy levels and the quality of your sleep, but also your mood and metabolic function.