2012 | Newsletter archives
Q: I simply have no energy. What can I do?
A: Energy loss can be caused by a variety of factors. Fatigue is often a lot more complicated than not eating enough fruit or not getting the proper exercise. If you’re going to talk about energy or the lack thereof, you’ve got to talk about hormones and the glands that produce them, also known as the endocrine system.
The endocrine system influences almost everything that goes on within our bodies, from sexual function and reproductive processes to the regulation of growth, mood, and metabolism. The endocrine system is made up of glands like the pituitary, thyroid and adrenals, groups of cells that produce and secrete chemicals known as hormones, or messengers that transfer information and instructions from one set of cells to another.
When your energy is low, the endocrine system jumps into action. The thyroid and adrenal glands produce hormones that give you an extra energy boost. However, it can be an anxiety-producing, frenetic kind of energy that doesn’t do your body any good. Yes, it will help you get through the day, but it will cause your mind and your body stress, which will eventually lead to more fatigue. Hormones send messages to your muscles (the main storage area for glucose) saying “911. Emergency! Give up your sugar or else!” The muscles sacrifice the glucose and become depleted to save other cells throughout the body. That’s when we crash, burn, and become exhausted.
Hormones can create chaos in your body, both internally and externally. We all know the joke: “I’m just hormonal.” It’s not a joke. Hormone imbalance can cause weight gain, lack of sex drive, dry skin, hair loss, and the kind of fatigue that feels like no amount of sleep could ever make it go away. Hormones are also one of the primary causes of accelerated aging. From the inside out, suddenly you are no longer the person you have always known. While you (and your doctor) may chalk it up to growing older, I know differently. There are eight steps that include checking your thyroid, getting tested and feeding your energy furnace.
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