Low hormone levels have been blamed on quite a few symptoms in the over 40 crowd, especially fatigue.
In fact, it’s common knowledge that once you get to the age of 40, you will start slowing down.
Do you believe this is true? What is it about the hormones in the body that result in fatigue?
There are many hormones in the body. Here’s a short list of some of them:
|Hormone||What The Hormone Does|
|Adrenal Gland Hormones|
|Aldosterone||Keeps sodium levels normal (low hormone levels result in fluctuations in sodium levels)|
|Cortisol||Raises blood sugar levels|
|Testosterone||Secreted by the adrenal gland and the sex organs to give a man the appearance of being male|
|Estrogen||Secreted by the adrenals and the sex organs to give women the appearance of being female|
|Progesterone||Produced by the adrenals and the ovary as an anti-inflammatory agent, help thyroid function, boost bone density, utilization of fat for energy, increase oxygen levels, and even more|
|Epinephrine||Helps you cope by increasing oxygen and glucose to the brain and muscles, increasing blood flow, lowering your immune system function, and causing the breakdown of fat for energy.|
|Norepinephrine||Increases blood pressure, get the muscles ready for superhuman bouts of strength, and increasing oxygen to the brain along with glucose|
|Other Hormones In The Body|
|Glucagon||Secreted by the pancreas to raise blood sugar levels|
|Thyroid||Secreted by the thyroid gland to increase your metabolic rate and increase protein synthesis|
|Growth Hormone||Secreted by the pituitary gland to stimulate growth of the cells and the multiplication of cells|
|Insulin||Secreted by the pancreas to allow the muscles and liver to take in sugar from the bloodstream|
|Melatonin||Secreted by the pineal gland to help you sleep, balance your moods and as an antioxidant|
|Serotonin||Secreted by the brain and digestive tract, this hormone controls how you sleep at night as well as your appetite|
This list is an enumeration of only some of the body’s hormones. There are dozens more! And as time goes on, scientists are discovering other hormones, too.
What Happens When Levels Of Hormones Decrease
When you examine this list of hormones you can clearly see that if the levels of the hormone drop, the function won’t be performed as well as it should.
For example, if the thyroid hormone is lacking, your metabolic rate won’t be increased. Instead, your metabolism will start to lag and you’ll feel fatigue.
If you don’t have enough insulin, your muscles and liver won’t take in sugar from the bloodstream. This results in the cells crying out for energy.
Feed me, feed me, they say, but without insulin, they don’t get fed. This results in a lack of energy that you feel and fatigue results.
If cortisol raises blood sugar level, this won’t happen when there are low hormone levels. As a result, your blood sugar could stay in the low zone, where all sorts of symptoms arise.
Some of these include:
- anger outbursts
- sugar cravings
- pass out
- want to eat everything in sight
- want to run to vending machines
- mood swings
- take things to heart
If serotonin and melatonin have a role in how you sleep at night, low hormone levels will result in restless sleep and fatigue the next day.
If adrenal hormones help your body adapt to stress situations and recover from them, then low levels will make you tired because your body is unable to cope.
Low levels of estrogen and progesterone in women as well as low levels of testosterone in men will also lead to extreme cases of fatigue. A simple hormone shot or pill can cure the situation.
Low Hormone Levels – What To Do Naturally And Medically
So what is the answer for fatigue as your age hits the over 40 category, considering that most of these hormones will drop as you age?
The answer from a natural healing standpoint is to eat a good diet, reverse and correct any nutritional deficiencies you might have, exercise, and detoxify the internal organs with herbs.
In many cases, low hormone levels can be increased with just these measures.
For example, eating plenty of high quality protein foods daily will insure you have enough Growth Hormone levels, keep your blood sugar levels stable and help you sleep better.
You can always restore low hormone levels with medication, and in the case of several of these hormones (thyroid, pituitary and others), this is essential.