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Solve Your Personal Energy Crisis

Thursday, 13 August 2015 04:10 PM Current | Bio | Archive

The main causes of fatigue include diet, lack of exercise, anemia, thyroid disorders, lack of sleep, and nutrient deficiencies.

When women are young and the energy production factories in their cells are young and fresh, they can withstand lots of abuse: sleepless nights, all-nighters preparing for tests, never-ending parties, and drinking and eating junk.

In our teens and 20s, the body is young and the mitochondria revitalize quickly and can keep up with the most atrocious lifestyles.

As we enter our mid to late 20s and early 30s, many of us start having children. Carrying and nurturing the fetus to the birth of a fully formed and normal functional human being is a magical feat, and the amount of energy created is staggering. It does take its toll on the mother.

The woman’s body is no longer in as great a shape as before the baby. Her skin is looser, the circles around the eyes are starting to show, and wrinkles are appearing around the eyes.

Inside the body, changes also are occurring rapidly. Mitochondria are starting to die.

In some cells, the population of mitochondria is diminishing greatly to give way to more energy production — to make milk to feed the baby and to keep alert (and sleep a lot less) to tend to the needs of the baby.

While women are still full of energy and able to handle multiple babies, children, work, husbands, and homes, the rationing of energy starts.

Some activities have to give way to others that are more protective and more likely to help raise the family and face the demands of work.

We still can pull all-nighters, but they are to raise the kids and finish work. They are no longer to party till dawn.

As time goes by, less energy is made, and trade-offs begin. (“I can sleep on weekends so I can skimp on the weeknights to get the laundry done and do homework and finish work.”)

Another trade-off few of us notice is the one of working out. As we spend more time running between work and home, personal well-being moves to the back burner.

The less exercise, the less energy-making endorphins we make, the more fat deposits we get, with fat cells that do not produce energy, but instead, drain us.

Finally, when the kids are grown, we think there will be respite for us.

Instead, menopause hits. Loss of the youth hormones and the sex hormones estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone lead to a situation where energy production slows to a screeching halt.

We start to feel tired, but can’t sleep, we gain weight just by looking at food, all our body functions slow down, and we feel exhausted all the time.

Loss of estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone also goes along with loss of thyroid and adrenal support, both of which are endocrine glands that provide us with important energy-manufacturing direction.

Slowing down means old, dying mitochondria in our hearts, lungs, brains, and muscles, and the result is aging, tired old women. Our blood pressure goes up, diabetes rears its ugly head, arthritis stops us from exercising, and the vicious cycle only leads to less energy production and more trouble.

But you don’t have to give up and allow Mother Nature to run roughshod over you.

Get your hormones balanced by taking bioidentical hormones before menopause, and make sure your thyroid is supported — and the adrenals, too — so you can have a strong immune system and stay healthy and full of energy regardless of your age.

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