Fatigue. It saps your energy. It drains you. Both mentally and physically. You want – you need – to snap out of that constant state of weariness that’s dragging you down. You need to rediscover your old happy, active self again. But nothing you try seems to work.
It’s time to get your life back on track. And knowing what causes your fatigue, is the first step.
What Causes Fatigue?
Docs describe fatigue as a state of lethargy; you and I see it as feeling downright tired and worn-out. And chronic fatigue – a deep-rooted exhaustion that never ends, no matter how much sleep you get – can foster a whole range of additional unpleasant symptoms such as mood swings, insomnia, depression, memory loss and anxiety.
So just what is it that’s replacing your get-up-and-go with energy let-down?
It’s your hormones. Those pesky little critters – thousands of them – that don’t always get along. And when they don’t, it affects you. How you feel, how you look, how you conduct your daily life. Fatigue is a tell-tale sign that your hormones are imbalanced.
Hormonal fatigue doesn’t play favorites either (it’s very inclusive that way). It affects both women and men, takes no interest in age, and differs only in what hormone it lets loose on its unsuspecting host.
Women and Fatigue
Women have consistently named fatigue as one of their top five health concerns. And in this day and age, is it any wonder? In a woman’s case, those run-away little hormones leaving you worn-out and weary – the ones with the biggest impact – are estrogen and progesterone. As a woman ages, the level of these hormones begins to drop, going from a high in your twenties to an ever decreasing low through your fifties. This drop is especially prevalent during perimenopause and menopause, and it brings with it a host of uncomfortable, often debilitating, symptoms. The good news is that the fatigue and loss of energy you’re suffering isn’t inevitable. There is a solution.
It’s simple. It’s all about balancing your hormones. It’s getting them to work for you. Not against you. Here are 5 steps you should consider to put that spring back into your step:
- Check Your Hormones:First and foremost, see where the problem lies. Sometimes the answer is as simple as taking a quick quiz (if you want to get started, you can take our quick quiz for women at https://skytreenaturals.com/hormonal-balance-symptom-checker-for-women/), getting a saliva test (easily available online) or consulting your health practitioner.
- Maintain a Balanced Diet:Yes, you’ve heard this a million times, but it really is important to maintain a balanced diet, one low in saturated fats, high in fruits and vegetables. You don’t want to binge on foods that can cause hormonal imbalance or fatigue. (check out https://skytreenaturals.com/foods-to-avoid-for-fatigue/for a list of foods to avoid)
- Exercise:When you’re tired, that’s the last thing you want to do. But, as they say, ‘just do it’. You’ll find exercise gives you an energy boost. And that makes it worth it, right?
- Add energy-boosting vitamins and minerals to your daily diet:Poor nutrition is a common factor in fatigue. To help restore metabolism and boost energy, it’s important to maintain a daily dose of energy producing nutrients in your diet. Calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, biotin will help your body to produce both short and long-term energy. Switch to a whole-food, vegan, vegetarian, or Mediterranean diet, or add a daily supplement.
- Explore Hormonal Balancing Therapies:In this, you have two options:
- Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT): These are controlled substances only obtained by medical prescription. The cost can be prohibitive to many. The average per annum cost of an estrogen replacement therapy treatment is US $ 10,000.
- Over the Counter (OTC) dietary supplements: therapies considered safe and effective for use by the general public without a prescription. OTC supplements typically carry fewer side effects than prescription medicines and tend to be much more affordable. There are numerous hormonal balancing aids in the supplement market. One option is Skytree Naturals’ Hormonal Harmony, Nokomis’ signature hormone balancing product.
Men and Fatigue
People don’t equate fatigue with men as often as they do with women. But as men age, their hormones tend to take an extended vacation. Just as women’s do. The main culprit for men? Testosterone.
Testosterone plays an important role in energy production. And, as testosterone levels drop as you age, your energy drops right along with it. The result? Fatigue.
Other hormones contribute too. High levels of cortisol (the chief stress perpetrator) for example, can induce feelings of frustration which, in turn, will affect energy levels and cause fatigue.
That’s the problem with hormones. They’re all inter-related. If one goes AWOL, the others rebel.
Once your hormone levels become more balanced, your symptoms will begin to disappear, your energy levels increase, and your mood improve – effectively reducing or eliminating the fatigue you’ve been experiencing. Just follow these few basic steps and make fatigue a thing of the past.
- Check Your Hormones:Although upwards of 90% of the population has some form of hormonal imbalance, it’s always a good idea to double check. See your health practitioner, get a saliva test, or take one of the many hormonal quizzes out there (Skytree Naturals has a quick quiz you can access which will give you an indication of what hormones are giving you trouble at https://skytreenaturals.com/hormonal-balance-symptom-checker-for-men/).
- Get Some Sleep:The majority of a man’s daily testosterone is produced during the sleep cycle. Less sleep, therefore, means less testosterone. It’s imperative, then, to get a good night’s sleep. Easier said than done, yes, especially if your hormones are out of whack, but – as we said – ‘knowing is half the battle’.
- Maintain a Balanced Diet:While eating the wrong foods can contribute to weight gain and loss of muscle mass, it can also leave you feeling sluggish and tired. Opt instead for a diet that’s low in saturated fat with a rich mix of vegetable, fruit, and a moderate amount of animal fat. Doing so will help diminish feelings of fatigue. Added bonus? You’ll look and feel great again.
- Exercise:Yes, exercise can be tiring, especially if you’re feeling pretty much down and out. But, here’s the thing. Many men with fatigue often feel a great energy boost after a good workout. And, believe it or not, lack of exercise can actually make your fatigue worse.
- Include Vitamins and Minerals in Your Diet:Why? Because vitamins and minerals serve as a natural energy booster. Whether through foods or supplements, these nutrients have the added feature of assisting with metabolism. Zinc, iron, biotin and oxaloacetate are all good additions to your diet.
Investigate Hormonal Balancing Therapies: These are certainly worthwhile trying. Often the above lifestyle changes – although helpful – work better once you start getting your hormones back on track. While many opt for HRT, there are other less expensive alternatives available over the counter, including Nokomis’ hormone balancing product, Hormonal Harmony by Skytree Naturals.
No More Fatigue
Don’t suffer with fatigue. Just by balancing your hormones you’ll find yourself sleeping more – and sleeping better. You’ll wake up in the morning more refreshed and ready to start the day with new-found energy.
Go to our skytree website (www.skytreenaturals.com) and take our short hormonal quiz. Find out if your hormones are imbalanced.