While there are many different factors that can affect your energy levels, it may come as no surprise that your hormones play a big role - one of their main purposes being to help maintain metabolism, and in turn, affect energy levels.
Unfortunately, because there are so many different hormones at play, it can be challenging to identify whether they may be the culprit for your sluggishness, and if so, which ones. So let’s dive into how specific hormones can affect your energy levels and how to determine if their levels need to be optimized.
Which Hormones Can Affect Energy Levels?
Your body has over 50 different hormones all with different functions, so when it comes to identifying which ones could be causing your energy levels to drop we need to narrow it down a bit.
Thyroid Hormones: The hormones found in your thyroid are primarily responsible for maintaining homeostasis in your body. So if your body has a low level of thyroid hormones, the systems involved with homeostasis (temperature, metabolism, heart rate, etc.) begin to slow down. This can cause your energy levels to drop as well.
Adrenal Hormones: The adrenal gland produces a hormone called cortisol, whose main function is to regulate the body’s metabolism and hunger in response to energy needs. This can be disrupted with excess stress - both physical (like exercise) and mental.
Testosterone: While typically known as the male sex hormone, testosterone is found in both men and women. This hormone affects libido, muscle mass, mood, and energy levels. When there is a low level of testosterone, in men or women, some or all of these areas can suffer.
Estrogen and Progesterone: In women estrogen and progesterone levels fluctuate, either due to their monthly cycle or when they are entering menopause. This fluctuation can cause symptoms like hot flashes, mood swings, vaginal dryness, and lower energy levels.
When do Hormones Begin to Decline?
In all of the hormones mentioned above, the decrease in energy levels are all a result of the hormone levels dropping. While each hormone reaches its peak production at different ages, much research has said that as a normal effect of aging, there is a steady decline of these hormones beginning in your 20s or 30s.
While you may not begin to feel the symptoms of this decline in your 20s, it is important to note that this is when the decline begins so that you can begin monitoring any changes in your body that can be addressed.
What is the Process if I Want to Test My Levels?
So now you know that your low energy symptoms may be caused by a decreased level in your hormones.
But which one(s)?
Or by how much?
The best way to address low energy levels related to hormone levels is to have your levels tested with a certified practitioner. This medical professional can not only send off your samples to see exactly what your levels are, they can also take note of what other symptoms you may be feeling. With this combination of information, they can then recommend the best path to optimize your levels and eliminate the symptoms you are feeling.
How Can I Increase My Hormone Levels?
So you’ve run your panel with a medical professional and now you know what could be causing your low energy levels. How do you get those levels optimized to reduce your symptoms?
If working with a medical professional, they will most likely give you a tailored recommendation specific to your needs, lifestyle, and goals. Each person is unique and will have specific solutions. A common recommendation is to begin a hormone replacement therapy program, either with self-injections or using testosterone pellets. This program has been shown to be an effective, safe way for men and women to find relief from low energy levels and reap many other benefits of optimized testosterone levels.
At Luxe Vitality, we don’t believe in a one size fits all approach and encourage each of our clients to meet with us to share their experiences before deciding on an approach to elevating hormone levels.
If you have been struggling with low energy, feeling sluggish, or just overall fatigue and are ready to determine if your hormones could be the culprit, let’s set up your free consultation!
Meet with our medical professionals virtually or in person to begin the process of regaining that youthful energy you crave and deserve.