Feeling lethargic all the time? Your hormones may be out of whack. Balancing your hormones is Mother Nature’s way of helping you to beat slumps in stamina so that you can stay vitalised and refreshed.
You can’t see them, but there are many messengers travelling around your body, constantly delivering and retrieving signals. Hormones control functions such as hunger, sleep, mood and energy levels. Once you know which hormone is in control of what – and how to optimise the way they work – you’ll be well on your way to feeling on top form.
Insulin, cortisol, adrenaline, your thyroid hormones and the sex hormones, oestrogen and progesterone, all work together to keep your body running smoothly.
“Hormones affect how you feel physically, mentally and emotionally,” says hormone health specialist Dr Alyssa Burns-Hill. “If they are out of sync, it will have a big impact on energy levels and motivation.”
Some hormones, such as insulin and thyroid hormones, are anabolic, which help your body to create and grow cells and store energy to use as fuel. Others, such as cortisol and adrenaline, are catabolic, meaning they help your body use that stored fuel to give you energy and keep you moving.
Your delicate hormone balance is easily upset, but with a few simple strategies you can keep them in harmony. Keep reading for expert tips on how to manage your hormones properly.