Why am i feeling like this?
It’s common that we become less sensitive to insulin as we age. This means our bodies find it harder to move fuel from food into our cells which can leave us feeling fatigued.
If our thyroid hormones are not well balanced, our metabolic rate can slow, leading to fatigue.
Low iron levels
Sub-optimal iron levels can reduce the availability of oxygen in our cells and results in lower energy production and therefore fatigue.
High or low levels of cortisol can impair sleep and energy production leading to fatigue.
Low nutrient diet
Our cells need many vitamins and minerals to act as cofactors in energy production. Low levels or low absorption can result in fatigue.
How effectively your body responds to raised levels of blood sugar is closely associated with increased risk for hot flushes and night sweats.
As oestrogen levels change, it can affect the body’s thermostat leading to hot flushes and night sweats.
Low blood sugar levels
When our blood sugar dips too low, the body produces adrenaline to generate more blood sugar. This can prompt anxiety.
Progesterone can support the availability of calming brain chemicals.
Altered brain receptor
Some women have genetic variations which can increase the likelihood of feeling anxious.
Low serotonin levels
Changes in oestrogen and diet plus certain genetic variations can result in lower serotonin levels and anxiety.
Slow breakdown of adrenaline
Some women have genetic variations which slow the rate of adrenaline breakdown, leading them feeling more stressed.
Many of us become less sensitive to insulin as we age, this means our bodies are more prone to converting food into fat instead of providing fuel for energy – leading to weight gain.
If our thyroid hormones are not well balanced, our metabolic rate can slow resulting in weight gain.
Out of control cravings
Some of us have genetic variations that make us more prone to cravings and appetite problems.
Changing levels of oestrogen can reduce serotonin, leading to cravings for carbohydrates and weight gain.
High cortisol levels
Stress can cause a spike in cortisol levels which encourage the body to increase blood sugar. This blood sugar can then be converted to and stored as fat.
Low protein diet
Hair is made of protein and low intake or poor absorption can lead to hair loss.
Low levels of iron
Iron is needed to help carry oxygen around the body and also plays a role in the production of collagen. Being low in iron, or even being slightly low in iron for a long time, can impact hair strength.
Slow thyroid function
When the thyroid gland is not functioning properly, it can affect various bodily functions, including hair growth.
Oestrogen helps hair grow faster and stay on the head for longer periods of time.
We can become less sensitive to insulin as we age. This means our bodies find it harder to move fuel (glucose) from our bloodstream into our cells, including our brain cells, which can leave us forgetful and with foggy thinking.
High levels of the stress hormone cortisol can prevent our brains from being able to manage complex thinking and can impair our memory.
Slow thyroid function reduces energy production in the brain which results in slowed thinking.
Lower oestrogen levels
Oestrogen supports insulin sensitivity and the formation of new brain cells. As it drops, forgetfulness and difficulty forming thoughts can ocurr.