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It’s normal to feel tired after a full day of work, intense exercise, or long hours cleaning the house. But difficulty getting out of bed, feeling as if you haven’t slept and needing a caffeine boost to get through the end of the day, is not.

Many women assume that exhaustion is simply a part of getting older, therefore little can be done to change their condition but, your body has a built-in restoration mechanism in the form of hormones that replenish energy, repair tissue and regulate organ function while you sleep. When symptoms of lethargy, sleeplessness, and lack of motivation surface with no underlying medical condition, it’s an indicator of hormonal imbalance, particularly for women approaching menopausal age.

Your hormones act as chemical messengers within your body, constantly dispatching information and instruction to your organs on how to function properly. As such, they affect nearly every part of your health and well-being.

During the perimenopausal and menopausal life phase, hormone levels fluctuate as your body begins to move beyond the childbearing years and changes in estrogen, testosterone and other hormones create imbalances that can trigger fatigue.

A host of other symptoms may surface as well: anxiety, depression, low libido, insomnia, night-time urination, irritability, weight gain, difficulty with focus, concentration and memory, among others. Eventually, you simply lack the energy or motivation to exercise regularly, eat healthfully, initiate or participate in sex, or other pleasurable activities, all of which can affect your outlook.

When life becomes less enjoyable and more stressful, your body responds by increasing its level of cortisol. Elevated cortisol levels combined with chronic fatigue can become adrenal fatigue syndrome, a miscommunication between the adrenal glands and the body. Adrenal fatigue often results in lethargy waking up in the morning that continues throughout the day, followed by a “second wind” in the evening which triggers insomnia and difficulty staying asleep. Dizziness, headaches, salt and sugar cravings, weight gain, mood swings, chronic inflammation and decreased sex drive are also associated with adrenal fatigue.

The fallout from these issues not only compounds fatigue but, possibly leads to even more health concerns.

Fatigue symptoms related to hormone imbalance can be diminished with effective natural hormone replacement treatment. At Life, our certified professionals can determine your optimum hormone levels following an in-depth personal assessment of your body composition, nutritional and physical fitness and genetic predisposition to illness. We’ll provide customized hormonal therapy, natural supplements, and lifestyle solutions to help you achieve more energy and vitality for a healthy, balanced life.