Our bodies are regulated by hormones, and function with the help of vitamins. They’re essential, but what’s really happening when our bodies aren’t functioning properly?
With symptoms like excessive fatigue, exhaustion, unexplained weight fluctuations, mental confusion, etc., it’s easy to consider hormone imbalances and vitamin deficiencies as a likely culprit. While that may be true, it’s not the whole story.
First, these factors can be just as much another symptom as they are the cause. Why would hormone levels get out of whack, and why would vitamin levels be so low? Some people stop at the test results because they want that to be the whole story. It’s the easy answer, and the easy solution, right? These things happen due to bad luck, but all we have to do is take something for it and we’re fine, right?
Health problems surface for many reasons, but it’s not just bad luck. It’s easy to call it bad luck to avoid being at fault. Stop right there. Regardless of the cause, YOU ARE NOT AT FAULT. We live in a modern society, which is wonderful in many ways, but some aspects interfere with the way our bodies were made to function. For example, many lifestyles have a way of interfering with quality sleep (even in those who get their full 8 hours of sleep every night). It is typical to have trouble turning off an active mind in order to get deep, restorative sleep. This is essential because it is during deep sleep that the body repairs itself, and hormone levels are regulated. If that quality sleep isn’t happening like clockwork, hormones start to fluctuate. This sets off a chain reaction. Imbalanced hormones make it difficult to remain active, and can contribute to unhealthy food cravings. It’s a recipe for a downward spiral in no time, complete with stress and confusion as to what’s going wrong. The answer is generally the combination; not just one thing.
So, what’s the solution? Sadly, there is no easy fix. If you’re only addressing one symptom as opposed to the root cause, it’s only a matter of time before more symptoms will appear. If there is a hormone imbalance or vitamin deficiency, absolutely address it. However, don’t stop there. Consider that as another symptom, and not the one cause of all the other symptoms. Take care of yourself in all areas, from nutrition and physical activity to sleep and relaxation. Help your body do its job.