Energy Levels

Feeling Zapped? Here’s Why And What You Can Do About It

December 29, 2022

Hi, I’m Angela
I'm a functional medicine practitioner & hormone expert working primarily with women in their 40's and 50's to create lasting health.
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Are you feeling zapped? You’re not alone — especially if you’ve hit your 40s and beyond. Whether it’s hormonal imbalances, heightened sensitivity to stress, or just feeling completely exhausted with no end in sight, many women experience various forms of depletion at this stage of life. But why exactly are we so depleted? And what can be done about it—especially when traditional treatments and advice don’t seem to be doing the trick? In this blog post, we’ll explore these questions and discuss helpful tips for how to combat mental and physical exhaustion. So read on if you’re ready for an energizing boost.

For two decades, I’ve supported a vast range of women’s health conditions, and one thing that tends to come up often is low energy. Hormones naturally decrease with age, and this can bring bouts of sluggishness in their wake.

The hormones estrogen and progesterone decrease as we get older. They continue to drop until we reach menopause. With this, many women feel tired and sluggish, like their memory isn’t that great anymore. They just don’t feel like the best form themselves. I understand you might be feeling more tired than usual because you are busy. You might have a lot to do leading up to the holidays, the to-do list is never-ending.

So what is the solution here?

The first thing to think about is: You’re not meant to get it all done.

The other thing is, if you want to be able to do everything and feel like you’re living your best life, you need to do more than just your daily tasks. You need to do things that make you happy. We need to find a solution for you.

The Toxin Loader 

I know there is always a solution for feeling low on energy and having lowered hormone levels. The key is to figure out where the problem is coming from. Is it just from your hormones? Or is there something else going on? I have found that most of the time, women feel more tired and sluggish because they have too many toxins in their bodies.

When we think toxins, we think: 

“Oh, I’m not exposed to toxins. Where could the toxins be coming from?”

“I live a pretty clean, healthy life.” 

The truth is that we can have a toxic load in our bodies that has accumulated over time since we were children. Here are some of the potentials. See if this sounds like you:

Antibiotics Use 

Have you ever taken antibiotics? Maybe only a few times. Some had taken them more often, even when they were kids.

I’m not saying the antibiotics themselves are toxic. But taking antibiotics can destroy some of the good bacteria in your gut. This can cause problems over time unless you do something to fix it. Taking antibiotics can also cause a buildup of bad gut bacteria, making you sick over time. So if your body can’t get rid of this bad bacteria, it can really affect your energy levels.

Aesthetic Products 

This is one other thing that we often do not think about as far as toxins are concerned. Keep in mind we’re talking about a buildup over the years of using varied products.

We use products on our skin, hair, nails, and lips. We, women, are definitely a little bit higher in that category than most men. A lot of these products are very unregulated. Do we know what’s in them? Looking at the ingredients on the back of many of our products, can you pronounce what they are? Typically, this means they are not in their healthy, whole-food, plant-based state when they come into your body.

Many of these products contain chemicals, including something called “xenoestrogens.” These chemicals can create harmful byproducts in the body. When we put them on our skin, they are absorbed into our bodies. This can increase the buildup of toxic load or toxic burden in your life.

Is your Home Toxin-Free?  

Another place where you acquire a toxic burden might be a bit of a shock to you, as it can come from your home. 

There are a lot of toxic byproducts from building a house, and then when they close it all in, you don’t necessarily know what’s behind the walls.

Living in a home can be filled with plenty of surprises, though sometimes those surprises are less than ideal. Leaks from your taps or even behind the walls can drive you crazy, and it’s impossible to predict if they’re something visible or lurking out of sight. It can create mycotoxins or mold spores. This often can also create something that we ingest and come in through our breath and can create a toxic environment inside our body.

Women’s energy levels can take a hit due to toxins they don’t even know are lurking in their bodies. Unbeknownst to them, these invisible invaders disrupt the cell cycle that produces daily vitality and zap away any hope of getting through the day with vim and vigor.

Mind your Food 

We might be eating foods that are potentially a little higher in toxic loaders. What I mean by this is the fruits and vegetables heavily sprayed with herbicides and pesticides, the crops for mass production (mostly the stuff you see in the grocery store that is mass-produced). If you’re eating these kinds of foods, or if maybe you’re not cleaning the produce well, or if you don’t know how much toxic stuff is in these foods, it will make the toxic load on your body higher.

All of these will impact how you absorb your nutrients and utilize your nutrients as fuel to create energy. Over a lifetime, it can start to sap your energy.


During the holiday season, it can be tempting to turn to alcohol as a source of pleasure and comfort. However, keep in mind that too much drinking can be toxic and put an added burden on your liver, which could cause long-term damage. Alcohol also takes away valuable energy, which you could be using to enjoy the festivities or even just tackle the looming task list. Enjoy responsibly so you can emerge from the holidays feeling energized rather than zapped.

Something about Me

Many women think it’s related to their lowered sex hormones because this is also happening at the same time. But actually, it’s most commonly not the hormones, because if that were the case, everyone would feel completely zapped of energy as they got into their 40s and 50s as a woman. But the truth is, they don’t.

I actually felt zapped for energy much earlier than this. I experienced it when I was in my late 20s and early 30s. My hormones weren’t at a point where they were shifting and changing that much yet. They were still fairly balanced and at an optimal level as far as production went.

For me, it was related to a toxin load. I had to figure out what that was. I had too much bad bacteria. I’d been on some antibiotics on and off in my early 20s. That was part of it. I also had too much mold in my body from living in a couple of different basement suites when I was in my 20s. I didn’t realize it before.

I was also not using favorable products. For many years, I used very toxic products on my body. I used to have acne as a teenager, and I used very toxic products on my skin. I remember those products actually taking all the color out of the towels I was using. That‘s how toxic they were. With this, you can imagine what that does inside your body.

The point is that, over time, it was what had zapped my ability to produce any energy. The toxic load was higher than I could overcome by bringing in optimal nutrition.

This could be you too 

It is possible this is you too, and you may not have the same concerns I had. You may have the same cause.

I know sometimes the food isn’t as good as it could be, but if you’re eating a diet high in grains (herbicides and pesticides are sprayed on these crops as well), wheat, gluten, and a lot of fruits and vegetables, you don’t necessarily know where it’s come from or if it’s organic. This means there is the potential to increase your toxic load quite a bit over the holidays.

It’s not all hormones. We need to be aware of and mindful of many other factors and understand the connection between some of the things that can sap our energy. We need to dig deeper. And as a functional practitioner, that’s what I do with women all the time. 

Working with Women 

We learn about your hormone levels and how they work. We also learn what could be causing problems with your hormones. This requires special tests. When we do these tests with women and make a plan, they usually start seeing results quickly.

Another thing that gets better is their skin, hair, and nails. This is because their bodies can absorb nutrients better without all the junk in their system. 

If you identify with any of the scenarios in this blog post, know that you are not alone. Dragging yourself out of bed feeling tired and achy is not how anyone wants to live day-to-day. If you’re curious about what might be causing your fatigue and low energy levels, schedule a discovery call with me. I can provide more information about our services and how we might be able to help get your life back on track so that zapping feelings become a thing of the past.

Harnessing your energy is key to feeling balanced and happy, but if ‘zapped’ is more like it, don’t worry! We have a one-of-a-kind way for you to get energized and reclaim the power of vibrant well-being. Book a  discovery call with me today. Let’s chat about how we can help recharge your batteries so the holiday season doesn’t leave you drained! During this call, we can discuss your symptoms in more detail and come up with a plan tailored specifically for you.

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DISCLAIMER: The information in this email is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. All content is for general informational purposes only and does not replace a consultation with your own doctor or health professional.

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