We can all suffer from various different ailments that can be debilitating. Individually they seem like things we just have to deal with, but if you put them all together … it might be something else entirely.
Below is an article that describes 9 signs of hormone imbalance. You might have one or two of them, but if you find yourself having more than a few then you should probably get it checked out by your doctor.
Your hormones are tiny little chemical messengers that whizz around your bloodstream telling your organs and body tissues to fulfill their functions. These busy little chaps affect your well being in various ways, which include:
- Your development and growth
- The way you metabolize food
- Sexual functionality
- Cognition and mood
- Body temperature
As you can see they impact on all aspects of your health and well-being. So making sure that you keep them in balance is crucial to your holistic health lifestyle. Unfortunately, it doesn’t take much to throw them out of balance, so we’re going to be looking at nine tell-tale signs that will warn you that all is not quite right on the farm – that farm being your body of course.
Hormone Imbalance Sign # 1 – Constant weight gain
If you’re having a little trouble with your weight, it doesn’t necessarily mean your diet’s wrong; it can be one of the signs you have a hormone imbalance. The so-called stress hormone “Cortisol” is secreted by the Adrenal glands. When Cortisol production is disrupted (whether through stress or some other cause), it cannot not only cause weight gain, but can also dictate where that weight gain accumulates on your body.
One of the results with increased Cortisol production is that it’s stimulates an increase in the amount of Insulin released into your bloodstream. This can affect your blood sugar levels, which often results in increased appetite.
Hormone Imbalance Sign # 2 – Poor Libido
Having a poor libido can also be one of the signs you have a hormone imbalance. The hormonal Androgen is manufactured in men by their testicles, and in women by their ovaries. Lack of this hormone can give rise to poor libido, even in women.
Hormone Imbalance Sign # 3 – Feelings of fatigue
Fatigue is another of the signs you have a hormone imbalance, especially if you are getting plenty of quality sleep, but still wake up feeling tired. This could be down once again to our good old friend Cortisol. The constant state of readiness that the presence of Cortisol brings about with regard to the fight or flight syndrome, occurs when feelings of stress are being experienced. If stress is present too often, this can lead to feelings of fatigue.
Hormone Imbalance Sign # 4 – Low mood
With feelings of low and bad mood such as irritability, anxiety, and depression, the Thyroid Gland can be the guilty party once again, and for exactly the same reason – over production of TSH through Hypothyroidism
Hormone Imbalance Sign # 5 – Insomnia and interrupted sleep
Insomnia and interrupted sleep conditions are often experience by women going through the Menopause or Perimenopause. It is a result of the huge change to hormonal balances. Unfortunately continued insomnia and interrupted sleep is only serves to make the condition worse. It’s a vicious circle!
Hormone Imbalance Sign # 6 – Excess Sweating
Excess sweating is another of the signs you have a hormone imbalance. Women going through the Menopause (or Perimenopause) often experience hot flashes. At night, when in bed, these are known as night sweats, and are sometimes a precursor to the onset of menopause itself, if it is not already in full swing.
Hormone Imbalance Sign # 7 – Problems with your digestion
If you are experiencing problems with your digestion, it could be brought about through the imbalance of 3 hormones in the gastrointestinal system. These are called Gastrin, Secretin, and Cholecystokinin, also known as CCK. These 3 hormones help to stimulate the actual digestive process that breaks food down into simple molecules that can be easily absorbed into the bloodstream.
Hormone Imbalance Sign # 8 – Craving for sugar
Another sign you have a hormone imbalance is a craving for sugar, which can be brought about by the gland we have already discussed on several occasions, namely the Thyroid gland. It’s another consequence of the condition of hypothyroidism, whereby the gland is underactive.
Hormone Imbalance Sign # 9 – Hair loss
It was always thought that hair loss was usually the result of a lack of Testosterone. Whilst this may be true in terms of the root cause it is now known that Dyhydrotestosterone, or DHT for short, is believed to be the main culprit. Whilst women only have a very small level of Testosterone in their body systems, it is enough to cause DHT to trigger hair loss.
Did you know that by consuming yams and turmeric you could actually help balance your hormones! Yup, crazy but true.