Hormones are perhaps the most powerful messengers in the human body. We can think of them as being like a good WiFi connection or the send button on an email message. They play an important role in our bodies and relay vital warnings when something is not right or has malfunctioned by communicating various messages throughout our bodies. In short, they make sure everything is functioning properly and let us know when something has gone wrong.
Hormones are produced from our endocrine glands — the thyroid, adrenals, ovaries or testes, and the pancreas. A variety of things can represent a challenge to our endocrine systems, resulting in a hormonal imbalance. The longer our endocrine system is out of balance, the more challenging it can be to restore harmony and proper functioning.
Seven Symptoms of Hormonal Imbalance
How do you recognize the signs of hormonal imbalance? They will send you messages that something is out of whack. Sometimes these messages are loud and clear, but other times they may just be a subtle whisper. Learn how to recognize seven of the most common signals that something just isn’t right. While basic hormonal issues can often time be treated naturally or through changes in diet, other more serious issues will need the advice of your physician. If you feel that you may be suffering from a serious change in your body due to hormones, contact us today to schedule your appointment.
Everyone experiences a sense of fatigue once in awhile, but a simple nap, proper hydration, and healthy eating habits should put you back on track. However, if you feel you have been properly taking care of yourself by eating well, getting enough sleep, and drinking plenty of water, but you are still exhausted, your hormones may be sending you a sign. Hypothyroidism and adrenal fatigue are more common in our society than we are often led to believe. You might want to think about having an evaluation of your hormone levels performed.
Contrary to what you may have been told, your anxiety is not all in your head. We all get stressed out sometimes by even some of the seemingly most simple things. An excess of adrenal stimulation can result in an even greater sense of anxiety. This stimulation of the adrenal glands is generally caused by the stress we subject ourselves to. It is an endless cycle in today’s stress fully fast-paced world. If you have experienced an unusual amount of anxiety recently, your adrenal glands may be letting you know something.
3. Weight gain or fluctuation
Have you been struggling with weight fluctuations or gaining an unusual amount of late recently? If there is not a logical explanation for this gain, your cortisol levels may be up. There could be a more serious issue at hand, such as Hypothyroidism.
A variety of things can cause us to lose sleep, but if it has become a persistent thing, your insomnia may be caused by a hormonal imbalanced. Known as a sleep chemical, Melatonin is released by the pineal gland located in the brain. When this gland is affected by other hormonal glands in the body, it can cause an imbalance of the amount of Melatonin that is released. If you have been experiencing insomnia without a logical explanation, your hormones may be sending signs and alerting you to have it checked out.
5. Irritable Bowel Syndrome
It may be surprising to learn that a larger number of neurotransmitters are present in the gut than in the brain. It is no surprise, however, that we often develop gut symptoms when we experience anxiety, stress, depression, and other related conditions. Hormones have an influence on gut function in a number of ways. One effect is through the microbiome, or the bacteria system, in the intestines. Imbalanced hormones can also lead to an imbalance in the microbiome, influencing the number and function of bacterial colonies in our bodies. Gastrointestinal problems, such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, may develop. If you are experiencing any stomach or bowel problems, it may be more than just a gut feeling.
6. Changes in skin and hair
The vitality of our hair and skin is directly affected by our hormonal glands. If you have suddenly been experiencing dry skin or hair, brittle nails, hair loss, or thinning hair, your hormones may be sending you a message to visit your doctor. While it may indicate nothing more than a need to drink more water change your hair products, there could be a much more serious underlying problem, such as thyroid abnormalities.
7. Low sex drive or dysfunction
Men and women both experience various changes in their bodies on a fairly consistent basis as a result of hormones, such as testosterone, estrogen, DHEA, and progesterone. While many of these changes are quite normal, it is always a good idea to have anything unusual checked out by a medical professional. Sexual dysfunction or loss of desire may also be the result of an imbalance in estrogen, progesterone, or testosterone levels. Your physician or a hormone therapy clinic will be able to assess your current hormone levels and offer the best advice for your body’s specific needs.
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