Hormones play an extremely important part in both men’s and women’s health. Their function is to work subtly to keep our system in balance. Optimally, hormones will work together in a healthy person to regulate the body and keep it operating as it should. Yet when the hormones themselves go out of balance many problems can arise.
Hormonal imbalance is very common yet can be difficult to pinpoint because we have so many of them. They also have a very unique ability. When our hormones go off balance they do not stop working, but rather find another way to work causing our bodies to try to compensate for these shifts. When this occurs, we may experience symptoms that we have never had before. Some symptoms can be a little scary if we don’t know what is causing them.
Below is a simplified list of the most common symptoms caused by a hormonal imbalance. If you are experiencing one or more of following symptoms then you need to talk to your doctor as soon as possible.
Some of the most common symptoms of hormonal imbalance:
Weight Gain- Hormonal Imbalances make it difficult to maintain a healthy weight. This could be due to a fatigued adrenal system. When this occurs it signals the thyroid that there is a problem. The thyroid then responds by slowing down the metabolism. The pancreas will then respond by thinking that it needs to conserve fat.
Constant Fatigue- This occurs when you feel exhausted even after a good night’s sleep. Fatigue will cause a feeling of sluggishness and mental brain fog. If you are experiencing constant fatigue the result could be a lack of a thyroid hormone. Thyroid hormones control the body’s metabolism and when these hormone levels are low all systems slow down.
Low Libido- This may be the most noticeable symptom of a hormonal imbalance. It has a tendency to start with a disturbed sleep pattern which then will cause a decrease in sexual hormone production.
Digestive Problems- Bloating, gas and a slow digestion are common symptoms of a hormonal imbalance. Every person is different and processes stress in different ways. When stress is carried in the stomach, cortisol levels can become imbalanced. Irritable Bowels can also come into play which are a direct result to abnormal levels of serotonin.
Mood Swings, Anxiety and/or Depression- Feeling overly anxious and unable to process your usual stress well? Are you plagued with sadness or feeling like you are alone and unappreciated? These could be factors of anxiety and depression. According to www.webmd.com, these can mirror PMS related symptoms and can range anywhere from mood swings, melancholia, sensitivity, even full-blown anger, and self-hatred.
Poor Sleep Patterns or Insomnia- In our overall fast-paced lifestyle it is hard to get a quality night’s sleep; however, it is important to try. Our sleep plays an all important role in hormone production. A drop in progesterone could be the cause. Progesterone has a relaxing quality, so when this level drops you can experience restlessness which will lead to sleep disorders.
Hot Flashes and Night Sweats- For women, this is a common symptom that there is something wrong with our hormones. According to www.healthyandnaturalworld.com, this symptom was once thought to be caused by too little estrogen, but now it is understood that the cause may also be too much estrogen and not enough progesterone, or other hormonal imbalances in your body that come from the adrenals, ovaries, thyroid, pancreas, or gastrointestinal tract.
Hormones keep us going, keep our body functioning properly and help to keep us healthy. If you think that you are experiencing any of the above symptoms please see your primary doctor as soon as you can to seek out a treatment that works best for you.