7 SIGNS YOUR HORMONES ARE OUT OF BALANCE AND HOW TO REBALANCE THEM
Hormones are very important chemicals that govern many functions in the body. They act as the body’s messengers and carry information from the brain to the receptor organs/tissues. Hormones affect many processes including sexual function, reproduction, mood, metabolism, growth and energy levels.
Too much or too little of one or more hormones may cause the body’s hormones to fall out of balance.
Though very common (especially in women), hormonal imbalance can lead to dangerous effects if left untreated. Luckily, there are signs the body shows when your hormones are out of balance. This article discusses some of those signs and suggests ways that can help re-balance your hormones.
Signs Your Hormones Are Out Of Balance
Night sweats occur when you sleep and sweat excessively to the extent that your clothes and bedding get extremely wet. Hormones control the sweat glands and how they respond to body temperature. Changes in levels of certain hormones like estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone, might affect your sweat glands and you might start experiencing night sweats.
Night sweats are common in post-partum, perimenopause, and menopause women because at these times the body experiences changes in the hormones listed. Also, certain medications can alter the levels of hormones and can cause night sweats.
Suddenly gaining weight out of nowhere? Chances are there might be an unusual increase in the levels of your leptin and ghrelin hormones. This is because these hormones affect your hunger cues and when they are out of balance, you might start feeling hungry more, eating more, and inevitably gain weight.
Furthermore, excess levels of cortisol (a stress hormone) can cause stress eating and lead to weight gain. Lastly, an imbalance in the levels of thyroid and insulin hormones can lead to weight gain.
If you suffer from insomnia or you just can’t seem to get good sleep, certain hormones in your body might be out of balance. This is because these hormones are responsible for controlling sleep patterns.
Cortisol, for example, is a major stress hormone that influences sleep. When the level of cortisol spikes up, you might have excess stress and anxiety and won’t be able to sleep. Other hormones that affect sleep are the thyroid, testosterone, estrogen, and progesterone hormones.
Skin Issues (such as acne, eczema, rosacea, psoriasis, and even dryness)
We’ve all experienced one skin issue or the other at some point in our lives. However, when every topical treatment you use for a skin issue does not seem to take it away, certain hormones might be at play.
High levels of sex hormones like testosterone, estrogen, and progesterone can cause acne. This is because they affect the oil glands and cause the production of excess sebum which leads to acne breakouts. On the other hand, low levels of these sex hormones can lead to the production of low sebum which leads to dry skin.
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Hair Loss or Increased Facial Hair
Hair loss can be genetic and/or due to other factors but hormones also play a big role in hair loss. High levels of testosterone in men can lead to hair loss. Also, high levels of cortisol and an imbalance in the levels of thyroid hormones can cause hair loss too.
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On the other hand, high levels of testosterone in women (women have the male sex hormone, testosterone, in small amounts) lead to facial hair growth, a condition known as hirsutism.
Lack of Focus & Brain Fog
Do you often find it difficult to remember things? Does your head sometimes feel foggy and you find it difficult to focus? If yes, then your estrogen, progesterone, and thyroid hormones might have fallen out of balance.
Low levels of thyroid hormones cause decreased brain activity and this can lead to a lack of focus and brain fog. Also, an imbalance of estrogen and progesterone hormones during the menstrual cycle can cause focus problems, memory loss, and brain fog.
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Memory problems as a result of hormonal imbalance are more common in women than men, especially in women going through perimenopause and menopause.
Disruptive PMS Symptoms
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a group of behavioral, emotional, and physical changes that occur during the menstrual cycle, particularly 1-2 weeks before your period. Mood swings, anxiety, cramping, spotting, fatigue, and acne, are some examples of PMS symptoms.
PMS symptoms are normal in most women and are usually not causes of worry. However, when these symptoms start affecting your normal life, it is no longer normal and is now a condition called Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD). PMDD is caused by a high level of imbalance in estrogen, progesterone, serotonin, and endorphin hormones.
How To Re-balance Your Hormones
Although hormonal imbalances are best treated by medical professionals, there are some lifestyle changes you can incorporate that will help maintain balance in your hormone levels.
Reduce stress and get quality sleep
Stress causes the release of the cortisol hormone. When stress levels are high, more than usual cortisol will be released. As discussed in this article, high levels of cortisol lead to trouble sleeping. Also, high levels of cortisol can lead to an imbalance in other hormones. ANIMA MUNDI's Ashwagandha herbal supplement is clinically proven to reduce symptoms of stress and anxiety, increases brain cognition, increases thyroid function, and helps overcome adrenal fatigue.
One sure way, besides taking high-quality supplements, of reducing stress is by getting quality sleep. Having a bedtime routine where you perform certain relaxing tasks goes a long way in improving the quality of your sleep.
Regular exercise adds a lot of benefits to the body and one of those benefits is helping to rebalance hormones. Exercise helps to regulate hormones in charge of hunger cues. It also aids the delivery of nutrients to all parts of the body which is also necessary for regulating hormones.
Watch your diet
The types of food you eat play a big role in the health of your body. Your diet has a big impact on your hormone levels.
Eating enough proteins helps to decrease the production of hunger hormones. Also, reducing sugar intake also helps to regulate insulin production. Lastly, adding high fiber to your diet helps to control hunger hormones and makes you feel full.
We will be covering a lot more ways that can help you avoid hormonal imbalances in the first place, in upcoming articles. So make sure to sign up for our newsletter to stay up-to-date.
Being attuned to your body, mood and sleep patterns, can help you detect hormonal imbalance early enough and seek treatment. Even better, adopting healthy lifestyle habits is the best preventative measure that can keep your hormones in balance in the first place. It is still highly advisable to seek the advice of a medical professional if you suspect hormonal imbalances and experience any of the signs delineated in this article.
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