Hormones affect different processes in the body. The hormones act as messengers in the body and ensure the body is functioning well. When there is even a slight change in the hormones’ levels, the body is affected, which leads to certain undesirable signs.
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The hormonal imbalances result from different stages in life such as;
They may also result from other factors such as stress or hormone medications. Hormonal imbalance is treatable, but sometimes it is hard to treat it when it has affected you for a long time. Therefore, it would be best if you identify the condition early enough.
What are the signs of hormonal imbalance?
The signs and symptoms are unique to an individual, so consulting a doctor to confirm whether you are suffering from hormonal imbalance is essential. However, some common conditions could indicate you have a hormonal imbalance.
1. Mood swings and anxiety
Mood swings commonly affect women. The unpredictable mood changes happen during the premenstrual, perimenopause, and menopause period. During these periods, estrogen levels keep on shifting.
Estrogen affects a chemical responsible (serotonin) for boosting the mood. The estrogen levels’ fluctuation means that estrogen’s effect on serotonin is irregular, hence the mood swings.
About 18% of Americans suffer from anxiety-related disorders. Women are at a higher risk of suffering from anxiety because of hormonal imbalance due to the many instances that women experience changes in levels of estrogen. On the other hand, men may experience anxiety due to low testosterone levels.
2. Low sex drive
Low sex drive affects both men and women, especially when they hit the age of fifty. The lower sex drive results from low levels of testosterone, progesterone, and estrogen. Also, other hormone imbalance symptoms such as fatigue and low mood may affect your sex life.
3. Weight gain
Two types of hormones affect weight gain. These hormones are;
- Cortisol- The body produces cortisol when you are stressed. When the cortisol levels are high, the body holds on to fat; hence attempts to lose become futile.
- Thyroid hormones- Thyroid hormones are produced by thyroid glands. They are responsible for metabolism regulation. The thyroid gland may be inactive, leading to irregular metabolism, potentially causing unexplained weight gain.
4. Lack of sleep
Many types of hormones affect the ability to sleep. The hormones are; melatonin, cortisol, estrogen, and progesterone. Melatonin is the hormone responsible for enabling us to sleep faster and longer. If our bodies have low melatonin levels, it is hard to sleep, and you may find yourself waking up late at night for no reason.
On the other hand, if cortisol levels are high in the evening, you may find it difficult to sleep at night. About 40% of women in the perimenopause period report having trouble sleeping, resulting from a drop in progesterone and estrogen levels.
5. Skin acne
Skin acne can also result from hormonal imbalance. Acne is associated with an increase in levels of androgen. Although androgens are named as ‘male hormones,’ they are found both in males and females.
If you are experiencing any of the signs and symptoms above, you should visit a doctor. The doctor will confirm whether it is a hormonal imbalance and direct you. There are natural ways that hormonal imbalance patients may try to alleviate these signs.
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1. Tricking yourself to sleep
- Avoid having any stimulants or alcohol before bedtime.
- Ensure that you switch off your lights when sleeping
- You can try meditating in your bed.
2. Try adaptogenic herbs
Insomnia and weight gain have been associated with increased cortisol levels. Adaptogenic herbs such as Rhodiola Rosea and Schisandra Chinensis do help reduce cortisol levels. The reduced cortisol levels will help you achieve better sleep.
3. Do some lifestyle changes
If you experience hormonal imbalance symptoms, some lifestyle changes can help you alleviate the symptoms and signs. The lifestyle changes you can do include; exercising, giving up on drugs, and making some dietary changes.
One dietary change you can do is adding polyunsaturated fats to your diet. The healthy fats you can include in your diet are; omega-3 and omega-6. Healthy fats can help reduce your appetite by stimulating leptin hormone production (hormone regulating a human’s appetite).
Also, check on your vitamin D. Vitamin D helps with immune functioning and inflammatory response; hence you must get foods rich in Vitamin D or expose yourself to the sunlight. You can obtain Vitamin D from foods such as eggs and salmon.
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