Signs of Hormone Imbalance
Are you aware of the most telltale signs your hormones are out of balance? Hormones are chemical compounds that are produced by the body which works in regulating different physical processes. Hormones are responsible for many tasks such as maintaining body temperature, cell growth, managing sexual function, and even regulating mood.
When the hormone levels are out of balance, the body will let you know with diverse array of symptoms. While some symptoms are normal, others are definitely not and you should consult your doctor right away in case you experience symptoms. Your doctor can conduct the necessary tests to see if the hormone levels are the cause of your problems.
Fixing hormonal imbalances can be tricky but can make a world of difference in how you feel. When you make proper adjustments to your hormones; you feel healthier, look better, and have more energy.
Here are 10 common signs your hormones may be out of balance…
Heart palpitations are common during peri-menopause and menopause. They can also be associated with hyperthyroidism and autoimmune thyroid conditions as well.
Nevertheless there are many other causes of heart palpitations so if you are experiencing a racing heart, rapid heartbeats, or palpitations, be sure to get it checked out by a qualified practitioner.
2. Skin changes
Hormones take part in the regulation of cell replacement and its development. Thus, it is common for women to experience skin blemishes if they have hormonal imbalance. Likewise, very dry or overly oily skin can occur as well. The common signs of skin problems resulting from hormonal imbalances include irritation, unexpected eruptions, flaking, and redness.
It is best to consult a physician on how to regulate hormone levels since most over-the-counter drugs or concoctions won’t solve the problem.
3. Hair changes
The natural cell replacement and division of hair will not function properly when hormone levels are out of whack. Thus, hair problems can happen including thinning hair, hair loss, or the appearance of hair in odd places. Note that with thyroid issues, the outer third of the eyebrow may disappear entirely.
If you experience any of these changes, then that is a clear indication that your hormones are not functioning properly and you should be evaluated.
4. Changes in weight – weight gain or loss
Inconsistencies in hormone levels are one of the reasons for weight changes. This is one of the main reasons why people are more likely to experience weight gain as they become older. Hormonal imbalance can cause an increase in appetite, particularly for sweet or salty foods, resulting in weight gain. Likewise, hormones can also cause loss of appetite which leads to weight loss.
It is best to have your hormone levels checked if you experience unexpected changes in your weight.
5. Insomnia or lack of quality sleep
Hormones play an important role in the regulation of the wake-sleep cycles in our brains. Imbalanced hormones will lead to a disruption of the usual balance of the brain chemicals wherein it will affect the quality and pattern of sleep.
A person with hormonal imbalances may feel tired but will still be unable to doze off when it is time for bed. This can be a result of the adrenals producing too much cortisol and producing too much at the wrong times of the day. This can also be a result of menopause when the levels of estrogen start to drop.
Poor sleep can also happen when there are symptoms such as heart palpitations, night sweats, or hot flashes – which can all be related to imbalanced hormones.
6. Energy issues – feeling tired and wired
When the adrenals are not functioning properly, severe fatigue can take over. Another symptom can be the feeling of being wired and tired at the same time or alternating throughout the day. Further, this is exacerbated by insomnia or poor sleep – both of which can happen from adrenal issues.
When the thyroid is not working properly, this too can lead to a host of energy issues, particularly extreme tiredness in the case of hypothyroidism or an inability to rest properly in the case of hyperthyroidism.
7. Feeling moody or easily irritated
Hormones also play a vital role in regulating our moods. A person who experiences hormonal imbalance may show irritability or moodiness. This can be particularly true for women who experience PMS prior to starting their cycle.
8. Sudden cravings for salty or sweet types of food
A person who has adrenal issues may crave for sweet or salty foods.
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9. Menstrual irregularities
Women who experience low hormone levels may experience menstrual problems since there is inadequate progesterone and/or estrogen available to enable normal functions. It is advisable to restore these hormones to the right levels which can help in alleviating the menstrual cycle problems.
Sometimes dietary changes can be all that is necessary to correct things. Other times, supplements can help.
10. Issues with body temperatures – night sweats/ hot flashes/ feeling cold all the time
Hormones are also involved in the body’s capacity in regulating temperature. Estrogen levels dwindle during menopause wherein affected women may suffer from intermittent hot flashes all through the day. Night sweats are also common wherein the person would find themselves drenched in perspiration during nighttime. All these changes are also likely to occur during a menstrual cycle.
In the case of hypothyroidism, feeling cold all the time no matter how warm the temperature in the room might be is a common symptom.
Be aware of these 10 signs your hormones are out of balance. Resolving these issues will help you to feel better and be your best.