Updated: Jun 3
Hormonal imbalance symptoms can be frustrating and can cause a variety of issues. It can feel even worse when you are eating a healthy diet, working out, managing your stress and you are still not feeling your best.
Hormone imbalances are becoming more and more common. The good news is there is plenty that can be done to help get your hormones balanced. By the way, I share three tips to get you started here.
What Exactly Are Hormones......
Hormones are chemical messengers that are released into the body to send messages and coordinate processes such as metabolism, growth, sleep, mood, appetite, reproductive cycles, and so on.
These hormones are produced in and secreted through the body’s endocrine glands (pituitary, pineal, thymus, thyroid, adrenal, pancreas, testes, and ovaries), meaning they’re secreted directly into the bloodstream. These chemicals are generally secreted in microscopic amounts, which are fundamental to their functions, and changes in the amount secreted (whether too much or too little) can cause major changes in the body.
What is a Hormonal Imbalance?
As mentioned above, these chemical messengers work on a microscopic level and when this balance is disrupted by even the smallest change, they can have serious effects on the entire body. These changes in hormone levels are what we consider hormonal imbalances, whether it’s over-secretion or deficiencies in the production of hormones, these changes cause all sorts of unwelcomed symptoms.
What are the Common Signs of a Hormonal Imbalance?
Sudden Weight Gain and/or Difficulty Losing Weight
Digestive Issues (constipation, diarrhea, bloating, gas)
Hair Loss or Thinning
Worsened PMS Symptoms
Fatigue & Mental Fog
Irritability/Mood Swings/Inability to Regulate Emotions
Sleep Deprivation and Insomnia
Headaches and Migraines
Low Sex Drive
Muscle Weakness, Aches, Tenderness, or Stiffness
Sensitivity to Cold and Hot Temperatures
Depression, Anxiety, and Nervousness
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms it is important to look at what the underlying cause might be. If there is too much or too little of a given hormone this is what leads to an imbalance and oftentimes when one hormone is out of balance it can lead to a cascade effect, affecting other hormones in your body and causing more imbalances.
The good news is that there is plenty that can be done with nutrition and lifestyle to help support healthy well-balanced hormones. In my Guide To Happy Hormones, I share 6 steps to implement to get you started plus a 3-day meal plan filled with hormone-healthy foods.
If you are struggling with a hormone imbalance that's getting in the way of you feeling your best let's chat! You can book a free discovery call to ask questions.