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ormones are powerful little chemical messengers within our bodies. They tell our bodies what to do, and when to do it. That is why having hormones out of balance can result in several side effects such as weight gain, fatigue, mood swings, insomnia, and hair loss.
However, these side effects can be reversible when treated correctly.
Potential Hormonal Imbalance Causes
There are many things that can send your hormones off on a tangent. The longer your system is out of order, the more difficult it can be to restore it. This makes treatments such as bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, or BHRT, more important. Here are some of the most common underlying causes of hormonal imbalance:
- Cushing syndrome
- Poor diet
- Underactive thyroid (Hypothyroidism)
- Chronic stress
- Overactive thyroid (Hyperthyroidism)
- Exposure to endocrine disruptors
- Birth control or hormonal replacement
Do you think you may have a hormonal imbalance? If so, keep reading to find out some of the signs you should be looking out for.
Everyone gets tired at one point or another. However, after adequate rest, hydration, and a healthy diet, you should feel better. If you feel like you’re caring for yourself but are still exhausted, consider having an evaluation of your hormone levels.
Women have a far higher risk of developing anxiety due to changes in estrogen during pregnancy, menstrual cycles, or menopause. In fact, a recent study showed just how much low and high estrogen levels can affect your mood.
Weight Gain or Difficulty Losing Weight
If you are experiencing this symptom, don’t feel bad. Many people struggle with weight loss and maintenance. It usually comes down to eating nutrient-poor food and working harder than you need to.
The body goes forth and then processes hard work as stress. Of course, when the body is stressed, it goes into fight or flight mode and produces cortisol. So, if you’re constantly doing this, your cortisol is always high resulting in your body holding onto fat as a form of energy.
Insomnia can be deeply linked to hormonal imbalances. Melatonin works hard to allow us to fall asleep fast and stay asleep for longer periods of time. However, if your body is having a hard time producing melatonin, you may have far more trouble falling asleep.
Did you know that there are more neurotransmitters in your gut than in your brain? This is why it should come as no surprise that hormonal imbalance, anxiety, and depressions are sometimes accompanied by digestive systems. A hormonal imbalance can impact your gut leading to bloating, diarrhea, constipation, or nausea.
Changes in Your Skin and Hair
If you notice a sudden increase in acne, this could be a huge sign of hormonal imbalance. Hair loss is yet another symptom of this. The quality and vitality of your hair will likely become poor when your hormones are out of balance.
Other skin and hair changes include dry hair or skin, thinning hair, brittle nails, and cracked skin.
PMS and Low Sex Drive
Low estrogen, testosterone, and progesterone are all common factors in a decreased sex drive in both men and women. This becomes even more common after the age of 50 when the production of hormones declines. You may experience hot flashes, mood swings, painful intercourse, and even infertility if this is the case.
Muscle Weakness and Joint Pain
If you ever feel dull and sore, like it takes far too much effort to move your body, you are likely dealing with a hormonal imbalance. There are several different hormones that contribute to muscle strength. However, they could also be behind your muscle weakness.
Changes in Blood Pressure
Your hormones actually play a crucial role in heart health. Without proper regulation of insulin, you could end up with far too much glucose in your blood. This could lead to many cardiovascular problems.
Puffy, Swollen, or Rounded Face
This is one symptom of hormonal imbalance that isn’t talked about a lot. That is why it can be a major shock for people who don’t know about it. This symptom is relatively painless. However, it can be tender due to the swelling and can impact your life negatively.
The Bottom Line
Hormonal imbalances can affect many things such as your hair, skin, gut health, and sleep schedule. If you think a hormonal imbalance may be affecting your life, you need to speak to a professional. Contact Dr. South and the rest of Premier Wellness and Aesthetics Center staff today to get the answers and help you’re looking for.