Signs of Hormonal Imbalance That You Shouldn’t IgnoreLisanne Wellness Center
When you think of hormones, do you just think of your monthly cycle and the various ways you’re affected by rising and falling levels of estrogen and testosterone? Or maybe you think back to puberty and the influx of brand new hormones?
As it turns out, your hormones play a much larger role in your overall health. Far from something to worry about just once a month, your hormones are constantly regulating bodily functions, and a hormonal imbalance can be to blame for things as varied as weight gain and skin problems. And while some signs of a hormonal imbalance are relatively benign, others can be signs of a serious underlying problem and should never be ignored.
Look out for these signs
Constant weight gain: Occasional weight gain may have to do with lifestyle changes, but if you just can’t seem to stop gaining weight, you need to consider that it may be a larger problem. If it’s not your diet or exercise that is causing the weight gain, a hormonal imbalance may be to blame. Small changes in your diet, such as eliminating processed foods and sugars and eating more healthy fats can make a big difference in improving your health and balancing your hormones.
Poor libido: Poor libido is often caused by sleep issues (oversleeping, interrupted sleeping), which can disrupt the function of reproductive hormones. You may also have an imbalance of sex hormones. Talk to your doctor about correcting this imbalance.
Fatigue: Mental fog, sluggishness, and afternoon crashing are common signs of a hormonal imbalance that should never go ignored.
Mood swings: Mood swings aren’t just for pregnant women and teenagers. They are commonly caused by an overproduction of TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) through Hypothyroidism (when your thyroid produces too little thyroid hormone). If your mood swings include anxiety and depression, be especially cautious, as these are clues of hormonal imbalance, toxicity, and chronic stress.
Digestive issues: If you regularly experience gas, bloating, and slow digestion, you may have a hormone imbalance. Consuming too many processed foods or overeating can lead to digestive issues. And when you can’t properly digest food, you can eventually develop nutritional deficiencies, which can lead to larger problems.
What You Can Do About It:
Eat Enough Healthy Fats: Healthy fats keep you feeling satiated, allow fat soluble vitamins to be absorbed, and decrease cholesterol levels. Healthy fats can also help you lose weight if you’re struggling with insulin resistance. To start, try increasing your intake of omega-3 fatty acids. You can also boost your intake of avocados, olive oil, and salmon.
Limit the Caffeine: Caffeine mimics stress for the body, especially when you’re already stressed. So, too much caffeine when you already have a hormonal imbalance can exacerbate the problem and increase the amount of cortisol in your system.
Avoid Harmful Chemicals: Chemicals found in the air we breathe, foods we eat, and products we use can all pile up in the body and wreak havoc on hormone levels, causing imbalances. Steer clear of chemicals as much as possible, and regularly detox to rid your body of toxins.
Prioritize Sleep: Sleep is vital for properly regulated hormones. When you chronically get too little sleep, your body produces too much cortisol (the stress hormone), which throws your hormones out of balance. To help get a consistent quality sleep, you can try IDLife Sleep Strips.
Support Digestive Health: Aid in digestive problems with supplements like Probiotic Defense, which can help reset the number of good bacteria in your gut and undo the effects of leaky gut and hormonal imbalances.
If you believe you may have hormonal imbalance issues, our functional medicine experts can help you. Call Lisanne Wellness Center today at 713-461-WELL.