Hormones are the most potent chemical messengers in our bodies. Think of them like the WiFi connection, the ‘send’ button, the thumbs up, the ON / OFF switch.
Here are 7 common signs and symptoms that may clue you in to a more significant underlying problem:
Everyone is tired sometimes. But you should recover with adequate rest, hydration and a healthy diet. If you feel you are taking care of yourself but are still way too tired, exhausted all the time or just can’t seem to get back to your best, consider having an comprehensive evaluation of your hormone levels. Adrenal fatigue and hypothyroidism are more prevalent in our high-paced society than you may think.
It’s not “all in your head”. Neuroendocrinology is the study of the intimate relationship of the neurotransmitters, or chemical messengers of the brain, and hormones. Excess adrenal stimulation due to the outrageous stress that we subject ourselves to has become a silent epidemic. Cortisol and norepinephrine, produced and released from the adrenal glands, often underlie the feelings that you may perceive as anxiety.
Functional medicine teaches us to temper this response through eating foods that modulate this response and avoiding foods that promote it.
- Weight gain or difficulty losing weight
Why is it that so many people struggle with weight fluctuations? Why is the scale so merciless folks are starving themselves and working so hard? It’s because they are starving themselves and working so hard. The body experiences these challenges as stress. And when the body is stressed, it produces more cortisol. Cortisol tells your body to hang on to that fat because it’s a great storage form of energy.
There are many reasons why someone may be having difficulty sleeping. But if it’s persistent, it’s likely related to your hormones. Melatonin, the well-known sleep chemical, is a hormone released by the pineal gland in the brain. As a hormone, it is intimately related and affected by the other hormones. You can think of the different hormones as pieces in a complicated game of chess. If you move one, it affects all the others and they have to move accordingly. With certain moves, things can get dangerous. If you are not sleeping well, it would be wise to have a professional assist you in holistically determining why. Conversely, if you are imbalanced for other reasons, appropriate rest is necessary to help bring things back into balance.
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
There are more neurotransmitters in the gut than there are in the brain. So it should be no surprise that individuals commonly experience gut symptoms related to conditions such as anxiety and depression. Hormones influence gut function in other ways as well such as affecting the microbiome of the gut, the bacterial system in our intestines. Hormone imbalances can lead to imbalances in our bacterial colonies influencing their numbers and function. Gastrointestinal imbalances can be caused by hormone imbalances and vice versa.
- Skin and hair changes.
The quality and vitality of your skin and hair is directly related to your hormones. Thyroid abnormalities, for example, may cause dry hair or skin, thinning hair, hair loss or brittle nails.
- PMS and low sex drive.
Both men and women are subject to irregularities related to their sex hormones. And both men and women have relatively appropriate levels of estrogen, progesterone, DHEA and testosterone. Women that are experiencing irregular menses (too long, too short, unpredictable, heavy bleeding or cramping, etc.) are more clearly demonstrating some type of abnormality in the quality, quantity or function of their sex hormones. Although women have a more obvious gauge of hormone balance with their monthly menses, both sexes can experience sexual dysfunction or issues with libido (sexual desire) due to the complex intricacies and interactions of these powerful substances.
Source of Information:https://www.parsleyhealth.com/blog/hormone-balance-symptoms/