9 Signs of Hormonal Imbalance and How to Fix It:
Hormones work as chemical messengers in our body. We go through hormonal changes from birth to death. They cause changes in our bodies over time including:
- Growth & Development
- Sexual Function
If your hormones are imbalanced it can destroy your health even if your diet is optimized.
Knowing if you are suffering from hormonal imbalance is important. Here are some of the most common signs of hormonal imbalance and ways to fix it:
1- Gaining Weight Persistently
If you are gaining weight consistently despite a healthy diet and appropriate physical activity it can be a sign of hormonal imbalance. It can be due to unaddressed or emerging insulin resistance. Some thyroid problems can also cause weight gain. You need to see your doctor for further evaluation. In the meantime, it’s highly recommended to avoid processed foods, sugar (soda), and wheat. Here is a useful guide if you have thyroid problem.
If you are suffering from insomnia and having difficulty sleeping it can be a sign of hormonal imbalance. Try to optimize your sleep and take antioxidants. Make sure to include quality lean protein, especially at dinner. Try exercise and yoga to improve your sleep. Also avoid these common habits that may cause insomnia. To learn how to manage insomnia follow this link.
3- Chronic Stress
Chronic stress depletes adrenal functions which leads to low levels of progesterone and other important hormones. Try to work on becoming stress-free. A healthy diet and changing your environment can help you reduce stress. Also here are some useful ways to manage stress in your life.
4- Excessive Sweating
If you are have night sweats and hot flashes it can be due to hormonal imbalance. Write down your routine, what you eat and drink, how you feel, and what kind of emotions cause your temperature to rise. Work on these areas next time when you get hot flashes.
Eating abnormally or feeling that you still want to have more even after eating can be an indicator that something is amiss. It’s due to hormonal imbalance like adrenal fatigue or insulin resistance. Eliminating sugars, dairy/ wheat products and alcohol will help you control your cravings and improve your digestion. To learn more about how to improve digestion click here.
Feeling depressed and rejected is a sign of hormonal imbalance. If not clinically caused it can mean you’re not feeding your body what it needs. Listen to your inner self and treat your body in a good way with a healthy diet, exercise and proper nutrients. You may want to consult with a mental health professional for further evaluation. Here is a useful guide on causes and treatment of depression.
Feeling tired by the end of first half? Or feeling sluggish while working? Hormonal imbalance could be the reason for your fatigue. A proper diet enriched with nutrients and eliminating wheat and grains may help stabilize your blood sugar. It’s very common that gluten-intolerance causes fatigue. Here is a guide to fix fatigue.
8- Low Libido
This is one of the most noticeable signs of hormonal imbalance. Often imbalance in sex hormones, thyroid or other endocrine glands is the underlying cause of low sex drive. It also happens due to lack of sound sleep. Work on your sleeping habits and optimize your sleep. To learn more about how to boost your libido visit this link.
9- Digestive Problems
Slow digestion and gastric problems are also among common symptoms of hormonal imbalance. Hormonal problems during perimenopause is one of the most common causes of digestive problems for women between the ages of 45 and 55. This is a useful guide to improve digestion naturally.
Disclaimer: This article is for informative purposes only, and should not be used as a replacement for expert medical advice
9 Signs of Hormonal Imbalance and How to Fix It
Edited By Stephanie Dawson
[Last Updated on March 4th 2014]