5 signs your hormones are out of balance

You know when something is not right.  Despite eating right and exercising, you are putting on weight.  It feels that stress has become your default mode, and you are not sleeping anymore and you have skin breakouts – at 40 years old!  

Hormones can become out of balance, and there are many signs that we ignore.  Here are a few symptoms that may indicate that your hormones could use some help:

 

Hair loss or thinning of your hair. 

Hair loss and thinning can be because of thyroid hormones and testosterone, but it can also be due to insulin, estrogen and even some chronic medications.

You cannot lose weight. 

The stress hormone cortisol is the usual suspect here, but all your other hormones also play a vital role in making sure your metabolism is working as it should.  Other hormones like leptin, testosterone insulin and estrogen play a role.

You are wired and tired with no sleep to be found. 

Insomnia is a horrible symptom to experience, especially if you are tired.  Estrogen is the biggest sleep-maintaining hormone, while progesterone plays a role in calming the nervous system.  Any imbalance between testosterone, cortical and serotonin can have you staring at your ceiling in the dark.

Your libido has gone missing. 

You know something is wrong when your libido is low or gone.  The cause is often linked to estrogen dominance or low levels of estrogen, and your thyroid gland also plays a role here.  Long hours at the office and poor nutrition also contribute to the situation. 

You have brain fog. 

Can you not remember where you put the car keys or why you walked into the room?  Brain fog is one of the symptoms of an underactive thyroid, but it can also be because of an imbalance in GABA, serotonin, FSH, dopamine and even cortisol.  

When you are not feeling your best and you are suspecting that your hormones may be out of whack, it is best to make an appointment with your primary health care provider so you can identify the exact cause.  Speak with your doctor about testing for these hormones: thyroid (including free T4, free T3, and TSH), insulin, testosterone, progesterone, estrogen, and cortisol.  

When you are not feeling your best and you are suspecting that your hormones may be out of whack, it is best to make an appointment with your primary health care provider so you can identify the exact cause.  Speak with your doctor about testing for these hormones: thyroid (including free T4, free T3, and TSH), insulin, testosterone, progesterone, estrogen, and cortisol.  

Source: 

  • SIGNS YOUR HORMONES ARE OUT OF BALANCE, https://www.faithful-to-nature.co.za/blog/signs-your-hormones-are-out-of-balance/
  • 5 Signs Your Hormones Are Out Of Whack + How To Balance Them. https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-14627/5-signs-your-hormones-are-out-of-whack-how-to-balance-them.html

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