Feeling troubled? Frustrated? Angry? Stressed? You might be a mix of these emotions, but you might not be able to put your finger on exactly why you are feeling this way. While you might be thinking that something else is up, like lack of sleep or maybe something that you ate, there could be something you are overlooking. Did you consider a hormone imbalance? It’s more common than you think.
Because hormones play multiple roles within the body, whenever there is even a tiny disrupt in your hormone level, you can expect physical, mental, and emotional problems.
What Are Hormones?
Within the body, hormones are substances produced by endocrine glands in the body and are used to control nearly every single function of the body to some degree. From temperature regulation to your libido, hormones are found in everything.
For example, in men and women, the reproductive organs secrete the sex hormones that regulate fertility, sex drive, and menstruation. According to the University of Rochester, estrogen and testosterone are also necessary for the cardiovascular system, mental and physical development, and even cognitive function.
Ghrelin and leptin are responsible for hunger and satiety. Melatonin is responsible for promoting healthy sleep. The thyroid hormone called thyroid is essential in regulating your heartbeat.
How Hormones Get Imbalanced:
Without hormones, our bodies would never be able to reach homeostasis or equilibrium. Fluctuating hormone levels are more common in women than men because of the menstrual cycle, but there are several reasons why hormones can become imbalanced. Most of the time, imbalances are the result of disruptions in your life or certain habits that impact you negatively. Illnesses and medical conditions can also affect your hormones.
For example, hypothyroidism, or an underactive thyroid, is unable to produce enough thyroid, and that often makes it difficult to feel awake and regulate your metabolism.
Common Signs of Hormone Imbalance:
Although pinpointing the exact reason you have a hormone imbalance will require visiting a medical professional, you can oftentimes figure out whether you have imbalances just by considering your symptoms. Here are the most common signs to watch out for:
- Sleep problems
When you are experiencing insomnia, it could be a range of hormonal issues, including a sharp rise in progesterone (for women) or a lack of melatonin. Having high levels of the stress hormone cortisol is also responsible for the inability to fall asleep or stay asleep.
- Moodiness and depression
Hormone fluctuations have a direct effect on your mood. The pituitary gland, hypothalamus, and thyroid gland produce hormones like cortisol that can cause anxiety and depression. When you suffer from adrenal fatigue, you might be tired and apathetic all the time. Additionally, women with abnormally low levels of estrogen suffer from anxiety and fear.
Regular acne outbreaks for both males and females are associated with hormonal imbalances. Yes, acne can be caused by clogged pores that become infected, low androgen hormones can make the appearance of acne even worse.
- Weight gain
Low thyroid hormones, a lack of leptin, out of control insulin, and high cortisol can all play a role in sudden weight gain. Low testosterone and DHEA can also affect your waistline.
- Memory fog
An overload of cortisol and other stress-related hormones can make you feel mentally impaired. Researchers from the University of Iowa even recently found that out-of-control cortisol levels will impact your short-term memory abilities.
Some people seem to sweat more excessively than others, and that can be signaling out of balance hormones. Remember, hormones are tied into your control center or the hypothalamus. Whenever hormones are out of whack, your body will feel hotter or colder than normal. If your body thinks you are hotter than you should be, the sweat glands will be a trigger, prompting excessive sweating.
In addition to these six warning signs of hormone problems, there are many more, such as dry skin and low sex drive, that you need to also keep in mind. However, most problems will start with sleep issues, acne, and the inability to concentrate. From there, as the imbalances get worse, other signals will become more noticeable. Don’t wait that long. Get in contact with a medical professional, acupuncturist, chiropractor, or another therapist who can help you get relief.