From the moment humans reach puberty, hormones are blamed for all manner of mood swings and frustrating changes in emotion. In some cases, though, it isn’t changing hormones that cause problems, but an imbalance in hormones. Fluctuations in your hormones can occur natural, such as during puberty or menopause (for women). However, hormone imbalances can also occur as a result of toxins or poor lifestyle choices. If you’ve noticed fluctuations in your mood and behaviors, it might be time to look for some of the common symptoms of hormone imbalance.
Issues with Weight Gain
There are many factors that play into maintaining a healthy weight, but sometimes lifestyle, diet, and physical activity levels do not represent the whole story. One of the most common hormone imbalances signified by persistent weight gain revolves around insulin. Undiscovered or emerging insulin resistance is a common problem.
Increased Belly Fat or Loss of Muscle Mass
Nothing is worse than spending time in the gym trying to carve out a better body and struggling to maintain your muscle gains or eliminate belly fat. Issues with the endocrine system in your body, usually as a result of stress, can result in lowered production of certain hormones and overproduction of others, notably cortisol. As a result, the body stores excess amounts of fat.
Trouble falling and staying asleep can be a sign of hormone imbalances in the body. For women going through menstruation, a sharp drop in the hormone progesterone often occurs. This particular hormone has relaxing properties for the body, and when those levels drop you find your sleep less restful and harder to come by.
Speaking of a lack of sleep, you may find another hormone imbalance stemming from your lack of sleep. A low sex drive often results from a disturbed pattern of sleep. If you aren’t sleeping well, the production of your sexual hormones tends to drop.
You might think that constant fatigue is a result of poor sleep, and yet another side effect of suffering through alongside sleeplessness and a lower libido. However, constant fatigue occurs regardless of the amount of sleep you’re getting. A persistent feeling of exhaustion might be a lack of thyroid hormones, known as hypothyroidism. The hormones in your thyroid control metabolism in the body and lower levels slow down everything from heart rate and mental functioning to digestion.
Memory IssuesIf you’re struggling to remember small things, such as forgetting where your purse is or where you placed your cell phone, it may be a result of hormone imbalances. High stress results in higher levels of cortisol production, hampering your ability to learn and retain information.
Finally, stress hormones can have a number of different impacts on the body, including issues with digestion. Gas, bloating, and slow digestion can all result from imbalances of hormones in the body. When associated with hormone imbalances, digestive imbalances are the result of cortisol production occurring off the normal cycle in the body.
If you’ve noticed any of these symptoms, you may be dealing with hormone imbalances. There are a variety of tools available to help you overcome these issues, but identifying the problem is a great starting point.