I can’t tell you how many times we’ve received emails from readers asking questions about their hormone levels. There are literally a bunch of different health issues that can be directly related to one having a hormone imbalance issue. Our hormones play a far more crucial role in our bodies than we likely think. Imbalances can impact how we physically feel, mentally feel, how we act, and even how our brains think. Getting this balance should be your number one priority over all other tasks. In the event that you have an issue with hormones being imbalanced, then you need to read this…
What Exactly Are Hormones And How Do They Affect Us?
Many people haven’t got a clue as to what hormones are and how they impact our daily lives. For those that don’t understand the concept, let me break things down for you a bit. Hormones are basically messengers that travel throughout your body. They are essentially chemicals that tell our bodies how to properly function.
These hormones are created by cells within our bodies which are a part of our endocrine glands.
Our endocrine glands consist of the following:
- Adrenal Glands
- Pituitary Gland
These hormones are super strong in one sense. They are able to successfully send messages throughout our body with little effort and such messages can result in our organs functioning differently as well as tissues within our body.
Hormones are commonly categorized into three classes:
Steroids – Those derived primarily from cholesterol
Peptides – Those derived from proteins and small peptides
Amino Acids – Those derived from simple amino acids
Eicosanoids– Those derived from fats and lipids
How It Works
Let’s assume that our bodies are in a totally normal state and our hormones are balanced. The tissues and organs within our bodies operate at optimum capability.
Now, when something is out of whack, hormones get imbalanced which can mean one thing, a surplus of one type of hormone and maybe a shortage of another type.
This imbalance issue happens a lot and it can be often related to a female’s estrogen and progesterone levels. If you’re taking birth control, if you’re super stressed out, if you use too many makeup products, all these things can lead to hormone imbalances.
Same goes for men, as it’s common that guys hormones being out of whack are part of the reason they lose hair. A man’s body converts testosterone into dihydrotestosterone. The dihydrotestosterone then binds to a males hair follicles and it can cause the follicles to shrink. As a result, thinner and shorter hair exist.
There are many other reasons why hormone imbalances may occur. Aside from those mentioned, imbalances can occur due to poor eating habits, being overweight, poor genetics, not exercising enough, living a sedentary lifestyle and many other reasons.
Hormone Imbalance Symptoms In Women
In the event that you think you may have a hormone imbalance, then I suggest you keep reading this article. I’m going to explain some of the most common issues and symptoms that coincide with the imbalances.
I’ll start with imbalances in women first.
If you think that you have an estrogen deficiency, then you might want to confirm whether or not you are going through menopause. This deficiency is quite common with those dealing with that issue. Some of the common symptoms that you might encounter are:
Sweating At Night
Frequent Infections In Your Bladder
Pain While Having Sex
Did you know that progesterone deficiency is the most common cause of hormonal imbalance? Guess what, unlike estrogen deficiency, this can often cause issues with females of all ages. Some of the symptoms related to this deficiency are as follows:
Pain or Lumps in Breasts
Miscarriage at Early Stages
Too Much Estrogen
In the event that your body has too much estrogen in it, then it can cause hormone imbalance issues as well. Some of the most common issues are as follows:
Heavy Period Bleeding
Irregular PAP Smears
Did you know that issues can also occur when your body doesn’t produce enough progesterone to balance out the estrogen within your body? This can cause a problem as well and it’s often referred to as estrogen dominance. Many of the same symptoms can exist when this condition occurs.
Other hormones that can have an impact on this are excess androgen, which can happen when consuming too many sugars and carbs. This can cause a ton of issues such as acne, hair growth, hair thinning, ovarian cysts, and more.
One other hormone deficiency in women that causes issues in women are a lack of cortisol. The most common cause of this has adrenal glands that have been worked too hard, causing you to stress out.
Some symptoms include fatigue, dry skin, low blood sugar, inability to exercise, brain fog and more.
In the event that you have any of the symptoms mentioned above, then you might want to get checked out by a doctor.
Hormone Imbalance Symptoms In Men
There are two primary reasons why men may have symptoms of hormone imbalance and it’s primarily related to testosterone or estrogen.
Older men often have a testosterone deficiency, especially once they hit 50. Their bodies produce less testosterone and as a result, it can cause their sex drive to diminish, muscle loss, weight loss, weak erections and a lack of stamina.
Excess estrogen can also be an issue and most often it causes men to become irritable, develop headaches, gain weight, lose hair, and even cause prostates to become enlarged. If you think you have any of the issues mentioned above then I suggest you seek professional help immediately.
More Hormone Imbalance Symptoms
There are a few more symptoms that both men and women may notice in their bodies. Be on the lookout for each of these things mentioned below.
Do you have cravings? If you consistently crave certain foods then you might have a hormone imbalance.
Are you sleeping poorly? If so, then you might have increased levels of cortisol which causes sleeping problems.
How about depression or anxiety? If you’re easily agitated or depressed, then it might have something to do with your hormones.
Fatigued too often? If you’re sluggish, then it’s most likely something to do with hormones.
Sex drive non-existant? Low sex drive is mainly hormone driven and you need to check checked out if you think that’s a problem.
Types of Treatments
Unfortunately, I can’t be the one to tell you how to get treatment for this. If you think you are suffering from a hormone imbalance then you need to speak ith a doctor and have some tests performed on you.
Sure there are a couple of things that you can do to try and reduce the chances of your hormones being out of whack. I’m going to suggest that you do the following:
If you’re not exercising, then you need to start doing so almost immediately. Not working out seems to be the brunt of many of our health problems today. Getting the proper aerobic and anaerobic exercise is crucial to staying healthy. Exercising helps keep your hormones in check more than you can imagine.
Reduce Your Stress
Stressing out is not could for your body or health in general. Stress typically causes our cortisol levels to skyrocket. As a result, it’s common for our estrogen levels to take a nose dive as well. A lower estrogen level can affect your physical health, mood, appearance and more.
How many times have I told you how important eating healthy really is? Probably a hundred times or more! Well, if you’re eating like crap, then there’s a good chance it’s causing issues with both your skin and hormones. I suggest that you eat more healthy foods and stay far away from anything processed as well as anything that contains alcohol or too much caffeine. Basically, anything in excess is really bad for you.
Now, the good news is that if you’re struggling with hormone imbalances then you’re not alone. There are plenty of people struggling just the same and you may even be able to find local support groups in your city or town to help overcome this condition with help from others. Whatever you do, just be sure to take some action!