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Hormone Imbalance

Hormones are chemical messengers that send signals throughout our entire body. So, when our hormones are imbalanced, we can feel symptoms in different systems. And because hormones influence each other, when one hormone is “off” there are typically others that follow suit.

Hormone balance is determined by 3 interconnected systems:

  • Endocrine system
  • Nervous system
  • Digestive system

The BEST way to ensure long-term hormone balance is to work getting all three of these systems in a healthy place.

Signs & Symptoms of Hormone Imbalance

1.      Persistent weight gain or difficulty losing weight

Weight gain has a lot to do with calories in vs. calories out, but that’s not the whole story. If you feel like you should be losing weight because you’re exercising and watching your diet, you may have an underlying hormone imbalance that’s getting in the way.  Also, hormones control pretty much every aspect of weight loss including: appetite and cravings, how our body responds to a diet, where we store fat (see image below), and how we burn fat (ie. our metabolic rate).

2.      Low belly fat

Fat that’s localized to the lower belly screams hormone imbalance. This is often a sign of insulin resistance and cortisol imbalance

3.      Low libido

Lack of interest in sex is a common sign of hormone imbalance.

4.      Fatigue

Trouble getting out of bed in the morning, “crashing” in the afternoon, needing naps, relying on multiple cups of coffee or sugary snacks to get through the day: these are all signs fatigue that may be related to your hormone patterns.

5.      Anxiety, irritability or low moods

Our mood can be influenced by our hormone levels. Oftentimes, when we get our hormone levels in balance, our moods improve also. To note: about 20% of women experience depression during menopause.

6.      Insomnia

Insomnia can also be impacted by hormones. Women for example often find it difficult to fall asleep before their period. This may be because of the sharp drop in progesterone. Low levels of progesterone can make you feel restless. Insomnia can also creep up around perimenopause as women start to experience big shifts in hormone patterns.

7.      Digestive Issues

Stress and digestive health are intimately linked. A stressful event (real or perceived) signals our body to produce epinephrine and cortisol. Stress then triggers all kinds of changes in your digestive tract – it changes the composition of gut microbes, influences microbial behavior (stress à stressed microbes), and it makes the lining of the gut more permeable. Gut permeability or “leaky gut” leads to food sensitivities and inflammation. Over time that increases the risk of autoimmune disease.

8.      Cravings

Food cravings have a lot to do with hormones and what’s happening with the microbes in your gut.

9.      Period problems

Period problems range from infertility to PMS to irregular cycles. When it comes to reproductive issues, you can bet hormones are involved.  Read more about period problems here.

10. Breast cancer

There are certain risk factors that predispose you to breast cancer. Increased levels of estrogen is one of them. Get on a hormone balancing plan to reduce your risk!

11. Hair loss

Hair loss or thinning hair can be linked with a couple of different hormone imbalance patterns.

12. Pain syndromes like migraines or headaches

13. Acne

Hormone swings can trigger acne in women. It’s why we can get acne around our periods or during pregnancy.

 

We are all about fixing hormones at Health and the City. You can book an appointment with me below or get a jumpstart on your own with our 28 day Healthy Hormone Reset program.

 

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