I had no idea when I was diagnosed with a thyroid condition and adrenal fatigue that these issues were related to hormonal imbalances. This was of course before I studied nutrition.
Fast forward almost 7 years I am so much better educated and have so much more I can share with you, having lived through it. As most of you know I suffered from sugar cravings and used sugar and wine to soothe me. I was also exhausted most of the time, no matter how much I slept, I still needed caffeine to keep me going.
The issue I had was that I had high levels of cortisol and insulin in my body.
We all know and hear that balance is the key to living a happy life. Along with other aspects, it is critically essential to maintain a hormonal balance in the body.
Only then, your organs and entire body function properly. If you want to enjoy optimal health, maintaining a balance of hormones is essential! There are many ways through which you can naturally attain hormonal balance, but before that, you must find out whether your hormones are actually out of balance or not.
Many factors listed below are indicative of the misbalance of these chemical messengers in the body.
Below I have indicated some the most common indicators of hormonal imbalance.
Take some time to look below and look at the list and see if you experience any of the following issues.
1) Constant Fatigue and Exhaustion
The most prominent indication of an imbalance of hormones is that you feel low and tired all the time. When there is an abnormal release of cortisol along with other adrenal hormones in the body, you feel stressed.
Besides, you may feel sad and extremely tired even when you do nothing. Thus, if you often have a foggy head, low mood, and extreme depression, your body might have a hormonal imbalance.
2) Intense Cravings
Here is another commonly occurring symptom, but it goes unidentified often because many people usually have cravings, especially for sugar and other sweet stuff. The imbalanced hormonal state also boosts your cravings for different food items including drinks, chocolates, and other tempting edibles.
Studies have shown that an increased level of insulin or high concentration of cortisol in the body can enhance your craving for sugar or wine. Besides, if there is an imbalance of electrolytes in the body, your body tends to crave for savory snacks.
3) Weight Gain
You might have already heard about it. In addition to your daily intake of food and exercises that you participate in, your hormones also have a significant role in determining your body weight because they impact the metabolic rate.
If your hormones are out of balance, you will have difficulty in shedding extra body weight despite all your efforts and dieting. Hence, there is no point of doing heavy exercise and severe dieting if your hormones are not balanced. You simply will not get desired results.
4) Reduced Sex Drive
In women, the libido is controlled by the level of estrogen in the body. If your estrogen level is below or above the optimum level, it can impact your sex drive negatively. Similarly, in the case of men, lack of testosterone can result in lack of sex drive.
5) Mood Swings
Mood swings in ladies are often associated with PMS. Majority of women experience mood swings before menses, but that is not the only cause.
If you take proper care of yourself and enjoy a healthy lifestyle but still experience mood swings quite often, it can indicate that your hormones are out of balance. Remember that unpredictable and severe mood swings also suggest that your hormonal levels need to be checked.
Hormones control numerous functions in our body. If one or more of these release in excess, they can impact the smooth functioning of multiple body systems.
Similarly, if there is an underproduction of any one or more hormones, your body will experience some unpleasant symptoms as well. Some of the major factors that indicate the imbalance state of hormones is mentioned above.
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