Hormonal imbalances are negatively associated with raging menopausal women, but the truth is hormonal imbalances don’t just affect pregnant or menopausal women. Hormones are our body’s secret weapons, which influence just about every aspect of our physical and emotional health from birth to death.
Our bodies secrete numerous hormones that manage virtually all that we do; our dietary and sleeping habits, how we think, how we deal with stress, and how we manage our weight. A shift in a single hormonal level can have severe consequences on our physical and mental health.
Every month, hormones can wreak havoc on the skin, menstrual cycle and frame of mind of women. Feeling bloated, irritable and tired is usually a sign of slight hormonal fluctuations before menstruation. While these hormonal levels generally become stable after your period, other issues like anxiety and stress can throw them off balance.
If your hormones have gone awry, these are some of the most common symptoms you might be dealing with.
Feeling exhausted can have many possible causes, but if you can’t get past the morning or afternoon without feeling worn out, sluggish and foggy on a daily basis, it could be a symptom of an underactive thyroid. This is usually accompanied by weight gain. Simple diet changes like eliminating carbohydrates such as wheat and grains can help control your blood sugar.
Acne and other skin changes
Almost half of women have acne breakouts before their period. This occurs because of hormone fluctuations. However, if your acne is more severe and stays all month long, it may be caused by androgens (male hormones, such as testosterone). This acne is cystic and cannot be treated with simple topical creams. Stubborn acne is almost always caused by a rise in testosterone in women. Oral contraceptives usually reduce testosterone levels, but consult your doctor for medication that you can take to combat acne.
Continual weight gain and belly fat
Lifestyle, diet and physical activity are the main factors that determine weight gain, but hormonal imbalances can make it hard for women to maintain weight too. If your endocrine system is stressed, your body overproduces cortisol, the stresshormone that makes your body store fat. Make changes to your diet by eliminating processed and sugary foods in order to prevent weight gain.
Stress, low estrogen levels, thyroid problems and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) can cause irregular or skipped periods. These issues can be managed with diet, medication and exercise.
Other signs of hormonal imbalances include anxiety and crankiness, insomnia, memory lapses, facial hair growth, night sweats, and digestive problems.