Signs of Hormonal Imbalance
Hormonal imbalances can show up in various forms in your body. Often times we assume that the problems we experience before and during our periods are naturally caused. However, hormonal imbalances can affect any part of your health, it’s just a matter of listening to your body.
Your hormones are in charge of your fertility and sexual functions. They keep your hair, skin, and nails looking young and healthy. When your hormones are functioning properly everything else in your body is regulated.
In times of stress or during your menstrual cycle, you might find yourself with certain hormonal symptoms. Women have been conditioned to believe that these symptoms are simply a normal part of being a woman. They are not. So many women suffer unnecessarily and are unaware that their hormonal imbalances are very easily and naturally treatable.
The first step is identifying whatever symptoms you may have, and to then be able to support and rebalance your hormones naturally.
10 most common signs that you have a hormonal imbalance.
Poor sleep – not being able to fall asleep or stay asleep
Fatigue that’s not alleviated by sleep
Night sweats and hot flashes
Resistant excess weight and body fat, especially around the belly
Low libido or sexual dysfunction
Acne or other skin issues
Foggy thinking (brain fog!) and difficulty concentrating
Mental health issues – depression and anxiety in particular
Mood changes like irritability and anger
While there are many causes of hormonal imbalances, here are the most common ones.
Age and stage of life
Medications (e.g. the Pill)
Toxins and endocrine disruptors like xenoestrogens (from conventional skin, hair and beauty products)
Poor nutrition and lack of adequate key nutrients
Blood sugar regulation problems
Disrupted circadian rhythm
Chronic inflammation (e.g. leaky gut and digestive system inflammation)
Ways that you can rebalance your hormones.
Eat whole foods and fats
Steer clear of packaged or processed food. Eating whole foods that come straight from the earth, such as fruits, vegetables, and nuts are needed to best support your hormonal health.
Eating plenty of good fats is also essential to rebalance your hormones. Good fats can be found in whole foods, such as avocados, raw nuts and seeds, coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, real butter or ghee (grass fed preferable), and wild-caught salmon.
Regardless of whether or not you have a hormonal imbalance, exercising is a vital part of keeping your body healthy. Incorporating even an half hour of cardio or resistance training into your daily routine can vastly improve your overall health.
A good night’s sleep
A good night’s sleep can be a difficult thing to do, but learning ways to ensure that you get enough rest is deeply important. Try planning a nighttime routine that relaxes and prepares you for deep sleep. Switching off all electronic devices at least one hour before you sleep is another proven way to promote healthy sleep patterns.
Learn to manage stress
People don’t realize the detrimental effects of stress on the body. If not dealt with in healthy ways stress can wreak havoc on your hormones. By learning coping mechanisms such as breathing and mindfulness techniques, you can reduce stress substantially.
Taking time out of the day for yourself and your mental wellbeing is so important. Whether it’s exercising, or getting your nails done, you need time away from the business of everyday life to re-energize.