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6 Signs of a Possible Hormone Imbalance

Have you ever wondered if you might have a hormone imbalance?

It can be tricky to spot the signs because symptoms can be vague and have a few potential causes. Hormones act as "messengers" that have a significant impact on how your body works.

Even a slight imbalance can make a difference to some processes in your body. Here are a few signs that you may have too much or not enough of a particular hormone:

● Weight gain

● Abdominal bloating

● Changes in your appetite, especially overeating

● Feeling tired most or all of the time

● Brain fog and fuzzy thinking

● Headaches and migraines

● Mood swings

● Depression

● Changes to your bowel movements

● Feeling more sensitive to cold or heat

● Dry skin

● Thinning hair and/or hair loss

● Anxiety and/or irritability

● Irregular periods

● Insomnia

● Gut problems, including issues with digestion and stomach pain

● Low libido

If your levels of certain hormones fluctuate or go higher or lower than they should, it can have significant effects on your well-being. Hormone tests are the only way to know for sure, but these signs could suggest something isn't quite right with your hormone health.

1) You're having trouble losing weight.

Have you been struggling to lose weight or noticing that you keep gaining weight? Stress can encourage your body to produce more cortisol, which is a significant factor in storing fat (especially for storing belly fat).

If you can't seem to catch a break when it comes to your weight, even when you're exercising and eating healthy, it could be a sign that your cortisol levels need to be brought back into balance. Stress management can be a crucial part of doing this, and lifestyle factors such as diet and exercise can also help.

2) You're tired most days of the week.

Most of us feel tired sometimes, but it's usually just a bit of a blip that you can get past by catching up on sleep and making sure your lifestyle is healthy. If your fatigue is down to hormones, though, it's likely that you'll still feel tired - no matter how much you manage to sleep.

What if you're already getting quality sleep and eating healthy, but you're still feeling exhausted most or all of the time? How you are feeling may be linked to hormone imbalances.

If you also tend to alternate between extreme fatigue and periods of feeling wired, your levels of the stress hormone cortisol could be a factor. Thyroid imbalances can also be a culprit for fatigue.

3) You're struggling with anxiety.

Excessive stress and anxiety aren't always strictly a mental health problem. Chronic stress can raise cortisol levels at inappropriate times, potentially sending the adrenal glands into overdrive. The result? Anxiety, fatigue, and even depression.

Estrogen is another hormone that can trigger feelings of anxiety when levels are less than optimum. According to research, estrogen has a calming effect on fear, but low levels can throw this off and pave the way for anxiety.

Thyroid hormones can also mimic anxiety, mainly if your body isn't producing enough of them.

4) You're experiencing PMS symptoms.

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