Feeling out of sync? Whether you’ve pinned this strange feeling down to anxiety, too much caffeine and/ or work stresses there might be one major culprit for you feeling the way you do, and it could be down to a hormone imbalance.
But how much do we really know about our hormones?
Hormones are the chemicals the body produces to regulate the activity of so many cells and organs in our body. They have an impact on nearly every single function in our bodies from our appetite, to our mood swings; sleep patterns and overall energy levels. More severe cases can cause infertility, weight gain and hair loss to name but a few. So it goes without saying that hormones are pretty important and it could be something you haven’t thought about or researched before but knowing more about hormones and how they affect us could be the biggest turning point in your health.
The new buzz term in the wellness industry, ‘hormone harmony’ is the latest to spark a new wave of hormone focused solutions and has got us all thinking here at TLL HQ. We’ve been researching into new approaches from fitness classes, hormone therapy sessions to supplements designed specifically to realign the body’s chemicals and effectively rebalance our hormones. This new wellness focus has given us a fresh perspective on feeling good from the inside out by controlling our hormones and balancing them properly.
We asked Dr Marion Gluck a hormone specialist, to explain which symptoms women should consider abnormal when assessing hormone balance.
‘This depends on the women’s age as hormonal fluctuations occur throughout their lives. The nature of symptoms and severity vary for every woman. For women under 35, severe premenstrual symptoms such as cyclical headaches, anxiety, low mood and breast tenderness could indicate a potential hormonal imbalance. In addition, symptoms such as irregular periods, painful periods and/or heavy periods could potentially be linked to conditions such as polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), endometriosis and fibroids which can benefit from treatment with bio-identical hormones.
For women approaching the transition into the phases of menopause they may experience a wide variety of different symptoms and severity ranging from insomnia, mood changes, hot sweats, joint pains, hot flushes and many more which would indicate fluctuations in hormones. Hormones can be checked, and then balanced specifically to the patient’
Hormone balance is so vital to a healthy body and can be effected in so many ways as Dr Gluck mentions above, as well as toxins or an unbalanced lifestyle. Understanding the causes of imbalance allows us to prevent this from happening and will result in you feeling better and thinking better.
Here are some other common hormone balance symptoms and solution advice to help make that step in the right direction;
Persistent weight gain– Many of us have underlying hormonal balances that make it impossible to maintain a healthy weight. Emerging insulin resistance is one of the most common so making small changes in your diet such as eliminating processed and sugary foods and wheat will definitely help this.
Low Libido- This is a very common symptom of hormone imbalance and starts with disturbed sleep. Without a good nights sleep tiredness can cause our sex hormone production to diminish.
Sweating- Night sweats and hot flushes are a sign that your hormones are not quite right. Start by doing a food diary including everything you eat and drink for 2 weeks and remember to note down how you are feeling physically. This food diary will help a doctor determine whether your diet is a factor.
Depression and Anxiety- If you are feeling continually irritable and depressed this could be a clue that you are suffering from an imbalance. You could be overworked, stressed and exhausted which could be leading to you feeling this way so before you take action to see a doctor try to make subtle changes in your lifestyle, diet and attitude and take some time out for yourself- you never know it could be this thats causing the problem.
So forget work / life balance and delve deeper into understanding more about the state of your hormones by going to see a specialist hormone doctor who will be able to advise you on how best to balance them out in order to live a happier, healthier and more emotionally controlled life.