There are 6 main hormones that cause symptoms when they’re imbalanced. These include estrogen, progesterone, testosterone (these first 3 are your sex hormones), cortisol (your stress hormone), thyroid (your metabolism hormone), and insulin (your blood sugar hormone).
6 Ways To Know If You Have a Hormonal Issue
1. Your menstrual cycle
If you have irregular periods, painful periods, missed periods, PMS symptoms like moodiness, cravings, bloating or acne, you have a hormone imbalance. You also have a hormonal issue if you have been diagnosed with endometriosis, fibroids, cysts, or PCOS.
2. Your energy levels
Have you been feeling more tired than usual due to an acute period of high stress, or have been pushing yourself physically and emotionally for a long time; you might feel tired or depend on caffeine to get through the day. You may still feel unmotivated and slow all day even after 8 or more hours of sleep. A change in your energy levels is usually caused by thyroid or adrenal hormone imbalances.
3. Your weight
Have you recently gained weight around your belly? OR do you tend to gain weight on your thighs and hips? If it’s around your mid-section, it’s most definitely a hormonal issue. Estrogen, insulin (your blood sugar hormone) and cortisol (your stress hormone) are all linked to belly fat. Hormonally, weight gain around your hips can be caused by toxic estrogen build-up.
Overall weight gain is usually, but not always linked to thyroid hormone issues. And stubborn weight gain is often tied to a host of factors of which hormones are definitely a part of.
4. Your mind
If you’ve been forgetting things more often than usual, having trouble making decisions, or feeling a little “foggy” up top it could also be a sign of hormone imbalance. When your thyroid or adrenals aren’t functioning super well you can have trouble concentrating and be forgetful. Lower than optimal estrogen levels can also cause memory issues.
5. Your skin
If your skin tends to be really oily it could be caused by high testosterone levels or your body not being able to get rid of extra hormones effectively. Acne is also a sign of this. Dry skin can be caused by low estrogen.
6. Your libido
Have you been feeling less interested in sex? Low testosterone can affect both women and men, and toxic levels of estrogen can also be a big cause of low libido. Even if you’re feeling interested you might be avoiding it because of pain or discomfort. Vaginal dryness can be caused by low estrogen.
HOW DOES INSULIN RELATE TO BALANCING OUR HORMONES?
Do you have any of the following symptoms?
- Infertility, PCOS, missed periods
- Obesity or difficulty losing weight
- Fatigue after meals
- Cravings for sweets
- Belly fat
- Tiredness and brain fog that improves after you have something to eat
If so, you may have high insulin levels and/or blood sugar imbalances.
If you balance your insulin levels, you actually make a huge positive shift in ALL of your hormones, which makes everything else much easier to balance.
Insulin is the hormone that helps balance your blood sugars. Blood sugar imbalance is one of THE single biggest causes of diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer.
Your pancreas, an organ right near your stomach, just below the center of your ribcage, secretes insulin. It does this in response to sugar you eat, in order to get it out of your bloodstream and into the cells where it can be used for energy. The simple equation to remember here is sugar ingestion = insulin secretion.
How does insulin relate to your hormone balance? One of the main ways is in regulating your free testosterone and estrogen levels. High levels of insulin in the blood from eating a lot of sugar reduce the production of a protein called sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG). SHBG attaches to testosterone estrogen and transports them safely in inactive forms. Less SHBG means more free and active testosterone and estrogen floating through your bloodstream. This can wreak havoc on your fertility and female hormone balance.
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