If you regularly feel like something is just not right with your body, that you are just not yourself more often than not, you may be suffering from a hormone imbalance.
Here are a few signs and symptoms to help you determine if your hormones may be out of whack:
1.You feel tired all the time.
Consistent fatigue may be the cause of an imbalance in our stress hormones that are produced when your body releases cortisol. Your body tends to release excessive cortisol in response to an unhealthy diet, especially one with excessive daily consumption of sugar, or any internal stressor (gut flora imbalance, parasite, etc). This fatigue may even make you feel a little depressed and lethargic and cause brain fog or brain fatigue, a temporary condition in which your brain is simply exhausted and cannot perform the simplest task.
2.You are unable to lose weight.
The stress hormone cortisol not only makes you feel tired but can also hinder your body’s ability to maintain or lose weight. Your hormones control your metabolism. An imbalance in your hormones can result in a slowed or inefficient metabolism. Furthermore, hormonal imbalances promote fat storage that can lead to weight gain. While there are certainly other root causes of stubborn weight (thyroid, inflammation, etc), hormones are a usually a good guess.
3. You suffer from insatiable cravings.
An increase in cortisol can cause you to have crazy and insatiable cravings for sugary foods. You may feel ravenous and get abnormally cranky if you are unable to satisfy those cravings. in our stress hormones that are produced when your body releases cortisol. Your body tends to release excessive cortisol in response to a bad or unhealthy diet, especially one with excessive daily consumption of sugar.
This fatigue may even make you feel a little depressed and lethargic and cause brain fog or brain fatigue, a temporary condition in which your brain is simply exhausted and cannot perform the simplest task.
4. You feel as if you are on an emotional roller coaster.
When your hormones are out of whack, you may feel as if you are on an emotional roller coaster. One minute you are happy and having the time of your life and in the next, you may feel incredibly depressed.Hormonal imbalances can cause you to experience extreme, inexplicable highs in your emotions.
5.You sweat excessively.
Your hormones can cause you to sweat excessively when they are out of whack. This is due to a swing of hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism, which are caused by hormonal imbalances. This condition is usually overlooked, but should be explored in the event your excessive sweating leads to axillary hyperhidrosis, which is profuse sweating over your entire body and underarms.
While hormone imbalances can be quite tricky to deal with, or even test for (my favorite is the DUTCH which looks at metabolites and clearance of estrogen), there are some simple steps you can take to start balancing them out:
–Eat plenty of healthy fats and protein. I tell my clients: protein, fiber and fat with every meal or snack. That is the one “rule” I don’t budge on.
–Keep your stress in check! Easier said than done at times, but it’s a crucial part of healing. Learn to say no when you want to. Start seeing the glass as half full. Show gratitude daily. Those are easy things to begin working on that have a drastic impact on stress.
–Keep your gut happy. I’m the gut queen and I preach on this often 😉 Without a happy gut, nothing else is happy. So load up on greens, ditch anything processed, and add in some fermented foods for the good bacteria.
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