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9 Signs and Symptoms of a Hormone Imbalance
Hormones have taken a bad rap over the past several decades, as they can often conjure up images of overly emotional women flying into rages or bursting into tears at any moment.
Hormones get blamed for a lot of unpredictable behavior, but it pays to know the possible signs and symptoms of a hormone imbalance, which can be serious. The work these naturally occurring chemicals do in the body is often quite subtle, but when there is an imbalance in the body, it can lead to a big problem.
Women will experience a pronounced change in hormone levels during menopause in their 40s or 50s, but the fact is that you can be affected by hormonal changes regardless of age.
These are nine common signs that you may be experiencing a hormone imbalance.
1. Persistent weight gain
Of course, lifestyle, diet and physical activity choices all affect a person's weight, but if weight gain still persists even though you are eating healthy and keeping active, there might be an underlying hormone balance at work.
2. Belly fat and loss of muscle mass
Coupled with persistent weight gain is an increase in belly fat and a loss of muscle mass. If your endocrine system is under stress, it produces too little of certain hormones while producing an over-abundance of others, typically cortisol. This causes your body to store fat for future use. An increase in belly fat is a clue to adrenal fatigue.
3. Low libido
A very noticeable symptom of hormonal imbalance is low sex drive. This symptom often starts with a lack of quality sleep, as this can diminish sex hormone production.
Despite what you may have heard, a mid-morning or mid-afternoon crash isn't normal. Sluggishness, scattered thinking or being mentally foggy can be a sign that something is out of whack with your hormones.
5. Anxiety, irritability and depression
We all have those days when we just don't feel like ourselves, but if these feelings persist, they may be clues that you have a hormone imbalance.
6. Insomnia and poor sleep patterns
Again, most people will have a sleepless night here and there. But, if the problem is chronic and you never seem to feel rested after getting out of bed, this can start a cycle of physical stress and an increase cortisol levels, which directly causes many hormonal imbalances.
Night sweats and hot flashes are also a noticeable sign that something may be amiss. Not only are they annoying and uncomfortable, but they can be the harbinger that your hormones are not behaving normally.
8. Digestion problems
Gas, bloating and slow digestion can all be common hormonal problems that aren't usually associated with hormonal imbalances. They may instead be associated with eating bad foods, not chewing your food properly and eating too much food.
If you can scarf down half a bag of potato chips even though you don't consciously want to, it could be a sign of adrenal fatigue, insulin resistance, and other hormonal imbalances. Craving food and eating excessively can be a sign that a hormone balance is at play.
Many of these symptoms can be linked to other underlying health problems, so it is important not to jump to conclusions right away. You can find out if you have a hormone imbalance with an easy and inexpensive home testing kit.
Please take this simple and free online test to see if you may be experiencing a hormone imbalance. If your test results show that you may have an imbalance, we encourage you to take the next step.
Our home testing kits are easy to use and can provide you with invaluable information about your health. Simply use the saliva collection device to collect a sample of your saliva in the provided vial. Then, put the vial into the prepaid envelope along with the completed paperwork and send it to the laboratory for analysis. You will receive your results within a couple of weeks.
If you feel you may be suffering from a hormone imbalance, test yourself and find out for sure. The sooner you know, the sooner you can be on the path to fixing the problem.
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