A healthy endocrine system is a crucial element of your body functioning efficiently. Hormonal imbalance can be a frequent problem in the body. This is especially true for women. Menopause and the premenstrual period are two examples of a time when hormones fluctuate. Sleep deficiency or a lack of exercise may cause a slight imbalance. Another cause of hormonal imbalance is an under-active thyroid gland. If your body is low on thyroxine, you may feel tired and gain weight easier than ever.
Difficulty falling asleep
This symptom is the most common in young mothers and women in general. Insomnia after childbirth is the result of a progesterone drop. A usually abundant hormone, progesterone aids the maintenance of sleep patterns. It ensures deep sleep and makes waking up more difficult. This is, among other reasons, why young mothers usually cannot sleep well.
Alterations between moods, anxiety, and depression problems
This is another hormonal problem that mostly affects women. Even though men can also experience it. Estrogen is the main hormone at fault here, but low cortisol also plays a role. By experiencing estrogen spikes, your body experiences emotional stress. You will feel like you have less control.
Unusual weight gain or loss
Hormones play a role in maintaining a healthy metabolism. The way we burn calories and how we store them is due in part to hormones. Two glands are usually tasked with these duties – the adrenal and the thyroid gland. These two glands can sometimes malfunction and are affected by your diet. Usually, increasing your protein intake will do the trick. This helps stabilize the levels of glucose in your blood.
Belly fat that won’t go away
Sometimes your weight will fluctuate and sometimes it simply won’t go away. Since fat is the most stubborn in the mid-region, a hormonal imbalance may cause it to persist in these areas. The adrenal gland may be the problem here. Its hormone, cortisol, can cause weight accumulation in high doses.
Muscle mass going away
Exercise and protein intake isn’t the only thing that maintains muscle mass. The chief factors for muscle maintenance are GH or somatotropin and testosterone. For you to have a normal and stable muscle mass, these two hormones need to work together. If they fail to do so, your muscles may experience atrophy. Exercises like squats are a big testosterone booster. Sleep is also essential in promoting the production of GH. It leads to the growth hormone and testosterone.
Discomfort in the gut area may also be the result of a hormonal problem. Bloating, flatulence and diarrhea are connected to the malfunction of glands. Aside from such malfunctions, improper nutrition and sleep patterns may also be the cause. Secretin, glucagon and many peptides may work out of sync.
Increased cravings for food
Nutrient deficiency may be the cause of increased cravings, but sometimes it’s even more serious. The pancreas, the thyroid, and the adrenal glands can all be the root of this problem. If you see that your body wants more and more sweets or salty foods, something may be wrong. The key to recognizing such changes is body awareness. If you know that you have eaten recently, cravings shouldn’t occur.
Sweating too much
Some conditions may cause excessive sweating. Your brain may not be sending clear signals to the sweat glands. Because of this, they can go crazy and start excreting sweat more and more. Your hormones might also influence how much you sweat. This problem usually stems from an improperly functioning thyroid gland. Women might experience this because for two reasons. Firstly, some birth control medication may confuse both brain and thyroid gland. Secondly, it could be a normal imbalance due to menopause or the pre-menstrual period.
A low libido
If there is one part of the body that depends solely on hormones, it’s the reproductive organs. A loss of sex drive is a general sign that something is wrong with your hormones. Your environment, your lifestyle, and diet all affect your libido. When sudden lifestyle or diet changes occur this can have an almost immediate effect on your libido.
When you’re stressed out due to hormonal problems, you spend more energy than usual. Because your hormones are out of place, the body goes into fifth gear. Such a rapid activity change has effects on your alertness levels. You will find yourself prioritizing less physical activity and focusing more on internal thoughts.