​Signs That You May Have A Hormone Imbalance

Signs that you may have a hormone imbalance

ByAnnali Van Zyl

Hormones are made by the adrenals that control the stress response which could affect your body and emotions to become borderline crazy...

Signs that you may have a hormone imbalance

As a woman, you know your body, and you know when something isn't as it should be. Feeling bloated, irritable or just downright depressed, could all be caused by fluctuating hormones.

Hormones (chemical messengers that are secreted by your body directly into the blood) are the little buggers that are to blame for face breakouts and make you feel like you want to cry for no apparent reason. They are found in many different types in the body - all which have different functions and are all influenced by each other.

Hormones are made by the adrenals that control the stress response, inflammation, blood sugar and blood pressure which could affect your body and emotions to become borderline crazy.

Some of the most common symptoms of hormonal imbalances are:

Acne

Break-outs tends to happen right before your period, but if you experience constant and severe acne, androgens (male hormones) could be to blame. Hormones such as testosterone cause an excess production of sebum, which makes oil build up under the skin. This causes clogged pores, blackheads, and pimples.

Hunger

Hormones could be the cause of your constant binge-eating sprees and interrupted sleep patterns. Sleep deprivation causes the hormone ghrelin to soar - which stimulates the appetite and makes you feel extremely hungry.

Fatigue

Feeling exhausted every day? Hormones affect the thyroid which controls your body’s metabolism, so when hormone levels are low, all systems slow down. This could cause you to feel sluggish, tired and mentally drained.

Mood swings

This one doesn't even need an explanation since most women experience this even if it is just for a day or two. Feeling anxious and just not like yourself is completely normal, and can be attributed to hormones.

Depression

Depression in women commonly occurs at times of hormonal changes since increased levels of the hormone cortisol could cause severe depression, and make you feel stressed.

Weight gain

If you suddenly start gaining unexplained weight, you should have your thyroid checked. Slowing down your metabolism, and causing your pancreas to conserve extra fat, is probably the last thing you want.

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