The abnormal levels of hormones amongst women can wreak havoc and can have a negative impact not only on the person suffering from such condition, but also to people who are around her. Mood swings, for instance, can affect the way a woman treats people in her surroundings. From monthly period to menopause, it is important to have an understanding of the cause of your hormonal imbalance, including how you should deal with it. More importantly, you should be able to tell if you are having hormonal imbalance. With that being said, the rest of this article will briefly discuss five of the ways by which hormonal imbalance can be identified. Once you know that your hormones are not at their right levels, it is paramount to seek professional help to avoid it from ruining your life in ways more than one.
Consistent Weight Gain
Are you engaged in a strict diet and regular exercise routine but you do not seem to see the result? While there are many reasons for such, if you are persistently gaining weight in spite of your efforts, there is a high likelihood that you are suffering from a hormonal imbalance. Your metabolism will dictate how much weight you will lose and when your hormones are imbalanced, it slows the ability of the body to metabolize, and hence, the logical explanation to gaining more weight. Fat storage is commonly experienced especially in the midsection, which makes it harder to tone your belly.
Desire to Eat More
When you have hormonal imbalance, aside from consistently gaining weight, you will also notice that your appetite does not seem to get full. Even if you have just had a meal, chances are, you would still want to eat more and have an appetite like an anaconda. You may find it hard to keep your hands off of food, even if you repeatedly convince yourself that you are on a diet. This can result from the increase in a hormone that is known as ghrelin, which is basically responsible for the stimulation of your appetite. Aside from always feeling hungry, you also tend to have unusual cravings like a pregnant woman.
Lack of Sex Drive
Let’s face it. Sex is a normal part of an adult’s life and it is even linked to a wide array of benefits. When you are suffering from hormonal imbalance, however, you will notice that you lack libido. Regardless of whatever your partner does to ignite the fire, you may just not feel any body heat and you do not have the drive for sexual intercourse. This may be a result of the abnormal levels of estrogen, thyroid, and cortisol, which are all essential hormones in a woman’s body. In addition, this may also result into the dryness of the vagina, making it result into discomfort when making love.
You can also tell if you have hormonal imbalance if you have mood swings. At one moment, you are happy then all of a sudden you are sad. You get mad over the smallest things and you are often irritable. More often than not, people will just avoid you because of your mood swings. This can also lead into depression. While these changes in mood can just result from your monthly cycle, women with balanced hormones will be less prone to experiencing extreme highs and lows of their emotions. Your mood swings will especially peak if you are already at your menopausal stage.
Lastly, you can also tell that you have imbalanced hormones if you experience fatigue constantly, even if you feel that you did not do a lot for a day. Make often than not, you would just like to take a nap and lounge on your bed. You often feel tired because of cortisol, which is also known as the hormone responsible for the stress that you are feeling. Your chronic stress can elevate the levels of cortisol, and hence, making you feel tired all the time. This may also result from the lack of sleep that you will most likely experience as a consequence of the fluctuations in your hormones.
Yours in Health,
Health Coach and Wellness Chef