Imbalanced hormones may be leaving you tired, irritable, or depressed
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You’re not feeling your best. You’re tired all the time. You’re down, depressed, and feeling downright awful. You chalk this up to the usual suspects: too much work, too little sleep, and more than enough stress.
The truth is, your hormones could be to blame.
Hormones are the chemical ‘messengers’ that call your body home, and when they fail to do their job, the way your cells and organs function is affected.
Your levels actually begin to drop naturally at around the age of 22, and continue to do so for the rest of your life, but outside factors like medication, lifestyle, diet, pollution, toxins and xenoestrogens can also cause them to fluctuate. And your body suffers as a result.
Whether you’re tired, irritable or depressed, imbalances can make life miserable for yourself, your friends, and your family. So the question you need to ask is this:
“How do I know if hormones are to blame?”
Keep reading to answer this question and see if any of these symptoms sound familiar to you:
If you suffer from any of the following symptoms, please contact Genesys Medical Institute, Utah at (801) 671-7456
3 Signs you may be suffering from hormonal imbalance
You’re not just tired, you’re really tired. You sleep the days away, but you still can’t catch enough shut-eye. Your life isn’t yours anymore. In fact, the waking hours are just the annoying bits you endure between fruitless attempts at sleep.
Does this sound familiar? Fatigue is a part of everyday life. You’re working harder, for longer, with less downtime. But, chronic fatigue isn’t just the result of a busy week, it’s also the most common sign that you’re suffering from irregular levels. And it feels awful.
You forget what it’s like to have energy that doesn’t come from a brightly-colored can or cup of coffee. Working out doesn’t help anymore, on the rare occasion you find the motivation. You think an afternoon snack might help, but it just adds more inches to your waistline and more worry to your already worried mind. Your heels are draggin’, and your eyelids are saggin’.
Feeling this scattered, sluggish or mentally foggy isn’t normal. Finding yourself stuck in this rut is actually one of the major factors that can lead to progressive weight gain that’s often seen at the beginning of your 30’s and 40’s, and all of the issues that that brings with it.
Sure, dietary changes can help. But they won’t combat things like excessive progesterone which are working to make you sleepy. Neither will they address the fact that your thyroid – the butterfly shaped gland in your neck – may be producing too little thyroid hormone. No wonder you’re feeling sapped of energy!
So how do you know it’s all not just a sign you’re in need of a holiday? A simple thyroid panel blood test can tell you if your levels are too low. From there you’ll be armed with the information to treat it effectively.
Further symptoms include:
You’re tired and have trouble sleeping
An overactive mind isn’t the only cause of a poor night’s sleep. If you find you can’t get enough shut-eye, chances are Progesterone could be to blame. This hormone (which is released by your ovaries) helps you sleep at night, so low levels make it harder to both fall and stay asleep.
It sucks, right? What’s worse, low estrogen levels can trigger hot flashes and night sweats, both of which make for an uncomfortable night’s sleep. This lack of sleep can start a cycle of physical stress, increasing your cortisol levels which have also been linked to hormonal imbalances.
You’re disoriented and mentally foggy
If you can’t remember where you put the keys, then estrogen and progesterone levels could be to blame. Changes in these can leave you with a ‘foggy’ mind, and make it harder to remember everyday things that usually don’t even warrant a mention. If you’re going through perimenopause or menopause? These feelings are only heightened.
The jury is still out on just how hormones affect your brain, but some link this lack of estrogen to a negative effect on the brain’s chemicals known as neurotransmitters (hence the ‘foggy’ feeling), while others believe it’s a result of other conditions like thyroid disease.
You’re feeling old. Old beyond your years, in fact. The mirror taunts you: you’re not aging well. You’ve lost any muscle tone or definition you once had, while everything’s saggin’ and heading south. How awful!
Aging is a fact of life, but it’s not meant to come at you that fast. Bags under your eyes? Gravity playing tricks? The changes your body goes through on the inside can directly affect how you look and feel on the outside. If you feel the mirror isn’t reflecting your age, chances are those troublesome hormones are at play again.
Some symptoms include:
You’ve noticed an increased appetite and weight gain
You’re eating more, and more often. You feel awful and the only pick-me-up is found at the bottom of a bag of crisps or tub of ice cream. There’s a reason they call it comfort food, right?
An increase in appetite isn’t just a sign that you’re hungry. Low estrogen levels can leave you feeling down and irritated, comfort food becomes a regular, and you eat more as a result. This is why hormones make it more difficult to lose weight and are linked to notable weight gain. Worse still, estrogen also affects your body’s leptin levels, which is a hormone that regulates food intake. Oh my!
So, you throw yourself into your workouts. When you can find the energy, that is. You give your lifestyle a good shakeup. You eat healthier. And yet looking in the mirror? Jumping on the scales? There’s no visible difference. In fact, it’s only getting worse. What gives?
Making these changes can help you gain – and maintain – a healthy weight, but underlying imbalances could be sabotaging you every step of the way. When your endocrine system is placed under stress, for example, certain hormones are under-produced while others are overproduced, which tells your body to start storing fat for future use.
You’ve lost your libido and sex drive
Testosterone. That’s a male thing, right? Surprisingly enough, it’s not. In fact, Women’s bodies produce it too. Low testosterone levels can affect your libido, sex drive, and your interest in sex. This often manifests itself in a disturbed sleep pattern or difficulty sleeping, and your libido goes with it.
You’re more irritable than usual, and you know it. You’re not just anxious, you’re tense, too. This isn’t you, right? Or is it? By now the reasons to stay in bed outweigh the ones that used to get you out of it. A good night’s sleep is as rare as a good day.
You know you’re not crazy, though. Those feelings were once fairly predictable. PMS isn’t the easiest thing to live with, but it only lasted a few days. Now? It’s far worse. Your libido is MIA, as is your patience for other people, friends and family included. Hormonal imbalance is wreaking havoc on your mental state, and you’re not sure what to do about it.
Some of the symptoms include:
You have regular headaches
Eye strain, long days or even longer nights: a lot of things can cause a headache. But did you know that, for some women, drops in estrogen can cause them too? Thankfully they’re easy enough to spot. Keep an eye out for headaches that occur regularly, or that appear at the same time each month. This is a clue that your estrogen levels might be shifting.
You suffer from mood swings or depression
Depression is a dark cloud that on any given day can rain on just about anyone’s parade, at any point during their lives. Research has shown that drops in – or fast changing – hormone levels, can lead to mood swings, feeling down or, in more extreme cases, depression.
Estrogen directly affects a number of key brain chemicals like norepinephrine, dopamine and serotonin. If you’re not feeling like yourself, feeling blue or just can’t find a reason to get out of the bed, this might be due to an imbalance. So be kind to yourself, take care of yourself, and seek the care you need.
Did you relate to any of these symptoms?
If the answer is yes, then there’s a good chance your hormones may be to blame.
This is because all of the above symptoms can be directly related to hormone imbalance.
When they’re just not pulling their weight, or aren’t delivered at all, you’re the one that suffers. Your weight, your mental state, your physical condition: they’re all affected, and it can take a huge toll. So where to from here?
Good news! All of this can be treated with HRT
The hormones your body is falling short on producing can be restored with all-natural bioidentical hormones (find out more), which also cuts down on the side effects commonly associated with such treatments. It’s really quite astonishing how many health problems can be traced back to hormone levels that are out of optimal range. It’s equally as impressive how quickly you can restore your body to vitality, with the right treatment.
In just weeks, people just like you begin to look better, feel better, and live better – free of the symptoms that used to haunt them. You can, too.
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