Sydney, Australia (CU)_ Hormones act as the body’s chemical messengers. They circulate in the bloodstream instructing tissues and organs on how to function. Most of the body’s key activities, such as metabolism and reproduction, are regulated by these hormones. If an individual has too high or too low secretion of a particular hormone, then the condition is called hormonal imbalance.
Even minute alterations in the hormones can have deep effects on a person’s overall health. Some of the common symptoms of hormonal imbalance are bloating, fatigue, irritability, hair loss, palpitations, mood swings, blood sugar difficulties, difficulty concentrating, and infertility.
According to the nutritionist, “The hormones that usually become imbalanced first are cortisol and insulin — ‘stress’ and ‘blood sugar’ hormones, respectively. These are called the ‘alpha hormones’ because they have a downstream effect on our thyroid, ovarian, and sleep hormones”.
Here are some of the common symptoms of hormonal imbalance.
- You have sleeping difficulties throughout the night.
- Even after seven to nine hours of sleep, you have difficulty in waking up.
- You cannot function without coffee in the morning.
- You require more coffee to stay energized.
- You have emotional PMS symptoms such as mood swings, outbursts of anger, and energy collapses.
- You become hungry more frequently.
- If you have any of these symptoms, you may have cortisol, insulin, or both hormones out of balance.
Follow these measures to overcome hormone imbalance.
- Follow a proper and timely diet.
- Follow regular workouts.
- Reduce your sugar consumption.
- Consume nutritious fats.
- Limit your coffee intake.
- Avoid drinking alcohol.
- Get some sunlight in the morning.
Check for these symptoms and use the prescribed treatments. However, if your symptoms are persistent and unexplained, you should see a doctor for a complete diagnosis.