Hormone imbalances are usually not an isolated problem. Most of the time they are related to stress response. But a combination of lifestyle changes and balancing hormones can get your system working right.
- Your body’s metabolism of minerals
- Regulation of fluids
- Sexual function
- Responses to stress
The endocrine system, which includes glands such as the pituitary, hypothalamus, thyroid, parathyroid, pancreas, adrenal cortex and medulla, and ovaries, produce hormones in women.
If your hormones are in balance, you likely sleep well, have lots of energy and a strong sex drive, and your immune system and digestive system should be functioning smoothly.
However, it is relatively easy to push your hormones off kilter, leading to an array of varied symptoms and hormone disorders including:
Adrenal fatigue (your entire body feels it and suffers from extreme exhaustion as well)
Hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism (fatigue, dry skin, weight gain)
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) (systematic endocrine and metabolic disorder)
- complete or almost complete lack of ovulation
- increased androgen (male hormone) production, either facial hair and/or acne
- hyperinsulinemia (insulin resistance with elevated serum insulin levels)
You can also experience symptoms of imbalanced hormones without having a specific ‘disorder’. Most commonly the problems are a combination of lifestyle factors. Female hormonal imbalances are often related to stress response. The more stress you are under, the more it imbalances your cortisol levels.
Interfering with your hormonal balance
- emotional stress
- dietary stress
- pain and/or
- inflammatory stress
This includes; too much work, job loss, financial trouble, relationship or family problems, eating a highly processed diet, too much junk food or fast food, hidden inflammation from exposure to chemicals and toxins in your environment, depletion of antioxidants or not consuming enough from your diet.