Do you struggle to find energy throughout your day? Are you feeling anxious but quickly discount it and make an excuse that “it’s all in your head”? Does your husband know when you’re about to get your period because you turn into the Hulk?
Women are made to believe that these “symptoms” are normal. But they could be your body sending you signals that there’s a deeper issue going on!
Did you know that fatigue, anxiety, and PMS are all common symptoms of hormonal imbalances?
I’ve always struggled with IBS and anxiety. That’s a sliver of the reason I pursued Integrative Health Coaching. But just recently I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, an autoimmune disorder.
Ironically enough it was the same week that I enrolled in my Advanced Hormone Health Course. It’s been super interesting to learn about the connection with hormone imbalances and gut health!
And I’m excited to bring you along this journey. Gut and Hormone Health has always been something I’ve been passionate about. And I hope to help you feel empowered to make lasting changes in your health and wellness so you can finally gain unlimited energy, reach your ideal weight and thrive from the inside out.
So let’s start with 8 signs and symptoms of hormonal imbalances. I wanna note that the first thing to do is to always see your doctor or an endocrinologist if you suspect your hormones are off. They’ll be able to check your levels! But here are some ways you begin to be your own detective!
8 signs and symptoms of hormonal imbalances
- Fatigue – sure everyone is tired sometimes and some days are better than others. But you should be able to recover from a decent amount of rest, hydration and a healthy diet.
- Weird weight gain – when the body is stressed it produces more cortisol (the stress hormone). Cortisol tells your body to hang on to the fat.
- Insomnia – we have some nights we can’t sleep and that’s nothing to worry about but if it persists, it could be related to a hormone imbalance.
- Anxiety – Cortisol, and norepinephrine often create feelings of anxiety.
- Digestive Issues – women are more prone to IBS because estrogen affects the microflora in the gut as well as the GI tract function.
- PMS – women who experience things like too long of periods, too short, unpredictable, heavy bleeding or cramping might be demonstrating a type of abnormality with their sex hormones.
- Night Sweats – one of the most common symptoms of perimenopause are night sweats.
- Low Sex Drive – sex hormones are produced by the ovaries. And progesterone levels significantly impact the libido.
Ways you can Balance Your Hormones Naturally
- Add more healthy fats into your diet. Avocados, olive oil, fatty fish, etc. Many women’s hormonal imbalances are due to a low-fat diet. Darn you 90’s fat-free craze!
- Reduce your processed carbohydrates.Your best choices in carbohydrates and sugar are found in whole foods!
- Stabilize your blood sugar in the morning by eating a balanced meal. For example: a high protein and high-fat breakfast like eggs, greens, sausage, and avocado.
- Hack your way to better sleep. About an hour before bed turn your lights down, grab a good book, add some oils in your diffuser and play some sleep music. If that doesn’t work, try incorporating some magnesium (about 80% of us are deficient)!
After reading this, do you think you have a hormone imbalance? Or are you already diagnosed? I’d love to hear in the comments below.