Different organs and glands receive signals from the brain to carry out its functions. Brain uses hormones to this purpose and they act like chemical messengers. Hormones and its balanced production has a profound impact on how you feel in your day to day life. You may experience a feeling of irritability, memory problems, bloating and other noticeable symptoms due to excessive or low production of certain hormones. Most people do not know the cause of their irritability or the feeling of bloating or ups and downs. Below are 7 symptoms that points to a hormonal imbalance. Our general conception is that hormonal imbalance is a problem related to women only. But it is a problem that happens to people at any age and effect both men and women.
1. Sleep Problems
Sleep is an essential natural process for good health and proper functioning of our body. The production of hormone progesterone is highly related to your sleeping pattern. If its level is lower than usual, you may feel difficulty falling into sleep or stay asleep in a deep level. You will have to stay continuously in a feeling of not getting enough sleep or rest you need due to its low level. Even though sleep problems due to hormonal imbalance mostly effect women, an imbalance in endocrine effects both men and women.
2. Acne Break Out
Acne is a common problem experienced by most people. A break out of chronic acne that won’t clear up is easily is a sign of acne due to hormonal imbalance. Imbalance of the hormone called androgen cause this condition. Excess production of androgen cause the overworking of oil glands. This clog your pores and cause this type of acne. When there is too much androgen hormone and not enough estrogen hormone in the body, women might experience severe acne breakout.
3. Fogy Memory
Generally life habits, toxic exposures and hormonal imbalances (inherited or acquired) can cause foggy memory. When you experience difficulty remembering things or attention problems, it may be due to a hormonal imbalance. You can feel a fogginess in your head area and feel hard to remember things or concentrate on your work. These symptoms are also due to hormone related conditions like thyroid disease.
A common symptom of hormone imbalance is ongoing fatigue. Excessive production of progesterone makes you sleepy and tired all the time. Fatigue is a physical or mental state of weakness and ongoing may limit a person’s ability to carry out daily activities A low level of thyroid hormone is also a cause of keeping you run on low-energy.
5. Weight Gain
A dip in estrogen level cause increased appetite. As a result, you may want to eat more which results in weight gain. A decreased level of estrogen also relate to your body’s levels of leptin which is a hunger-reviving hormone. In middle aged women, their reduced estrogen level lower metabolic rate and cause weight gain.
6. Digestion Problems
The hormones estrogen and progesterone effect the tiny cells which are called receptors on the walls of your guts. When there is a shift in this hormone, it effects the digestion process. The problems related to digestive issues may worsen when there is a shift in these hormones. Slow digestion and related bloating are common problems.
7. Mood Swings
Some hormones play a part in how you feel. Key brain chemicals related to your mood and emotions are serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine . Estrogen effects these brain chemicals and cause mood swings and depression.