Understanding hormone imbalance
Do you know what your pituitary gland, thyroid, thymus, adrenal glands and pancreas have in common? They are all endocrine glands, and their jobs are to make hormones.
Hormones are chemicals that deliver messages throughout your entire body via the bloodstream. These messages are delivered to your tissues and organs. But, only those cells which are sensitive to that particular hormone will accept it and be activated by it.
Because they are very potent, it only takes a very small amount to initiate a significant response in the body. Hormones cannot be stored. They have to be produced and released at the precise moment they are needed. Therefore, in order to maintain balance within the systems in your body, this maintenance must continually be fine-tuned. An ongoing, intricate system of checks and balances is happening every minute of every day.
For example, if the level of one hormone increases too much, your body may release a different hormone to restore proper balance.
When something goes wrong
When your body’s system of checks and balances fails to keep your hormones at just the right levels and limits, hormone imbalance results. Hormone imbalance can happen at any age. Adults who are in their middle age experience it the most. When hormones become unbalanced, it can have a huge impact on your quality of life.
The symptoms vary widely since there are many different hormones working together in your body.
Women experiencing an imbalance of estrogen and progesterone may suffer from hot flashes, weight gain, decline in bone density, and fatigue. Men may notice decreased sex drive and infertility with out of balance testosterone levels.
Many people suffer from an imbalance of the hormone insulin. Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas. When levels of insulin drop too low, diabetes results. Symptoms of diabetes include:
Firstly, peeing alot
An overactive or under active thyroid can also trigger hormone imbalance. If your thyroid is under active you may be gaining weight that you cannot lose. You may also be very fatigued. And overactive thyroid may result in weight loss and hair loss.
Above all, Talk to your doctor if you suspect you have a hormone imbalance.
Of course, eating a healthy diet and getting plenty of exercise are actions you can take right now to help your body cope with any stress it is under.
1. Choose fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, legumes and lean proteins.
2. Reduce or eliminate processed foods such as chips, candy, cookies, white flour and white sugar.
3. Commit to an exercise program, and find someone to keep you accountable.
In conclusion, taking care of your health will go a long way toward helping to alleviate the symptoms of understanding hormone imbalance.