Updated: Jan 11, 2020
Do you feel like your hormones may be out of whack? Let's talk about what signs to look for and which hormones is causing it.
When I was about 40, I told a nurse practitioner that my body had been feeling off. I knew something was changing. Her answer? Stop taking so many vitamins, get on birth control and take an antidepressant. I thought WTF??
Deep down I knew I wasn’t depressed and every time since having kids when I had gone on birth control, I’d get worse symptoms like high blood pressure. No offense to all the amazing docs and nurses out there, and I am not a doctor myself, but I’ve seen enough issues with my clients and myself to realize that there is a sadly a gap in how they address or don’t address women’s underlying symptoms -- especially in the 35 and older range.
You really need to be your my own health advocate these days, and I strongly encourage you to learn as much as you can about your body and hormones. So this is exactly why I wanted to bring you guys a hormone series of videos to hopefully increase your knowledge.
Hormones are always changing as we enter into different phases of our life. It started way back when we had our first period, it changed when we got pregnant, and again after we had our babies. For me, it changed again around 35, a little different at 40ish and definitely the biggest changes at now 45.
We’re going to dive into the most common signs that women feel that are linked directly to 5 important hormones. As we go through each one, take mental note or write which down which area you have several symptoms.
Insulin stores blood sugar or glucose in your tissues and your body uses it as needed for energy. It basically helps keep our blood sugars balanced.
Symptoms of Insulin imbalance:
You get hangry or lightheaded if you miss a meal
Cravings for sweet foods and carbs like bread
After eating you feel tired
You get irritable easily
Brain fog and can’t remember things as well
You feel like you need caffeine to make it through the day
Extra belly fat - you waist is equal or larger than your hips (and especially if larger than 35” for women)
Difficulty losing weight
You’re always thirsty
Cortisol is the stress hormone. Stress can be emotional, physical, spiritual and even chemical or from the environment.
Some symptoms of Cortisol imbalance, or high cortisol:
Like insulin, cortisol leads to belly weight, but also in upper back and face
You feel wired and tired
Unable to slow down and unwind
Quick to get angry
Thinning hair or hair loss
Get sick often
Acne is showing up more
Bone loss which can lead to osteoporosis
Low sex drive
Thyroid hormones’ role is to regulate growth and metabolism. They are “master controllers” that regulate nearly every major metabolic function in the body.
Some symptoms of underactive or low Thyroid (Hypothyroid):
Unexplained weight gain
Tired and fatigue
depression and losing interest in normal activities
dry hair and skin
slow heart rate
intolerance to cold
changes in menstrual cycle
Some symptoms of an overactive Thyroid (Hyperthyroid):
racing heart and palpitations
muscle aches and weakness
diarrhea and digestive issues
sweating and trouble tolerating heat
Known as the main female sex hormone. It’s responsible for keeping you joyful and feeling sexy, but also helps with healthy growth of female organs, muscles and brain cells. Think of it as the fun sister to the next sex hormone.
Some symptoms of High Estrogen:
Stubborn weight gain particularly in the hips, thighs and butt
PMS: mood swings, depression or irritability
‘mini breakdowns’ or anxiety
Fibroids, lumpy breasts or endometriosis
Heavy menstrual bleeding
Low Estrogen often experience:
Weight gain in belly
Irregular or missing periods
Vaginal dryness and low libido
Less mental focus and increased mood swings
Hot flashes and night sweats
This is Estrogen’s calm sister, the one that makes sure Estrogen doesn’t get too out of control and tries to balance things. Its role is to regulate the uterine lining, mood and sleep.
Low progesterone causes:
PMS and mood swings
Short or irregular menstrual cycles
Spotting and heavy periods
Now if you are still having your cycle, I encourage you to track it and become in tune to how you’re feeling throughout the month. Clue is a great free app that I use that allows you to track all of this.
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