What are Hormones?
Google search “Hormone Imbalance” and you'll get 29 million results. With the questions “What are the signs of hormone imbalance?”, “How do you fix hormonal imbalances?” and “What are the most common hormonal imbalances?” being the top searched questions. Clearly, we are a population struggling with our hormones.
Before diving deeper into a discussion on hormones, let’s get a basic understanding of what they are and why they are important. Hormones are chemical messengers produced by the glands and organs of the endocrine system. The endocrine system is the body system that regulates the relationship between different organs and hormones.
Some of the main hormone producing glands and organs are the thyroid, adrenals, pituitary, ovaries, testicles and pancreas. The whole endocrine system works in harmony to control the levels of hormones circulating in the body. Hormones target and interact with specific cells by binding to their hormone receptors. Hormones are foundational for good health and play a key role in your body’s daily functions.
Now, let’s answer those top hormone questions.
Symptoms of Hormone Imbalance
Some of the most commons symptoms associated with a hormonal imbalance are:
· Sleep Disorders
· Anxiety, Depression and Mood Swings
· Persistent Acne
· Brain Fog and Poor Memory
· Low Libido, Decreased Fertility, and Irregular Menstrual Cycles
· Digestive Complaints
· Headaches and Migraines
· Loss of Muscle Tone
You would be hard-pressed to find an adult today not struggling with one of those issues. Although hormonal imbalances are predominantly thought of as a women’s health issue, all the complaints, outside of irre