Hormone imbalance is often confused with its effect on only menopausal women. However, we need to come to the right understanding of hormone imbalance. It as much affects women in their early 30s and also both women and men.
One of the signs your hormones are imbalanced is unexplained weight gain. Obesity and hormone imbalance can be caused by each other: an obese person can experience changes in hormones; hormone excess or deficit can cause obesity.
Hormone Imbalance In Men And Women
Even a slight change in the concentration of a single hormone can cause imbalance. While this is common in teenagers during puberty, any medical condition, injury, or pathology affecting hormone production or secretion can also cause hormone imbalance.
It’s natural for women to experience fluctuation in hormone levels all through their monthly cycle and during pregnancy. A similar experience can be felt during pre-menopause where hormone production is slowed down by the ovaries in the middle years of life. However, hormone production and release of eggs stop dramatically and in short time at the end of childbearing years.
Symptoms In Women
- Vaginal dryness
- Hot flashes
- Weight gain or loss
- Low libido
- Memory loss
- Difficulty sleeping
In men, the declining level of testosterone hormone is referred to “male menopause” or andropause. Hormone imbalance is different in men than in women. Decrease in testosterone production is rather slow, which causes the symptoms of low hormone levels to be revealed gradually unlike in women. While it’s certain that all women will experience menopause, all men may not compulsorily experience andropause.
Symptoms In Men
- Erectile dysfunction
- Muscle loss
- Hair loss
- Gynecomastia (enlarged breasts)
- Urinary problems
Note that hormone imbalance is also an inevitable part of aging, so men and women will experience it after 40.
Signs Of Hormone Imbalance
Besides persistent weight gain, there are more signs that indicate your hormones are not balanced. Paying close attention to your cravings, energy, hunger, and other sensations can give you a slight clue whether something’s wrong with the balancing of your hormones.
- Increase in belly fat
- Loss of muscle mass
- Brain fog, sluggishness
- Low sex drive
- Night sweats
- Depression, anxiety
- Poor sleep patterns
- Uncontrolled cravings
- Slow digestion, bloating
Hormone Imbalance And Weight Gain
Obese people have hormones compromised for the accumulation of body fat. Hormones not only influence body fat distribution but also metabolism, appetite, body growth, and many other factors. The entire endocrine system, which secretes hormones into the blood, helps the body to deal with various tensions and events while working with the immune and nervous system.
Although leptin is an appetite-reducing hormone produced by fat, its effects are not seen as much effective in the obese than in normal people.
Lack of this sex hormone, and also androgen, can cause excess weight gain in older men and postmenopausal women. Since sex hormones direct body fat distribution, changes in them are linked to changes in body fat distribution.
It’s important for fat metabolism and glucose uptake from the blood in fat and tissues. Weak insulin signals to the brain can disrupt glucose levels and develop metabolic syndrome and of course, type 2 diabetes.
Obese people have lower levels of growth hormone than normal weight people which can affect their overall body growth, including muscle and bone buildup, height, and metabolism.
Overcoming Hormone Imbalance “Naturally”
Synthetic treatments are popular among people with hormone disorders. While these conventional treatments are not wrong altogether, they make you dependent on them, mask symptoms, and also have some serious side effects. The best way to balance your hormones is using natural remedies.
Balance Your Omega Fat Ratio
Low intake of omega-3s followed by high intake of omega-6s from vegetable oil, margarine, chemically-altered fats has lead to the onset of chronic diseases in the West. Eat more of wild fish, flaxseed, chia seeds, walnuts, and grass-fed animal products for rich sources of natural omega-3s.
Avoid Deficiency Of Vitamin D
This will help you with symptoms of low estrogen levels, an abnormal release of parathyroid hormone, and normalize a range of hormones produced by the pituitary gland. Get daily sun exposure and eat oily fish, cod liver oil, milk, and eggs.
Get More Of Healthy Fat
Coconut oil and avocados are top anti-inflammatory and healthy fats to keep your hormones in check. You can also include salmon and grass-fed butter in the list.
Control Your Coffee Intake
Lot of coffee can cause trouble to your hormones. You can replace coffee with herbal teas or add healthy fats such as coconut oil (1 tablespoon) to each cup of coffee to sneak in good fats.
Exercise In The Right Way
Avoid extended cardio, however, short bursts of heavy lifting can help to stimulate a number of beneficial hormones. Swim, jog, or walk for 20-30 minutes daily or try meditation and relaxation.
Use Chaste Berry
It balances estrogen and progesterone and is a great hormonal tonic for women. It also treats premenstrual and menstrual symptoms.
Get Enough Sleep
This will help to reduce the stress hormone cortisol, maximize hormone function, and build energy.
Say No To Birth Control Pills
There are many other ways to avoid pregnancy. Relying on birth pills can raise your estrogen levels dangerously, leading to many complications.