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How to Know if Your Hormones Are Out of Whack

How to Know if Your Hormones Are Out of Whack

How to Know if Your Hormones Are Out of Whack

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If you regularly feel like something is just not right with your body, that you are just not yourself more often than not, you may be suffering from a hormone imbalance. Here are a few signs and symptoms to help you determine if your hormones may be out of whack:

 

You feel tired all the time.

Consistent fatigue may be the cause of an imbalance in our stress hormones that are produced when your body releases cortisol. Your body tends to release excessive cortisol in response to a bad or unhealthy diet, especially one with excessive daily consumption of sugar. This fatigue may even make you feel a little depressed and lethargic and cause brain fog or brain fatigue, a temporary condition in which your brain is simply exhausted and cannot perform the simplest task.

 

You are unable to lose weight.

This is the big tip off.  Difficult weight loss and that fabulous "muffin top".  The stress hormone cortisol not only makes you feel tired but can also hinder your body's ability to maintain or lose weight. Your hormones control your metabolism. An imbalance in your hormones can result in a slowed or inefficient metabolism. Furthermore, hormonal imbalances promote fat storage that can lead to weight gain.

 

You suffer from insatiable cravings.

NO, it's not that you are weak and don't have will power.  An increase in cortisol can cause you to have crazy and insatiable cravings for sugary foods. You may feel ravenous and get abnormally cranky if you are unable to satisfy those cravings.

 

You feel as if you are on an emotional roller coaster.

Hello bipolar life.  This was me for years.   When your hormones are out of whack, you may feel as if you are on an emotional roller coaster. One minute you are happy and having the time of your life and in the next, you may feel incredibly depressed. Hormonal imbalances can cause you to experience extreme, inexplicable highs and lows in your emotions.

 

You have digestive problems.

Yes!  Your digestion "ick" that's going on is often very linked to hormonal imbalances!  Hormonal imbalances can also contribute to digestive problems like abdominal spasms, diarrhea, constipation, bloating, excessive flatulence and burping, nausea and discomfort.

 

You sweat excessively.

Your hormones can cause you to sweat excessively when they are out of whack. This is due to a swing of hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism, which are caused by hormonal imbalances in your body. This symptom is usually overlooked but should be discussed with your doctor in the event your excessive sweating leads to axillary hyperhidrosis, which is profuse sweating over your entire body and underarms.

If you would like to learn more about how to balance your hormones ( and to find out what is REALLY going on with your hormones) , please connect for an initial consultation!

Yours in health and wellness,

Angela

 

The Reasons Why Your Thyroid May Not Be Working

The Reasons Why Your Thyroid May Not Be Working

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The Reasons Why Your Thyroid May Not Be Working

Have you ever wondered why your thyroid may not be working? Millions of people suffer from thyroid conditions, but many of them are not aware of it. If you are among those individuals who are still experiencing a thyroid problem despite medication, it is probably not just because you are getting older or you are depressed.

 

Here are the most common reasons why your thyroid may not be working properly:

·      Digestive Dysfunction

Most thyroid medications come in tablets with a number of inactive ingredients and additional fillers. One that many individuals struggle with is cellulose, a fiber component used as the bulk material for the tablets themselves. This can pose a problem for individuals who have weak digestive systems. They are unable to completely break down the fibers, so the thyroid hormones contained in the tablets are not absorbed or released. When your digestive tract cannot break down the tablets, you cannot obtain the benefits of the medication.

·      Decreased Absorption

The hormones produced by the thyroid are sensitive to several medications that alter the absorption or activities of T4. These may include commonly prescribed drugs such as antibiotics, antifungals, antacids, diuretics, pain medications, cholesterol-lowering medication, antiarrhythmic medications, diabetic medications and hormone replacements. There are also some foods that may decrease the absorption of thyroid hormones, including the high-fiber and soy-based foods. Calcium and iron supplements may also inhibit the functions of thyroid hormones. According to drug manufacturers, it is always best to take your medication four hours after or before you have ingested other drugs, food or supplements that can affect their effectiveness.

·      Inflammation

Inflammation significantly inhibits the functions of your thyroid hormone. Addressing this means identifying the underlying causes of inflammation, like toxins, stress and poor diet. Thyroid resistance is one reason why your thyroid is not working despite the medications that you are taking. One of the best things that you can do is to work with a qualified functional health practitioner to address or uncover chronic inflammation.

·      Elevated Reverse

This is extremely common for many individuals dealing with thyroid issues. Elevations in stress reverse T3 formation from the inactive T4, simultaneously decreasing the active T3 formation. So, while you’re taking your thyroid medication and thinking that your thyroid problem will be resolved, you may not convert T4, which contains useable thyroid hormones. The full dosage of medication for your thyroid function increases the reverse T3 formation and may mean that you are only able to utilize of ¼ of it. Therefore, it will just have ¼ of its overall therapeutic effect.

When it comes to taking care of your thyroid functions, it is always important to keep in mind that talking to a doctor is the first option for everyone.