Are you gaining or losing weight, without any reason you can pinpoint?
Feeling irritable, anxious, or depressed?
Is your sex drive not as active as it used to be?
If so, you may be experiencing a hormonal imbalance.
This is a common issue for many people today. However, there are naturopathic solutions that can help.
What Is A Hormonal Imbalance?
Hormones are organic chemicals produced inside your body by your endocrine system. They’re your body’s messengers, telling your organs what to do and when.
Your hormones are responsible for a large number of your body’s processes. When your endocrine system produces either too much or too little hormones, this creates a hormonal imbalance. Even a minor imbalance can have significant effects throughout your body.
Among other things, your hormones play a role in your:
- Heart rate
- Stress management
- Sleep patterns
- Growth and development (especially among children)
Symptoms of A Hormone Imbalance
If you’re dealing with a hormone imbalance, it can have wide-ranging effects across your body. Take a look at the list above, and that shouldn’t be surprising.
Because your hormones play a role in so many of your body’s functions, a hormone imbalance can look completely different from person to person.
Here are some of the more common symptoms:
- Chronic fatigue
- Dry skin
- Brittle or thinning hair
- Unexplained weight fluctuations
- Temperature sensitivity
- High or low blood pressure
- Heart palpitations
- Weak bones
- High or low blood sugar
- Reproductive complications
- Decreased ability to deal with stress
- Puffy face
- Vision trouble
- Breast tenderness
- Reduced libido
These symptoms are linked with a disruption in your endocrine system, often your thyroid. However, there are a number of other glands in your endocrine system, including your adrenals, pineal, hypothalamus, pituitary, pancreas, and your testes or ovaries.
Each of these can be affected, and since each is responsible for a different set of hormones it can create different imbalances.
Hormonal Imbalances By Sex
While anyone can be affected by a hormonal imbalance, different sexes face different imbalances in their hormones.
Because people don’t generally have both ovaries and testes, their hormonal imbalances will be different. Females may experience:
- Painful periods
- Vaginal dryness
- Uterine bleeding outside of menstrual cycle
- Clitoral growth
- Hair loss
- Reproductive issues
- Skin tags
- Tender breasts
- Night sweats
- Increased growth of body hair
- Deepening voice
Females may also face certain specific health conditions as a result of hormonal imbalance, including:
- Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
- Ovarian cancer
- Early menopause
Males, on the other hand, face their own unique challenges in hormonal imbalances. Their hormones don’t fluctuate as often as females, but they may still experience the following symptoms:
- Decreased muscle mass
- Low sperm count
- Reduced libido
- Sexual dysfunction
- Tenderness in chest
And medical conditions associated with a male hormonal imbalance include:
- Prostate cancer
A Naturopathic Approach To Hormonal Imbalance
A hormonal imbalance can be linked with a large number of different factors.
When offering treatment for a hormonal imbalance, Dr. Maria will work to uncover the underlying cause of it. By uncovering which hormones are out of balance, and whether they’re too high or too low, we can find out which of your endocrine glands are affected.
Some of the causes of a hormonal imbalance include diabetes (type 1 and 2), anorexia, thyroid nodules, certain types of cancer or tumours, Turner syndrome, infections, or an injury to one of your endocrine glands. If this is the case, Dr. Maria will provide you with a treatment plan designed to help manage these disorders and bring your hormones back into balance.
Other causes include lifestyle factors like poor diet and nutrition, obesity, chronic stress, drug abuse, or vitamin deficiency. If your hormonal imbalance is linked with one or more of these, Dr. Maria will help you with a nutritional and lifestyle plan designed to address the root cause of your hormonal imbalance.
Contact the Mindful Healing Clinic today to book an appointment.
Whatever the cause of your hormonal imbalance, Dr. Maria will work to uncover it. From there, she’ll offer a treatment plan designed to bring your hormones back into balance, manage your symptoms, and help you get back to living your best life.
Contact Dr. Maria at the Mindful Healing Clinic today.