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Friday, 3 February 2017

Hormonal Imbalance - Causes and Effects, and Natural Cures

Hormones are the secretions of endocrine glands transmitted by the blood to the tissue on which they have specific effects; they are chemical “messengers” that impact on the way your cells and organs function. For instance, if you feel bloated, irritable or just unlike yourself, a hormone is responsible – probably there is an imbalance somewhere.

And so, it is normal for your levels to shift at different times of your life, such as before and during your period or a pregnancy, or during menopause. But some medications and health issues can as well cause them to go up or down. There are also natural safe ways to dealing with your problems.

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Irregular Periods
For most women their periods come every 21 to 35 days. But if your does not come around the same time every month, or you skip some months, it might mean that you have too much or too little of certain hormones (oestrogen and progesterone). If you’re in your 40s or early 50s -- the reason can be perimenopause -- the time before menopause. But irregular periods can be a symptom of health problems like polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). You should let your doctor know about it.

Problem Sleeping
Perhaps you do not get enough sleep, or if the sleep you get isn’t good, your hormones could also be at the bottom of it. Progesterone, a hormone released by your ovaries, helps you catch a good sleep. If your levels are lower than usual, that can make it hard to fall and stay asleep. Low oestrogen can bring about hot flashes as well as night sweats, both of which can make it difficult to get the necessary rest.

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Persistent Acne
If there is a breakout of pimples for instance prior to or during your period it is normal. But when they just won’t go away, it can be an indication of hormone problems. Too much of androgens (“male” hormones that both men and women have) can make your oil glands to overwork. They also affect the skin cells in and around your hair follicles. Both of those things can block your pores and lead to acne.

Unclear Memory
Medical experts are not sure exactly how hormones work on your brain. What is clear is that changes in oestrogen and progesterone can lead to a “foggy” feeling in your head, and make it more difficult for you to recollect things. Some experts believe oestrogen might impact brain chemicals called neurotransmitters. Attention and memory problems are especially common during perimenopause and menopause. But they can also be an indication of other hormone-related conditions such as thyroid sickness. Inform your doctor if you have difficulty thinking clearly.

Stomach Problems
The walls of your gut have tiny cells called receptors that react to the hormones oestrogen and progesterone. When these hormones are higher or lower than normal, you might perceive changes in how you're digesting food. Such is the reason diarrhoea, abdominal pain, bloating, and nausea can arise up or even become worse prior to and during your period. If you are having digestive problems as well as issues like acne and exhaustion, your hormone levels might be non-existent.

Persistent Tiredness
Do you feel tired most of the time? Tiredness is one of the most common symptoms of hormonal imbalance. An overload of progesterone can make you drowsy. And if your thyroid -- the butterfly-shaped gland in your neck -- produces too little thyroid hormone, it can deplete your energy. A simple blood test called a thyroid panel can let you know if your levels are below normal. If so, you can get treated for it.

Mood Swings and Melancholy
It has been suggested that drops in hormones or rapid changes in their levels can lead to grumpiness and feeling depressed. Oestrogen acts on important brain chemicals like serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine. But other hormones, that travel the same roads as neurotransmitters, also contribute to your feelings.

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Increased Appetite & Weight
When you feel depressed or irritated, as you can be when your oestrogen levels go down, you may want to consume more food. That might be why drops in the hormone are associated with weight gain. The oestrogen dip can also impact your body’s levels of leptin, a hormone that increases hunger.

So many things can bring about these. But for some female folks, drops in oestrogen bring them on. That is why it is common for headaches to strike just before or during your period, when oestrogen is going down. Regular headaches or ones that often come about around the same time each month can be a clue that your levels of this hormone might be changing.

Dry Vagina
It is normal to have this intermittently. But if you frequently notice that you are dry or irritated in your private part, low oestrogen may just be the cause. The hormone helps vaginal tissue remain wet and at ease. If your oestrogen goes down due to an imbalance, it can decrease vaginal fluids and create tightness.

No Sexual Urge
For the most part, people feel testosterone is just a male hormone, but women’s bodies produce it, too. If your testosterone levels are lower than normal, you might have less of an interest in sex than you normally would.

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Changes in Breasts
A decrease in oestrogen levels can cause your breast tissue to become less dense. And an increase in the hormone can thicken this tissue, even creating new lumps or cysts. Do let your doctor know if you notice breast changes, even if you don’t have any other symptoms that you worry about.

What to Do

According to Dr. Aparna Hingmire, an alternative medical expert, you cannot rule out the importance of lifestyle changes such as healthy diet, regular exercises, meditation yoga, and a great sleep. Experts also say you need to learn some certain stress coping mechanisms which can help you to normalise your hormone levels and help ease your symptom to an appreciable level. However, you would still require a proper diagnosis of the hormonal imbalance; it is vital so as to treat the primary disease condition. Also, make sure to cleanse your gut by detoxification process. Get the laughter going again.

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