5 Signs That You Could Be Hormonally Imbalanced
We all have heard jokes about someone having a hormone imbalance or have heard someone say that their hormones are “raging.” But hormonal imbalances are not a joking matter. Hormone imbalances are often overlooked or sometimes mismanaged, which can lead to unnecessary distress in our bodies. [Click to Tweet] I have been a Chiropractor for five years and, in my functional medicine practice, I have directly seen the implications of hormonal imbalances and how these imbalances can affect people’s lives.
So that you can understand the term “hormonal imbalance,” let’s start with a basic definition. “A hormone (from Greek ὁρμή, “impetus”) is any member of a class of signaling molecules produced by glands in multicellular organisms that are transported by the circulatory system to target distant organs to regulate physiology and behavior. Hormones have diverse chemical structures including eicosanoids, steroids, amino acid derivatives, peptides, and proteins. The glands that secrete hormones comprise the endocrine signaling system.” Most people associate hormones with the male and female hormones estrogen and testosterone. In reality, a hormonal imbalance is much more complex.
In my opinion, hormone levels and interaction with the rest of the body’s chemistry and systems is often glossed over and not evaluated to the depth that can actually create a positive physiological effect in resolving a true hormone imbalance. Conventional practitioners that evaluate hormones often only look at such a small percentage of total hormones that they miss some connections. In my early days of practice, if some one would have come to me and asked how to manage sleep I may have simply suggested natural sleep support supplements, like Melatonin or 5-HTP. I’m not saying I wouldn’t still recommend such supplements in challenging cases, but I now consider the role hormones play in the sleep cycle. Whether falling asleep or staying asleep is the issue, I begin to question many other hormonal connections associated with sleep, such as estrogen, progesterone, testosterone ratios. I also must consider cortisol and other eicosanoids, which could play a role. The list goes on and on. Sleep disturbance is just one example of hormonal imbalance worth mentioning. From my clinical experience, below are five of the most tell-tale signs that you may have a hormonal imbalance:
Lack of Stamina/Energy
Intolerance to hot and cold conditions
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Dr. Keith S. Ungar, Dr. David Starkey and Dr. Andrew Kender, Chiropractic Physicians