If someone would’ve told me hormonal imbalances show up in the form of painful periods & insomnia I wouldn’t have waited 27 years to write this blog…
Before I rant about all the indicators of hormonal imbalance let’s do a quick hormone health check.
1️⃣ Do you miss periods regularly?
2️⃣ Do you suffer from heavy, painful periods & cramping?
3️⃣ Do you have oily/acne prone skin?
4️⃣ Do you have low/no sex drive?
5️⃣ Do you experience heavy bloating and extreme weight fluctuations around menstruation?
6️⃣ Have you loss muscle mass?
7️⃣ Do you have trouble losing weight, or maintain weight around legs, butt, & lower tummy?
8️⃣ Do you feel fatigued most of the time?
9️⃣ Do you have trouble sleeping?
🔟 Are you experiencing hair loss?
Did you answer yes to any of these? These symptoms are all indicators of a possible hormone imbalance.
I wanted to briefly touch on Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). This syndrome is not like other hormone imbalances it is directly linked to insulin sensitivity.
Did you know PCOS is the most common hormone disorder among women in their reproductive years? But this condition goes beyond unhappy ☹️ hormones.
Insulin resistance + inflammation are actually the root cause PCOS symptoms. Resistance to insulin creates weight gain & overproduction of testosterone in the ovaries.
Outside of PCOS hormonal imbalances can be spotted by these symptoms.
*Common symptoms of hormone imbalance include but are not limited to the following.
Too Much Estrogen:
Too Little Estrogen:
Too Little Progesterone:
⚡️Spotting Between Cycles
Too Much Progesterone:
⚡️Feeling groggy in the am
⚡️Increase in yeast infections
Too Much Testosterone :
⚡️ Sleep Disturbances
⚡️Acne & Oily Skin
Too Little Testosterone:
⚡️No Sex Drive
⚡️Loss of Muscle
Before you consider dieting get your hormones checked by a doctor (saliva panel is best for female reproductive hormone testing) or take an at home test.
Click here for at home testing kit from DUTCH Test.
Natural ways to balance hormones:
Seed cycling is a great way to regulate hormones. There are 4 power house seeds that promote sex hormones. Depending on the time of month we can boost particular hormones to help us ovulate or to get out the extra estrogen. You can find more information on seed cycling here (click me).
The female body is AMAZING. If you are NOT familiar with tracking your cycle I suggest you start. I use the app Flo to track my menstrual cycle & symptoms. If you are looking for more hands on tracking I suggest Daysy Fertility Tracker, Daysy calculates your fertile window through your basal body temperature (*a great device for anyone who is trying to get pregnant or not trying to).
“Ovulatory cycles are both an indicator and a creator of health.”
Your menstrual cycle is your bodies report card for your general health. PLEASE TAKE IT SERIOUSLY! It is our duty to understand every aspect about our bodies operations & be in sync with its every move.
Written by: Alexis Manning, MA.
AFPA Certified Master Nutritionist & Holistic Practitioner