We all have hormones, which send chemical messages throughout our body, affecting every day functions like mood, reproduction, emotions, and sleep, etc. These can become imbalanced, meaning there can be an excess or a deficit of any of these hormones. These imbalances affect our bodies in different ways, depending on the hormone.
- Serotonin is in charge of our moods, sex life, appetite, and sleep.
- Melatonin is controls our circadian rhythm.
- Cortisol controls stress and other important body functions.
- Testosterone dictates your sex drive and mood.
- Oestrogen is responsible for controlling women’s menstruation and health of the brain.
- Progesterone is necessary for healthy pregnancies.
- Leptin controls the amount you eat and lets your body know when you’re full.
- Insulin breaks down sugars in the bloodstream for energy.
- Vitamin D3 helps with production of other hormones.
You may be able to tell if you have an imbalance of your hormones depending on changes your body may experience. This includes change in weight and hunger, sleep and fatigue, aching muscles, overall mood, and irregular periods. Most of the time, when your hormones are balanced, you will feel well. When they are imbalanced you can experience these negative symptoms and changes. If you suspect you may have imbalances hormones, you should see a doctor to get advice on how to move forward.
Feeling off? Maybe it’s not you, but your hormone chemistry throwing you off. #HealthStatus
- 1Hormones are messengers in our endocrine system, which influences many of our bodily functions, like sleep, emotions and mood.
- 2Feelings of fatigue, restlessness and constant stress may be indicating factors of hormone imbalance.
- 3There are a wide array of hormones that operate within our body – for example, serotonin, melatonin and testosterone, just to name a few.