Hormones are chemical messengers, produced by the endocrine system and secreted directly into your blood stream and travel to various parts of your body. Hormones help regulate your body’s processes and are fundamental to ALL of the systems in your body.
Hormones are responsible for many different aspects of bodily functions including:
development and growth
Sexual function and reproductive growth and health
cognitive function and mood
maintenance of body temperature and thirst
The female body has a number of different hormones that play all sorts of roles. Lets review those!
Cortisol is one of the most important hormones and can become imbalanced quite easily. Cortisol is released by the adrenal glands when stressed and controls: metabolism, blood sugar levels, immune response, blood sugar, heart rate, inflammation and memory.
So as you can see it is a major part of our systems! If you are living a high paced, stressful life, more then likely you are producing WAY to much cortisol and you may be experiencing adrenal fatigue. The symptoms of adrenal fatigue can include:
Poor stress response and mood regulation
Cognitive issues / Brain fog
Craving salty or sweet foods
Overuse of caffeine or stimulants
Compromised immune system
This little baby is what stimulates the growth of the egg follicles, uterine lining and breast cell growth. Estrogen plays a BIG role in mood regulation. If your estrogen levels are out of balance you may experience:
heavy/irregular /painful periods
As we go through our monthly cycle estrogen rises and depletes causing these symptoms, especially when ending Luteal phase and entering Menstrual phase.
While Estrogen is responsible for growth of the uterine lining, Progesterone is responsible for causing the lining to thicken to accept a fertilized egg. If no egg is fertilized then the levels drop and menstruation begins. If you are having a progesterone imbalance you may experience:
mood changes (anxiety and depression)
irregularity in cycle
spotting or a miscarriage
Your progesterone will rise during the beginning of the Luteal phase and slowly decrease as you end that phase and enter the Menstrual phase.
Did you know that a lot of women do not know that we have Testosterone in our bodies! Well we do! Although our levels are much lower then males, testosterone is responsible for signalling the body to make new bloods cells, supports muscle strength and bone health and boosts your libido.
If you have a testosterone imbalance you may experience:
loss of bone density
Testosterone is at it’s highest during the Ovulatory Phase which is why you have an increase in libido while you are ovulating.
Signs of a Hormonal Imbalance:
Bloating, fatigue, irritability, hair loss, palpitations, mood swings, , problems with blood sugar, trouble concentrating, infertility? Do any of these symptoms sound familiar to you? Then you may have a hormonal imbalance!
Some hormone shifts are completely normal, especially as you go through the phases of your monthly cycles, other hormone imbalances can debilitating.
Want to know if you could have a hormonal imbalance? Check out the quiz below!