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Hormone Problem? Here’s Your Hormone Imbalance Checklist

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hormone imbalance checklistOne thing’s for sure, hormones have a powerful effect on your physical and emotional well-being. Consequently, when you have a hormone imbalance it leads to a wide range of symptoms.

Here you will find a hormone imbalance checklist which lists the most common symptoms, and most importantly this articles discusses some important steps you can take if you suspect your hormones are out of whack.

Firstly, Here Are Some Endocrine System Facts

The endocrine system is a group of glands that produce a wide array of hormones to help your body function at its best. In essence, your hormones are powerful chemical messengers that continuously zip around your body to help ensure all organs and body systems are functioning properly.

The major glands of the endocrine system include the hypothalamus, pineal, pituitary, thyroid, parathyroids, adrenals, pancreas, and the reproductive organs such as the ovaries and testes. These endocrine glands produce different quantities of hormones depending on your life stage, and individual needs. That said, ageing is usually associated with a decline in the production of most hormones.

When all is going well, your hormones are part of a finely tuned communication network.

Healthy hormone balance is necessary to maintain your overall health and vitality. For this reason the right balance of hormones is critical to help regulate your metabolism, sleep, sexual function, mood, reproduction, growth and development.

Your Hormone Imbalance Symptoms Checklist

My hormone imbalance checklist will help establish if you are struggling with a hormone problem.

Take a few moments to review this checklist, keep in mind the more of these common symptoms you mark off the more likely your hormones are out of balance.

❏ Acne and skin breakouts

❏ Anxiety, irritability and depression

❏ Cravings, and blood sugar swings

❏ Fertility problems

❏ Frequent migraines

❏ Hair thinning, or pronounced hair loss

❏ Hot flushes

❏ Hypothyroidism

❏ Insomnia, and disturbed sleep patterns

❏ Low sex drive

❏ Lowered immunity

❏ Ongoing fatigue

❏ Persistent weight gain

❏ Poor memory and concentration

For women:

❏ Excessive facial hair

❏ Fluid retention

❏ Irregular menstrual cycle

❏ Menopause symptoms

❏ Painful, or lumpy breasts

❏ Pre-menstrual Syndrome (PMS)

❏ Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

For men:

❏ Erectile dysfunction

❏ Male pattern balding

❏ Muscle loss

❏ Prostate problems

❏ Weight gain, especially belly fat

The Next Step to Help You Restore Healthy Hormone Balance

Making sense of your hormone balance may finally help you take control of your health, and vitality.

Generally speaking, the first step in treatment is to get accurate testing. From there, your test results should be carefully considered along with your hormone imbalance symptoms, and health history.

+ If you suspect you have a thyroid problem I suggest you speak to your healthcare practitioner about comprehensive thyroid testing.
It’s a good idea to discuss the five basic thyroid tests with your healthcare practitioner. This will help provide clues as to how your thyroid is functioning. You can read more about thyroid testing here: The Top 5 Thyroid Blood Tests. These Thyroid Tests Are Essential. Find Out Why!

+ If you think your male or female hormones are out of balance I suggest you speak to your healthcare practitioner about a comprehensive saliva hormone profile.
Measuring your salivary hormones is the most accurate way to assess circulating levels of oestrogens, progesterone, testosterone, and the main hormones that regulate the stress response such as DHEA and cortisol.

+ If you experience difficulty going to sleep, and poor sleep quality I suggest you speak to your healthcare practitioner about a saliva sleep hormone profile.
This is an accurate way to assess circulating levels of melatonin, and cortisol. These hormones are especially relevant as they regulate your sleep patterns.


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