Seven Signs Your Hormones Are Out of Balance
Let’s face it…you probably felt pretty good during your twenties and early thirties.
There’s a simple explanation for this. The hormones that control most of your body’s vital functions are at their peak during this part of your life.
But at some point after age thirty, most men and women experience a slow (or not so slow) decline in levels of key hormones like testosterone, estrogen, progesterone, thyroid, DHEA, and growth hormone.
The effects of this decline in hormones may appear gradually…but by your forties they are usually obvious.
Whether you’re a woman or man, your body is designed for peak performance when your hormone levels are within a specific range. As you get older…and hormone production declines…your body can no longer do what was so effortless during those younger years.
The symptoms of age-related hormone imbalance can include:
1. Weight Gain
It’s usually during the thirties that it gets harder to lose weight…or even stay at a healthy weight.
For women, imbalances between estrogen and progesterone are a contributing factor. Testosterone loss is the primary reason for men…although loss of testosterone affects weight control in women as well. Men and women will both experience a slower metabolism when thyroid and growth hormone become deficient.
And if stress is an issue, increased cortisol production can also cause unwanted pounds.
2. Loss of Muscle Mass
Both men and women struggle to maintain healthy muscle mass as they get older.
Testosterone loss is the primary culprit here. It’s the hormone most responsible for maintaining healthy muscle mass.
So if you find that it’s getting harder to build lean muscle, or you find that your workouts are becoming less productive…declining testosterone could be to blame.
3. Brain Fog
Do you sometimes feel like you have to squeeze your thoughts out like toothpaste out of a tube? Or maybe you just feel foggy headed. Hormone imbalance could be the problem.
Men’s brains are designed to operate best in a testosterone-rich environment. Women’s brains need estrogen to function at peak efficiency. These hormones promote neural activity and increase blood flow in the brain.
Proper levels of thyroid hormone also improve cognitive performance.
4. Memory problems
People used to think short-term memory loss was just a fact of life as you get older.
Today we know that isn’t the case. Studies have shown that estrogen, progesterone, testosterone and thyroid hormone are critical for the parts of your brain associated with memory.
As production of these hormones declines with age, short-term memory can suffer.
5. Poor sleep and fatigue
It can be a vicious cycle. You don’t sleep well at night so you need a nap to get through the day. Then you have even more trouble falling asleep.
Hormone imbalance causes a number of problems that can contribute to poor sleep:
- Weight gain
- Sleep apnea
- Anxiety and depression
- Night sweats
- Disrupted body clock
The result? It’s hard to fall asleep and/or stay asleep. You don’t wake up rested and energetic. And you’re dragging through the day.
6. Mood Swings and Irritability
Unbalanced hormones make you feel tired and frustrated. No wonder they’re accompanied by moodiness, anxiety, and irritability.
The stereotypes associated with middle-aged men and and women who are grouchy and moody exist for a reason. And hormone imbalance is often the root cause.
7. Diminished Sex Drive and Enjoyment
The kids are out of the house…or at least they’re lower maintenance. You and your partner should be making up for all those child-raising years.
But you both react with “meh”. Why?
Testosterone controls libido…and as both men and women get older their testosterone production declines. Also, women’s loss of estrogen during menopause can cause vaginal dryness, and the hormone imbalances that men experience can cause erectile dysfunction.
Are You Experiencing These Symptoms?
The symptoms listed above are signs that your hormones are not in balance. The good news? It doesn’t have to stay this way.At Renew Youth, we can help restore your hormones to their proper balance and get you back to your best you.Want to learn more?
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