Specific Types of Hormone Imbalance

The Adrenal Glands

htthreeThe adrenal glands are little glands that sit on top of your kidneys that are responsible for coping with stress, or the “fight or flight” response. When the adrenal glands are overstimulated they tend to get out of balance and affect your sleep-wake cycle. It often feels as if it is hard to ‘turn off’ your thoughts. You may find it difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep despite the fact during the day you feel exhausted and want to sleep.

The adrenal glands are responsible for the release of the stress hormone cortisol. Research has shown that when the levels of this hormone are elevated it can cause weight gain in the midsection, leading to the dreaded “belly roll” of fat.

httwoSwelling and rounding of the face, puffy eyes, and a double chin can develop because of adrenal dysfunction. An orange hue (almost appearing tan) of the face and very dark circles may also develop. The Adrenal Body type can also result in facial hair and swelling of the ankles.

If you suffer from adrenal fatigue, it is common that you’ll have anxiety and feelings of severe exhaustion. You may also be the type to rely on caffeine and sweets to get through the day, especially in the afternoon. Once the adrenals become exhausted, you will have difficulty waking up, concentrating, or even remembering simple tasks. To learn more about adrenal fatigue click here.

 The Thyroid Gland

The thyroid gland makes hormones that regulate your rate of metabolism. If you have troubles with your thyroid, you may notice that you mysteriously gain weight… even though nothing has changed in your life. When the thyroid begins to function improperly, you may experience hair loss, especially the outer third of the eyebrows.

When the thyroid is at fault, your energy levels drop and your legs and arms can start to feel heavy. Many times, if you suffer from thyroid problems, you are more prone to suffer from depression.  In an effort to improve your mood and increase your energy you will crave carbohydrates like breads, pastas, crackers, juice, and so on.  Unfortunately, eating these foods can make the problem worse.

When the thyroid isn’t functioning well, your body starts to feel cold, especially the hands and feet.  In an effort to stay warm you are always wearing extra clothes and even socks to bed. To learn more about thyroid dysfunction click here.

Estrogen/Progesterone Imbalance

For various reasons, the hormones estrogen and progesterone will become imbalanced and you may notice the following symptoms: PMS (premenstrual syndrome), irregular menstrual cycles, infertility, early menopause, and excessive or absent menstrual cycles. People who suffer from estrogen/progesterone imbalance crave chocolate or dairy products.   If you are menopausal this can lead to hot flashes and night sweats.