By Sibonokuhle Mpofu
Hormones are a regulatory substance produced in an organism and transported in tissue fluids such as blood or sap to stimulate specific cells or tissues into action. Hormonal balance is vital to a healthy, cancer-free mind and body, but can be disrupted in many ways. Hormone fluctuations occur naturally, such as in puberty, menopause and perimenopause. Hormone imbalance may also be caused by toxins or an unbalanced lifestyle.
Women experience greater hormonal changes than men. While both boys and girls go through puberty, women experience several additional defining stages throughout their lives – menstruation, pregnancy, postpartum, pre-menopause and, finally, menopause.
For women, the most pronounced changes come in their 40s and 50s, but can been seen as early as their mid-30s. Many more women are having hormonal symptoms earlier, which has a lot to do with not only our lifestyle and diet, but also the pollution, toxins and xenoestrogens (synthetic chemicals that act as estrogen in our bodies) that we’re exposed to every day.
Ten signs of hormonal imbalance are
- Weight Gain or Loss
- Constant fatigue and weakness
- Hot flashes and night sweats
- Insomnia and sleep problems
- Hair loss
- Mood swings and depression
- Dry eyes
- Loss of libido
- Irregular periods
You may note that these signs are similar to pregnancy symptoms. One may think that they are pregnant yet it is hormonal imbalance. Some of these signs may be linked to other health problems thus the need to visit a doctor when experiencing these symptoms.
Living a healthy lifestyle, exercising and stress management is vital to attain a holistic health.