Hormonal Imbalance: Not Feeling Good

Bringing Your Hormones Into Balance

If the first words out of your mouth every morning are “I don’t feel good,” you need to realize that this case of the blahs isn’t right – and then take steps to correct it. Many cases of mental sluggishness, fatigue, jitteriness and exhaustion are the work of unbalanced hormones, those all-important chemical messengers that regulate your physical and mental functioning. Here at Merritt Wellness Center, we don’t throw supplements or injections at these symptoms; we can actually pinpoint the nature of your hormonal balances through genetic testing and correct them through personalized nutritional therapy.

Hormonal Imbalances and Your Health: Fatigue, Focus Issues and More

not feeling goodSimply put, hormones are chemicals that tell your body how to work. These substances regulate mood, metabolism, fertility, major organ function, and just about every process you can think of. But as critical as hormones are for ensuring your best health, the wrong levels of these substances can be just as quick to cause problems, including chronic diseases and a variety of uncomfortable symptoms. Common examples include:

Adrenal imbalances – Your adrenal glands normally pump out short, intense bursts of cortisol when extreme situations call for immediate alertness. But when these glands are overburdened so that they’re producing cortisol continuously, brain function actually goes into decline, resulting in fatigue, listlessness and focus issues.

Toxin accumulation –  Toxins seem to be everywhere, including highly-processed foods that are full of chemicals but short on nutrients. These toxins can over-stress the liver, impairing this organ’s various chemical processes – including hormone production and regulation.

Insulin resistance – When poor eating habits, obesity or underlying health factors make your body resistant to a hormone called insulin, you may develop elevated blood sugar as a precursor to diabetes. Symptoms can include concentration problems, fatigue and hunger.

Thyroid issues – Low hormone production from your thyroid gland can lead to weight gain, depression, a feeling of “heaviness” in your limbs, cold hands or feet and even hair loss. Excessive thyroid hormone production can cause diarrhea, weight loss, a fast heart beat and other unpleasant symptoms.

Sex hormone imbalances – Imbalances of estrogen, progesterone and/or testosterone can interfere with menstrual cycles, cause unhealthy food cravings, create mood swings and affect sex drive.