If you are in peri-menopause or menopause, the imbalance of your major hormones along with your minor hormones could be causing you distress. When you just don’t feel good anymore, and you want to know why? It’s important to understand the roles that each of the major and minor hormones play in determining your health, mood and wellbeing. In this blog I also briefly explain what happens to you when you lose them. As this can be the key to fixing your problem.
Your major hormones are vital to life and you cannot survive long without any of them -Annette
Thyroid: This is definitely a major hormone, for if your levels are too high (Hyperthyroidism) and too low (Hypothyroidism) for a long period of time you can die. This hormone has to be “just right” meaning it must be perfectly balanced so that it produces health cell function that is needed to keep your body healthy. It is responsible for regulating your metabolism. Symptoms of Hypothyroidism are swelling, fatigue, dry skin, high blood pressure, sleep apnoea, weight gain, constipation, brittle nails, hair loss, muscle weakness, constipation, low blood pressure, cystic breasts/ovaries, joint pain, increased cholesterol levels, and more. Symptoms of Hyperthyroidism are drastic weight loss, loss of sleep, Diarrhoea, nervousness and in extreme cases slightly protruding eyeballs. You can diagnose your thyroid by getting a blood test, and low levels of T4 and T3 are signs that you do not have a balanced amount of hormones in your body.
Adrenals: Constant stress, working long hours, unhappiness and lack of sleep drains your adrenals and causes lack of energy motivation, and weakness getting the picture? Many hormonal unbalances are a direct result in adrenal insufficiency. As you now know; hormone balance has to be just right, if one is out the rest follow. Diet drinks are bad for your Adrenals.
Cortisol: Apart from being a major hormone cortisol is also a mood hormone. It does great things in your body like stimulate appetite boosts energy levels, improves digestion, etc. Even though it is associated with stress, this hormone actually when balanced is an anti-stress hormone. Hormonal imbalance of this hormone causes irritability, anxiety, negativity, exhausted, depressed and fatigued.
Insulin is the last major hormone and like thyroid, adrenals and cortisol if they are too low, too high or missing you may not live too long. The role of insulin is to direct glucose so it can enter the bloodstream and pass through the cell membrane and into the cell to be burned us fuel. Low insulin can be from diabetes, poor diet, over exercising and or not eating enough carbs. High Insulin levels could be caused by heavy smoking, stress, overeating, low estradiol, yo yo dieting and heavy drinking of alcohol. Having high Insulin can cause high blood pressure, accelerated biological aging, abnormal immune system, depression blood fat abnormalities etc. Without insulin you look anorexic with no body fat (Type 1 Diabetes) and excess insulin you tend to be overweight. (Type11 Diabetes).
Now that you understand the vital role of your Major hormones, it’s time to learn about the functions of your Minor Hormones.
I hope that you find this a useful piece of information, as this blog is for you, feedback is welcomed below.
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