Our hormones play a role in fertility, weight, emotions and even our sleep patterns. When our hormones are unbalanced, we can experience a wide range of symptoms that can be baffling to doctors and devastating to patients. There are many causes of hormonal imbalance. Being aware of the causes can help you make better choices and better understand your own body.

Dietary Choices

Nutritional deficiencies can be hard to pin down and can have a huge effect on your hormonal balance, as can chronic dehydration or lack of essential fatty acids. In general, a balanced diet that’s rich in fruits, vegetables, lean meats and complex carbohydrates will lead to well-balanced hormones.

If you’re experiencing symptoms you believe may be caused by hormonal imbalance, improving your dietary choices is one of the best decisions you can make. Even if your hormones are not the issue, a proper diet can remove nutritional issues from the list of potential causes.

Your Exercise Routines

Failing to get any exercise at all can lead to a high body fat percentage, even if you don’t look overweight. A high body fat percentage is linked to many hormonal problems, especially those regulating fertility. On the other side of the coin, exercising too much can also affect your hormonal balance and cause Female Athletic Triad or early ovarian failure.

Men who exercise to an extreme can develop gynecomastia, a condition that causes males to grow large breasts. Maintaining a regular, sensible exercise program can avoid these hormonal issues entirely.

Your Thyroid Gland

Your weight and body fat percentage are greatly affected by hormones. Your thyroid gland, located in the throat, pumps out hormones that regulate your metabolism. If you are frequently tired and have trouble losing weight despite a good diet and exercise program, your thyroid may be slow.

A slow thyroid, also called hypothyroidism, can be corrected with daily medication. Hyperthyroidism, the opposite condition, can cause you to be too thin despite eating plenty. It too can be treated with medication. Thyroid issues can happen to anyone of any age or gender.

Women Only: Poly-Cystic Ovarian Disease (PCOD)

This condition, sometimes called Poly-Cystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), causes large hormonal imbalances in women and girls. Instead of releasing an egg each month, the ovary instead forms a cyst. The cysts can be small and will sometimes look like a string of pearls on ultrasound. Some cysts can become huge and painful, enveloping the ovary and possibly necessitating surgery.

It’s estimated that PCOD affects between one in ten to one in twenty women. It can occur in girls as young as eleven. The medical community is not sure what causes PCOD, but there are effective treatments available.

Learn More Today

Hormonal imbalance is caused by a wide range of circumstances. If you believe you may be suffering from a hormonal problem, schedule a consultation at Advanced Wellness Institute in Columbus, serving the Hendersonville and Spartanburg areas.

We will be happy to help you get back on the road to wellness. Contact us today to schedule your appointment to learn more.