Why hormonal imbalance can cause Overweight, depression?


MJ Gonzales │VigorBuddy.com

Hormonal imbalance becomes sort of common health problem nowadays especially in women. It’s so common that it also becomes subject of jokes and fat shaming.  The thing is this chemical imbalance could lead to overweight, depression, and even cancer if left untreated.

Some of the signs of hormonal imbalance can be mistakenly associated to some other syndromes and illnesses or just natural body transformation.  During the puberty period human body experiences changes because of hormones so having pimples, cravings, and impulsive actions blame on it.  As people get older and exposed to external stresses, they tend to forget that body’s internal chemicals also react and lost their healthy counts. They cause arguably easy to cure concerns like fatigue, excessively sweating, and slow metabolism.   These are not life-threatening yet, but they can be strong reason to hinder your day-to-day activities and self-esteem.

On the other note, hormonal imbalance can cause unimaginable weight gain that in effect let your confidence level and physical energy go down. Dr. Mehmet Oz shared on Oprah.com that high estrogen (female hormones) is one clue. He advised to have proper diet and exercise to make it balance. The Turkish-American cardiothoracic surgeon and TV Personality also warned that keeping more than enough estrogen levels cause uterine and breast cancers.  On the hand, women in their menopausal stage have different case in terms of estrogen, but he still suggested that they shed weight to minimize their cancer risk by up to 50 percent.

hormoal imbalance 2I also suggest that women with too much estrogen avoid foods that are high in phytoestrogens (plant compounds that mimic the hormone), such as whole soy products,” Dr. Oz shared.

Another hormonal imbalance that’s connected with being overweight, as well as depression and fatigue, is the thyroid hormone.  The extreme count of it is hyperthyroidism, while the below average side is known as hypothyroidism.

Among the best-known culprits are two thyroid hormone imbalances. An excess of thyroid hormone (hyperthyroidism) can trigger manic symptoms. On the other hand, hypothyroidism, a condition in which your body produces too little thyroid hormone, often leads to exhaustion and depression,” the Harvard Health Publications reported.

Harvard Health shared that when people observe stress it easily signals hypothalamus (located in the brain) then pituitary glands and adrenal glands or also called hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis.  In effect this HPA Axis triggers various hormonal actions like you fight or feel depressed in that stress factor.

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