As women age, they all wonder why they are exercising and eating right and still; it is hard to lose weight.
You probably do everything as you should, and still, that is not enough you have difficulties staying fit.
However, if you are entering menopause or perimenopause you should know that a your hormonal fluctuations are part of your weight gain. In order to find out if you have hormonal imbalance you need to know what it is, what causes it and what are the symptoms.
WHAT IS HORMONAL IMBALANCE?
Hormonal imbalance is the result of the dominance of a certain hormone, for example estrogen. To be more accurate, when the normal ratio between progesterone and estrogen is out of balance.
This happens because estrogen is not properly broken down by the liver in a particular process called methylation. The liver requires several key ingredients to break down the excess estrogen those ingredients are B12, vitamin B6, and folic acid B9.
To explain things better, your progesterone levels should be balanced with your estrogen levels. And with a hormonal imbalance that is not the case.
SYMPTOMS OF HORMONAL IMBALANCE
- Irregular or heavy periods
- Hot flashes
- PMS symptoms (cravings, headaches, tender breasts, migraines, moodiness, cramping).
- Insomnia or poor sleep
- Fibrocycstic breasts
- Hair loss
- Low energy and fatigue
- Weight gain (around your stomach).
- Depression, anxiety, and irritability
- Low libido
- Infertility (not permanent – fertility comes back when there is a hormonal balance).