Understanding your hormones

We talk a lot about reproductive hormones at Random Wellness Co and cortisol and how it impacts digestion but there are other key hormones that women should know about so I want to help you with Understanding your hormones!

Thyroid

I wanted to start with thyroid hormones since it's one of the big topics this month and covered in the monthly podcast. But high level your thyroid hormones plays a role in your appetite, energy, periods, and more. Middle-aged Caucasian women are more susceptible to thyroid imbalances however it is something that can impact young women as well especially if they are taken the birth control pill, have other hormone imbalances, or are experiencing digestive issues. (stay tuned for a knowledge nugget on the pill and thyroid health).

Signs of imbalances:

  • Thinning hair
  • Fatigue
  • Anxious
  • Changes in body temperature
  • Cold hands and feet
  • Racing heart
  • Changes in menstrual cycle
  • Changes in skin
  • Weight changes
  • And more!

Melatonin

Melatonin is something we have all heard of but may not pay enough attention to. I also have a knowledge nugget about melatonin that you can check out the month. We love melatonin because it helps regulate our natural circadian rhythm but it also helps with energy and appetite.

Signs of imbalances:

  • Fatigue
  • Trouble falling asleep
  • Irregular hunger cues

Parathyroid:

The parathyroid is: “a gland next to the thyroid which secretes a hormone ( parathyroid hormone ) that regulates calcium levels in a person's body.” Parathyroid hormone also helps with regulating blood and metabolizing vitamin D.

Signs of Imbalance:

  • Changes in heartbeat
  • Osteoporosis
  • Dehydration

Insulin

Oh insulin, we love it because it allows our muscles, fat and liver absorb glucose but it’s easy for things to go out of whack when we are eating processed foods and skipping meals.

Signs of imbalance:

  • Extreme thirst
  • Skin patches
  • Frequent urination
  • Could later develop into diabetes

Ghrelin:

Again we love Ghrelin because its our hunger hormone and tells our body to produce digestive juices to help break down food which helps with digestion. But having a highly processed and sugary diet, stress and lack of sleep can lead to some issues.

Signs of imbalance:

  • You are still hungry after eating  even after eating a full meal

Want to learn more? Let me know if there is a specific hormone or other hormones you want to learn about!

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