Ignoring the Signs
There are usually very telling signs that your body isn’t operating at its best. Unfortunately, too many people ignore the signs, are not aware or simply accept that how they feel or the symptoms they experience are ‘just a part of life’.

Our bodies, both male and female, go through natural hormonal changes, as we progress through life; puberty, pregnancy, menopause and simple aging. Our hormones are also impacted by lifestyle, dietary and physical activity habits. Your body sends very clever signals to try to inform us and cope with the situations created by these imbalances. Here are five indicative signs that will warn you that your chemistry is not quite right:

1. Reduced Sex Drive: When androgen levels drop or slow in production it will lead to a poor libido. Testosterone is the major androgenic hormone. Men past the age of 40-50 years will begin to experience a drop in sex drive due to the natural aging process and reduction of the amount of testosterone their bodies produce. Poor sleep, high stress and over consumption of alcohol can effect testosterone levels and lead to reduced libido.

2. Insomnia or Poor Sleep: Unfortunately, these symptoms can be both cause and effect. However, these are common symptoms of menopause and andropause (male menopause). Again, low testosterone levels and adrenal fatigue are the main culprits. Testosterone deficiency can also be an issue for women but it is usually an estrogen deficiency (menopausal symptom) that is the main cause of insomnia for females.

3. Sugar Cravings: These are linked to an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism). Other symptoms of poor thyroid hormone function include fatigue, frequent headaches, mood swings, tension in the muscles and consistent weight gain.

Sugar cravings can also be brought about through an adrenal overload. Increased levels of adrenaline and cortisol signal your body for fuel and anything sweet is a great source of fast energy.

4. Hair Loss: Too much testosterone is a common cause of hair loss. In particular, dyhydrotestosterone (DHT) is the main culprit. Whilst women only have a very low levels of testosterone it is enough to cause DHT to trigger hair loss. Hair loss in women is not as prevalent because they have more estrogen than men that balances out the effects of DHT. However, if there is an over-production of testosterone it elevates the risk of hair loss

5. Excess Sweating: Over or under production of the hormones such as serotonin produce problems with the endocrine system and result in excess sweating or night sweats.

Be aware that having the above symptoms does not necessarily mean you have an actual hormone imbalance, they are just possible signs and every symptom should be fully investigated before diagnosis and treatment. Usually, simple lifestyle and dietary changes can go a long way towards rectifying these symptoms and possible hormonal imbalances. Hormones, health, wellbeing and vitality are closely related. You simply cannot enjoy life to the full with your hormones out of balance. Don’t ignore the signs.

Phil is a health practitioner and expert in body transformation. His services are available at Star Fitness (Starfitnesssaigon.com), online or at your home. Contact him though his website Phil-kelly.com or Facebook.com/BodyExpertSystemsVietnam.