Is Stress affecting your Hormones?

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Caroline Sproule

Most women with hormonal imbalance have no idea that many of their symptoms are linked directly to their hormones — even when they have symptoms like these:
• Irregular or absent periods: Increasing irregularities in your period signal a disruption in the hormonal activity that controls menstruation. Often, the cause is an imbalance between estrogen and progesterone due to the strong effects of the stress hormone, cortisol.
• Weight gain: Changes to your weight or body shape are caused by shifting hormones, particularly in menopause, that tell your body to store fat in the abdomen. This can occur even if you’ve never had a weight problem before. High stress and poor sleep increase belly fat that can be difficult to lose.
• Irritability and/or moodiness: Feeling out of control or overwhelmed can be caused by sudden changes in the balance of estrogen, testosterone and progesterone or from adrenal stress imbalances.
• Skin issues: Adult acne is associated with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), a hormonal condition that also causes irregular or absent menstrual periods due to ovulation irregularities.
• Hair loss/unusual hair growth: Imbalances in thyroid function or between estrogen and testosterone can cause thinning hair, and high levels of testosterone (such as in PCOS) can lead to unusual hair growth, including on the face.
• Infertility: Women with PCOS often have high amounts of androgens (including testosterone) as well as insulin resistance. Both contribute to increased estrogen, along with lack of ovulation and infertility.
• Fatigue/loss of energy: Fatigue can occur even when you get plenty of sleep, leaving you feeling physically and emotionally drained. Thyroid imbalances and chronic stress are the most likely contributors to this debilitating symptom.

Women with these and similar symptoms may not even consider hormonal imbalance as a cause. Hormonal imbalance symptoms have a wide range that includes more common symptoms like weight gain and fatigue, but also lesser known problems like hair loss, skin issues and heart palpitations.

Bloating, fatigue, irritability, hair loss, palpitations, mood swings, problems with blood sugar, trouble concentrating, infertility — these are just a few symptoms of hormone imbalance. Hormone imbalance can debilitate you. Some hormonal shifts are normal, like monthly fluctuations responsible for menstruation and ovulation or the changes that occur during pregnancy. Menopause is another time for a normal hormonal shift in a woman’s life. Other times these fluctuations may be due to a medication or a medical condition.

One hormone which is not often mentioned is the stress hormone ‘Cortisol’The stress hormone Cortisol can play havoc with your hormone system.
Cortisol is an important hormone that may become imbalanced with stress or illness. Low intensity exercise can help lower elevated cortisol levels. Stress impacts adrenal function and hormone levels. Get acquainted with hormone imbalance symptoms and signs so you can notice when things in your body and mind don’t seem right.
Symptoms of cortisol imbalance in women are similar to those typified by other hormonal imbalances such as perimenopause and menopause and often include the following:

Weight gain
Bone and muscle loss
Foggy thinking

To help reduce the effects of cortisol dysfunction and the effect it can have on your hormones,I recommend a glandular support supplement called Master Gland which helps to support the two main gland systems – the Adrenal and Thyroid glands. Many of my female and male clients have had great results taking two a day. Most of my clients have reported a difference in mental and physical energy within a few days.
It helps to reduce the effects that stress can have on the hormone system. For more information or to order a months supply to try please visit One hormone which is not often mentioned is the stress hormone ‘Cortisol’The stress hormone Cortisol can play havoc with your hormone system.

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