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Hormones affect our body a lot more than most of us realize, and when they are imbalanced, they can wreak havoc on our health in a number of ways. In fact, many people believe they are seriously ill, due to the signs of symptoms of a simple hormone imbalance.

From bloating, to fatigue, when you Google the signs and symptoms of a hormonal imbalance you may begin to think you are seriously ill. And while hormones are most definitely a serious issue, correcting an imbalance is much easier than you realize. So, if you have been feeling a bit ill lately, check out the symptoms below. If you have the majority of them, it may be time to speak with your health care professional to find out if you have an imbalance or not.

1. You constantly crave sugar.

If you find that you are craving sugar throughout the day, so much that you get the jitters, or feel like your sugar is bottoming out, it is likely caused by hormones, if it isn’t actual diabetes. To be safe, see your doctor immediately for this sign. 

2. Your hair is falling out in clumps.

Does your hair fall out easily when brushing, showering, or just in general? This is often a sign that your hormones are out of whack.

3. You are moody AF.

Do your moods feel like a roller coaster ride? While moodiness can be caused by a number of things, if you become emotionally unstable literally out of nowhere, you may be dealing with a hormonal imbalance.

4. Bloating

When your body suddenly begins retaining water, leaving your limbs completely swollen, and your stomach pooching out (without actual fat gain) then you are probably out of balance.

5. Brain Fog

Feeling foggy? Brain fog is defined as forgetting things you wouldn’t usually forget, an inability to comprehend the things going on around you, and a constant feeling of being dazed and confused.

6. Weak bones.

Hormonal imbalances can cause your bones to become more fragile, leading to pain, and easier breaks. Seek medical assistance immediately if you injure your bones, or if your bones begin aching out of nowhere.

7. Skin changes.

Is your skin pigmentation, texture, or moisture level changing? Oftentimes, this is a sign of hormonal imbalance. While it could be stress, or nutrient deficiencies, those also tie in with hormonal imbalance.

8. Anxiety

Feelings of anxiety that aren’t usual, or that aren’t connected to any particular circumstances is likely hormonal issues. This can be treated with a natural method listed below.

9. Hair growth in strange areas.

Are you noticing patches of hair in places hair doesn’t usually grow? Testosterone and estrogen imbalances are often the cause of this.

If you are dealing with a combination of a number of the above listed symptoms, then you should of course seek medical help. However, in addition, the following tips will help balance your hormones as well, and are necessary in keeping them balanced in the long run.

1. Balance your sleeping patterns.

2. Go gluten-free.

Gluten can disturb your hormones, and a gluten free diet is most definitely helpful in restoring balance.

3. De-stress your life.

Take a break, meditate, and even cut out toxic patterns in your life that lead to constant anxiety.

4. Cut out excess sugars.

5. Drink the optimal amount of water.

6. Begin a workout regimen (at least 30-minutes per day for most, but check with your health care provider to be sure.)

7. Cleanse.

Try a cleanse based on your dietary needs. Cleansing and ridding the body of toxins can prevent anything that may be preventing your system from balancing itself.