Have you dieted and exercised, yet struggle to lose extra pounds or maintain a healthy weight? Do you feel tired and fatigued, even when you have had enough rest? A hormone imbalance can be the cause of many disruptions in your wellness, including your metabolism and energy levels. Without treating the underlying cause, you can be fighting a losing battle when it comes to managing your weight and fatigue.
Hormone imbalances can occur to both men and women, impacting many aspects of their health and well-being. While it is more common in the 30’s and 40’s for men and the 40’s and 50’s for women, both genders can have imbalances at any point in their adult years, even in their 20’s. While symptoms of hormone imbalance do vary between the sexes, two are common among both: weight gain and fatigue.
Weight Gain and Hormones
Weight gain or difficulty losing weight is not always caused by hormone imbalance, but it is a possibility. When a person has a healthy diet and good exercise routine, yet cannot seem to lose weight or is gaining, there is often something else going on. It is common for metabolism to slow somewhat as you get older, but it should not be causing an unhealthy weight if you are watching what you eat and staying active.
For men, lowered testosterone levels reduce the metabolism and can cause weight gain. Similarly, women with hormone imbalances due to decreased levels can struggle with weight gain or difficulty losing weight. There are other hormones that can impact metabolism as well, such as thyroid hormones, insulin and cortisol, changing the way the body uses food for energy and how effective it is in storing fat.
When hormones are imbalanced, your body may not work the way it should when it comes to utilizing the food you eat. It may store it too quickly or not be efficient in using stored fat for energy, causing you to be hungry, tired and irritable until you eat more food. Treating the hormone imbalance can get your body back to a normal metabolism that will allow you to lose weight.
Energy Levels and Hormones
Like with weight issues, energy levels are affected by the hormones in your body. Fatigue and weight gain are often two sides of the same coin when it comes to hormone imbalance. When your body is not using the calories and food that you eat correctly, it can make you tired. Food is energy for the body, but if a hormonal imbalance is present, you may not be getting the energy you need from your food. Hormones also affect the efficiency of every organ in the body, including the brain, so any imbalance can cause excess stress and fatigue on your entire system.
Treating Hormone Imbalance in Phoenix
Are you tired all the time or struggling with your weight? You may have a hormonal imbalance that is impacting your well-being. Schedule a consultation at Arcadia Wellness Center in Phoenix to learn more about hormone imbalance. We offer testing and effective hormone therapy to help you improve your health, weight and energy levels.