Your hormones are chemical messengers that influence nearly every bodily function. They’re secreted and regulated by your endocrine glands, and your hormone levels constantly change.
When your endocrine glands make the right amount of each hormone, your body functions at its best. But several common health issues and the natural aging process can interfere with hormone levels and negatively affect how you feel.
Daniel Moghadam, MD, and our team at Modern Aesthetica understand hormones. We specialize in hormone optimization for men and women, and in this blog, we’re exploring a few ways hormones influence wellness.
Here are five of the biggest signs that indicate your hormone levels are where they should be.
1. Your weight is stable
Body weight is a complex combination of genetics, diet, activity level, and overall health. Your hormones play a key role in digestion and weight management, so balanced hormones make it easier to maintain weight when you eat right and exercise regularly.
If you live a healthy lifestyle but are gaining weight or struggling to lose weight, you might have a hormonal imbalance. Hormonal imbalance can cause weight gain and loss of muscle mass.
2. You’re happy with your sex life
Testosterone is the primary male hormone, and estrogen is the primary female hormone. These hormones control your sex drive and influence your reproductive health. If your hormone levels are healthy, you’re more likely to be satisfied with your sex drive and sexual encounters.
A hormonal imbalance could be to blame if you’re bothered by low sex drive or other sexual issues. Low testosterone can cause erectile dysfunction or low libido in men. For women, low estrogen can cause symptoms like vaginal dryness, pain with sex, low libido, and more.
3. You’re getting restful sleep
Sleep is essential for optimal wellness; most adults need 7-9 hours of sleep a night. If you’re getting good-quality sleep, you shouldn’t have problems falling asleep or staying asleep and should wake feeling well-rested.
If you regularly struggle to fall asleep, wake up during the night, or never really feel rested, you might have a hormonal imbalance. Hormonal irregularities can disrupt your sleep and leave you exhausted no matter how much time you spend resting.
4. You have plenty of energy
Along with the quality of sleep, your hormone levels affect the energy you have each day. If your hormones are where they should be, you’re more likely to feel you have enough energy to do all your daily tasks.
A hormonal imbalance could be at play if you don’t have enough energy to get through the day. Low testosterone, low estrogen, and several other imbalances can contribute to chronic fatigue, even if you get enough sleep each night.
5. You feel alert
Hormones influence your brain function and mood, too. Healthy hormone levels help you feel awake and alert, making concentrating on the task at hand easier.
You might have a hormonal imbalance if you’ve been struggling with brain fog or memory issues lately. Low hormone levels can affect your memory, hinder concentration, and decrease motivation over time.
In the end, you probably won’t notice your hormones if they’re in a healthy place. But it’s time to take a closer look if you have bothersome symptoms that interfere with your life.
Schedule a hormone optimization consultation to find out if hormonal imbalance is to blame. Contact us online or call our Santa Monica, California, office at 310-975-3866 today.