There are so many unknowns and a lot of confounding information in regards to changing hormones. I remember when I was a teen, I had so much difficulty in regards to acne. Today on my drive home I saw a teenager that was WAY worse off then I remember myself being and I felt bad.
There are three hormone driving organ systems in our body, one is ovarian, the next is adrenal, and the third is thyroid. There is an interconnectedness in regards to these hormones, which is both complex and confusing. There are imbalances that occur, and the symptoms of dysfunction can overlap with these three organ systems. So, these three systems generally speaking, have one dominating system, which reflects the organ system that is the weakest and therefore requires the most support.
Those with ovarian dominance have generalized fatigue throughout the day, have a tendency to gain weight, and/or have an ability to lose weight and retain water. Those with ovarian dominance can have or complain of severe brain fog, mood swings, have oily skin or break outs, have menstrual symptoms and/or changes, or experience hot flashes.
Those with adrenal dominance complain of having fatigue in the morning and mid afternoon and they can feel tired, yet at the same time wired. They too have a tendency to gain weight or the inability to lose weight. They can also have brain fog with the added frustration of memory and concentration difficulties as well as experience the feelings of overwhelm. They can experience irritability, anger and impatience, be heightened and hyperactive, and have sensitive and reactive skin, irregular bowls, and experience hypoglycaemia in which they can become ‘hangry'.
Those with thyroid dominance experience low energy and sluggishness. They too have the tendency to gain weight or the inability to lose weight. They can complain of having slow thoughts, depression or low mood, be hypo-reactive meaning that they have slow responses. They have dry and brittle skin, hair, and nails, and have a tendency towards being constipated.
Each of these dominances are in constant communication with one another. Either together they are working on strengthening synergistically, or weakening one another, in which disfunction can occur. The bottom line is, that when any of these three components are out of whack, so are weight difficulties. And if you think that any of these descriptions is indicative of your symptoms and presentations, then it is really good to have a comprehensive test done to identify if any of these three hormonal imbalances and/or functions are the culprit.
I read that the former contestants on the Biggest Loser had thyroid problems when they were done the competition. Apparently, it was reported that when you lose a huge amount of weight really fast it screws with your hormones and messes with your thyroid. A lot of the contestants have had this resulting difficulty with their system and have complained that after their participation in the competition, that they gained weight after the show and felt that they became incapable of losing it because their thyroid was preventing them from doing so.
Just something to think about.
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