Do you have a Hormonal Imbalance?

by Blayne Soriano, Level 2 CrossFit Coach and CrossFit Kids Coach

I find it a common that most of the people I’m around from age 35 and up are deficient in hormonal levels. I recommend everyone get a blood panel and full reading before seeking help and doing so with a professional plan to address any hormonal imbalances.

Such imbalance can cause:

  • Irregular menstruation
  • Infertility
  • Acne
  • Diabetes
  • Thyroid disease
  • Obesity

While I can have my opinion that levels such as testosterone fluctuates because of diet and exercise, professional help in this area is best because changing or messing with hormones can be dangerous.

We have more than 50 hormones and an imbalance can affect our metabolism, homeostasis (constant internal balance), growth and development, sexual function reproduction, sleep-wake cycle and mood.

As for your metabolism, be cognizant of:

  • Slow or rapid heart beat
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Weight gain/loss
  • Numbness, tingling in hands
  • High cholesterol levels
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Intolerance to cold or warm temperatures
  • Dry, coarse skin and hair
  • Thin, warm and moist skin
  • Irregular body fat distribution
  • Darkened skin in armpit or the back and sides of your neck
  • Skin tags 
  • Extreme thirst and frequent urination

For women, sex hormone imbalance signs are:

  • Acne on face, chest and/or upper back
  • Hair loss
  • Heavy periods
  • Excess body hair
  • Hot flashes
  • Loss of interest in sex
  • Vaginal atrophy
  • Vaginal dryness

For men:

  • Decrease or loss of body hair
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Enlarged breast tissue
  • Infertility
  • Loss of interest in sex
  • Loss of muscle mass