Have you ever wondered if your hypothalamus may be out of balance?
If so, there are several symptoms to look out for in order to know if your hypothalamus needs balancing.
In case you didn’t know, your hypothalamus is a small gland in the center of your brain that controls many aspects of your vital systems. Your hypothalamus is responsible for maintaining homeostasis, or the biochemical balance in your body.
Your hypothalamus controls all of your endocrine glands that produce hormones, including your thyroid, your adrenals, your ovaries or testes, your pancreas, your pineal gland, and your thymus. It also orchestrates your immune function.
Your hypothalamus is the gatekeeper for the amino acids that become neurotransmitters in your central nervous system, plus it makes many neurotransmitters for its own use, especially dopamine. It controls your moods, your memory, your ability to learn.
And if all of that isn’t enough, your hypothalamus also controls your body temperature, your salt water balance, your blood pressure, your heart rate, and your respirations. It even controls your weight, your hunger, and your satiety, or how full you are after you eat.
So yes, your hypothalamus controls just about every function of your body.
What are the symptoms of hypothalamus imbalance?
Any symptom of hormonal imbalance is an indication that your hypothalamus is probably dysfunctional.
The main symptoms of hypothalamus imbalance are:
- Uncontrollable weight gain, or an inability to lose weight in spite of dieting and exercising.
- Stress intolerance, meaning you don’t handle stress very well.
- Hair loss can be a sign of hypothalamic imbalance, as well as excessive hair, especially in women in male patterns like on their face or chest.
- Lack of endurance and fatigue, because your hypothalamus controls your metabolism and energy production.
- Temperature intolerance, meaning either you’re too cold or too hot, you’re having hot flashes, night sweats or sweating of your hands or feet.
- Insomnia, or waking up in the middle of night and difficulty falling asleep.
- Skin rashes can be a sign of hypothalamic imbalance, which affects the immune system and adrenal function.
- Moodiness, depression, anxiety, lack of motivation.
- Brain fog, forgetfulness.
- Irregular periods and infertility. Going through the many stages of menopause creates hypothalamic imbalance.
- Certain types of headaches can be a sign of hypothalamic dysfunction.
- Autoimmune conditions are often rooted in hypothalamus dysfunction.
One of the biggest issues with diagnosing hypothalamic imbalance is that you can’t really measure the hormones within your hypothalamus. This means that you have to measure the hormones of the rest of the endocrine glands to get the gist of what’s going on in the hypothalamus.
We talk a lot about symptoms of hypothalamus imbalance in our Hormone Support Group, which you can get access to through our Free Hormone Reboot Training. If you’re interested in learning more about how you can get your hypothalamus back in balance so you can take back control of your health and wellbeing, I’d love for you to join us.