When it comes to women’s health, there are so many aspects of it to try to grasp. In an ideal world, the body would run like clockwork without any issues but that’s not always going to be the case. Fortunately, there are so many ways to manage different health expressions as they surface. The key is being in tune with your body and taking action when you sense something might not be right. Here are three body cues to look out for.
As a woman, you know that hormones play a huge part in your everyday life. Your body depends on these hormones for just about every function and when they’re out of balance, chances are you’ll experience plenty of symptoms letting you know. However, it can also be ambiguous enough that you might not connect the dots at first.
For example, estrogen dominance is a very common condition that can wreak havoc on so many areas of the body. If you’re experiencing symptoms such as weight gain, anxiety, heavy periods, or hair loss, consider having your hormone levels checked.
Many things can be done to get hormones back in balance. Supplements and dietary or lifestyle changes are common go-to’s, but your doctor will help you come up with a plan. Take the time to educate yourself as well.
Altered Thyroid Function
Chances are you’ve heard about the thyroid gland. But do you understand its importance for your overall function and wellness? Thyroid dysfunction is an extremely common health condition, especially for women — and getting it under control sooner than later is very important for your overall health and well-being.
If you’re noticing symptoms such as feeling cold often, thinning or brittle hair and nails, rapid weight gain or loss, irregular menstrual cycles, or extreme fatigue, getting bloodwork done will be your first step in the process. However, it doesn’t stop there.
What makes thyroid disorders tricky to diagnose is that the thyroid has incredible influence and control over so many systems within your body, and not all doctors run the proper testing to get to the root of what’s really going on. For instance, many doctors will simply run one basic blood test, but oftentimes that’s not enough. Knowing what tests to ask for and being a self-advocate will help you get on the road to feeling better faster.
There are also many things you can do at home to manage your thyroid health, in addition to whatever treatment plan you and your doctor agree on.
Have you been experiencing an increase in digestive issues lately? Or maybe you’ve been noticing them for a long time, but never gave them much thought. Whatever your situation, note that digestive troubles are often a sign of something more and should definitely be investigated.
As with other health expressions of the body, digestive symptoms can be tricky to classify. Common culprits for bloating, diarrhea, constipation, and gas might be food related, tied directly to gut health, or something more. Learning more about the digestive system and how everything works together is a good place to start.
Another way to determine what might be going on is to simply keep a journal for a while. Record what you’re eating and any symptoms to follow. Also take note of your stress levels, water intake, and quality of rest. Having this information to look back on could be very helpful in finding your root cause.
Your body is an amazing creation. It’s always talking to you, but oftentimes life gets so busy that those cues can go unnoticed. Taking the time to get in sync with what you’re experiencing and expressing will go a long way in not only improving your health but building a stronger foundation to build from for years to come.
What has your body been telling you lately? Do yourself a favor and slow down. Listen. Put in the work. It will be more than worth it.