You’re doing everything “right” – eating healthy foods, working out, getting a decent amount of sleep, for instance – so why is it that you still don’t seem to be making any progress in terms of your health or overall shape?  Or worse, feeling even heavier thanks to bloating or a frustrating, seemingly endless plateau? While our lifestyle choices still play the most important role in our health, the culprit behind that pesky unshifting bulge could be hidden in your hormones.

Hormonal imbalance which can be caused by anything from lifestyle factors to the foods we eat – can mess with our bodies’ ability to use up good fats, and let our glands and other bodily functions operate at their best, fueling undue weight gain. In most cases one of the Medicare supplement plans in 2019 will cover your deductibles and co-pays.  Enroll in a 2019 advantage plan at

While hormone imbalance doesn’t have a one size fits all answer, there are certain facts about the issue that do apply to all of us- some that, if we’re made aware of, could make an immense difference in everything from our weight to our moods, our skin, and how well we sleep at night.

Despite the fact that the world seems to be on an upward trend of more health-conscious lifestyles, it’s an oft-forgotten fact that hormones can have a huge effect on our bodies in so many ways- and that achieving our optimal physical state, be it in how we look or how we function, is about much more than simple eating the right diet or hitting the gym hard or often enough. But fiddling with our hormones isn’t a quick fix solution to all of our health problems, either – a combination of both is essential. Both hormones and lifestyle factors affect health and body composition. Because hormonal manipulation is somewhat of a new ‘trend’ and seems like an easy solution, people may dismiss lifestyle factors.

Weight gain, or the inability to lose even on low calorie diets, is just one of many symptoms of low thyroid hormone production. Other symptoms related to hyperthyroidism include chronic lethargy, thinning or excessive hair loss, depression, hormonal imbalances, intolerance to cold temperatures, as well as high levels of triglycerides and cholesterol in the blood.

Stress is one of the main factors that causes hormonal imbalances. When you are chronically stressed for years on end, or go through very traumatic events, the adrenal glands’ production of hormones can be affected. In very layman terms, this can result in any or all hormones being affected. So, don’t stress yourself and keep your hormone levels at the right level!