Hormones Balance Quiz: Your Results

High Cortisol

It looks unlikely that you have elevated cortisol levels which is great!

Cortisol is a stress hormone produced by the adrenal glands in response to stress. Stress can be emotional, physical, spiritual and even chemical. For example, women who are highly toxic, experience digestive issues, poor liver health, etc can also have high cortisol levels. As a steroid hormone, cortisol is highly potent and therefore gets your body through difficult times. However, when it's chronically elevated, it will impair other hormones, like progesterone, estrogen and the thyroid. This is why women with high cortisol levels are experiencing symptoms such as weight gain, feeling wired and tired, problems sleeping, unable to slow down and unwind and are quick to get angry. High cortisol levels can also be attributed to hair loss, infertility, thyroid problems, bone loss and that stubborn fat around the belly.

What can you do?

Keep up the good lifestyle and dietary choices you have been making. It's extremely common for women in urban and developed countries to experience high cortisol levels (aka adrenal fatigue). Keep an eye on your symptoms and be sure to keep a balanced emotional life, eat a good and wholesome diet as well as get plenty of restful sleep.

Low Cortisol

It looks unlikely that you have low cortisol levels. This is really great, so keep it up!

Cortisol is a stress hormone produced by the adrenal glands in response to chronic stress that a person might be experiencing. Stress can be emotional, physical, spiritual and even chemical. People with low cortisol levels typically experience high stress levels for a long time and this results in the adrenals being too exhausted to produce sufficient amounts of the cortisol hormone. Cortisol is a steroid hormone and it is called the 'king of hormones' for good reasons as an imbalance of it can negatively impact the immune system, digestion, thyroid health and other hormone-producing glands. People with low cortisol levels experience symptoms such as fatigue, loss of stamina, feeling stressed most of the time, feeling overly emotional, falling sick with cold and flu, struggle with depression and/or lethargy, low blood pressure (getting light-headed when getting up), salt cravings and a difficulty in falling and staying asleep.

What can you do?

If there is stress in your life, don't let it be chronic; manage it with a healthy diet, good quality of sleep and learn to manage your emotional wellbeing.

Low Progesterone

It looks unlikely that you have low progesterone levels. That is really great.

Progesterone is another steroid hormone that works hand in hand with estrogen as its counterbalance partner. Progesterone's role is to regulate the uterine lining (i.e., it keeps the lining from getting too thick), mood and sleep. Low progesterone levels often cause infertility, night sweats, sleeplessness, PMS and irregular menstrual cycles. It's also common for women to experience painful and/or swollen breasts, heavy or painful periods, bloating, easily disrupted sleep or itchy or restless legs. Healthy progesterone levels are needed to conceive and maintain a healthy pregnancy.

What can you do?

Low progesterone levels are the most common hormone imbalance in women after age 35 when our ovaries start to slow down. It is, therefore, best if you observe your symptoms carefully and revisit this quiz if you start to show more symptoms, especially as you enter perimenopause.

High Estrogen

It looks like you do not have estrogen dominance.

That's good news, because you need estrogen and progesterone in balance. Estrogen is another potent steroid hormone (or rather a group of hormones) that is responsible for keeping you joyful, juicy and feeling sexy. However, high estrogen levels can result in stubborn weight gain, particularly in the hips and butt, mood swings, PMS, depression or irritability, weepiness, sometimes over the most ridiculous things and 'mini breakdowns' or anxiety. Women with high estrogen levels can develop fibroids and endometriosis. Elevated estrogen levels have also been connected to be the leading cause of breast cancer in women.

What can you do?

Keep in mind the overlap of these symptoms with symptoms of low or slow progesterone. It is best if you observe your symptoms carefully and revisit this quiz if you start to show more symptoms, especially as you enter perimenopause.

To learn more about prevention, I recommend watching the (free) workshop “How to Use Food to Rebalance Your Hormones” here: http://www.cookingforbalance.com.

Low Estrogen

It sounds unlikely that you have low estrogen at this point, which is great.

Estrogen is another potent steroid hormone (or rather a group of hormones) that is responsible for keeping you joyful, juicy and feeling sexy. Women with low estrogen levels often experience mood swings, low libido, dry vagina, achy joints, less mental focus and enthusiasm.

What can you do?

Keep in mind that this occurs in most women in the year prior to their last period and thereafter. It is, therefore, best if you observe your symptoms carefully and revisit this quiz if you start to show more symptoms, especially as you enter perimenopause.

To learn more about prevention, I invite you to watch the (free) workshop “How to Use Food to Rebalance Your Hormones” here: http://www.cookingforbalance.com.

High Androgens

You are unlikely to have high androgens.

But keep track of your symptoms over time. That's good news because high androgens can cause unwanted facial hair growth, frontal hair loss, hyperglycemia or hypoglycemia and/or unstable blood sugar levels, irritability, aggression or episodes of depression and anxiety.

What can you do?

It is best if you observe your symptoms carefully and revisit this quiz if you start to show more symptoms such as increased breakouts, greasy skin, facial hair growth, or weight gain.

Low Thyroid

It looks unlikely that you have low thyroid at this point.

Which is great because low thyroid can cause decreased mental acuity, fatigue, hair loss, depression, stubborn weight and constipation.

What can you do?

Sadly, 1 in 5 women develops a thyroid condition in her lifetime. Be on the lookout for symptoms of low thyroid function - particularly rising cholesterol, hair loss, weight gain and fatigue - and revisit this quiz if you start to show more symptoms.

To learn more about prevention, I recommend downloading the Thyroid Diet Starter Kit at http://www.thyroiddietcoach.com to find out more about some of the dietary and lifestyle choices you can make to sustain good overall health.

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