When our stomach hurts or we're breaking out, we tend to blame our symptoms on something we ate or a beauty product we're using. But sometimes what's happening in our body has to do with something less obvious: our hormones. There are a number of physical signs of a hormone imbalance — some that you may not have even realized have to do with your hormones. If you're having a hard time eradicating these symptoms no matter how you tweak your health, it very well could mean your hormones are off.
"Hormones drive what you’re interested in: They influence emotion, brain chemicals, behavior, the immune system, and how you turn food into fuel," Dr. Sara Gottfried, MD author of The Hormone Cure and The Hormone Reset Diet, tells Bustle. "When your hormones are in balance, neither too high nor too low, you look and feel your best. But when they are imbalanced," you'll notice a range of symptoms that may not make you feel great.
Symptoms vary person-to-person and depend on what hormones are out of whack, but there are some key signs to watch for in your body that can indicate an imbalance and that it may be time to see your doctor. Here are seven physical signs experts say indicate that your hormones are off.