02 Jun HealologyEd ~ WEIGHT MANAGEMENT SECRETS AS APPLIED TO OUR HORMONES
Weight Management Secrets as Applied to our Hormones
Weight Management Secrets as Applied to our Hormones at HealologyHealth
It’s no secret that in the United States, weight management is one of the biggest problems we deal with when handling our health. Increased obesity trends in the United States are more prevalent today than ever before, starting with kids, all the way to adulthood. Our weight can fluctuate depending on age, genetics, stress, sleep, along with how active we are. The quality and quantity of food we eat also contributes to this epidemic. This is often connected to our body’s hormones for both men and women.
What we need is balance. What needs to happen is controlling cortisol which regulates blood sugar. This can go up and down based on lifestyle, stress levels, and how we handle stress. We need Estrogen and Progesterone to manage hip and thigh fat distribution. Testosterone and DHEA helps us with our metabolism and lean muscle mass. Cortisol regulates blood sugars, while the thyroid sets metabolism, insulin, and fat storage. They all need each other and must work together to provide balance. So, how do we control all of this?
First, let’s talk about some of the causes. It’s no longer about calories in and out. It has to do with things like what genes you inherit from you family, hormones fluctuating or being depleted, and finding the missing links that assist us in creating control. Part of it has to do with our adrenals that sit on top of our kidneys secreting cortisol. When the hormones are unbalanced, it can lead to weight gain, belly fat in women, and a spare tire in men. A sluggish metabolism often makes us resistance to physical activity. Due to cortisol levels, we can go through a 360-degree cycle of symptoms like sugar cravings, raging appetites, and emotional eating. This in turn causes fatigue, burnout, decreased sex drive, and insomnia. Then, we come to loss of muscle mass causing an even slower metabolism and consequently, a steady weight gain. After we hit our 40’s, for many, it seems to get worse. The slow metabolism and shifts in weight can also be caused by our thyroid.
Now to the good stuff… How do we take care of this? First, you must recognize the signs and symptoms of hormone imbalance. And, let’s be honest, many of us are notorious for making excuses or ignoring our ailments. It is important to have a skilled healthcare professional who is trained in hormones and will listen to you and your complaints. Testing may simply involve saliva, blood, or urine testing. These are the most advanced methods. When you have your blood drawn, like most people do when they go see their provider, it doesn’t always give you the whole story.
Eating real hormone-free foods is necessary and the first step. And trust me, the sooner the better. Nowadays hormones are regularly injected into our foods and this is one of the reasons girls have breasts and boys have more body hair at such younger ages.
- Real Food: fruits, vegetables, good fats, and fiber are key hormone free meats
- Water: 64 -100 ounces of water daily for most adults
- Physical Activity: move every day, have a goal of 10,000 steps a day
- Sleep:seven hours of uninterrupted sleep
- BHRT: bioidentical hormones for balance, don’t do this without assistance, as too much is as bad as too little
- Vitamins: quality professional brands of multivitamins, supplements, and minerals
- Adaptogens: herbs that help our body reduce stress and fatigue
- Stress: balance stress with yoga and meditation, life’s ultimate challenge for most, including me
- Go Green: go organic (No BPA’s, No XENO’s) BPA’s are the terrible chemicals in some plastics and XENO’s are foreign substances like pesticides and hormones in our foods
Remember, it is important to find the missing link contributing to our weight. Awareness will allow us to make the connection and fix it, so we can feel better, look better, and live better.