Know Your Hormones
Estrogen, Progesterone & Testosterone: The Sex Hormones
Estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone are the sex hormones that talk to each other. When in balance, they create a synergy in the body. They are, however, responsible for more than our libido. They play a critical role in healthy weight management and mood.
Insulin: The Glucose Key
The natural changes in estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone affect other hormones like insulin. When misfiring, insulin can disrupt the way our body stores and uses calories, which causes weight gain. The more weight we gain, the worse the system functions, causing more weight gain. It becomes a vicious cycle. Insulin is a hormone you hear often discussed in the cases of diabetes. When insulin is out of balance, your body becomes numb to it. As a result, your blood sugar becomes unstable and you store excess fat because your glucose regulation is broken.
Listen to Your Hormones
Maintaining a healthy weight depends on many factors: the foods you eat, your sleep, the way you move your body; however, there are some fat loss blockers you can begin addressing today.
Estrogen dominance is the main reason why women have a harder time losing weight compared to men.
Along with other hormones, estrogen is responsible for how we respond to food, drink, and supplements. Estrogen dominance is the main reason why women have a harder time losing weight compared to men. One of the best ways to help the body excrete excess estrogen from your system is fiber. Incorporating superfoods like Flaxseed and Chia Seeds into your diet will help address that issue.
The typical American diet — loaded with sugar and processed foods — can lead to insulin resistance. Insulin is the “key” that allows glucose to be transported to the cell, so it later can be used as a source of energy. When the “key” isn’t working, it throws of your metabolism and can cause weight gain and other serious health issues. Eating a diet rich in fiber and low in processed sugar and fat can help regulate insulin response and metabolism.
The more energy your body burns at rest, the more efficient your metabolism will be. It’s a win-win.
Testosterone is a key player in muscle formation, bone mass, fat distribution, and brain health. It’s produced by both men and women – although men produce more. Low testosterone levels are associated with weight gain in men and women. Weight resistance training is a great way to preserve muscle mass and activate the production of testosterone. One of the advantages of weight training is your body burns more calories at rest, as muscle requires more energy. The more energy your body burns at rest, the more efficient your metabolism will be. It’s a win-win.
Love Your Hormones
Helping your body regulate cortisol and estrogen levels by consuming foods that help keep both in balance is paramount to a healthy metabolism.
Chia Seeds are a great source of fiber – 11g per 2 Tbsp serving, providing 44% of the daily dietary recommendation(1). Consuming adequate amounts of fiber promotes a healthy metabolism and is preventative against many chronic diseases(2).
Maca is an adaptogenic herb that helps keep things in homeostasis (normal levels). It aids in hormone regulation by nourishing the master glands: hypothalamus and pituitary. According to a study, maca reduces psychological symptoms, including anxiety and depression and has positive effects on energy, stamina, and mood(3).
Turmeric contains a compound called curcumin that is a known antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory. Turmeric stimulates our fat-burning systems to help with weight loss(4) and improves estrogen metabolism(5).
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