If you have a six-cylinder engine, you certainly want it to be operating on all cylinders, don’t you?
With all hormones, it’s important to look at them as a symphony- they all play a role while influencing one another as well. If progesterone is low, that could impair thyroid activity, if cortisol is high, expect impaired conversion of storage thyroid (T4) to active thyroid (T3.)
Your metabolism relies on many factors, and the cause and effect of hormonal balance plays a significant role.
When one speaks of “hormones” the mind often goes to menopause, andropause, hot flashes and sex drive. We must consider that there are many more hormones floating around in our body, such as insulin, cortisol, leptin, ghrelin, and even vitamin D is known as a “pro-hormone,” a precursor to others.
…and they all factor in to a healthy metabolism.
We have recently spoken about insulin stimulation and the role it plays, as well as the factor of cortisol...
This is an interesting time of year. Many people work so hard all year long, eating right, exercising, shedding a few pounds, gaining control of those gnawing cravings…and it all goes up in smoke with the end of year seasonal indulgences, leading them to work twice as hard at the gym come January.
Is there a way to prevent, or gain control of these cravings even after they lose control like a brake-less semi-truck down a mountain pass?
The answer is YES, and I think its important to understand why we might have cravings. There are two main reasons; stress, and a high insulin stimulating diet.
The New Year, new goals, finishing tying up 2017 obligations, post-holiday stress- let’s face it, there’s a lot going on. There is no better time to begin implementing those stress management techniques you have been thinking about, maybe get on a natural supplement to support your adrenals and cortisol levels.
The high insulin stimulating diet comes from too much...
February is National Heart Awareness month, and one of the best things you can do for your heart is to shed those extra pounds of fat.
Sometimes we get caught up “isolating” our health goals and treat everything as a separate process. I can tell you it’s a whole lot easier to focus on the root cause, as multiple health issues can fall like dominos.
For instance, extra body fat and heart disease often have a major factor in common, excessive insulin production. Insulin resistance and hyperinsulinemia, the state of elevated insulin levels, train your body to store fat, and not burn it.
Insulin resistance is the root of what’s known as metabolic syndrome; dramatically increasing the risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke, resistant weight loss, obesity, Alzheimer’s disease, and many other “modern day diseases” that can be prevented and managed through lifestyle strategies such as diet, exercise and natural supplements.
It seems everyone is looking for the fountain of youth…the ticket to add live to your years and years to your life.
What many people do not realize is your diet is responsible for 80% of your body composition and the secret to healthy aging, and at times what appears to be anti-aging- is what you DON’T EAT.
We have been talking a lot about elevated blood sugar, insulin resistance and hyperinsulinemia, and how it puts a wrench in one’s metabolic engine. Now I want to share with you what are known as Advanced Glycation End Products, or AGE’s.
AGE’s are a byproduct of glycation, which is a result of elevated blood sugar and insulin, where sugars attach to proteins or fat, leading to damage of cells, organs and body systems.
AGE’s also accumulate naturally as you age, and are created when certain foods are cooked at high temperatures.
The acronym, A.G.E.s is perfect, because AGE’s essentially accelerate the aging process.
While low levels are...