Hormones And Weight Gain
What are Hormones, And How Are They Associated With Weight Gain?
“According to Wikipedia a hormone is a class of signaling molecules produced by glands in multicellular organisms that are transported by the circulatory system to target distant organs to regulate physiology and behavior.”
So hormones are like chemical messengers secreted by cells or glands in your body that help organs to do particular things.
Weight gain can be either an increase in muscle mass, fat deposits, or excess fluids such as water.
Fat accumulating in specific areas outside of your body can be an indicator of high, low or an imbalance in your hormones inside.
Your hormones impact where you store fat and how efficiently this fat can be reduced. Your hormonal state then is a direct reflection of the location of your body fat.
What Are Bio-identical Hormones?
Bio-identical hormones are those which are identical in molecular structure to the hormones that you make in your body. Other than in your body, these hormones are not found in nature and therefore must be synthesized in a laboratory, typically from extracts of soy or yams.
Natural bio-identical hormones like testosterone, estrogen and progesterone are easily metabolized, allowing your body to incorporate them without the negative side effects often associated with synthetic hormones.
Balance Your Hormones – Suppress Estrogen Levels Naturally
Certain lifestyle changes and simple techniques such as the ones outlined below will help allow you to balance your hormones and reclaim health if you chose not to use hormone replacement therapy.
Acting as an endocrine organ, excessive fat tissue can produce more estrogen in the body, so by maintaining a healthy weight, your body is not stimulated to overproduce certain hormones. Physical activity is a must as part of you’re overall hormone health strategy.
Eat cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, bok choy, kohlrabi and cabbage. These vegetables contain a substance called indole-3-carbinol (I3C) which metabolizes in the body to produce diindolylmethane (DIM) and helps modulate estrogens.
Help balance your hormones naturally with phytoestrogens. Phytoestrogens are plant-based substances found in certain foods such as soy, flax seeds, sunflower seeds, bean sprouts, and legumes like garbanzo beans and peas.
Meditation is also extremely helpful in decreasing stress hormones and allowing the body to function more efficiently. Meditation mind-body techniques create a greater sense of well being and ultimately optimum health.
Zinc- This mineral is involved in almost every aspect of male reproduction, including testosterone metabolism, sperm formation, and sperm motility.
DHEA- DHEA is an important hormone that tends to be depleted steadily with age.
Tribulus- Contains the active ingredient protodioscin, which is reportedly converted to DHEA in the body .
Antioxidants- Studies showing the role of antioxidants in male hormone imbalance in aging men noted that antioxidant supplements (including vitamins A and E, zinc and selenium) all supported testosterone production.
Everything you do has a consequence and this includes the foods you choose to eat- the action of eating food imparts the reaction of hormonal response in your body.
There are also hormone related trouble spots you must be aware of. Fat accumulation in these areas may be a result of a hormone problem that cannot be resolved using typical diet and exercise recommendations. Click here to find out
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