Hormones. Though misunderstood and somewhat mysterious, they are responsible for nearly every human biological function you can think of…far more than just making teenagers randy and inducing 5 days of ‘the crazies’ on us ladies every month. Our hormones control our growth, sexual development, sleep patterns, appetites, reproductive cycles, the health of hair, skin and nails, our digestive system and production of red blood cells, to name a few. Hormonal balance in the human body is a delicate system of checks and balances requiring optimum gland and organ health to operate efficiently. In the absence of hormonal harmony we can experience numerous side effects including things like muscular atrophy, diabetes and the dreaded weight gain!
So how do we ensure hormonal balance in our bodies? You guessed it….proper nutrition and an intelligent exercise routine!
Let’s look at nutrition first. Any diet that is excessively low in calories, whether it’s a low carb, fat free, or protein deficient program has been shown to have an extremely detrimental effect on hormone levels, particularly the reproductive/sex type like estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. These hormones all play a huge role in reproduction, fat loss, bone health, muscle mass, sex drive, mood stability and risk of depression, to name a few. The best thing you can do to regulate your amounts is to eat an appropriate amount of calories, including clean choices of carbohydrates, proteins and fats! One thing I always recommend is to supplement your diet with a quality fish oil and/or flax seed dosage daily. Fish oil and flax seeds are impeccable sources of Omega 3 fats and have been shown to be extremely beneficial in regards to hormone regulation. Wild salmon, flax seeds, walnuts and eggs provide some of the richest sources of Omega 3 fatty acids but if you can’t consume enough in your diet there are numerous supplements available that will do the trick. There’s a lot more to be said about hormones so check back soon for more on how you can make the most of your health and weight loss efforts through hormone regulation!Found this post useful and want more? Subscribe to our Blog feed
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