Hormones are the body’s messengers, directing all of its functioning. In a healthy body the hormonal system maintains a finely tuned balance. Think of it like a spider’s web. When one hormone is out of balance it’s like flicking the web, it affects the whole web of your hormonal system.
The major hormones, insulin, cortisol, and adrenaline control life sustaining bodily functions like maintaining blood pressure and heart rate, blood sugar regulation, ph balance and stress adaptation.
The minor hormones like melatonin, pregnenolone, estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA and human growth hormone rely on the proper balance of the major players in order to fully function.
That is why it is so important to keep your insulin and cortisol levels steady and in balance. They provide the rhythm for the rest of your hormones to keep up with the dance.
However, if you eat too many refined carbohydrates, your insulin levels will be off the charts and that will eventually lead to insulin resistance.
Likewise, stressors of all kinds cause high cortisol levels, which if chronic (as with most people) will leave you with adrenal exhaustion resulting in low cortisol levels and an inability to handle stress.
When your insulin and cortisol levels are dysregulated, that "flicks the web" and throws your entire hormonal system out of balance.
To feel your best your hormones must be balanced. Fatigue, insomnia, brain fog, cravings headaches, depression, PMS, and premature aging are all symptoms of hormonal imbalances.
Women experiencing peri-menopause and menopause are quite familiar with these symptoms of hormone imbalance as their progesterone levels drop, and estrogen follows along.
Because the precursors to hormones are protein, cholesterol and essential fats, your diet should include these nutrients to ensure proper hormone production.
These same macronutrients are also necessary to keep blood sugar balanced and insulin regulated.
By eating clean grass fed meats, organic eggs from cage free hens, and healthy fats like organic nuts, seeds, avocados, coconut oil, olive oil, fish oil and flax seeds, you are “feeding” your hormones and addressing the above symptoms.
If at the same time you reduce and manage your stress, get adequate sleep, exercise regularly and maintain a positive attitude, cortisol and insulin levels will stay on track, and you have set the stage for overall hormonal balance.
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