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How Hormones Affect Your Health, From Mood To Weight Loss

Posted on July 19 2018

How Hormones Affect Your Health, From Mood To Weight Loss

Throughout the course of twenty-four hours, many different hormones run through your body. Over the course of one month, these hormones can fluctuate as well, even more for women than for men. As these hormones rise and fall, they regulate or change things in your body—things such as your appetite, mood, cravings, ability to lose weight, and more. As we learn more about the human body, we learn more about hormones. The more knowledge we have about how hormones affect our bodies, the more we can adapt to these levels, making them work in our favor.

Testosterone

Coming from the adrenal glands as well as the ovaries, testosterone assists with your energy, sex drive, and muscle growth. A lack of testosterone can lead to a drop in muscle mass, a decrease in sex drive, and a sluggish metabolism. That may mean you will gain weight despite trying to stay active or eat healthily. An imbalance in testosterone can come from consuming too much sugar, or from lack of physical activity. To maintain healthy levels, you should work out for at least thirty minutes, 3 to 4 times per week.

Estrogen

Estrogen is strictly a female hormone that is produced by the ovaries. This is that troublemaker that creates cravings during certain times of the menstrual cycle. Don’t be confused though—a rise in estrogen actually work to suppress your appetite. It’s when your estrogen drops that you become more prone to overeating. These constant changes in estrogen can really affect your ability to lose weight if you are not careful. The best way to regulate estrogen is to consume a very healthy diet, get in enough exercise, and make sure you are drinking enough water each day.

Leptin

Leptin is a hormone that is native to the fat cells in the body. When your body has eaten enough food at mealtimes, leptin will kick in and signal that it is time to slow down. When the body isn’t producing enough leptin, you can end up overeating, because nothing is telling you to slow down. On the flip side, if you have too much extra weight on your body, this can lead to your body becoming resistant to leptin. You can regulate your leptin levels by avoiding crash diets, and other fad diets. Eat your meals slower. This gives the body more time to produce leptin, and you will have consumed fewer calories than if you had rushed through your meal.

Ghrelin

This is a hormone that is created in the gut and works hand in hand with leptin. When your stomach is nearly empty, ghrelin kicks in. Once you have consumed enough food to keep you going for a few hours, ghrelin will slow down. Many people who are trying to lose weight have trouble with the process, because ghrelin production increases when the body thinks it is starving. This can be a tricky hormone to deal with, and many people don’t even know it exists.

Human Chorionic Gonadotropin

Human Chorionic Gonadotropin, also known as HCG, is created in the placenta during pregnancy. This is the hormone that many pregnancy tests screen for in order to confirm a pregnancy. Once the second trimester arrives, these levels remain stable for the rest of the pregnancy. Surprisingly, HCG has recently been the focus of some diets due to the way that it suppresses hunger hormones and uses the fat already stored in the body to create energy.

These are just some of the different hormones that are being passed around through our body at any given moment. These and other hormones can have quite an effect on the body when it comes to how a person feels mentally, how they feel physically, and how quickly, or slowly they can lose weight.

An imbalance in any hormone in the body can lead to all kinds of unwanted symptoms. If you suspect that you have something going on with your body, and think it could be because of hormones, talk to your doctor. Many different tests can be done to check the balance of hormones in the body.

If an imbalance is detected, there are a few different options that can help. First of all, watch what you are putting in your body. Make sure your foods, specifically things that are animal-based, are organic and gmo-free. This way you can avoid foods that could cause wreckage on all of the hormones we’ve just talked about. Second, talk to your doctor about medications and lifestyle changes that can make a big difference. Certain medical conditions can also play a role in hormone production, as well as dietary selections, physical fitness, and much more.

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