Weight loss is not simple math

Good hormones gone bad
June 27, 2016
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Weight loss is not simple math

It is not about eating less and exercising more. You better believe it.

You can count calories and try to sweat it off till the cows come home, but if your cortisol is too high or your thyroid is sluggish, that belly is there to stay.

After seeing thousands of patients, I can say that almost anyone who struggles with weight loss also struggles with a hormone imbalance. You will be amazed when you see how easy weight loss becomes once hormones are in harmony. Let’s call it Hormone Harmony!

It is not you, it’s them!

High Cortisol

Cortisol is known as the stress hormone. It is released by the adrenal glands when you experience emotional, mental, or physical stress. This hormone is necessary. Otherwise, our perfectly designed bodies would not produce it. Cortisol gives us the burst of energy needed to handle the present stressful situation. The problem lies when it is too high for too long. High cortisol levels can lead to pre-diabetes, diabetes, high blood pressure, depression, anxiety and weight gain.

High Cortisol is the most common hormone imbalance, and it may be the one wreaking the most havoc on your health. If you’re struggling with hard-to-lose belly fat, you may have high cortisol.

Cortisol is the alpha hormone, and it determines how well your other main hormones – thyroid and estrogen in women, thyroid, and testosterone in men – function. Chronic stress is to blame for high cortisol and nowadays it is a cultural epidemic. Chronic stress is also responsible for low cortisol aka adrenal fatigue, but that’s another story or blog.

Stubborn belly fat, lack of sleep, sugar cravings? Go to my Cortisol Rescue Tips.

CORTISOL RESCUE TIPS

Manage your Stress Response. It’s not the stress itself it’s how we manage the stress that matters.

Every day you need to STOP and recuperate. Yoga, meditation, breathing exercises, quiet time, soothing music. Pick a method to recuperate to help you manage your stress response.

Another tip I recommend to patients is taking a mindful minute. Let’s take one right now. Set a one-minute timer on your smartphone and set a reminder to set off three to four times per day. It will say “mindful minute” and you will take a short moment to be mindful! To get into the present moment by first tuning into your breath then engaging the five senses, smell, sound, taste, touch, and sight. Before you know it you have just taken a mindful minute! Countless studies report that moments of mindfulness counteracts the harmful effects of stress.

It is also crucial to get 7-9 hours of good quality sleep, stay well-hydrated, and eat small healthy meals and snacks on a regular basis.

Supplements that might help: fish oil, B vitamins as well as vitamin C.

Low Thyroid

The Thyroid Hormone is a metabolic hormone secreted by the thyroid gland. It regulates temperature, metabolism, and brain function, which results in increased energy temperature and warmth. It increases the fat breakdown resulting in weight loss as well as lower cholesterol. It relieves symptoms of thin, sparse hair, dry skin, and weak nails. It also helps clear away brain fog.

Symptoms of low thyroid or sluggish thyroid include weight gain, fatigue, poor concentration, constipation, poor sleep, and depression. It is important to know that your thyroid bloodwork could be in the normal range but still give symptoms of a sluggish thyroid if the numbers hover on the low end of normal.  A slow metabolism is another common cause of weight gain when it comes to weight loss struggles. Stress and high cortisol can slow down your thyroid, but other causes of low thyroid and slow metabolism include Vitamin D deficiency and gluten sensitivity.

LOW THYROID RESCUE TIPS

You can take steps on your own to correct a thyroid imbalance by adding vitamin D to the supplements you take, or get some naturally and commit to spending more time in the sun. Lastly, see if you have a gluten sensitivity by removing foods with gluten from your diet for a few weeks. If you lose weight and have more energy, guess what? You have a sensitivity. Other supplements that help the thyroid function more optimally are iodine, selenium, magnesium, and B vitamins.

Insulin Resistance

The pancreas secretes insulin to metabolize the sugars in your diet. So if there is persistently too much sugar in your diet, there will be too much insulin secreted by your pancreas to keep normal blood sugar levels. Over time this process causes a resistance to your own insulin, and the amount of insulin that previously worked doesn’t work anymore. This is bad! Now, because you body is so awesome and loves you, it secretes more insulin to try to keep your sugar balanced. However, unlike love, too much insulin is a bad thing. Insulin is a fat storing hormone. When your cells become numb to insulin, you accumulate fat, particularly when readily available, you guessed, your belly.

INSULIN RESCUE TIPS

You can reverse insulin resistance by lowering the consumption of simple carbs and sugars. Exercise and weight loss can also reverse it. Some supplements that I recommend are Chromium Picolinate, Cinamon Cassia Bark Extract, and Alpha Lipoid Acid.

Low Estrogen

Estrogen is the primary female sex hormone.

Low Estrogen stimulates appetite. It also causes sleep disturbances, fatigue, and inability to focus on tasks. Hot flashes, night sweats, and cold chills may disrupt sleep. Low estrogen reduces the density of your bones, dries up your eyes, skin, and vagina. Decreases in estrogen levels also lower sex drive. As a result, you wind up tired, overweight, and grumpy.

ESTROGEN RESCUE TIPS

Exercise regularly, eat a healthy diet, and yes, good old sex. If you smoke… STOP!!! Drink alcohol in moderation.

Aside from taking estrogen prescribed by your doctor, some supplements may help, like black cohosh, valerian root, wild yam, and soybeans.

Low Testosterone

Testosterone is also a female sex hormone and it plays a critical role in the physical and emotional health of women. Low testosterone slows down your metabolism, makes you pudgy, and less able to develop muscle. Low levels also decrease your sex drive and enjoyment of sex. Replenishment of testosterone in women contributes to the restoration of libido, relief of menopausal symptoms, energy gain, strengthening of bone, and prevention of osteoporosis. Many women don’t realize how much it can improve skin. The best hormone for the skin to prevent thinning and wrinkles and increase collagen and elastin is testosterone.

TESTOSTERONE RESCUE TIPS

Very simple: ditch alcohol and sugar, regular exercise, healthy diet, and plenty of sleep.

To learn more about optimizing your hormones visit me at http://ohealthnow.com/contact-2/

To your Ohealth, Dr. T

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Good hormones gone bad
June 27, 2016
Show all

Weight loss is not simple math

It is not about eating less and exercising more. You better believe it.

You can count calories and try to sweat it off till the cows come home, but if your cortisol is too high or your thyroid is sluggish, that belly is there to stay.

After seeing thousands of patients, I can say that almost anyone who struggles with weight loss also struggles with a hormone imbalance. You will be amazed when you see how easy weight loss becomes once hormones are in harmony. Let’s call it Hormone Harmony!

It is not you, it’s them!

High Cortisol

Cortisol is known as the stress hormone. It is released by the adrenal glands when you experience emotional, mental, or physical stress. This hormone is necessary. Otherwise, our perfectly designed bodies would not produce it. Cortisol gives us the burst of energy needed to handle the present stressful situation. The problem lies when it is too high for too long. High cortisol levels can lead to pre-diabetes, diabetes, high blood pressure, depression, anxiety and weight gain.

High Cortisol is the most common hormone imbalance, and it may be the one wreaking the most havoc on your health. If you’re struggling with hard-to-lose belly fat, you may have high cortisol.

Cortisol is the alpha hormone, and it determines how well your other main hormones – thyroid and estrogen in women, thyroid, and testosterone in men – function. Chronic stress is to blame for high cortisol and nowadays it is a cultural epidemic. Chronic stress is also responsible for low cortisol aka adrenal fatigue, but that’s another story or blog.

Stubborn belly fat, lack of sleep, sugar cravings? Go to my Cortisol Rescue Tips.

CORTISOL RESCUE TIPS

Manage your Stress Response. It’s not the stress itself it’s how we manage the stress that matters.

Every day you need to STOP and recuperate. Yoga, meditation, breathing exercises, quiet time, soothing music. Pick a method to recuperate to help you manage your stress response.

Another tip I recommend to patients is taking a mindful minute. Let’s take one right now. Set a one-minute timer on your smartphone and set a reminder to set off three to four times per day. It will say “mindful minute” and you will take a short moment to be mindful! To get into the present moment by first tuning into your breath then engaging the five senses, smell, sound, taste, touch, and sight. Before you know it you have just taken a mindful minute! Countless studies report that moments of mindfulness counteracts the harmful effects of stress.

It is also crucial to get 7-9 hours of good quality sleep, stay well-hydrated, and eat small healthy meals and snacks on a regular basis.

Supplements that might help: fish oil, B vitamins as well as vitamin C.

Low Thyroid

The Thyroid Hormone is a metabolic hormone secreted by the thyroid gland. It regulates temperature, metabolism, and brain function, which results in increased energy temperature and warmth. It increases the fat breakdown resulting in weight loss as well as lower cholesterol. It relieves symptoms of thin, sparse hair, dry skin, and weak nails. It also helps clear away brain fog.

Symptoms of low thyroid or sluggish thyroid include weight gain, fatigue, poor concentration, constipation, poor sleep, and depression. It is important to know that your thyroid bloodwork could be in the normal range but still give symptoms of a sluggish thyroid if the numbers hover on the low end of normal.  A slow metabolism is another common cause of weight gain when it comes to weight loss struggles. Stress and high cortisol can slow down your thyroid, but other causes of low thyroid and slow metabolism include Vitamin D deficiency and gluten sensitivity.

LOW THYROID RESCUE TIPS

You can take steps on your own to correct a thyroid imbalance by adding vitamin D to the supplements you take, or get some naturally and commit to spending more time in the sun. Lastly, see if you have a gluten sensitivity by removing foods with gluten from your diet for a few weeks. If you lose weight and have more energy, guess what? You have a sensitivity. Other supplements that help the thyroid function more optimally are iodine, selenium, magnesium, and B vitamins.

Insulin Resistance

The pancreas secretes insulin to metabolize the sugars in your diet. So if there is persistently too much sugar in your diet, there will be too much insulin secreted by your pancreas to keep normal blood sugar levels. Over time this process causes a resistance to your own insulin, and the amount of insulin that previously worked doesn’t work anymore. This is bad! Now, because you body is so awesome and loves you, it secretes more insulin to try to keep your sugar balanced. However, unlike love, too much insulin is a bad thing. Insulin is a fat storing hormone. When your cells become numb to insulin, you accumulate fat, particularly when readily available, you guessed, your belly.

INSULIN RESCUE TIPS

You can reverse insulin resistance by lowering the consumption of simple carbs and sugars. Exercise and weight loss can also reverse it. Some supplements that I recommend are Chromium Picolinate, Cinamon Cassia Bark Extract, and Alpha Lipoid Acid.

Low Estrogen

Estrogen is the primary female sex hormone.

Low Estrogen stimulates appetite. It also causes sleep disturbances, fatigue, and inability to focus on tasks. Hot flashes, night sweats, and cold chills may disrupt sleep. Low estrogen reduces the density of your bones, dries up your eyes, skin, and vagina. Decreases in estrogen levels also lower sex drive. As a result, you wind up tired, overweight, and grumpy.

ESTROGEN RESCUE TIPS

Exercise regularly, eat a healthy diet, and yes, good old sex. If you smoke… STOP!!! Drink alcohol in moderation.

Aside from taking estrogen prescribed by your doctor, some supplements may help, like black cohosh, valerian root, wild yam, and soybeans.

Low Testosterone

Testosterone is also a female sex hormone and it plays a critical role in the physical and emotional health of women. Low testosterone slows down your metabolism, makes you pudgy, and less able to develop muscle. Low levels also decrease your sex drive and enjoyment of sex. Replenishment of testosterone in women contributes to the restoration of libido, relief of menopausal symptoms, energy gain, strengthening of bone, and prevention of osteoporosis. Many women don’t realize how much it can improve skin. The best hormone for the skin to prevent thinning and wrinkles and increase collagen and elastin is testosterone.

TESTOSTERONE RESCUE TIPS

Very simple: ditch alcohol and sugar, regular exercise, healthy diet, and plenty of sleep.

To learn more about optimizing your hormones visit me at http://ohealthnow.com/contact-2/

To your Ohealth, Dr. T

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