by Yasmin Nolasco

Are you familiar with the connection between hormones and weight? This is often misunderstood because hormones are complex. What you should know is that they all work together in synchronicity. An imbalance in hormones can cause various issues for both men and women. There are many hormones in the body. For example, Cortisol is the stress hormone that stimulates the ​​blood sugar roller coaster, which tells your body that you need to eat—and right now. This, in turn, can turn insulin secretion on overdrive, which makes you store fat. Estrogen and progesterone play a role, too, since estrogen dominance (where your body is either producing too much estrogen or you’re not getting rid of it properly) can contribute to weight loss resistance, and a drop in progesterone can lead to increased appetite for some. Essentially hormones play a large role in our metabolism.

What causes an imbalance in hormones are issues with the thyroid gland, excess fat in the body, stress, insomnia, and eating disorders. Some symptoms include irregular periods, low sex-drive, unexplained weight gain, tiredness, anxiety,  and mood swings. You may lose your energy and zest for life. As a result, your relationships may suffer, and you may feel as if your quality of life has suddenly dropped dramatically as well.

Fortunately, there are all solutions to help balance hormones. Here are a few:

  • Get all the right hormone-balancing nutrients from your diet. Supplementing with certain vitamins and supplements may help as well.
  • Eat enough Protein
  • Eat fatty fish like salmon or trout.
  • Physical activity. Moving your body helps balance mood and hormones.
  • Learn to manage stress. Nature walks and meditation are a couple of solutions.
  • Avoid sugar and refined carbohydrates.
  • Avoid overeating or undereating
  • Lose weight

Focus on eating hormone-balancing foods that are rich in minerals.

Mineral-Rich Foods

  • Flax seeds
  • Chia Seeds
  • Spirulina/chlorella powder
  • Maca root powder (Amazon)
  • Leafy Greens- ex: Spinach
  • Legumes-beans, lentils
  • Seeds and nuts-pumpkin
  • Magnesium supplement

For more nutrition advice, you can book a consultation or call our office at 240-766-4552

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