This week we are discussing a subject of nutrition that is dear to me, because back in 2013 my hormones were out of balance and it was really frustrating time for my health, becuase it felt like no matter what healthy things i did, my health issues were spiraling out of control, even though I was working out and eating somewhat healthy-at least thats what I thought. I started to notice that it wasn’t just a matter of macro nutrients and calories in and out combined with intense exercise that helps you have optimal health, energy and gets you to your fitness and weight loss goals.
Hormones play a big role in your health, as well as your fitness goals whether they are weight loss, toning, fat burning or building muscle. Little did I realize that unbalanced hormones were wrecking havoc on my body and mind.
Hormones are like chemical messengers, and govern nearly every cellular action in our body.
It might surprise you to learn that our sex hormones like estrogen, progesterone and testosterone, while very important, are not actually essential for survival.
They’re required in more of a “beauty capacity” (keeping our skin, hair & nails looking great) and are responsible for that whole sex and fertility business.
On the other hand, our stress hormones (like cortisol) are absolutely critical to survival because they regulate heartbeat and blood pressure, and shuttle glucose into our cells - essentially feeding our brain, among other life-sustaining functions.
These hormones are so crucial, in fact, that in times of chronic stress, “hormone of stress” cortisol will be made at the expense of sex hormones, which can cause “belly fat”. No wonder we can start gaining weight and feeling out of whack at certain stages of life!
So, what happens when hormones stop playing nice?
Discover about the 10 most commonly experienced signs and symptoms that are red flags for hormone imbalance and how they can affect your energy, your health and when not in balance, may actually hinder your weight loss and toning progress…Read more