Healthy Fats Are the Building Blocks for Hormone Production
Since your body uses fats as building blocks for hormones, eating healthy fats, especially saturated fats, is vital for good hormone health and proper hormonal balance. Always consider that whatever you are eating is either helping hormone production, or causing unpredictable imbalances. Your body can't produce hormones when it doesn't have the proper chemistry. That's why it is important that your menu plan has enough quality proteins, beneficial fats and nutrient dense vegetables to support hormonal balance.
Hormone Imbalance Can Cause Health Problems
Hormones secreted by glands and organs work together to control your body. If one or more is slightly imbalanced, it can cause major health problems, such as:
- Trouble sleeping
- Sudden weight gain
- Bloating, gas, indigestion
- Female hormone imbalances
- Confusion or forgetfulness
- Getting sick too often
Any long-term activation of your stress-response system that allows for the overexposure to stress hormones can disrupt many of the body's processes putting you at increased risk of chronic health conditions.
Chronic Stress Can Lead to Weight Loss Resistance
A source of weight-loss resistance that can make it difficult to lose unwanted weight is stress. Stress, in turn, releases a hormone called cortisol. According to medical researchers, having excess cortisol in your body puts you at increased risk of heart disease and causes your body to store visceral fat around your internal organs, which often appears as excess belly fat. Although short, intermittent bursts of cortisol helped our ancestors survive and still comes to our aid today, prolonged exposure to stress hormones can have devastating effects to your health and well-being.
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