Estrogen, progesterone and testosterone - these are probably the three most commonly known hormones in the body, but what about all of the other wonderful hormones that we produce? There are many different hormones produced in the body that all too often get overlooked and forgotten about, especially when dealing with concerns such as fatigue, poor sleep, pain and the all-too-famous ‘weight gain’. I am referring to cortisol, thyroid hormones, growth hormone and melatonin. Let’s have a look at how important these hormones really are when it comes to losing weight and how to achieve optimal levels.
HORMONE, FUNCTION AND IMPORTANCE HOW TO OBTAIN OPTIMAL LEVELS FOR WEIGHT LOSS
CORTISOL Secreted from the adrenal glands. Regulates stress from internal and external sources; regulates blood sugar and immune responses; and metabolizes fats, proteins, carbohydrates. • Avoid excess exercising as it spikes cortisol • Reduce alcohol, sugar & caffeine as they are stimulating to the adrenal glands • Practice deep breathing & mindful meditation • Make sure thyroid gland function is optimal as it’s closely related to the adrenals
THYROID HORMONES Secreted by the thyroid gland. Thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3) are responsible for any growth, development and metabolic processes in the body. • Make sure Brassicae family veggies (cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, brussels sprouts, kohlrabi) are cooked as they can depress the thyroid gland function if consumed raw • Balanced progesterone hormones are needed for proper thyroid function • Selenium, copper, zinc, B12, Vitamin C, Vitamin E are important for converting thyroid hormones into their active form (T3)
GROWTH HORMONE Secreted by the anterior pituitary gland. Plays a role in blood sugar regulation, promotes reduction in stored fat and aids in protein synthesis. • Ensure proper sleep as this hormone release peaks at night • Possible arginine supplementation may help boost growth hormone levels (speak to your health care provider before beginning supplementation) • Avoid excess sugars as this increases insulin levels, which inhibit growth hormone levels
MELATONIN Secreted by the pineal gland. Helps maintain the body’s internal clock in order to regulate proper sleep, muscle growth and repair. • Ensure optimal gut health as melatonin is synthesized in the GI tract • Avoid electronics 2 hours before bed to maintain proper pineal gland release
With over 50 different hormones produced in the bodyall working closely together, it’s important to make sure each of them are operating at peak performance levels. If you are struggling with losing weight despite all the fad diets and exercising, then it may be time to check your hormone functioning. At TCHPP, we offer free 15-minute consultations to address your health concerns. Book your consult today to get started on your healing journey to ensure the proper hormone balance for your optimal health.