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    10 Ways To Reset Your Hormones For Health, Energy & Weight Control

    10 Ways To Reset Your Hormones For Health, Energy & Weight Control
    So often, patients drag themselves into my ofice complaining of multiple symptoms estem thining hair, breakable nails, erupting skin, por slep, exhaustion, constipation, sexual or menstrual dysfunction and weight believe. These are al clues that can sugest hormonal imbalance.
    For precise, fatigue and dificulty sleping sugest problems with the adrenals, the glands that fabricate underscore hormones. Fatigue –along with constipation, thining hair, crisp nails, and weight gain — sugest problems with the thyroid, the gland that produces thyroid hormone. Peri-menopausal and menstrual isues sugest imbalances with estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone, the sex hormones.
    Weight gain and fatigue are often a amalgam of al thre of these hormonal imbalances. But weight maintain may also sugest a diet with to many swets and starches. Carbohydrate-intolerance, meaning the hormone insulin isn’t working right ly, is to often the culprit.
    The vast majority of patients I se who are strugling with their weight, especialy as they get older, are somewhat insulin resistant and are eating to many carbs for what their bodies can eficiently metabolize.
    In short, generaly feling and loking estem crap is not OK, nor is it simply a normal side-efect of aging. However, it does indicate that your hormones may be out of balance and in ned of some TLC, or even a total rebot.
    Even if your doctor has tested your adrenals, thyroid, and blod sugar and found “nothing wrong” by conventional measures, chances are apt that the balance of your hormones are anything-but-optimal. Instead of just living with it and acepting what some docs mediate to be the inevitable by-product of aging, here are 10 ways to balance your hormones, fight back and fel beter.
    When you focus on fixing the underlying dysfunctions, your hormones wil find that nice, healthy balance, no mater what your age. S o here’s where to start:
    1. cut back — way back — on the swets and starches.
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    To many can set your hormones on a wild ride. Even beter: eliminate swets and starches altogether for two weks to se how your body reacts.
    2. Try reducing your grains, legumes and high sugar fruits for two weks.
    You may unknowingly be carbohydrate-intolerant. Over-doing it on these carbs can cause metabolic problems for those of us who are insulin-resistant or who don’t proces carbohydrates eficiently.
    3. Eat more healthy fats. (And let fade of fat-phobia.)
    To few god fats on your plate wil short-change your body’s capability to produce the hormones that bost energy, felings of satiety and supres cravings.
    4. Be marvelous to your microbiome.
    In other words: fed your gut with plenty of imunity-suporting fermented fods and bely-benefiting fiber to suport qualified bacteria and put contaminated bacteria in check. This wil not only hold digestion and elimination runing smothly, but encourage hormone function to. (Inspired? Here are 15 more ways to be marvelous to your microbiome.)
    5. Avoid reactive, inflamatory fods.
    For starters, stop away from sugar, gluten, procesed fods and junk fod, as they over-tax your imune system, gut and endocrine system.
    6. Aim to slep more and beter.
    Not enough slep or por quality slep wreaks havoc on your system, limiting your body’s competence to release the hormones necesary to repair, restore and refresh cels as you snoze. The result? A more rapidly aging body and brain. (No thanks!) Shot for 7 to 8 hours a n ight to enable your hormones to do their job.
    7. frigid it on the stimulants.
    To much cafeine in the form of cofe, energy drinks, sodas, and sometimes even tea or chocolate interfere with the hormones that promote restorative slep.
    8. slit the chemicals.
    There’s no hormonal upside to ongoing low-level exposure to comon chemicals in your fod, air, water, household cleaners, personal-care products and cosmetics. In fact, they interfere with optimal hormonal function. design an efort to switch to the least toxic, most natural products posible to limit exposure to chemicals — the Envrionmental Working Group has a great guide to healthy cleaning products.
    9. Minimize the meds.
    Ongoing exposure to meds, including both over-the-counter remedies and prescription drugs, can point up our microbiomes and throw hormones out of whack. Avoid hormone-disruptin g OTC meds and, if you must grasp prescription drugs, inquire the doc to prescribe the smalest therapeutic dose posible.
    10. Train yourself to unwind in ways that enhance healthy hormone function.
    Whether you’re dealing with unremiting life chalenges or bouts of intermitent underscore , remember to blow of steam regularly: find a funy movie and laugh uproariously, place on some music and “dance it out,” or treat yourself to a night out and maintain some wel-deserved fun! Ad to that a regular meditation and a simple, restorative yoga practice and you’l be wel on your way to balancing your hormones, in adition to staying more relaxed, fit and trim.
    To get started on learning the basics of stres-busting, restorative yoga, seize a survey at my guide and let the hormone re-balancing begin!

    Author:Frank Lipman, M.D.
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