The Need To Balance Your Hormones (Men and Women Alike)

by Dr. Karen Cann on March 28, 2012

Hormone balance is critical to good health and should be monitored through saliva and or blood testing with your family  physician. Today, we here in the USA are plagued with a very common disease/disorder that is causing all kinds of chronic illness, pain and dysfunction. It is associated with a well-known hormone called Insulin and the disease is known as Insulin resistance, and it is epidemic!

This is not to be taken lightly if you care about your health and well-being.

Transformation both begins and ends with your health.

What to do to see if you may be one of the unfortunate suffering with this disease:

Check your waist-to-hip ratio, the measurement around your belly button divided by the measurement around your hips—if it is greater than 0.8, you likely have insulin resistance.

What is the cause in every case? A poor diet and lack of exercise, simply put. We are eating and drinking too much sugar!

Insulin is a major storage hormone—fat storage, that is. Insulin acts on your brain to increase appetite, specifically an appetite for sugar.

What else does abnormal insulin levels do?

• It increases LDL cholesterol, lowers HDL cholesterol, raises triglycerides, and increases blood pressure. Insulin resistance causes 50 percent of all reported cases of high blood pressure.

• It makes blood sticky and more likely to clot, leading to heart attacks and strokes.

• It stimulates the growth of cancer cells.

• It increases inflammation and oxidative stress and ages the brain.

• It even increases homocysteine, because sugar consumption decreases B6 and folic acid.

• It causes sex hormone problems and can lead to infertility, hair growth where you don’t want it, hair loss where you don’t want it, acne, low testosterone in men, and it also leads to mood disturbances.

So what is one to do to get healthy?

• Stop eating flour and sugar products, especially high-fructose corn syrup.

• Don’t have liquid calories—your body doesn’t feel full from them, so you eat more all day!

• Stop eating all processed, junk, and packaged foods. If it doesn’t look like the food your great-great-great-grandmother ate, then stay away.

• Stop eating trans fats and hydrogenated fats.

• Slow the rate of sugar uptake by the gut by balancing your meals (low glycemic load) with healthy protein (nuts, seeds, beans, small wild fish, organic chicken), healthy carbs (vegetables, fruit, beans, whole grains), and healthy fats (olive oil, nuts and seeds, avocados, fish oil).

• Rough it up: Eat plenty of soluble fiber (30–50 grams a day).

• Eat smaller, more frequent meals.

• Get an oil change: Make your cells smarter by giving them an oil change with omega-3 fats, fixing the cell membranes so that they can more readily receive the messages from insulin.

• Move your body. Exercise improves your cells’ ability to work better, respond to insulin better, and burn sugar faster.

• Relax! Stress reduction also helps improve blood sugar control!

• Make your cells smarter by increasing your intake of specific nutrients, such as chromium, vanadium, magnesium, vitamin E, biotin, the B vitamins, zinc, bioflavonoids, and newly discovered compounds such as alpha lipoic acid, arginine, and carnitine.

• Herbs may also be of benefit: Panax ginseng, ginkgo biloba, green tea, fenugreek and gymnena sylvestre, bitter melon, and garlic.

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