You may be surprised that hormones are responsible for about 5% of your health. When that 5% gets out of balance, the other 95% don’t work. They are the chemicals that carry messages from your organs to the cells in your body, and they are involved in just about every biological process.
All day and all night, Leptin is being released into our blood. The job of Leptin is to communicate to our brain how much fat we’re carrying and whether or not we are hungry. Normally, if our blood Leptin levels are low, our bodies tell us that they are hungry and need to be fed. Leptin levels rise as we eat so that our bodies know when enough’s enough. If a person is overweight or obese, however, they will be resistant to the effects of Leptin, and although their Leptin levels will be high, it won’t communicate the feeling of satiety or fullness to their brain. So what’s the answer to your body’s pleas?
Well, you could inject Leptin every day for the rest of your life. But, I beg you from the bottom of my heart not to.
If you’re overweight or obese, you should bring your blood Leptin levels back to normal by losing weight.
The solution might come as a surprise to you, and what I suggest is this: don’t take the fat out of your diet. Leptin is produced in your fat cells, so if you take out the fat, your body will hold on to every last pound in fear that there won’t be any fat left. As a matter of fact, you should really increase your fat intake. We’re talking fish, avocados, extra virgin olive or coconut oil, and nuts. Not steaks and french fries. Definitely don’t fast either. It might help lower your Leptin levels in the short term, but they’ll jump right back up once you start eating… and eating… and eating again.
Here are four natural remedies you can try without spending money… or putting a needle in your skin.
1. Get that pasty skin out in the sun!
30 minutes a day of bright sunlight is sufficient.
2. Get proper sleep!
When you’re tired, go to sleep. When you wake up, get your butt up out of bed! Listen to what your body is telling you. Be consistent, too. Falling asleep at the same time every night and waking up at the same time every morning is ideal. You should also sleep in complete darkness, because even the tiniest amount of light creeping in can disturb your body’s production of melatonin.
The benefits just keep going! While you’re sleeping soundly you’re producing melatonin, which supports your immune system, slows aging and cell damage, improves energy, and has been shown to inhibit the growth of cancer cells.
3. Get moving!
Whatever it is, do it. Every day. You can even kill two birds with one stone by getting outdoors and getting some sun while you run. Or hike. Or jog. Or walk.
4. Stop and Smell the Roses.
Moving at the speed of light is fun, but the five minutes you spend meditating does something for your ass and your head.
Now let’s talk about why people stress out? Picture this: when you are stressed your body releases two hormones, cortisol and adrenaline. Adrenaline exits your body quickly after the stress is reduced, but cortisol hangs on like a bloodsucking leech.
Your body might think you ran a marathon, which then tells your brain that you need to reboot ASAP. You take that as a sign to indulge in junk food. That, later on, leaves you puzzled as to why you’re suddenly 10 pounds heavier. Every time you stress, it’s a predictable scene of you going meshigena, followed by a massive production of cortisol, food overload, and weight gain. Loco, no?
Cortisol can also be produced following rises in insulin. These tend to occur when you eat white bread, white pasta, white rice, white sugar and other refined grains. ie: Junk. Here are more examples: cortisol is particularly attracted to belly fat, which is the only fat on the body associated with death. Fat belly = heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke, and cancer. But women are stress-free creatures, so we don’t have to worry about that.
Changes in hormonal balance are largely dependent on our lifestyle. A significant or sudden change in that familiar pattern, circumstances or attitude, such as losing your job, getting divorced, or getting pregnant and having a baby, can screw up your entire well-balanced system. That’s why even though you might be doing the same things that you were doing five years ago, the skinny jeans aren’t fitting the same way anymore. You might not be able live the same lifestyle or circumstances you used t0, because, the fact is, you’re a different woman now. But there was a certain feeling then that gave your hormones permission to chill out. Now you’re stressing. Here’s how to stop:
1. Cut out caffeine.
One Tall order of your favorite brew will elevate your cortisol levels by 30% in one hour, and cortisol remains elevated for up to 18 hours in the blood. There goes your entire fat-burning day.
2. Keep your blood sugar stable.
This one isn’t hard. Eat frequent, small meals and keep them balanced with protein, complex carbohydrates (none of that white bread shit) and good fats like the ones in avocados, nuts, seeds, and olives. Diets that are rich in complex carbs are more effective at lowering cortisol levels than the low or no-carb diets like Atkins.
3. Exercise and Stay Fit!
When you get off your ass and move, you increase levels of seratonin and dopamine in your brain, which are brain chemicals that reduce anxiety and depression.
4. Chill out, Absorb Life’s Energy.
Meditate. Listen to relaxing music. Here’s one I like: lie down for 5 minutes and focus on your breathing.
5. Get a proper amount of R&R.
Sleep is not a luxury! It’s a necessity. Remember the last time you were sleep deprived? I bet you were slow, sloppy, and incredibly sour. I also bet you didn’t know that during sleep is the only time your body repairs itself. Sleep Tight!
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