Happy Hormones – Hormone Imbalance?

Happy Hormones – Hormone Imbalance?

Happy Hormones or Hormone Imbalance?


If you are fortunate to have happy hormones, you most likely have a handle on clean eating habits and and you are successful at managing your life and stress levels. Now if you’re not sure about those happy hormones, please keep reading as sometimes we don’t understand how our hormone levels can be abnormal and disrupt our lives!

For example, mood swings can affect the way a woman treats people. If you have a hormone imbalance it can literally ruin your life in more ways than one. From the monthly period to menopause, it is beneficial to have an understanding of the cause of your hormone imbalance… including how you can deal with it.

So let’s dive in and discuss five ways to help identify hormone imbalance.


5 Ways To Tell If You Have Hormonal Imbalance


Do You Have Consistent Weight Gain?


Have you been following a strict diet and regular exercise routine but you do not see the results you expect? While there are many reasons this could happen, if you are persistently gaining weight in spite of your efforts, there is a high likelihood that you are suffering from a hormonal imbalance.


Your metabolism will dictate how much weight you will lose. When your hormones are imbalanced, it slows the ability of the body to metabolize, and may be the logical explanation to gaining more weight. Fat storage is commonly experienced especially in the midsection, which makes it harder to flatten your belly.


Do You Feel Hungry Most Of The Time?


With a hormonal imbalance, aside from consistently gaining weight, you will also notice that your appetite is rarely satisfied. Even if you have just had a meal, chances are, you would still want to eat more.


This can result from the increase in a hormone that is known as ghrelin, which is basically responsible for the stimulation of your appetite. Aside from always feeling hungry, you also tend to have unusual cravings like a pregnant woman.


Have You Lost Your Desire For Sexual Intimacy?


Let’s face it… Sex is a normal part of an adult’s life, and it is even linked to a wide range of health benefits. When you are suffering from a hormonal imbalance, however, you may notice that you are “just not in the mood”. Regardless of whatever your partner does to arouse the fire in you, you just don’t feel the desire for sexual intercourse. This may be a result of the abnormal hormone levels which are all essential in a woman’s body.


Do You Have Mood Swings?


You are happy one minute then all of a sudden you are sad. You get mad over the smallest things and you are often irritable. More often than not, people will just avoid you because of your mood swings. This can also lead into depression. You think tomorrow will be better… or you will be better… but you have no control over it.


While these changes in mood can just result from your monthly cycle, women with balanced hormones will be less prone to experiencing extreme highs and lows of their emotions. Your mood swings will especially peak if you are already at your menopausal stage.


Are You Feeling Exhausted Like You Can Hardly Make It Through Another Day?


If you experience constant fatigue and you just want to snuggle up in the bed and take a nap more often than not, you may be exhausted because of cortisol… the stress hormone.


Your chronic stress can elevate cortisol levels and make you feel exhausted all the time which can result from lack of sleep that you may experience due to fluctuations in your hormone levels.


I know… it can sound overwhelming especially when you’re exhausted and totally stressed out. However, if you feel you may have hormone imbalances, I encourage you to be checked out by an endocrinologist.


…AND start cleaning up your diet with healthy food choices.

…AND take a good look at your lifestyle habits.

…AND are you using perfumes, toxic cleaners, laundry detergents, dryer sheets, etc. in your home?


All of these can have a dramatic affect on your health.

Control what you can… and embrace changes.


Change can be a great thing especially

when it improves your health and well-being.


Wishing You Radiant Health!


Gail Seignious



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Is Leptin The King Hormone?

Is Leptin The King Hormone?

Is Leptin the King Hormone?

Hormones in your body are the energy managers, and leptin is in the drivers seat playing a major role regarding hunger and appetite.  It is a protein made up of 167 amino acids and is one of the most important hormones derived from adipose tissue.  The word leptin originated from the Greek word leptos which translates to “thin”.

What Does Leptin Do?

The simple explanation… leptin is the hormone that says ‘”enough already… I’m full”.  It acts on the brain and is connected with body weight and the regulating of food intake. Leptin circulates in the bloodstream while delivering essential messages to the brain for our energy storage, and this is how it manages the appetite and metabolism.

Fat tissue is responsible for producing the leptin hormone. You might think an overweight person, who has more leptin to send the “full” signal to their body, would feel satisfied and have normal weight.

Unfortunately, if they have a leptin hormone imbalance, that may not be the case. Sadly, with a compromised metabolic and endocrine system, it is more difficult and involved; and the leptin hormone is not able to complete its mission of producing a feeling of fullness with the signals it sends.

When leptin is functioning as it should, it becomes much easiser to resist being tempted, and we are more likely to avoid most of those the foods we really should not be eating! From my own experiences, when I’m on the right track with healthy eating, I CRAVE healthy food… not junk food.

Have You Heard of Leptin Resistance?

Leptin is directly linked to insulin levels. The body perceives leptin resistance as starvation which ends up activating multiple mechanisms to increase fat stores as opposed to burning excess fat.

The body does its job and releases leptin as it should, but the brain does not respond to the leptin trigger as it should. Simply put, the brain does not receive the signal that the stomach is full so appetite is not curbed. This condition is characterized by obesity, blood-sugar issues, high blood pressure, stroke and heart disease.

Signs of leptin resistance can include having difficulty sticking to healthier eating habits, losing weight and difficulty recovering from a health issue. Leptin resistance is a complex situation involving the endocrine system.

The good news is that you can make lasting changes; however, it is going to require more than will power and counting your calories. Many obese individuals have endocrine issues or a damaged metabolism which needs to be addressed by medical professionals… but you can start taking some positive steps now with healthier eating habits.

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Is Leptin The King Hormone?

Ghrelin – The Appetite Stimulator

Ghrelin and leptin are two hormones that have been recognized to have a major influence on energy balance and weight. 

Today, we are going to focus on ghrelin, and you can read about the King of Hormones… Leptin… in my next post.

The discovery of ghrelin in 1999 is a major breakthrough in understanding the critical biologic function of regulating energy homeostasis. Future research will certainly be exciting for the possibility of developing new avenues to energy balance and diseases of impaired growth.
Ghrelin is a fast-acting hormone secreted by the stomach that makes you hungry. It also plays a significant role in how quickly your hunger starts tugging at you again. Ghrelin also has an effect on the gastrointestinal tract, immune cell activation and inflammation.
The ghrelin hormone not only stimulates the brain giving rise to an increase in appetite, but also favours the accumulation of lipids in visceral fatty tissue, located in the abdominal zone and considered to be the most harmful. This is the conclusion of research undertaken at Metabolic Research Laboratory of the University Hospital of Navarra, published recently in the International Journal of Obesity.

Ghrelin, Junk Food and High Calorie Snacks

Studies indicate that having high levels of ghrelin can make junk-food and high calorie snacks seem more appealing. This may be why we choose chocolate or sweets over fruits and vegetables, more so when we are hungrier. The effect of this hormone is so profound that it mimics a fasting state within the body.

The brain responds with a mild panic response, causing it to target high-energy foods. These are normally the food types which provide more energy than be readily used by the body, and are quickly stored as fat.

This is why there is an increased appetite for high-calorie foods and not low calorie items. Studies show that the brain reward system became more active in patients who were administered ghrelin as compared to those who were not.

 How To Tame Your Ghrelin Levels

The best way to be proactive with your hunger is to eat small, protein rich meals throughout the day. If you are having something every 2 to 3 hours, you won’t have a chance to become ravenous. By keeping your body eating on a regular basis, the ghrelin levels will not take over and make you want to consume too much food. Consuming some protein with every meal will enable you to stay satisfied longer and greatly assist with weight control.

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