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The Sun-Times - Heber Springs, AR
  • Carmel Aaron: Why Look at Hormonal Balance?

  • Hormones play a role in essentially every process in our body
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  • Good nutrition translates into a healthier body.  Much of the reason why is because by eating a healthy real food diet, we have a much healthier ratio of optimally functioning hormones for the body.
     
     
    Why is Hormonal Balance important?
     
    Although I understand we each have more than 80 hormones, we will just be discussing the ‘tip of the ice burg’ today.  This basic information, should give everyone enough reason to insure they would be interested in living a healthier lifestyle.
     
     
    Hormones play a role in essentially every process in our body!
     
    For optimal health, proper hormonal balance is crucial. When your hormones are in balance, we feel good, look good, and have abundant sustainable energy. When your hormones are out of balance, we may experience a wide range of symptoms that can affect mood and energy, and may also lead to more serious conditions like the development of fibroid tumors, fibrocystic breasts, hormone positive cancers, thyroid dysfunction or Type II diabetes, among others.
     
    What about Progesterone
     
    Although natural progesterone can have a wonderfully balancing effect on the symptoms of pre-menopause syndrome, you will have your best outcome when you eat wholesome foods, pay attention to possible food allergies, and take nutritional supplements.
     
    What are the Rewards of Eating Healthy?
     
    The rewards of eating a nutritious diet are more than worth your perceived sacrifices. You'll decrease your risk of future heart disease, cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis and arthritis. If your diet has consisted largely of high calorie, nutrition-free foods such as candy bars and cookies, your energy and moods will improve dramatically. If you suffer from indigestion, gas, bloating, and constipation, you'll be happy to know that eliminating food allergens and  eating healthier foods are nearly always a cure. You'll catch fewer colds and flu’s because your immunity will improve, it will be easier to drop excess fat, and your skin will clear up. In some cases, a well-designed, individualized diet, supplement and exercise program is all that's needed to restore balance during the premenopause years and beyond. Depending on your exposure to xenohormones ( for endocrine disruption), you may well find that you don't need to use natural progesterone.   Information from John R. Lee, M.D. and Virginia Hopkins
     
    I hope you feel like it is worth following healthy guidelines.
     
    Does diet actually affect our Hormones?
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    As an example, think about the epidemic of diabetes, which is rampant today.  What is called type 2 diabetes is completely produced by eating a high glycemic diet.  Eating processed foods, drinking cokes and other sweetened drinks, which includes lots of sugar.
     
    Yes, a large segment of the American population (excuse the pun) eats an avalanche of sugar and high fructose corn syrup.  This spikes the blood sugar and then it interferers with how insulin works in the body.  It doesn’t mean we don’t produce insulin, but, we become insulin resistant.  If you or someone you love has diabetes, you probably realize all the health issues that come with this disease, including even premature death!  (Please don’t be fearful, because you are capable of reversing this eventuality.)
     
    Spiking the blood sugar leads to more than 20 different types of health issues, which means it is important to eat a healthy and yes a balanced diet.
     
    Leptin balance
    We have also heard about leptin in the news lately.  Why is this hormone so important? 
     
    Almost everything I have learned about Leptin came from Dr. Ron Rosedale.  He is the founder of the North Carolina Center for Metabolic Medicine, the co-founder of the Colorado Center for Metabolic Medicine and the founder of Rosedale Metabolic Medicine in Denver, Colorado.  So, as far as I am concerned he is the  expert in Metabolic Medicine.
    He also wrote the book on the Roedale Diet which focuses on Leptin  to help us live longer, lose weight faster and to keep  the weight off.  This should be great news for all of us that watch our waistlines.
    Okay, so what is leptin supposed to do?  Studies show the hormone leptin, is produced by fat cells and it tells the brain when to eat, how much to eat and, what is most important to most of us, when to stop eating.
    Further, Dr. Rosedale says that to flip this “hunger switch” back to normal is through a diet high in healthy fats and low in carbohydrates, saturated fat, and trans-fatty acids. 
    Additionally, this way of life can even help eliminate or reduce heart disease, hypertention, diabetes, etc.
    For more on this subject of hormonal balance please go to your search box and put in-- “Squidoo: Balanced Hormones-balanced body-bananced size.”
    I  hope you have enjoyed this glimpse of why balanced hormones are so important to each one of us. 
    Page 3 of 3 - Continue to educate yourselves about hormones and how to keep them balanced.
    Both you and those you love will be happy you did.
     
    Carmel Aaron lives in Heber Springs has a degree in biology and has been certified by Proevity in Nutrition and Glycemic Indexing. She can be reached at AWellnessCoach@Gmail.com)
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