Unwanted weight gain is one of the main complaints of many of my female clients. This is not surprising given that about 95% of these women also have imbalanced hormones. One would think that dealing with weight issues should be straightforward – a calories in versus calories out sort of thing. However hormone imbalance and weight gain is much more complex than that.
Am I implying that stress is to blame for health concerns? Yes I am. Stress can physical or emotional, but regardless of its root cause, it becomes a vicious cycle, each leading to the other. This is where biochemistry and emotions intertwine, so to address the physical aspects of stress and disease without addressing the emotions will short-change the healing process.
I covered some of the most important hormone basics in an earlier post, so now let’s talk specifically about the female hormones – estrogen and progesterone.
These female hormones, (or any other type for that matter), work throughout the body, especially in the brain and nervous system. When your female hormones are out of balance, uncomfortable symptoms can reach well beyond things like cramping, heavy bleeding, or other common reproductive-system-based complaints.
HORMONES: We all have them. We all need them. We all love to hate them. So what, exactly, do they do?
by Sue Hughes, MSEd, HHP, CNC Hormones are powerful biochemical substances that communicate with every cell in our body, telling them what to do, how to do it and when to do it. Hormones are made in very tiny amounts by glands of the endocrine system – the master control system of all of the hormones […]
One of my clients is a military veteran and we got to talking about Post-Traumatic-Stress Disorder (PTSD) and the havoc it wreaks among so many members of the military. She expressed that she would like to see nutrition addressed to a greater degree when it comes to targeted methods of intervention for PTSD in the military. […]
Nutritional emptiness. That’s what sugar is. Oh it certainly delights the palate and that is one reason to love it or even become addicted to it, but it’s certainly not in your best interest. Especially when you are already dealing with a hormone imbalance. Now the whole point of eating sugar and other carbohydrates is to provide the body with energy. When you feel hungry, your body is signaling that blood sugar has dropped and it’s time to refuel. Today, refined sugar (sucrose) can be the quickest and easiest go-to because it gets into the bloodstream quickly to provide an almost immediate energy boost.
Negative emotions do more than make you feel bad psychologically. They also change your body chemistry, and not for the better. This is what happens: Every time you feel negative emotions your body responds as though it is being chased by a hungry tiger. Digestion, elimination and healing shut down so that all energy can […]
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