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10 Major Hormones

They control your health...  and your future.


Hormone             Used for...                              If unbalanced....  
Insulin                   fat storage                             obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol and blood pressure
Glucagon             fat burning                              pancreatic tumors
Leptin                    feeling full                              diabetes, stroke, high cholesterol and blood pressure
Thyroid                 growth, metabolism              dry skin, fatigue, depression, infertility
HGH                       fountain of youth                    sagging skin, wrinkles, depression, fatigue, anxiety, decreased muscle, no dreams
Cortisol                 stress                                      insomnia, diarrhea, obesity, weakness, depression, lower sex drive
DHEA                     made into sex hormones      acne, weight gain, lower sex drive
Estrogen               female sex hormone             feminization of males, tender breasts, anxiety, headaches, depression, weight gain
Testosterone       male sex hormone                 hair loss, fatigue, depression, wrinkles, no sex drive or libido

Insulin
Insulin controls fat storage.
It affects metabolism, weight, mood, aging, etc.

Insulin removes sugar from the blood
Sugar damages your body.  
Insulin pushes sugar into cells
It turns sugar into Triglycerides (fat cells)

This sugar comes from
Low fat foods                 sugar's added to replace the fat           fat and fiber slow down sugar uptake
White flour products      cereal, pasta, white rice, cookies         worse than table sugar               
Sweets and soda.
Potatoes                        pumpkins, carrots, beets                        worse than table sugar        

Insulin "blocks" other hormones 
Glucagon        (burns fat)
Leptin              (appetite control)

Blood sugar rises when you eat
It's natural

Eating a sugary food source is bad.
Your blood sugar rises too fast
Your body releases too much insulin to remove the sugar
Your cells resist the insulin
Your body needs to make even more insulin to get rid of the sugar

After insulin levels spike, blood sugar falls.
You'll be hungry again.
You'll crave more sugar to fix the crash.

You'll be hungry, even as you gain weight.  A viciouse cycle.

Then your pancreas shuts down and stops making insulin.
You have diabetes.

Eat 3 times a day

Big breakfast
Medium lunch
Small dinner

It's a natural eating cycle.
The Insulin disperses
The Glucagon melts fat.

HGH is released when you don't eat.  It keeps you young.

If you work out,
         Have 2 snacks
         or
         eat more Calories and Protein at meals.

Fix sugar cravings
Cinnamon pills                            (safe)                     (good for every meal)
Chromium pills                            (not long term)       (in the morning, or craving)  
3 meals a day                              balances bloodsugar
Agave sweetener                        doesn't impact blood sugar.  Sweeter than sugar.
Fiber rich fruits                             apples, rasberries, blackberries, pears
Don't eat it                                    sugar is an addictive drug.  Just say no.
Chew and spit                              taste it, spit it out.  DON'T do this with regular food.  It's an eating disorder.


Balance Insulin

Chromium
found in
yeast
whole grain breads
meats
eggs
shellfish

Zinc found in
seafood 
dark meats

Exercise

Disturb Insulin

Sugar
Lowfat products
Artificial sweeteners
Sweets
Refined and processed foods
Laying around





Glucagon

Glucagon melts fat If  
Your bloodsugar is very low
You haven't eaten for 5 -6 hours

It pulls sugar out of fat cells to use for energy.

You'll never lose weight if you eat all day.  

Balance Glucagon

Eat
Natural fats

Sufficient protein

Exercise

Fast 7-8 hours between meals
Skip meals*
Starvation*    
                            *not great


Disturb Glucagon


Low fat / high carb  diets.  
Frequent meals
Sitting around


Leptin

Leptin tells you to stop eating

When fat cells are full of food, Leptin is released
It tells your brain you're satisfied.

Fake foods have ZERO nutritional value.            refined carbs, low fat, sugar, trans fat, etc.
They send starvation signals to the brain.
 
Your body burns fewer calories, stores fat, and keeps you hungry.

Balance Leptin

Natural fats
Vegetables
Fruits
Whole grains
fish

Disturb Leptin

Low fat foods
Refined carbs
sugar
trans fat

Thyroid Hormone


Provides energy
Improves thinking
Boosts the immune system
Lowers bad cholesterol
Lowers blood pressure

Insulin and Leptin are disturbed by low fat diets 

Leptin regulates thyroid hormone.

If your starving, leptin levels fall
The thyroid goes into conservation mode

Your metabolism slows down

Leptin resistance    (from refined carbs and sugar)
screws up the signals sent to the thyroid gland

This puts your body into fat storage mode

Polyunsaturated oils (soybean or corn) block the absobtion of iodine (needed to make thyroid hormone)

Iodine is added to salt
Too much Iodine is just as bad.

It blocks the enzymes that produce thyroid hormone

High protein diets also reduce thyroid function


Balance Thyroid
Sea salt, in moderation
fish
shellfish
sea vegetables, particularly seaweed
fruits and vegetables

Disturb Thyroid

Diets:
Low-fat

Low-carb
Low-protein   or High-protein   

Excess alcohol,
Vinegar
Excess salt
Fluoride in tap water
Polyunsaturated oils          soybean, corn oil, vegetable oils, margarine


Human growth hormone

The anti-aging hormone

HGH is released when you sleep   (beauty sleep)

It gets a bad reputation because athletes abuse it.
It declines after age 21 
Thats why you regenerate at a slower rate as you age

Body fat prevents HGH 
The fatter you are, the lower your HGH will be

It's harder to lose weight when you're overweight

HGH blocks insulin, the fat storing hormone
You get fat as you get older because
HGH declines, but insulin remains the same.  

HGH levels are disturbed by frequent meals
HGH levels rise when you fast
Fasting is a great way to boost HGH 

if you boost your HGH:
Energy levels rise
Depression disappears
Your outlook on life becomes more positive
You gain muscle and lose fat
You lose wrinkles and look younger.
And much more.

Balance HGH
Vegetables
Fruits
Poultry
Eggs
Fish
Exercise
Weight loss
Fasting
Get enough sleep

Disturb HGH
Low protein diets
Alcohol
Drugs
Vinegar
White bread
Pasta
Low-fat products
Cereals
Lack of exercise

Cortisol

It provides energy and prevents inflammation
It rises when you're stressed.
it rises after you work out         (and prevents muscle re-growth)

Cortisol can be too high or low

Sugar is the problem
As insulin rises, blood sugar plummets.
Then cortisol is released.

if you eat sugar all day, you'll have high cortisol
.

It shuts down serotonin, a neuro transmitter that affects mood.  Depression results

It reduces melatonin, the sleep hormone.  This leads to insomnia
This lowers HGH

After years of sugar and stress,
your adrenals stop making cortisol

you'll look tired,
have circles under your eyes,
be stressed, 
have panic attacks


Balance Cortisol
vegetables
fruits
fish
poultry
occasional red meat
relax and avoid stressful situations

Disturb Cortisol
sugar
alcohol
sweets
soft drinks
cookies
cereals
fat-free products
trans fat
stress

DHEA

Plentiful in the body

DHEA declines with age
At age 70, you have 10% DHEA production


DHEA is converted into other hormones, including estrogen and testosterone

It increases serotonin, which also tells your brain your full
Slows the conversion of sugar into fat
Protects against arteriosclerosis (heart disease)
Lowers insulin
Prevents obesity, diabetes, cancer, heart disease, gray hair
Improves your sense of well-being, relieves fatigue, fights depression, and prevents osteoporosis
 
Symptoms of low DHEA 
Fatigue
Anxiety
Depression
Low sexual desire
Lack of sexual satisfaction

Adequate DHEA is linked to longevity

Boost DHEA
vegetables
fruits

poultry
eggs
saturated fats, such as butter

Decrease DHEA

sugar
sweets
alcohol
margarine
coffee
white bread
soy
pasta

Estrogen and Progesterone

The female sex hormones
men also make it

Enlarges breasts and widens the pelvis
Stimulates the nervous system
Increases alertness
Lowers's body fat
Protects against heart disease and Alzheimer's 
Increases insulin sensitivity
Improves glucose tolerance

Estrogen is actually three different molecules
estrone      E1
estradiol    E2
estriol         E3

Estrone is made from body fat
After menopause, estrone shifts fat from the butt to the belly.
This fat makes more estrone.  A vicious cycle

Symptoms of low estrogen
Hot flashes
Night sweats
Headaches
Vaginal dryness
Mental fuzziness
Frequent bladder infections
Decreased sexual response
Weight gain

Symptoms of too much estrogen
Depression
Bloating
Pounding headaches
Breast swelling
Excessive vaginal bleeding

Progesterone regulates estrogen
It reduces anxiety
Makes women happy
              Postpartum depression is caused by a rapid decline in progesterone levels
Increases sleepiness
Helps build and maintain bones
Slows the digestive process
Promotes appetite and fat storage
Helps breast tissue mature
Prepares breasts to make milk

Progesterone production drops at menopause

Symptoms of low progesterone

PMS like symptoms
pre-menstrual migraines
irregular or heavy periods
anxiety

Excessive progesterone      (from taking hormone replacements)
sleepiness
depression

Estrogen breaks down into metabolites
Increasing the risk of breast, uterine, and other cancers


Remove metabolites
flaxseed
cruciferous vegetables  (brocolli)
omega-3 fatty acid
exercise



These hormones affect men as well
Too much estrogen is a real problem
A mans body produces it instead of testosterone

Caused by
caffeine
obesity
insecticides
soy

Progesterone is the precursor of testosterone
It's healthy for men

Balance Estrogen and Progesterone

eggs
letter
fish
poultry
whole milk
weight-loss

Disturb Estrogen and Progesterone
sugar
fat-free foods
margarine
excess alcohol
smoking
drugs
lack of sexual activity
fat-free dairy
obesity

Testosterone

Makes men masculine
Prevents heart disease
Maintains muscle mass, strength, bone mass, normal hair growth, libido, and sperm production
Keeps you fit and lean

It has no link to prostate cancer


Women also make it.

Animal products and good cholesterol raise testosterone.

Cortisol is testosterone's mortal enemy

excess testosterone
causef by anabolic steroids
these cause acne oily skin decreased fertility, anger and depression

Boost testosterone
eggs
liver
butter
fish

poultry
frequent sexual activity
weight loss
whole milk

Decrease testosterone
sugar
pesticides
fat-free foods

margarine
excess alcohol
tobacco use
recreational drugs
lack of sexual activity
obesity
low fat diets
low cholesterol diets




Many other hormones affect your weight, but these are the most important
This diet will balance all your hormones

All these hormones interact and are affected by one another

Diet is the problem and the answer
Hormone imbalances accelerate the aging process and lead to disease


Carbs, Proteins, Fats