SMART HORMONES: The Hormone Pyramid
Do you know how to be healthy? Have you read the headlines lately? "Eat coconut oil"
"Protein bars are bad for you." "Protein bars are good for you." Eat egg whites only." "The yolk is where all the good stuff is." "Fruit loops is 'heart-healthy' but grass-fed, hormone-free beef is not".
On and on it goes.
Are you confused at all?
So we've done the hard work of cutting through the garbage for you. It doesn't need to be so complicated.
At Mommas Who Cook, we believe that your health and well-being, just like every mammal on earth, is ultimately a result of how your hormones and your brain interact. And, luckily the science of how our food and lifestyle affects our hormones is not that complicated.
We've made it even simpler by building this pyramid to guide you on the path to taking control of your health and fitness.
As a brief overview, the levels of the pyramid are as follows:
Insulin/Inflammation - Regulates blood sugar and fat storage. Unbalanced insulin results in heart disease, high cholesterol, and lovehandles. Cortisol - Regulates sleep cycles and stress response. Unbalanced coritisol results in poor sleep and mid-section weight gain. Testosterone - Regulates muscle tissue, confidence, and overall assertiveness. Unbalanced testosterone results in loss of strength muscle tone and accumulation of visceral fat. Thyroid - Regulates metabolic activity and energy levels. Unbalanced thyroid results in low energy and fatigue.
Your challenge is to commit to a level of the pyramid and put into practice the nutrition and lifestyle changes required of that level and each below it.
Ready for major changes? Commit to affecting your testosterone or thyroid hormonal system.
Ready for baby steps? Commit to the insulin level!
Whatever your level of commitment, we will be covering each level of this pyramid in more detail in the coming weeks so that you know how to affect each area positively and take control of your hormonal well-being.
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