By Naturopath & Nutritionist, Stacey Foat
There’s plenty of illness’s which often lead to weight gain and resistant weight loss, but the major predetermining causative factor is our hormones. Often when we think of ‘hormones’ we automatically associate this with our sex hormones, the ones that make us female or male – testosterone, oestrogen etc. But the Endocrine system stretches much further than our ‘girly bumps and male lumps’ and play a huge role in controlling the regulation of our fuel – how its burnt, how its consumed and how its demand is stimulated.
Chronic stress is the major player is all resulting hormonal imbalances. Worrying, procrastinating, crying, muscle tension, digestive disturbances, getting angry or anxious and every other associated stress related symptom, over time leads to a dysfunctioning of our adrenal glands, poor liver health, infertility, insulin sensitivity, and eventually neurotransmitter imbalances. When these processes are out of whack, all hell breaks loose – including the hormones involved in blood sugar regulation, satiety, thermogenesis (fat burning) and the ones that keep us sane and emotionally stable.
With the Neurotransmitters out of sync, addictions and cravings soon prevail, closely followed by irrational behaviour, irritability and often despair. So many of us put ‘food cravings’ down to lack of self-control and will power but the truth is, when your stress hormones are being secreted at a higher rate than normal this triggers a ‘need’ for sugary foods, so all the will power in the world will eventually come undone. When you are stressed, your body associates this as being under ‘threat’ and therefore packs on the fat in order to protect us from the perceived ‘external dangers’.
Stress as we know it can present itself in a number of different ways; financial, physical, relationship break downs, psychological or emotional abuse, work pressures, family and so on, but a major element of the stress is the way we deal with these triggers and more often than not this is related to our emotional stability and self-esteem or what I like to call it a lack of Self Love.
The good thing is that you’re not alone and you can get the right help you need for what I call ‘Moment 4 Life Healthy Living’!