Dysregulated fat burning hormones

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Dysregulated fat burning hormones

Trying to lose weight but can’t???????

It’s great to get out there and start walking, go to the gym, ride a bike. Then you start to do this but nothing is happening. You seriously walk everyday but NOTHING is happening.
What is going on????????

It’s all about the hormones!!!!!!!

There are 5 fat burning hormones that play a HUGE role in how our body burns and stores fat.

Basically, what this means is that if any of these hormones aren’t doing their job properly and have become dysregulated then no matter how much walking, riding and cardio you do, nothing will budge.

Let’s talk about the hormones

Hormones are chemical messengers in the body. They signal the organs and tissue to do their work. The body is very complex. The control tower for the hormone system is the hypothalamus and the pituitary. Hormone dysregulation can occur when some hormones are either below or above optimal levels needed to keep balance.

Some signs that you might see to indicate a hormonal imbalance may be:

- Persistent weight gain, where the dysregulation makes it difficult to maintain a healthy weight or lose weight
- Increase abdominal fat and decreased muscle, stress can cause your body to store fat for future need, which unfortunately due to current lifestyle and diet trends is never needed
- Low libido
- Fatigue
- Insomnia or interrupted sleep
- Anxiety
- Feeling irritable
- Depression
- Sweating
- Irritable bowel
- Bloating
- Malabsorption
- Cravings, in particular carbohydrates

These signs and symptoms can be connected to hormone dysregulation and they can also be connected to other health conditions, therefore it is important that if you are experiencing any of these symptoms to take action instead of leaving it to get worse. These signs and symptoms can begin to appear from the onset of menstruation.

What are the 5 hormones that help you burn fat?

Adiponectin – this hormone has the ability to lower blood sugar levels and break down triglycerides, if these levels are low then the body will struggle to lose weight

Grehlin – this hormone sends signals to the brain from the stomach to control appetite. It triggers the stomach to empty and tells the brain that more food is needed and can also slow down the breakdown of stored fat.

Insulin – well known for being connected to diabetes but can also affect non-diabetics, dysregulation can lead to food cravings, insulin resistance, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s. If sugar isn’t being regulated properly then any excess is turned into fat stores.

Leptin – this hormone is in control of us feeling satisfied, it’s called our ‘satiety hormone’. Its main role is to normalise glucose and insulin levels, help manage body weight, and help stabilising hormones that can lead to weight. It is so involved with weight management that there can be issues if there is a deficiency or an excess in leptin.

Cortisol – This is a big one. Our lives are full of stress and cortisol is our stress hormone. If it becomes difficult to cope with stress then this can lead to increased weight gain especially around the abdomen. High levels turn off hormones needed for appetite control. High levels can also affect the adrenals and lead to increased fatigue. When cortisol is dysregulated, it can lead to the body to store more fat which in turn affects insulin levels causing complications there.

Blood tests can be ordered to check the levels of these hormones. However as a Naturopath I am trained to identify which of the hormones are causing you the main issues just through asking you questions during case taking. 

How do these hormones become dysregulated in the first place. The simple answer is from your diet. If you have been eating a diet high in saturated fats, added oils and processed foods then there is a very high chance of these hormones being dysregulated.

As a Naturopath, what I love seeing the most is how quickly the signs and symptoms of hormone dysregulation improve with the right formula of herbal medicine and nutrition. Then add in some changes in diet and lifestyle on you are on your way.

Who am I?

I am a Bachelor qualified Naturopath who specialises in improving metabolic processes in the body. Major areas for improvement include gut, thyroid, kidney, skin and liver health. Conditions such as hypothyroidism, fatty liver, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, type II diabetes, & irritable bowel conditions. I help my patients by giving them symptomatic relief while working on repairing the underlying causes of metabolic stress and waste accumulation. Patients experience amazing results which are seen in their blood tests with improved thyroid markers, cholesterol, and liver markers.  As well as lower blood pressure and see relief from improved gastrointestinal symptoms like the ones that mean you need to know where every single toilet is before you leave the house. 

Melissa Callaghan ND, BHSc, BTeach
Clinical Naturopath


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