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Weight Loss Hormones

Weight loss involves a complex set of variables that is often more difficult than simply eating less and moving more. While healthy eating and exercise are important, balancing key hormones can help make or break weight loss efforts.

Thyroid Hormone

When struggling with weight loss or weight gain, thyroid hormone is often the first thought for many individuals. Thyroid hormone is our major metabolic hormone, and controls the rate at which our bodies burn and utilize glucose for energy and body heat production (one of the reasons that those with low thyroid hormone often experience cold body temperature).

Thyroid hormone is produced by the thyroid gland, and activates metabolic processes on the nucleus on cells. The hormones produced by the thyroid gland include T3 (the active form) and T4 (the inactive form). These forms of thyroid hormone travel to different tissues to be converted and activated where they can then impart their functions on our metabolism. In order to function at optimal levels, several nutrients are required, including iodine, tyrosine, and selenium.

A diet rich in these nutrients is a first step in maintaining a healthy metabolism, and supplementing with therapeutic doses of these along with other thyroid-supportive compounds may help bolster thyroid activity in those suffering with low thyroid function.

Leptin

Leptin is a fat-cell derived hormone that helps regulate food intake and appetite. With chronic inflammation and long-term metabolic damage from activities such as yo-yo dieting, leptin regulation can become impaired and leptin levels elevated. This chronic elevation leads to improper signaling in the body, where the brain is essentially not provided with the message that the body has adequate fat and energy for metabolic processes. In response, the body will tend to store more fat for use as energy and slow the rate at which we burn calories. The receptors that receive the message from the hormone leptin can also become resistant to that signal, causing the same effect of weight gain over time.

Lowering refined carbohydrate intake and improving sleep and exercise habits can help combat leptin resistance. In addition, several compounds such as glycosaminoglycans, may influence leptin levels in the bloodstream and prevent additional fat storage.

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Apr 07, 2015 | Category: Health | Comments: none | Tags: , , , , , ,

 


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