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Keep Your Hormones in Check

Posted May 15 2013 8:00am
Testosterone, estrogen, and growth hormone (HGH) are an anti-aging trio. Depending on your gender, of course, this group ignites your energy and libido, keeps muscles and bones strong, and your body ripped. However, beginning in your 30s, your hormone production slows down and the consequences are evident—increased belly fat, lost of body tone, lack of energy, wrinkles, etc. Although you cannot turn back the clock, your lifestyle can influence how your body makes and uses this valuable trio. “These hormones decline due to aging, but they also turn down due to wear and tear of stress, sleep deprivation, and diets devoid of nutrients,” says Jade Teta ND, CSCS, co-author of The Metabolic Effect Diet (metaboliceffect.com.) Indeed, these hormones are significantly affected by another hormone in which diet and exercise play a part: insulin. The body needs insulin to drive sugar into the cells, but too much of this hormone can create a chronic inflammation body state. “All three hormones— testosterone, estrogen and HGH— sensitize the body to insulin,” says Teta. Other health issues, such as digestive disorders, allergies, arthritis, autoimmune disease, asthma, eczema, acne, depression, and sinus disorders are all associated with chronic inflammation, explains Natasha Turner, ND, author of [...]
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