The presence of a connection between food and the level of hormones for many of my patients is a surprise, but this connection, albeit invisible to the eye, is still there. Any products, good or bad, grown unicorns on a desert island or synthesized in chemical laboratories – all of them somehow have an effect on the functioning of the hormonal system. What you ate – you will get.
Of course, there are specific products that quite definitely affect certain hormonal processes and the work of internal organs and human systems. That is why, with different health problems, I recommend that my patients clearly adhere to the necessary diet, avoiding certain foods and leaning on others.
For example, the functioning of the thyroid gland, which the readers of my book “The Waltz of hormones” know under the pseudonym “The Queen of Metabolism”, is influenced by sugar, preservatives, trans fats, caffeine and many other products. Therefore, when hypothyroidism (deficiency of thyroid hormones to feel better and to create favorable conditions for our thyroid remove soy products, different varieties of cabbage and beans, turnips, rutabaga, mustard, pork, lamb and beef, milk, flax seed and oil, peanuts, walnuts, reduce the use of products containing gluten, and instead increase the intake of fiber and protein .To pay attention to the diet: strictly three times a day without snacks, cereals only for breakfast. ECOMMENDATIONS nutrition during insulin resistance, polycystic ovary syndrome, and other conditions.
I will note that different people have different hormonal failures, so the diet will be also individual, because often there are co-morbid diseases. For example, with insulin resistance it is very important to eat three times a day, in the intervals allowing yourself only water, tea or natural coffee without milk and sugar. It is necessary to exclude simple carbohydrates, except for fruits and berries with a low glycemic index for breakfast. And they need to be combined with complex carbohydrates. Eat plenty of fiber, non-starchy vegetables and vegetable fats-add flaxseed oil, avocado, nuts to the diet, exclude milk and dairy products after 18 hours.
What exactly does the food that got into our mouth with our hormones? Oh, she can do a lot! Depending on what, how much and how much you ate. Here is an example: insulin is secreted by the pancreas in response to absolutely any food intake. The peaks of the production of this hormone, which can be both good and bad and actively store fat in reserve, falls on the time from 16 to 17 and about 21 hours. We can feel it – at such times, we are tempted to have a snack with something sweet, washing down with tea. Particularly conscious go for curd or yoghurt. But the problem is that sour-milk products for the night also cause the release of insulin, the level of which is already increased. A high insulin in the evening reduces the production of the most important for harmony and health, the most fat-burning hormone – somatotropin.
Strongly I do not recommend any draconian measures for weight loss, cleansing, muscle building and other attempts to achieve the ideal: I’ve seen too many patients with the metabolism completely demolished after some “miracle diet” or, even worse, hormone intake. Get drunk on metformin drugs or pour testosterone – it does not seem like much, I’m serious.
And here is another example. Cortisol is a hormone that is produced by the adrenal glands. It is considered to be its stress hormone, but also it is a hormone of energy and vivacity. Elevated levels of cortisol lead to an increase in blood pressure and sugar levels. Chronically high values of this hormone can lead to a syndrome of adrenal exhaustion, which is accompanied by increased fatigue or a feeling of “awkwardness” in the body, as well as depression, early aging, low stress resistance, weight gain, weakening of the immune system.
How to tame cortisol? Limit the use of caffeine. Drink coffee only for medicinal purposes, when unbearably you want to sleep. In general, know that using coffee to raise your tone is like buying a coveted item on credit. You become the owner of the “treasure” and enjoy life exactly until the time comes when you need to pay the loan. In this case, the fee is expressed in chaotic hormonal surges, a sense of anxiety, fat on the stomach and other troubles.
I also want to add that nutrition affects not only hormones, but also their predecessors. For example, tryptophan-rich turkey, bananas and chocolate allow us to increase the amount of serotonin, which is responsible for a sense of happiness, libido and a healthy appetite.