Have you noticed that you have the most difficult time losing weight, no matter how much you diet or exercise? Have you gained 5, 10 or 20 or more pounds without doing anything differently? Are you looking to lose weight AND keep it off for good?
Hormone Health is Good Health
One of the most overlooked facets of metabolism and weight control is the health of your hormones. Hormones are very tiny messengers that circulate throughout the bloodstream and are part of your endocrine system. They play a role in nearly every action and reaction that takes place in the body, including metabolism, energy production, blood sugar regulation, digestive health, heart health, sexual function, memory, mood, sleep and many more. When your hormones are out of balance, some or all of these functions of health decline. This can happen simply because of age or because of chronic stress, inflammation, lifestyle or environment.
Poor Thyroid Function Contributes to Weight Gain
Two of the endocrine glands that are heavily involved in your ability to maintain a healthy weight are the thyroid and adrenal glands. The thyroid gland, which is located in the neck, produces thyroid hormone that helps to control how well you burn calories, amongst many other very important functions. If it slows down, often in the case of hypothyroidism, it can become virtually impossible to burn calories as efficiently as before and weight gain occurs. We have seen many of our patients who have hypothyroidism complain of exercising and dieting without seeing any positive changes in their weight or folks who seem to rapidly put on weight without changing anything. If these scenarios seem familiar, it would be wise to meet with a naturopathic doctor to have your thyroid function evaluated. There are a variety of treatment options available that can help the thyroid get back to full strength and you on your way to a healthier body. These include thyroid medication, herbal medicine, nutritional supplementation, IV nutritional therapy and vitamin shots. To learn more about thyroid hormone balancing, click here.
The Adrenal Glands: An Overlooked Cause of Weight Gain
Another very important part of the endocrine system involved in metabolism and a healthy stress response is the adrenal glands. The adrenal glands are responsible for producing many different hormones, including cortisol, DHEA, aldosterone and pregnenolone. Cortisol perhaps plays the largest part in helping you regulate your weight. When you become stressed, cortisol, along with other “fight or flight” neurotransmitters, are released to help you deal with the stressful event. One of cortisol’s major functions is to break down stored fuel into glucose to be used for the body as energy when you are exposed to stress. However, over time, with repeated bouts of stress, cortisol release becomes diminished and not only do you lose the capacity to have a healthy stress response but more and more fuel is dumped into the bloodstream and turned into fat (when it is not used) making you gain weight. We have seen that more often than not when there is a cortisol imbalance, our patients gain weight mostly around the midsection. At Conscious Human Medicine, we offer specialized adrenal function testing, done through a simple saliva collection, that can tell if the adrenal glands are behind your difficulty losing weight. We offer many treatments that can be helpful to readjust adrenal hormone balance and help you lose weight. These include adrenal hormone medication, herbal medicine, nutritional supplementation, IV nutritional therapy and vitamin shots. To learn more about our approach to restoring adrenal imbalances, click here.
HCG Can Help You Lose Weight – Quickly!
One way that we help people lose weight effectively and rapidly is through our life-changing HCG Weight Loss Program. HCG, or Human Chorionic Gonadotropin, is another hormone normally produced during pregnancy. During pregnancy, HCG mobilizes stored fat for both mother and child to use during times of lower calorie intake. When HCG is given to a non-pregnant person, man or woman, in addition to a modified restricted diet, fat that the person wants to lose becomes the primary food source as it is broken down and used as energy. Thus the body is forced to burn its own fat stores. Thousands of calories in stored fat are released and are used by the body or expelled. Then, rapid weight loss can occur — sometimes up to 30 pounds or more in just 3 weeks! HCG also can have an appetite suppressant effect, making you less hungry while you are going through the program. As an added benefit for men, HCG has also been shown to cause an increased production of testosterone, so it could be helpful for those suffering from low testosterone levels. For more information on our doctor-supervised HCG Weight Loss Program click here.
Let Us Help You On Your Weight Loss Journey
In conclusion, weight loss is best achieved when doctor-supervised and when many or all of the factors that contribute to weight gain are investigated. Remember, hormone balance can make or break your ability to lose weight. If you are looking to lose weight, do not delay – get a hormone evaluation today!