January 24, 2017

How to Turn Off Weight Gain Hormones

Turning on Metabolic Hormones to Fight Fat 

By Dr. Scott Saunders, M.D.

 

The human body secretes thousands of hormones, many of which have multiple functions.  Hormones are signaling molecules found everywhere inside of us.  They affect how the cells and organs function by communicating what is going on in the body. In this article, I’m going to focus on the hormones that affect metabolism, or energy production.  You have surely heard about some of these hormones:

Adrenal hormones

  • how to turn on metabolic hormones to fight fatCortisol
  • Adrenaline
  • DHEA

Pancreatic hormones

  • Insulin
  • Glucagon

Other hormones

  • Thyroid
  • HGH

Adrenal Hormones

Cortisol Hormone

Adrenal hormones come from two little glands situated on top of each kidney, the adrenal glands. Although small, these glands are very important. They give us our sleep-wake cycles, and keep everything in line with the metabolism. They get you started in the morning, and put you down at night. They also have a lot to do with fat storage.

Cortisol is the major metabolic hormone from the adrenal glands. Cortisol affects fat in the following ways:

  • Long-term elevations of cortisol raises insulin and increases fat
  • Rapid, or short spurts of cortisol pair with adrenaline or HGH (Human Growth Hormone) and decreases fat

Stress causes us to make more cortisol. Positive stress can help build muscle and decrease fat by being coupled with HGH (human growth hormone). But negative stress, or long-term stress, coupled with insulin causes a loss of muscle and increase in fat.  If you think about it, the very things people do when they are stressed may worsen their situation.  Cortisol causes us to crave sugar and starch, which increase insulin, causing more fat gain.  So, eating chocolate when stressed is exactly the wrong thing to do – if you don’t want to gain weight.

You can maximize the good effects of cortisol on fat with positive stress through:

  • Exercise
  • Learning
  • Helping others
  • Growing
  • Writing a book
  • Starting a business
  • Raising a family

Whenever we are improving, we are stressed. That’s why life is hard.  However, when we choose our stress, accept it, and love it, we are in positive stress mode. This increases our growth hormones and we actually build our bodies and reduce fat storage.

Negative stress, on the other hand, occurs when we don’t choose. When a choice is forced on us from the outside, we feel loss, depressed, or trapped. This increases the negative effects of cortisol.

Fear and distress are negative stressors that result from:

  • Trauma or injury
  • Car accident
  • Death of a loved-one
  • Divorce
  • Toxins
  • Illness, infections
  • Dead-end job
  • Lack of money

You can make simple lifestyle choices that will reduce stress and lower your cortisol levels. Meditation, prayer, sleep, enjoying a hobby, and maintaining a regular routine all help to manage cortisol and improve the ratios of adrenal hormones.

how interval training turns adrenaline into fat lossAdrenaline Hormone

The hormone that causes your heart to race and your blood pressure to go up when you have a scare is also one that can help you burn fat.

In a dangerous situation, adrenaline mobilizes fat in order to increase the energy supply for the muscles and brain.  You can use this to your advantage to stimulate adrenaline and burn more fat without having to jump out of a perfectly good airplane, ride 3.7 seconds on a bull named Fumanchu, or go spelunking with a torch.  You can do this in the safety of your own home!

Interval training is a good way to release adrenaline. Engage in interval training in a controlled way to gain all the benefits and avoid any negative stress effects.  An interval training routine looks like this: 

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Hormone Replacement Therapy Reduces Aging

The father of a very close friend of mine lost his will to live. Here is an aging former soldier of fortune who once had a zest for life experienced by few. Now, he has lost interest in eating and seemingly everything else.

This bothers me for a couple of reasons. First, someone close to me may lose her dad. And on a larger scale, didn’t I say most people go to the ends of the earth to hang on to life towards the end? Well, apparently not all. Why is this?

Several months ago, I had a relevant conversation with another close friend about how some people cling to life at the end no matter how much suffering and pain they endure, while others simply throw in the towel. We concluded it may have something to do with declining hormone levels. So I called my anti-aging physician to discuss this possibility. His response was that yes, declining hormone levels lead to depression, which usually translates to loss of appetite, and of course, a diminished will to live. He routinely reverses this phenomenon with closely monitored hormone replacement therapy.

Could declining hormone levels be evolution’s way to nudge us into going quietly into the night? Could savvy doctors reverse deteriorating disease and attitudes and improve and extend millions of lives with simple hormone replacement therapy?

The evidence strongly points in that direction.

The most commonly physician-supplemented hormones are estrogen and progesterone in women, testosterone in men, and growth hormone in both sexes. In addition to these hormones, the majority of people also experience a decline in the hormones melatonin and DHEA.

DHEA promotes tissue renewal and replacement. Low DHEA levels affect your cardiovascular and immune system as well as your metabolism. DHEA usually declines from prime levels by 80–85% by the time you reach seventy years of age.

DHEA is available as an over-the-counter supplement at any health food store. Have your physician recommend a sensible dosage for you. Dosages will vary from person to person.

Once again, the potential benefits of hormone replacement outweigh the negative consequences. These benefits include increased muscle tone, a more active sex drive, better skin and hair condition and better immune system function.

The important thing to keep in mind though is, when you incorporate hormone replacement therapy into your regimen, do so only under the guidance of an intelligent anti-aging physician. He or she should test your hormonal levels and monitor your health before and during supplementing hormones to make sure you aren’t receiving too much. As with any biologic molecule, too much can be just as problematic as too little. The idea is to bring your system back into balance, not to overwhelm it.

A final word of advice about hormone replacement is that many people sell what they claim to be human growth hormone or human growth hormone releasing drugs. The majority are snake-oil salesmen. Be wary before purchasing any of these products. Many are completely unproven, and the companies that sell them usually can’t be trusted. We are wary of growth hormone for anti-aging purposes no matter what the source.
Many people look at old age as a decrepit, miserable period in their lives. The grumpy ones have for the most part given up hope.
The moral to this story is, don’t wait until you see serious decline to visit an anti- aging specialist. In fact, see one before you experience any decline—period. After all, once you see signs of a condition or disease, it may be too late. Heart disease and cancer are two good examples. They eat away at you for years before you show symptoms. And one symptom from heart disease is often sudden death.

Your perfect cure is prevention.

 

David Kekich (Living Healthy to 120: Anti-Aging Breakthroughs) is President/CEO of Maximum Life Foundation that focuses on aging research, a 501(c)(3) corporation dedicated to curing aging-related diseases. For more information, visit: www.MaxLife.org. David contributes to our column Living Healthy to 120: Anti-Aging Breakthroughs. MaxLife is helping to make the anti-aging dream a reality with cutting edge Bio-Engineering research and products.

 

 

Anti-Aging Hormone Increases the Chances of Pregnancy and Decreases Miscarriages

A recent study, conducted by scientists from Tel Aviv University in Israel, has revealed that women taking anti-aging pills have increased chances of getting pregnant.

The physicians have found out that taking this pill boosts the chances of pregnancy by 300%. The reason behind it is that these pills contain a hormone called DHEA.

In the study, the scientists focused on two groups of women. The first group comprised women, who went in for the conventional treatment for poor ovulation, whereas the second group of women went in for the same treatment and also took the DHEA supplement.

This hormone is produced in the brain, testes and the ovaries. The maximum levels of the hormone are present in the people when they are in their 20s and then they reduce by the 30s.

They were surprised to see the results of their study. The study was headed by Adrian Shulman of Tel Aviv University.

Shulman disclosed to the Daily Express that they thought that the decreased levels of this hormone have a connection with the conception problems of older women, when using the IVF technique.

He added that they had not thought that this hormone would result in a considerable increase in the chances of pregnancy.*

The Center for Human Reproduction have been conducting considerable research on pregnancy in older women and the aging ovary who have had a harder time trying to get pregnant. Those women with diminished ovarian reserve (DOR) or ovarian impairment due to advanced age or premature ovarian aging (POA), DHEA supplementation has proved promising results.

Effects of DHEA in Women with DOR

  • Increases egg and embryo counts and quality
  • Increases chromosomally normal embryos available
  • Speeds up time to pregnancy in fertility treatment
  • Increases spontaneously conceived pregnancies
  • Improves IVF pregnancy rates
  • Decreases spontaneous miscarriage rates
  • Likely reduces chromosomal abnormalities  in embryos

Overall, DHEA supplementation makes women feel much better.

Positive Ant-Aging Side Effects of DHEA

  • Improved overall feeling
  • Physically stronger
  • Improved sex drive
  • Mentally sharper
  • Better memory

Further observation has also noted a surprisingly low miscarriage rate in DHEA pregnancies. Since miscarriages, especially in older women, are mostly due to chromosomal abnormalities, this observation, too, suggested the possibility that DHEA may reduce chromosomal abnormalities.

The Center for Human Reproduction data has not only confirmed the high pregnancy rate in very unfavorable patients with diminished ovarian reserve, but demonstrated an identical reduction in miscarriage rate if supplementing with DHEA. The percentage of miscarriages of women over 35 is 50% more than under the same age, but DHEA hormone reduces that risk.

Since older women represent in the USA the most rapidly growing age group of women having babies, these findings provide good news and hope. DHEA may become an anti-aging supplement to be given, like prenatal vitamins, to all older women contemplating pregnancy.

*Reposted with Permission from TopNews.US

Product Review: DHEA for Adrenal Support

What is DHEA?

DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) is a steroid hormone produced by the adrenal glands. It’s a precursor to both testosterone and estrogen in the body, although it may play other physiological roles, as well. It is sometimes called the, “mother hormone” — the source that fuels the body’s metabolic pathway.

Beginning at about age 30, levels of DHEA in both men and women begin to decrease, and by age 80, it’s estimated that approximately 95% of the hormone has been lost.

Some believe that this decline is responsible for the adverse consequences of aging and tout DHEA supplements as a sort of “fountain of youth.” DHEA, however, is not a general anti-aging solution. The trends associated with DHEA supplementation include the following health benefits:

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Physiological Effects of Stress

These biochemical markers of stress in turn lead to ill health and psychosocial disorders. Consequently, stress plays a major causative role in both physical and mental health.

When undergoing a series of test to evaluate markers of stress, including cortisol and DHEA levels, the results in over thousands of cases are remarkable consistent: only 20-25% have cortisol levels consistent with healthy adrenal function, while 75-80% suffer impaired function.

The effects are profound: fatigue and weakness, hormonal imbalance, skin problems, hair loss, autoimmune disorders, insulin resistance and dozens of other health concerns.

With out adrenal glands consistently on “high alert,” high cortisol levels have a destructive effect.

CORTISOL INCREASE

Cortisol is a hormone produced by the adrenal glands in response to stress, affecting the body’s metabolism of glucose, proteins and fats. It is normally released by the body in a regular daily pattern of highs and lows. Imbalances gradually tear your body down.

Sustained high cortisol levels:

  • Destroy healthy muscle and bone
  • Slow down healing and normal cell regeneration
  • Co-opt parent molecules needed to make other vital hormones
  • Impair digestion, metabolism and mental function
  • Interfere with healthy endocrine function
  • Weaken your immune system

To restored healthy adrenal function, eat in tune with your natural cortisol curve.  Enrich your nutrition, reduce refined carbohydrates and cut back on stimulants.

DHEA DECREASE: Dehydroepiandrosterone

At the same time that cortisol levels increase, the production of DHEA is decreased. DHEA production already decreases, naturally, as we get older. When heightened levels of cortisol further inhibit DHEA we set ourselves up for physical and mental disaster. We begin to lose our ability to cope with stress, our short-term memory can begin to falter and our health starts to wane. It doesn’t have to be this way.

DHEA is the most abundant steroid in the body. DHEA is a steroid precursor produced by the adrenal gland and converted to testosterone or the estrogens by the body’s tissues. Adequate DHEA levels give the body the building blocks necessary to produce these hormones. Levels of DHEA are inversely associated with coronary artery disease. Taking DHEA may increase IGF-1 levels and increase the sense of well-being. DHEA levels decrease with age.

DHEA is also an important hormone produced in the adrenal glands, the body’s primary source for the production of the sex hormone testosterone. Peak levels of DHEA are reached in an individual’s early to mid-20s. Optimal levels are associated with increased energy, healthy immune and cardiovascular function, improved memory and elevated mood.

Boosting the body’s diminished supply of DHEA can help an individual more effectively combat chronic mental and physical stress. Natural DHEA supplementation counters the negative effects of having too many corticosteroids and bringing the body back into balance. The body regains its ability to fight off sickness and the mind regains its ability.

SAVE YOURSELF

The adrenal response can be life-saving.  There are many ways to replenish adrenal function and health naturally. When you restore balance to your adrenal glands, you’ll see results on every physical and emotional level, and your whole body will thank you for saving it!

 

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