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Wendy Ralfe - April Blog

April 1, 2017

I have just learnt a ton about hormones, they are rather tricky and difficult to keep in balance. The catch is to keep them in balance, as when they aren't in balance they can cause havoc.

I thought I'd share some of what I've learnt about them with you, in particular 2 hormones, that might help you understand how your body works. Which may also help you lose a few of the holiday pounds, if you put any on lol.

 

As most of us know, insulin is the hormone that stops us burning fat. Insulin is released when we eat so that it can force the nutrients that we have just eaten and digested into cells for energy. So insulin is needed but not in the huge amounts that we have in today's society, and not in the constant high levels that most of us live with. These high levels of insulin are what cause insulin resistance. Think of someone nagging you all the time, you take notice the first few times, but then you tune them out and ignore the nagging. The same is true for your body's cells, if they are being bombarded with insulin all the time they tune it out or down regulate reception of it. The same happens with dopamine too, the feel happy or good hormone.

 

Then there are other hormones, like leptin, which is released by your fat cells. Yes fat cells release leptin, so the fatter you are the more leptin you have. This hormone lets you know when you have had enough food (body has enough fuel) and you can go and do stuff now.

 

The problem is that insulin blocks leptin, and if your body has insulin resistance and is producing tons of insulin (screaming due to the message not being heard or received / ignored by the cells), your body isn't receiving the leptin message that you have eaten enough and it's now time to do stuff.

 

Does it now make sense why you still feel hungry after you've eaten, or feel like you want something else to nibble when you only ate a few minutes before?

Or you feel sluggish and don’t want to move after you’ve eaten?

 

Knowing this makes me realise even more how special UCAN is. It keeps your sugar levels level so you don’t have energy drops and it doesn't spike insulin, so your body can still get the right messages from leptin.

 

Until next time…

If you have any comments or questions, please email them ( sales@generationucan.org.uk ) and I or the UCAN team will answer them.  The questions and answers will then be posted on here, to help others.

 

 

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