Education is power. When you have knowledge about a subject, you can navigate it with ease and precision. When we don't know, well, we can't help ourselves. I want to be that bridge of knowledge for whoever reads this blog. I'm interested in goodness, health, wellness, progress, and nourishing of the soul and body. Because I am not expert on all things, I thought the best thing to do was to have a book club - I read the book and post chapter summaries.
Currently, hormones are on my mind. I just want to understand womanhood more and I don't want to rely on a busy doctor to provide me with information. Therefore, the first book chosen for book club is The Hormone Diet by Natasha Turner, ND. Here is the recap of the first two chapters. Feel free to add in your takeaway from the reading.
So what did we learn in chapter 1?
Something called PPAR's: PPAR's is our peroximone proliferator-activated response. They regulate fat burning, blood sugar levels, and the balance of energy in cells. They are naturally present in the liver, fat cells, and heart & skeletal muscles. They react when you eat and they get triggered when you exercise. Things that mess up the beautiful symphony of your PPAR's is hormonal imbalance and inflammation. So if your hormones are out of whack and you have inflammation, then the pathways for fat burning from the liver and muscles will not be accessible.
Causes of chronic inflammation:
- poor digestive health
- overworked immune system
- poor nutrition
- lack of exercise
- abdominal obesity and insulin resistance
- estrogen decline
- toxicity - environmental, liver, fatty liver
- depression and stress
Our bodies are magnificent! "...a truly phenomenal machine that naturally strives to remain in a balanced state. When we're cold, we shiver. When we're thirsty or hungry, the brain gives us the appropriate signals to drink or grab a bite to eat." They are built to respond to problems, but when the problems are in excess, we then run into trouble.
5 major factors that affect metabolic rate:
- thyroid - everything slows down when thyroid levels are low because your thyroid controls every cell in your body and maintain body temp
- adrenaline - first response to stress. It's a short term boost from body fat stores
- muscle - metabolically activate, so you burn calories even when you are sleeping. The more muscle the more burn.
- eating - thermogenic foods heat you up and raise metabolism. Burn calories through digestion
- liver - fat burning organ , so it's important to have a healthy liver!
Reading or filling out a hormone profile. It's really interesting to see what is listed under each checklist. The checklist includes categories with characteristics pertaining to: inflammation, excess insulin, low dopamine, low serotonin, low gaba, excess cortisol, low DHEA, excess estrogen, low estrogen, low progesterone, excess progesterone, low testosterone, excess testosterone, low thyroid, low acetylcholine, low melatonin, and low growth hormone. Once you've added up your "score" the book helps you to interpret the data. I, personally, didn't have any alarming numbers, but I'm still very interested in all of it, because I may have hormonal chaos one day, again.