Reset Your Hormones to Beat Belly Fat

By Dr. Natasha TurnerNaturopathic doctor and author of The Supercharged Hormone Diet, The Hormone Diet, and The Carb Sensitivity ProgramGet Dr. Turner’s recipes that will help your hormones work with you on your weight-loss goals instead of against you.

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5. Low DHEA: DHEA is a hormone produced by the adrenal glands. It is a precursor to estrogen and testosterone and also helps to counteract the negative effects of cortisol. Often touted as the anti-aging hormone, DHEA influences our ability to lose fat and gain muscle. It boosts libido and helps us feel motivated, youthful and energetic.

Hormone Diet Solution: DHEA levels are best measured in the blood or saliva and replacements should only be taken when a deficiency has been diagnosed. I prefer low dosages of 5-25 mg twice daily with meals. You should test your DHEA levels after 4 to 6 weeks of taking the supplement to avoid taking in excessive amounts, which can be harmful. Relora, an herbal supplement, is also known to significantly reduce cortisol and raise DHEA within only two weeks of use. I recommend one cap in the morning and two at bedtime.

6. Low Growth Hormone: This omnipotent hormone affects just about every cell in the body and has a major impact on our feelings, actions and appearance. Because this regenerative hormone tends to decline with age, growth hormone supplements are often promoted as a way to slow the effects of aging. Growth hormone is released during deep sleep and while we exercise. It’s essential for tissue repair, muscle building, bone density, and healthy body composition. A 2007 study from the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism linked abdominal obesity in postmenopausal women with low growth hormone secretion, elevated inflammatory markers and increased risk of cardiovascular disease.

Hormone Diet Solution: When we sleep in total darkness, melatonin is released, triggering a very slight but critical cool-down in the body. As body temperature drops, growth hormone is released and works its regenerative magic. If we sleep with lights on or eat too close to bedtime, the natural cool-down process will not take place, putting us at risk of low levels of both melatonin and growth hormone. By sleeping in a cool room in pitch darkness, and including short intense 30-minute strength-training sessions three times a week, you can naturally boost growth hormone levels.  

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