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Belly Fat Might Indicate Hormonal Imbalance

Belly Fat Might Indicate Hormonal Imbalance

If you’ve been eating healthy and working out, you should be losing weight, right? So why is it that no matter what we do, we can’t seem to lose our extra belly fat?

What if we were to tell you that this is due to hormones? Hormones don’t only affect women going through menopause. They play a significant role for everyone from birth to death, and we have to learn how to live with them. If you can’t seem to lose weight (or you gain weight seemingly without cause), you might be suffering from a hormonal imbalance.

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A big indicator that you have hormonal imbalance is belly fat. If you have extra belly fat, it could be due to low testosterone, low estrogen, high insulin, or high cortisol. If you don’t take care of it, you’re putting yourself at risk for diabetes and heart disease. Check out the symptoms below to see if you might have hormonal imbalance.

Insomnia and Low Libido

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    Lack of sleep causes your stress levels to go haywire and increases your cortisol levels. It’s really no surprise that lack of sleep can cause an imbalance in your hormonal levels too. Lack of sleep also causes low libido, which eventually causes sex hormones to diminish.

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    One of the ways to cure this is to ensure that you’re going to bed at a regular hour (and sleeping through the entire night). Try drinking some tea before bed (no caffeine!) and listening to meditation music. Lavender essential oils and diffusers are known to help you sleep, too.

    Cravings and Fatigue

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      Have you ever wanted to down an entire chocolate cake and bottle of wine in one sitting? If you’re like me, you give into cravings and then regret it afterward. You sit back with a stomach ache and ask yourself why in the world you ate that much.

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      Eating too many sweet foods (along with wheat and dairy) causes your hormones to crave more. You really need to be careful, as these foods lead to weight gain (which is what you don’t want). Fatigue plays a big part in your hormonal imbalances, too. That extra cup of coffee you drank this morning? Did it help with the mid-day crash you had? No, it didn’t. Again, you have to stabilize your wheat and grain intake. If you eat too much, it will mess with your blood sugar and really harm your weight loss process.

      What can we do to get back on track?

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        We’ve learned that hormonal imbalance is due to lack of sleep, fatigue, and cravings. So, how can we put what we’ve learned into action? To start, you need to identify what is causing your hormones to run amuck. Are you not getting enough sleep? Perhaps you could incorporate yoga and meditation into your daily routine. Do you stay caffeinated all day? This will leave you feeling sluggish and you’ll want more coffee. Perhaps you’re letting your cravings get the best of you. Eat something sweet, but eat in moderation. You don’t need to shove a huge piece of cake down your throat to feel good about yourself. Figure out the root of your problem and go from there.

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        Conclusion

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          Isn’t it shocking to know how much goes into your weight-loss regime? There are so many things that contribute to hormonal imbalance, it’s hard to keep track. If you’re unable to lose the extra weight, you’ll need to figure out the root of the problem. It could be the workout routine that you’re doing, or it could be from one of the above issues. Figure it out and you’ll solve the problem in no time! Remember, everyone is different! We all deal with hormonal imbalances in our own unique ways. Make sure you figure out what works for you.

          Have you noticed any hormonal imbalances lately? What are you doing to get back on the right track? Let us know in the comments below. Be sure to share this with your friends and family, too!

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          How to Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

          How to Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

          When it comes to living long, genes aren’t everything. Research has revealed a number of simple lifestyle changes you can make that could help to extend your life, and some of them may surprise you.

          So, how to live longer? Here are 21 ways to help you live a long life

          1. Exercise

          It’s no secret that physical activity is good for you. Exercise helps you maintain a healthy body weight and lowers your blood pressure, both of which contribute to heart health and a reduced risk of heart disease–the top worldwide cause of death.

          2. Drink in Moderation

          I know you’re probably picturing a glass of red wine right now, but recent research suggests that indulging in one to three glasses of any type of alcohol every day may help to increase longevity.[1] Studies have found that heavy drinkers as well as abstainers seem to have a higher risk of early mortality than moderate drinkers.

          3. Reduce Stress in Your Life

          Stress causes your body to release a hormone called cortisol. At high levels, this hormone can increase blood pressure and cause storage of abdominal fat, both of which can lead to an increased risk of heart disease.

          4. Watch Less Television

          A 2008 study found that people who watch six hours of television per day will likely die an average of 4.8 years earlier than those who don’t.[2] It also found that, after the age of 25, every hour of television watched decreases life expectancy by 22 minutes.

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          Television promotes inactivity and disengagement from the world, both of which can shorten your lifespan.

          5. Eat Less Red Meat

          Red meat consumption is linked to an increased risk of heart disease and cancer.[3] Swapping out your steaks for healthy proteins, like fish, may help to increase longevity.

          If you can’t stand the idea of a steak-free life, reducing your consumption to less than two to three servings a week can still incur health benefits.

          6. Don’t Smoke

          This isn’t exactly a revelation. As you probably well know, smoking significantly increases your risk of cancer.

          7. Socialize

          Studies suggest that having social relationships promotes longevity.[4] Although scientists are unsure of the reasons behind this, they speculate that socializing leads to increased self esteem as well as peer pressure to maintain health.

          8. Eat Foods Rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids

          Omega-3 fatty acids decrease the risk of heart disease[5] and perhaps even Alzheimer’s disease.[6] Salmon and walnuts are two of the best sources of Omega-3s.

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          9. Be Optimistic

          Studies suggest that optimists are at a lower risk for heart disease and, generally, live longer than pessimists.[7] Researchers speculate that optimists have a healthier approach to life in general–exercising more, socializing, and actively seeking out medical advice. Thus, their risk of early mortality is lower.

          10. Own a Pet

          Having a furry-friend leads to decreased stress, increased immunity, and a lessened risk of heart disease.[8] Depending on the type of pet, they can also motivate you to be more active.

          11. Drink Coffee

          Studies have found a link between coffee consumption and longer life.[9] Although the reasons for this aren’t entirely clear, coffee’s high levels of antioxidants may play a role. Remember, though, drowning your cup of joe in sugar and whipped cream could counter whatever health benefits it may hold.

          12. Eat Less

          Japan has the longest average lifespan in the world, and the longest lived of the Japanese–the natives of the Ryukyu Islands–stop eating when they’re 80% full. Limiting your calorie intake means lower overall stress on the body.

          13. Meditate

          Meditation leads to stress reduction and lowered blood pressure.[10] Research suggests that it could also increase the activity of an enzyme associated with longevity.[11]

          Taking as little as 15 minutes a day to find your zen can have significant health benefits, and may even extend your life.

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          How to meditate? Here’re 8 Meditation Techniques for Complete Beginners

          14. Maintain a Healthy Weight

          Being overweight puts stress on your cardiovascular system, increasing your risk of heart disease.[12] It may also increase the risk of cancer.[13] Maintaining a healthy weight is important for heart health and living a long and healthy life.

          15. Laugh Often

          Laughter reduces the levels of stress hormones, like cortisol, in your body. High levels of these hormones can weaken your immune system.

          16. Don’t Spend Too Much Time in the Sun

          Too much time in the sun can lead to an increased risk of skin cancer. However, sun exposure is an excellent way to increase levels of vitamin D, so soaking up a few rays–perhaps for around 15 minutes a day–can be healthy. The key is moderation.

          17. Cook Your Own Food

          When you eat at restaurants, you surrender control over your diet. Even salads tend to have a large number of additives, from sugar to saturated fats. Eating at home will enable you to monitor your food intake and ensure a healthy diet.

          Take a look at these 14 Healthy Easy Recipes for People on the Go and start to cook your own food.

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          18. Eat Mushrooms

          Mushrooms are a central ingredient in Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s GOMBS disease fighting diet. They boost the immune system and may even reduce the risk of cancer.[14]

          19. Floss

          Flossing helps to stave off gum disease, which is linked to an increased risk of cancer.[15]

          20. Eat Foods Rich in Antioxidants

          Antioxidants fight against the harmful effects of free-radicals, toxins which can cause cell damage and an increased risk of disease when they accumulate in the body. Berries, green tea and broccoli are three excellent sources of antioxidants.

          Find out more antiosidants-rich foods here: 13 Delicious Antioxidant Foods That Are Great for Your Health

          21. Have Sex

          Getting down and dirty two to three times a week can have significant health benefits. Sex burns calories, decreases stress, improves sleep, and may even protect against heart disease.[16] It’s an easy and effective way to get exercise–so love long and prosper!

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          Reference

          [1] Wiley Online Library: Late‐Life Alcohol Consumption and 20‐Year Mortality
          [2] BMJ Journals: Television viewing time and reduced life expectancy: a life table analysis
          [3] Arch Intern Med.: Red Meat Consumption and Mortality
          [4] PLOS Medicine: Social Relationships and Mortality Risk: A Meta-analytic Review
          [5] JAMA: Fish and Omega-3 Fatty Acid Intake and Risk of Coronary Heart Disease in Women
          [6] NCBI: Effects of Omega‐3 Fatty Acids on Cognitive Function with Aging, Dementia, and Neurological Diseases: Summary
          [7] Mayo Clinic Proc: Prediction of all-cause mortality by the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory Optimism-Pessimism Scale scores: study of a college sample during a 40-year follow-up period.
          [8] Med Hypotheses.: Pet ownership protects against the risks and consequences of coronary heart disease.
          [9] The New England Journal of Medicine: Association of Coffee Drinking with Total and Cause-Specific Mortality
          [10] American Journal of Hypertension: Blood Pressure Response to Transcendental Meditation: A Meta-analysis
          [11] Science Direct: Intensive meditation training, immune cell telomerase activity, and psychological mediators
          [12] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
          [13] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
          [14] African Journal of Biotechnology: Anti-cancer effect of polysaccharides isolated from higher basidiomycetes mushrooms
          [15] Science Direct: Periodontal disease, tooth loss, and cancer risk in male health professionals: a prospective cohort study
          [16] AHA Journals: Sexual Activity and Cardiovascular Disease

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