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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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          Last Updated on December 9, 2019

          5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

          5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

          Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

          Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

          Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

          1. Get Rationally Optimistic

          Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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          This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

          In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

          The result: no more mental stress.

          2. Unplug

          Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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          How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

          It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

          Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

          3. Easy on the Caffeine

          Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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          Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

          4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

          That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

          How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

          • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
          • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
          • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

          While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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          5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

          This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

          The result: mental stress will be gone!

          So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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