Those who suffer from hypothyroidism feel tired, tend to sleep a lot, experience constipation, and typically experience weight gain.
Check your thyroid hormone levels with your family doctor to suss out any issues. If you are under-producing thyroid hormones, boost your vitamin D and Zinc intake.
2. Excess Insulin
There are several reasons for excess insulin, but the main culprits are stress, consuming too much processed foods and sugary drinks, as well as a lack of protein in the diet. The extra sugar is stored as fat by insulin, which leads to weight gain or obesity.
Keep your blood sugar levels normal by consuming 3 to 4 litres of water a day and staying away from processed foods and gassy drinks.
3. Serotonin Imbalance
Current lifestyles exacerbate chronic stress leading our bodies to under-produce serotonin, which in turn leads to over-eating and weight gain.
Getting proper sleep, eating in small quantities every 2 hours and keeping yourself well hydrated can help a lot.
4. Too much cortisol
Under stress, our bodies release high amounts of the hormone cortisol, which increases fat deposits, leading to unwanted flabby bellies and people looking much older than they really are.
The key to beating this is simple: Find ways to relax physically and mentally, get lots of restful sleep and worry less!
5. Extra Estrogen
When the oestrogen levels are abnormal, the body starts converting all available sources of energy to fat, which results in weight gain.
Avoid eating processed foods, especially processed meat; avoiding alcohol and regular workouts or yoga can help keep your oestrogen levels normal.
6. Low Testosterone
In women, lower levels of testosterone can increase stress and inflammation leading to more fat accumulation. Ugh!
Avoiding alcohol, regular workouts and eating fibre-rich foods can help in keeping this hormone at normal levels.
7. Inadequate Melatonin
Secreted by the pineal gland as you sleep, disrupted rest can lead to stress, which ultimately leads to inflammation-induced weight gain.
Sleeping well, avoiding late night snacks and turning off gadgets before going to bed can help a lot.
8. Progesterone Imbalance
Menopause, stress, use of contraceptive pills, or consumption of certain foods can all lead progesterone levels to drop significantly allowing for weight gain and depression to creep into our lives.
Avoiding stress and processed foods, adequate sleep and regular exercise can help in keeping progesterone at appropriate levels.
em>(Text by bauersyndication.com.au / Additional reporting by Natalya Molok)