In addition to a sedentary lifestyle and an unhealthy diet, hormones might play a certain role in gaining weight. If you’ve been on one of the popular protein diets (meaning you eat only meat and have forgotten what carbs look like) for over a month now but your weight hasn’t changed, estrogen is probably to blame. In order to balance an excess of estrogen in your body, it’s recommended to minimize the consumption of products rich in protein.
1. OVERBALANCE OF ESTROGEN
High levels of estrogen make you gain weight despite the food you eat. This excess weight is mainly stored on the hips and your menstrual cycle becomes irregular, you might have headaches, or become too emotional. An excessive amount of estrogen might also be the reason for hair loss, memory loss, and irregular sleep.
The buildup of estrogen in one’s body is caused by eating meat produced under industrial conditions with the use of growth hormones. Substances similar to estrogen are used in the production of plastics and household chemicals.
To clear your body of the excess of estrogen, consume less meat, and replace it with vegetables. High-fiber foods bind with estrogen and eliminate it from your body. Flaxseed, oats, apples, and pears diminish its negative impact on the body. Rosemary essential oil helps to restore the hormonal balance and improve your memory.
2. DEFICIT OF SEROTONIN
A serious lack of serotonin almost always manifests itself in depression and a bad mood. Moreover, people with a deficiency of serotonin often change their eating habits. If you feel like eating a whole chocolate cake all by yourself or you dream of french fries at night, this is how your body signals to you that you have a deficiency of the happiness hormone.
The natural sources of serotonin are eggs, nuts, and pineapples. Pineapples also contain bromelain; it’s a ferment that prevents swelling. Light physical exercise and spending more time outside increases the level of serotonin.