3. EXCESS OF GHRELIN
Ghrelin is a hormone that determines if you’re hungry or not. It’s very stubborn: even after a year on a low-calorie diet, the level of ghrelin could still be high (the body will try to store the fat tissue just in case). Ghrelin can help us lose weight easily and it also makes it really difficult to keep it on.
But, it’s easy to outsmart it. You just need to consume products that stretch your stomach — like vegetables, fruits, grains, and seeds. After consuming these foods, the hormonal reaction starts and you start to feel full. Cut down on sugar and processed foods: they’re high in calories but they keep the level of ghrelin unchanged. Soon after eating a cinnamon bun you’ll become hungry again.
Sleep and no stress are the best ways to keep the level of ghrelin at bay. After 6-8 hours of sleep the concentration of the hormone in the blood drops. Caution: don’t get carried away with lowering the level of ghrelin, it’s an important hormone. It plays a crucial role in studying and the development of intellectual abilities.
4. EXCESS OF NEUROPEPTIDE Y
If the concentration of neuropeptide Y is high in the blood, you’ll end up having a ravenous appetite. This hormone can not only lead to simple gain weight, but to real clinical obesity.
The excess of neuropeptide Y causes the fat tissue to be stored in the lower back, hips, and buttocks; due to the quick weight gain caused by this hormone stretch marks might appear. Your whole body undergoes a real emotional storm: anxiety, irritability, and headaches appear. You might also experience excessive sweating, pigment spots may appear, and blood pressure rises.
Exclude from your diet all foods with a high concentration of sugar in them. Spices and flavorings should be banned as well since they often make you hungry.
5. EXCESS OF PROLACTIN
A high level of prolactin leads to rapid weight gain. Women might notice that hair fluff appears all over their body, a small mustache starts to grow, and their menstrual cycle changes. The excess of prolactin leads to the growth of the mammary glands in men. If you notice any these symptoms, it necessary that you talk to your doctor since a high level of prolactin might indicate a hypophysis tumor (prolactinoma).
Obviously, just like any hormonal imbalance, a high level of prolactin should be treated by doctors. But there are foods that can also help you lower its level. Pay attention to ginseng and ginkgo biloba, they might help you treat your prolactin imbalance.
6. DEFICIT OF GLUCAGON
Glucagon lowers your appetite and promotes fat digestion. The level of this hormone lowers after a stressful situation — that’s how certain people begin stress eating. However, the deficiency of glucagon might also indicate that there are problems with the kidneys, liver, or pancreas.
To increase the level of glucagon, it’s essential to normalize your eating habits. By taking long breaks between meals (without starving), the hormone will digest fat by itself. Physical exercise might be helpful as well: a 30-minute workout significantly increases the level of glucagon in the blood.