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Ways Exercise Influences your Hormones and Health

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Our bodies were built for movement. Exercise and training greatly affect hormones and encourage the breakdown of fat tissue. Intense training increases human growth hormone, which helps with muscle growth and recovery as well as tissue repair in our body. It also increases testosterone, which helps us to burn fat and build muscle tone. Shorter, intense exercise (under 45 minutes) will have this effect and indicates a good workout. If the intense exercise is too long in duration, it can have a negative effect with too much cortisol (stress hormone) being released. You can feel drained of energy after over...

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Excess Body Fat and Hormones

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  Excess body fat can wreak havoc on our hormones and cause a number of health issues. Adipose tissue (body fat) correlates to estrogen. Men with too much body fat have too much estrogen, which is harmful to health as well as masculinity. Stomach fat can also interfere with testosterone production. More fat equals more leptin. Too much leptin turns off the full signal to the brain, so we eat more. This causes insulin to be elevated which stores more fat. Our body can become a fat storing machine when our hormones are working in these ways. Get proper sleep,...

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The Missing Piece to the Weightloss Puzzle

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Why is it that so many people can spend countless hours in the gym, while eating a strict diet and still not lose much body fat? What about the people who can eat pretty much anything and not put on any body fat? The answer is hormones! Hormones are chemicals that flow through the bloodstream and signal cells or tissues into action. They direct how our organs work and they control our metabolism. So hormones are what tell your body to store fat or to feed working muscles. To speed up or to slow down your metabolism. When your hormones...

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What Are Hormones?

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  Hormones are chemicals that flow through the bloodstream and signal cells or tissues into action. They direct how our organs work and they control our metabolism. Each hormone targets specific parts of the body for specific purposes. The endocrine system is a series of glands that produce and secrete hormones. The endocrine system and the nervous system work together to monitor and adjust the physiological activities of the body, always striving for balance or homeostasis.  Nearly all of our body processes are influenced by hormones: sleep, growth, metabolism, emotions, reproduction, digestion, cardiovascular, energy, drive and sexual function to name...

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The Hormones Behind Energy and Fat Storage

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Are you a snacker? If we are constantly eating we are keeping our insulin levels elevated which can lead to insulin resistance and possibly type 2 diabetes. Insulin is critical in how the body uses and stores energy. If not working properly, we can feel fatigued and store excess fat. There is a natural rhythm with insulin and glucagon. When we eat, insulin levels are elevated, slowly falling the next few hours after a meal. When insulin levels get low, glucagon rises and helps our body access stored fuel for our energy needs until our next meal. Constantly eating upsets...

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