I’m Shivani, founder of Nutrishia and by profession I’m dietitian.
Today I would like to speak upon how our hormones play a major role in weight loss journey. So what are hormones exactly? Hormones are tiny chemicals messengers delivering the message to organs and tissues. They travel throughout our body. And if there is an imbalance in one or the other hormone it disturbs the whole endocrine system. There are few diseases related to imbalance like PCOS, diabetes, thyroid and anxiety, sleep disorders, acne, facial hairs and many more. Now there are few steps how we can control these imbalance. For doing that I can tell you few points are this: eat real foods, eat real foods means include green veggies in your diet, green veggies have a fight to nutrients in it which helps to break down your hormones which are not in use at that particular time. Avoid to have processed and packed foods because it has neurotoxins present in it that disturbs our endocrine system. Include healthy fats in your diet,healthy fats means coconut oil, olive oil, avocado, hand full of nuts and seeds. And the second would be don’t use toxin products, toxin products that are disturbing your hormonal system, like use of plastic products: plastic bottles, plastic utensils, chemicals presents in these also is disturbing your hormone. So replace them with glass or steel. And you can avoid using cosmetics as much as possible because nowadays there is a chemical present in these cosmetics is also seeping from our skin into our body and it disturbs a hormonal balance. So use occasionally as you can do it. Don’t use it on daily basis. Third would be reduce your stress and have quality of sleep. For reducing your stress you can do the following steps. Now there is a hormone related to stress i.e. a cortisol hormone and if it is raised then you are not able to lose weight if you are doing a good diet and exercise also. So there is a key role to reducing the cortisol i.e.you have to remain happy, for reducing your levels for reducing stress you can do meditation, yoga, you can listen songs, go for a shopping, and go for a long drive and many more things that makes you happy. You should have quality sleep. Quality sleep of at least 7-8 hours that’s make your body’s recovery more. So that is very necessary for our body to have quality sleep. The next would be limit your caffeine intake. Caffeine is a chemical present in colas, energy drinks,in tea coffee. So limit as much as possible because it also elevates your cortisol level, insulin level, adrenal i.e. produce from an adrenal gland. So try to limit from 1-2 tea cups of coffee ortea. And replace it with a infused water or herbal teas. Now the last would be exercise. Exercise plays a major role in your weight loss journey because it helps you to balance your hormones, it aids sleeps, regulates your appetite and many more things. So I would suggest to do your physical activity in your daily practice for 30-45 minutes.
So these were the following steps Iwould like to tell you for balancing your hormones. You can contact me on lybrate or you canvisit me on Nutricia i.e. in Rajouri Garden, Delhi. Thank you!