According to the article, “A Mathematical Challenge to Obesity”, Claudia Dreifus interviewed Carson Chow and posted the segment in the New York Times, it stated “between 1975 and 2005, the average weight of Americans had increased by about 20 pounds. Since the 1970s, the national obesity rate had jumped from around 20 percent to over 30 percent” (Dreifus, 2012).
However, no one talks about hormonal fat. The medical community treats all fats the same, but they aren’t. There are a combination of reasons why people are fat. Lack of proper diet, mainly malnutrition being one of the greatest factors that attribute to weight gain. Not to mention inactivity, exercise is a must in order to maintain a strong body as we age. What if you eat well, and exercise, but you can not get rid of that belly fat?
What choices do you have?? Surgery?? Diet Pills?? Starvation??
Well, I have some great news for you. Your adrenal glands sit atop your kidneys. They release and regulate the hormones in the body, mainly stress hormones – corticosteroids, catecholamines, and cortisol, adrenaline – nor-epinephrine, epinephrine, in addition to the androgen hormone. How does this apply to all of you? If you are stressed, your adrenal glands pump out lots of cortisol hormone which is known as the fight or flight mechanism in the brain.
The average amount of cortisol produced by health adrenals is 30 – 40mgs on a daily bases. Anything over 40mgs can be consider dysfunctional.
What is the main cause of the production of cortisol – STRESS!!!! There are a couple more producers of cortisol like oral contraceptives, and anti-inflammatory medicines.
“Higher and more prolonged levels of cortisol can lead to a number of psychiatric disorders and physical ailments, including, but not limited to, depression, paranoia, PTSD, diabetes, joint pain, and obesity”. Other symptoms include, facial acne, purple stretch marks, irritability, irregular monthly cycle, infertility, increase of hair growth, high blood pressure, heart malfunctions, muscle and bone weakness.
The adrenals are responsible for calcium intake and absorption, so if they aren’t functioning properly, your body will not absorb it.
Wouldn’t it make sense that a Hormone would regulate another Hormone, the Superhero in this story for me is DHEA. DHEA – Dehydroepiandrosterone – a hormone that is converted in sulfur, and it is known for regulating the adrenal glands. It is said that DHEA can improve memory, systemic lupus, infertility, joint immobility, and strength.
Khadija S. from Brooklyn, N.Y. states: I take DHEA and I have been for 2 months. I have been under extreme stress for the past several years. I noticed the less I ate, and the more stressed I became the bigger my belly became. It didn’t make sense. As I researched reasons for bigger bellies, I learned of the malfunction of the adrenal glands and all of the biological triggers. The big belly was the tip of the iceberg. It explained the irritability, the lost of hair, the lack of hunger, the night time burst of energy, and the need for sweet and salty junk food.
So when I started taking DHEA, I incorporated it with Rockin’ Wellness Total Nutrition Shakes. The results were amazing. I lost 26 pounds in 2 months, using them together. I’m still in awe by how well they work together. I feel so much better, I have better joint mobility, my hair has grown back, my mood has improved, my belly had dropped 4 inches, my double chin is gone.
Honestly, I did not exercise as much as I should have. However, the body longs for Homeostasis, just give it what it needs and it will remove what it doesn’t need.
By no means am I prescribing or suggesting the use of DHEA, I am merely suggesting everyone with belly fat issues to get tested for adrenal dysfunctions.
My Daily Rockin’ Wellness Shake
1 scoop of Rockin’ Wellness
2 cups of ices
8oz of unsweetened almond milk