HERE ARE SOME OF PROCOMP’S STRATEGY TO RESTORE HORMONAL BALANCE WHEN STRESS HORMONES REDUCE THYROID HORMONE AND INCREASE ESTROGEN.
Hormonal imbalance can become a viscous merry-go-round. Once on the merry go round, it can be very hard to get off, to restore balance and achieve a healthy, great looking body.
In fact the stress-thyroid-estrogen Merry-Go-Round self-executes and often gets faster and faster. This only serves to make things worse and harder.
When stress hormones are elevated, the thyroid gland becomes down regulated and estrogen becomes dominant. This creates more suppression in the thyroid gland that impacts stress even more yet again. This self-perpetrating cycle can down-regulates metabolism, prevent fat loss and is correlated to a host of insidious conditions.
This cycle is all about the body’s response to stress.
THE MORE STRESS THE BODY IS UNDER, THE MORE THYROID HORMONE IS USED TO COMPENSATE FOR THE STRESS.
Elevated stress hormones can result in the following symptoms:
- Weight gain (especially abdomen, back and face).
- Poor sleep.
- Low sodium levels.
- Foggy thinking.
- Difficulty getting out of bed.
- Estrogen dominance.
- Food cravings.
- Low Energy.
- Difficult with concentration
- Reduced immunity.
- Degenerative conditions.
- Autoimmune health.
- Thinning of skin
- Muscle weakness
- Reduced healing time
THE MERRY-GO-ROUND OF LOW THYROID AND HIGH ESTROGEN
Estrogen dominance, or excess estrogen and/or progesterone deficiency, is known to increase cortisol production. It does this by activating the adrenal glands and increasing adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH).
Signs of excessive estrogen include:
- Weight gain.
- Heavy periods.
- Water retention or bloating.
- Excess fat around hips, butts and thighs,
- Mood swings.
- Poor sleep or insomnia.
- Infertility and miscarriage
- Heavy menstrual bleeding.
- Irregular menstruation.
- Breast tenderness.
- Hot flushes and flashes.
- Hair loss.
- Varicose veins.
- Skin problems.
- Joint pains and stiffness.
- Lack of flexibility.
- Carpel tunnel syndrome.
- Muscle cramp.
- Candida and fungal infection.
- Histamine intolerance.
- Enlarged prostate.
- Autoimmune disease.
- Breast cancer.
PROCOMP’S STRESS-THYROID-ESTROGEN RECOVERY STRATEGY.
You may not like to hear this…. and the truth is…recovery is not always quick and easy. The right nutrition and strategies work each and every time to assist recovery, but it take consistency and time.
This is the point we start at ProComp and the strategy we use to restore hormonal balance. Using this approach, fat loss, energy and great health can once again be restored.
- PRO-METABOLIC NUTRITION.
We really are what we eat. If you are caught on the stress-thyroid-estrogen merry-go-round you need to nourish your liver and your body. Quite simply, we recommend starting consuming foods that increase thyroid hormone conversion and avoiding foods that suppress it.
ProComp’s Pro-Metabolic Meal plans are designed with this strategy in mind. The plans are a unique combination of food discovered from the research of endocrinologists. The focus of these nutrition plans are to up-regulate the thyroid gland and reduce excess estrogen and cortisol. Our Pro-Metabolic plans also avoids the food that science has shown will suppress thyroid hormone functioning.
All of ProComp’s meal plans initially focus on getting carbohydrates from fructose and simple sugars such as fruits, juice and raw honey. Not only will this supply a constant flow of energy, but also simple sugars are essential for the liver to convert T3 to T4.
Never eat carbs on their own to ensure blood sugar levels remain constant. All the meals in our Pro-Metabolic plans are balanced with protein, carbs and fats and only use Pro-Thyroid food.
2. GET MORE SALT
When the thyroid gland is down regulated and the body is experiencing any kind of stress then sodium is wasted at a rapid pace.
Sodium is essential for keeping the stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol low. It regulates blood sugar and we encourage the use of natural non-iodized sea salt at every meal.
3. SLEEP AND REST
Poor quality sleep keeps you on the thyroid-stress-estrogen merry-go-round.
I consider the ability to get quality, quantity, restorative, and undisturbed sleep integral to increase metabolism, to get lean and live a hormonally balanced, healthy life.
Lack of quality sleep is a significant stressor that results in exhaustion and fatigue.
If you want to heal your body, improve metabolic rate and make fat loss easier and effortless, then TREAT THIS SERIOUSLY.
Insomnia is often simply about the stress hormones cortisol, adrenaline and parathyroid stress hormone being too high at night.
“In energy deprived humans, an increase in adrenalin OPPOSES the hibernation reaction. It also alters energy production, the ability to relax, deep sleep and have a restorative effect” – Dr. Ray Peat.
Salt and simple sugars are highly correlated with reducing stress hormones. So eating a calcium rich sugary, salty snack before bed will do wonders to help ensure cortisol spikes are not interrupting sleep.
An example of salt and simple sugars are as follows:
- Milk with honey, gelatin and salt.
- Natural ice cream.
- Hard European cheese and fruit.
- Bone broth and fruit.
4. IMPROVE LIVER HEALTH
Without a healthy liver, the odds of restoring thyroid gland function are nil and your body’s ability to eliminate excess estrogen is greatly compromised.
ProComp recommends the following:
- Increase Calcium Intake such as dairy products or eggshell calcium powder.
- Increase Vitamin D and K from saturated fats like butter and some natural sunlight.
- Coffee to toleration.
- Reduce PUFA’s.
- Reduce or eliminate alcohol.
- Vitamin E supplementation can also be considered. Studies have shown that estrogen can reduce by up to 55% after 10 weeks of Vit E supplementation.
PROCOMPS PRO-METABOLIC MEAL PLANS
The ProComp plans are about nutrition that will decrease stress hormones, reduce excess estrogen and increase thyroid hormones. It is becoming more evident through both our research and experience of the importance and necessity of balancing hormones to achieve a healthier and leaner body.
We have created these meal plans in several calorie ranges because no two people are alike and each week there is an entirely different menu. The food is based upon the research of Dr Peat. Dr Peat is an endocrinologist who has studied the impact of nutrition and lifestyle factors and their effect upon metabolism, cellular respiration, hormonal balance, thyroid gland functioning, estrogen and health.
ProComp’s focus is primarily about creating great-looking, healthy bodies and increasing metabolism. This is always a win win as fat loss and optimal health favour a fast metabolism.
****Just remember restoring thyroid hormone levels (pro-thyroid food, quality sleep, calcium and salt) is essential to suppressing the stress response once and for all.