You should consider your body to be a successful business. There are a number of different departments all working together to reach a goal. However, sometimes those goals conflict with each other, just like the sales and marketing teams.
Keeping your body healthy can be more complicated than you think. After all, it’s more than just eating well and exercising. There are some things you don’t even think about, like your hormones.
The hormones are what do the hard work for your body, ensuring you sleep well at night and choosing which calories should be converted into fat and which should be converted into muscles.
Most people don’t have control over their hormones, and they can become disheartened when their hormones are out of balance.
However, with practice and the right strategy, you can learn to control your hormones.
It will help you look and feel better than you ever did, even in your 20’s! Keep reading to find out the best treatment to control your hormones and how that can help turn you into the man you’ve always wanted to be.
Leptin and Ghrelin: The Hunger Regulators
These two hormones are constantly battling each other to tell you whether you need to eat that juicy burger or not. Ghrelin is the one that always wants to eat it; it is secreted along the stomach walls to make you feel hungry.
Leptin, on the other hand, knows when you should turn it down. Leptin tells your body when you have eaten enough, and it is released from your fat cells.
Once these bad boys enter the bloodstream, the hormones head up to the hypothalamus in the brain. Those who show up with the bigger numbers tend to win the argument, especially when you are healthy.
However, if you stop looking after yourself, your body can become leptin-resistant. The ghrelin starts to win the majority of the battles, making you constantly hungry.
The easiest way for men to control the ghrelin and leptin to keep them balanced is to get a better sleeping schedule. People who only sleep six hours or less tend to have large quantities of ghrelin in their hypothalamus.
Boost Your Metabolism with Thyroid Hormones
The thyroid is the gland in your neck that produces hormones T3 and T4 which tell your cells to produce energy and use it. This determines your base metabolic rate, or how many calories you burn each day without working out or doing other daily activities.
Even small changes in your T3 and T4 levels can send your metabolism into a dead stop, causing the pounds to add up. If you notice a sudden dip, you might have an autoimmune issue like Hashimoto’s disease or a tumor.
If you want to give your thyroid some much-needed therapy, you might want to check out a doctor to get a blood test. The blood test will tell you if you have a thyroid disorder.
Keep your thyroid health by eating at least 150 micrograms of iodine each day. Iodine supplements are also available over the counter.
The Muscle Builder: IGF-1 and HGH
You have probably heard of professional athletes and other men using human growth hormone, otherwise known as HGH to bulk up and build muscle.
HGH uses insulin-like growth factors to grow muscles. HGH and IGF-1 help your body break fat down and turn energy into stronger muscles. Men’s bodies naturally produce HGH, but once you turn 20, the levels start to decrease.
To naturally spike these muscle building hormones, work out to the point of fatigue. Use the heaviest weights possible for four sets for up to 12 reps. Between sets, don’t give yourself more than a minute break.
You need to feel the burn in your muscles. When you can feel the burn, your body is turning slightly acidic, causing it to produce more HGH.
Melatonin: The Sleep Wonder Hormone
Melatonin helps your body sleep when it is released during 2 A.M. and 4 A.M., but sometimes your glands don’t release enough of the hormone for men to sleep soundly.
The pineal gland produces melatonin based on how much sunlight you get, which stimulates your skin from the sun and even smartphones. If you spend a lot of time scrolling through social media after the sun goes down, you might be messing with your natural sleep cycle.
This causes you to feel absolutely exhausted when your alarm goes off.
To give some melatonin therapy to your body, start turning off your screens two hours before you go to bed. Even the backlit e-readers mess with your sleep cycle. You can also take over the counter melatonin supplements.
Low-T: The Libido Killer or Maker
Having low-t, or low testosterone can cause a dip in more than just your sex drive. It can also have an effect on your hair, causing it to fall out or thin. Low-t can also cause reduced bone mass, muscle mass, and energy levels.
Testosterone works by bringing the protein to your muscle cells, driving up your sex drive and boosting your sperm count. Testosterone typically drops as you get older because you put on some extra pounds, stay less fit, and you live a more sedentary lifestyle.
To control your testosterone, lower your drinks. Alcohol will often stop the chemicals in your body that produce testosterone, causing you to suffer from low-t.
The Energy Booster: Insulin
Insulin keeps your sugar levels steady in your bloodstream, helping your body store energy in fat and muscle cells. If your body stops responding to it the right way, it can cause your blood sugar levels to rise, causing you to be more at risk for type 2 diabetes.
The goal is to keep the blood sugar levels balanced by keeping your insulin in check.
Your insulin might naturally spike after a hard workout, but it will use the sugar to keep your body fueled. A simple treatment is to eat some carbs after your workout, so your insulin levels don’t go haywire.
Adding protein after your workout will also help your muscles synthesize the carbs.