Nutrition and hormones
What is a hormone?
Hormones, internally generate, manufactured by one’s own body for the purpose of tuning, metabolism and turning off or turning on certain metabolic processes.
The endocrine glands secrete hormones that circulate through the blood to corresponding organs or tissues which bring changes in the metabolic activity of these cells.
Control of hormone release:
Many hormones are controlled directly by feedback from the substance that they control.
The endocrine system is comprised of all the glandular secretory cells and tissues of the body:
Some of these organs have the primary function of secreting hormones; other have many functions in addition to endocrine secretion.
The endocrine glands secrete hormones directly into the blood and transport them to their target organs or tissues where they bring about changes in the metabolic activity of those cells.
T3 and T4 excess (hyperthyroidism)
Stress and adrenals (stress weakens adrenals)
What affects hormones?
STRESS AND THE ADRENAL GLANDS:
BLOOD SUGARS AND HORMONES:
“It is quite possible to improve your disposition, increase your efficiency, and change your personality for the better. The way to do it is to avoid cane and beet sugar in all forms and guises.”
ROLE OF CHOLESTEROL and HORMONES
Cholesterol is a high-molecular-weight alcohol that is manufactured in the liver and in most cells.
Similar to saturated fats, the cholesterol we make and consume plays many vital roles such as providing cells necessary stiffness and stability.
What does this mean?
1) When a cell is full of polyunsaturated fatty acids, they replace saturated fatty acids in a cell membrane, so cell walls become flabby. When this happens, cholesterol from the blood is “driven” into the tissues to give them structural integrity. Therefore, serum cholesterols go down temporarily when we replace saturated fat with polyunsaturated oils in the diet.
2) Cholesterol acts as a precursor to vital corticosteroids (hormones) that help us deal with stresses and protect the body against heart disease and cancer.
3) Cholesterol is needed for proper function of SEROTININ (hormone) receptors in the brain. Serotonin is the body’s natural ‘feel good’ hormone.
Cholesterol is… the central structure in the steroid group that include the female and male hormones, they are commonly used in the contraceptive pill, cortisone, vitamin D, and the steroid drugs some people take.
Without cholesterol the skin would dry up, the brain would not function and there would be no vital hormones of sex and adrenals.
TRANS FATS AND HORMONES (polyunsaturated oils)
1980’s vegetable oils began to surface.
Thanks to lobbyist efforts of their friends at centre for science in the public interest (CSPI) trans fats were everywhere:
When fast foods switched from animal fats to partially hydrogenated oils for frying, trans fats increased 700% in McDonald’s chicken nuggets, large fries and a Danish or pie.
“The food industry viewed trans fats as benign- even healthy- because they could use them in place of liquid vegetable oils, which they new caused cancer.” Nourishing Fats by Sally Fallon Morell
Industry spokes person claimed they were not even well absorbed through the intestinal wall, but this view gave way to the observation that humans absorb more than 96% of trans fats ingested incorporating them into:
1970-1980 – Rats who were fed trans fats had reproductive problems and lower testosterone levels and increase in abnormal sperm up to 98% by 3rd generation.
2nd generation rats exposed to trans fats in utero and during nursing experienced a greater accumulation of trans fats in various tissues than those rats placed on trans fatty acids after weaning.
Increased consumption of polyunsaturated fats is associated with increasing rates of:
Disruption of prostaglandin production leads to an increased tendency to form blood clots
HORMONES AND PROTEINS
Protein is essential for normal growth, for the formation of hormones and for the process of blood clotting.
Sources of protein from vegetables contain only incomplete protein (meaning they do not contain all 9 essential amino acids)
DIET RECOMMENDATIONS FOR HORMONE BALANCE:
LIFESTYLE AND OTHER FACTORS
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