Reducing Hormonal Resistance
Very important theme here. Hormones run the show my friends. The nervous system is a major player here. Neurological tone, the brain and nervous system controls the broad movements and every action in our body, but they don't innervate the cells. The nerves come all the way down to the tissue level and then the hormones take over.
It's actually the hormones who get in the cell and drive metabolism. It's actually the hormones that create cellular level energy. Who turn it off, turn it on and pump it up. It's actually the hormones that get into the nucleus and the DNA of the cell and actually turn on and turn off our genes. So what you think about activating certain genes or deactivating epigenetically or otherwise, you're thinking hormones. So look hormones are important and we're gonna go into it.
So what is hormone resistance? Take a look at these pictures. I always tell people, hormones whisper, they don't scream. This first picture, this cartoon picture, is this woman is screaming at this guy. And this role could be reversed. Don't get me wrong. When we scream at someone, when I scream at my kids, it might work initially. But eventually it doesn't work. I can't keep screaming and expect to have a positive outcome. They stop listening. They tune me out, just like my wife does when I scream at her or she does at me. That's a normal thing.
It happens on a cellular level too with our hormones. So check out the dude and the lady up in the corner, the right corner there. She's whispering. Do you think she's got his attention? She's close, she's intimate. She's soft spoken. She's being very direct. She's not shouting, she's whispering. And she's got his full attention. And therefore she has the potential to get his full response. Right? That's what we call effective efficience communication. It happens in our relationships and it happens in our cells. When it happens in our cells, we call it being hormonally sensitive.
Now a lot of people misjudge the word sensitive as a bad thing, but it's not. It's a good thing. Hormone resistance is a bad thing. And then over time if we keep doing it, you can look at that couple down there. She's talking, she's saying her thing and he's checked out. He doesn't care. He's been doing that for 30 years. And it's bad. What happens in our body when we get hormone resistance, we get things like insulin resistance. Which leads to pre-diabetes, metabolic syndrome, type-II diabetes. It's also now known to cause cardiovascular disease. It's also linked to type-III diabetes, what we're calling Alzheimer's and dementia. It's also a contributing factor to cancers as well as autoimmune issues. And do I go on? It is really a big deal. And that's just insulin resistance.
We have something called low T. Most of the time that's just misinterpreted as testosterone resistance. Estrogen issues. Estrogen resistance. Hypothyroid. Thyroid resistance. We can use this analogy and example in all of them. They have different mechanics and things like that. They show up differently, but it's the same concept. They all work in the same type of manner. So, we don't want to be hormonally resistant. Hormones whisper. They do not scream. They whisper and a little goes a long way. Let's build on that from this point forward.
First, insulin. Now look, I think insulin is a sleeping giant in health and healthcare. It is the most common hormonal disrupter that any practitioner in the field, across the board is gonna see in their lifetime at this point. It's a big deal. Insulin resistance drives everything. Now insulin has a buddy there. They're connected at the hip. It's called cortisol. These two are the only two hormones that you can activate at any time you want, by the way you think, the way you move, the way you eat and things like that. You can keep both of these on 24/7. Most other hormones you can't do that.
Now every hormone has a set of rules and the way it plays with other kids on the playing field. Insulin for example. That's my little drawing there, my picture graphic of a teeter totter which mean when one goes up the other goes down. They have an inverse relationship. And insulin has one of those with human growth hormone. They oppose each other. When insulin is on, your human growth hormone is down. And so there's ways to approach insulin where you can drive insulin down through certain choices. And drive human growth hormone up to get the same net effect. Pretty cool. They have an inverse relationship right there.
Cortisol also has a teeter totter here and an inverse relationship with oxytocin. Oxytocin is another sleeper, man. People do not pay enough attention to oxytocin. Just understand that oxytocin is activated when we do human things. Bonding, talking, touching, hugging, laughing. Everything that makes us human, makes us social, promotes oxytocin and can crush cortisol.
Now look. We've got some other teeter totters here. Cortisol and testosterone have a teeter totter. When cortisol goes up, it drives testosterone down. Testosterone is our general go to motivational hormone. Cortisol is our quick, ready stress response hormone. They can mess each other up. Insulin and estrogen have an inverse relationship. So all these women going into premenopausal, postmenopausal, menopausal area that are worried about their estrogen levels dropping. It could be from a chronic high level of insulin, or insulin resistance. Women who have normal insulin levels and responses that are not insulin resistant, have very little symptomatology for menopause. They could actually go through it and not even know they went through because they are hormonally sound. And insulin just might be the key factor there.
Testosterone and estrogen are connected by a teeter totter. When one's up the other is down. Because they both have the same precursor up there. DHEA is a positive hormone when we're in a good spot. We're living on the positive emotion side of that spectrum that we talked about before. And also it comes from a good balanced healthy diet. From good cruciferous and high nutrient dense vegetables and healthy fats. Animals that have been raised well, they produce good fats, you get the DHEA and that helps promote the proper balance between estrogen and progesterone.
Then we have thyroid here. Thyroid and insulin, man, they've got a weird relationship. They are part of the trifecta which is insulin, thyroid and cortisol. But look. Thyroid, when people have thyroid problems, like hypothyroid issues, it actually causes fat cells to increase the number of insulin receptors they have in the fat cell. Which means it's more susceptible to getting fat because insulin is the gateway hormone that controls our fat stores. So there's a relationship there when you go on a synthetic thyroid medication, it can make your body 300% more insulin resistant. So now you've got more fat cell insulin receptors. More easily filling up those fat cells. And the rest of your body is insulin resistant, which drives insulin levels up. You've got a perfect storm, in this case, a thyroid storm for weight gain. And it's not because of the thyroid. It's because of the connection to insulin.
So you can just see, they're all connected. Every hormone across the board has a different relationship with the other ones. And so we just want to try to illustrate that here, and show you how, not only can you address, one hormone directly. But you can address the other hormones that have a relationship with it to help give you what I call a net positive gain in your efforts.
So we're gonna keep in mind that hormones whisper. They don't scream. They're very powerful because they're all interrelated. They play on each other and there's a lot of ways we can use that to our advantage.
So you can see, your hormones are all connected. Every hormone across the board has a different relationship with the other ones. And we just want to try to illustrate that here, and show you how, not only can you address, one hormone directly. But you can address the other hormones that have a relationship with it to help give you what I call a net positive gain in your efforts.
Also keep in mind that hormones whisper. They don't scream. They're very powerful when they're all interrelated. They play on each other and there's a lot of ways we can use that to our advantage. Where do we start? Let's take a look at some of these. Oxytocin. I put that up there because it is what makes us human. And our humanity will help balance out all the negative effects of these other hormones, like cortisol, adrenaline and so forth. So let's take a look.
How do we get more oxytocin? We do it through laughter. You've heard the phrase laughter is the best medicine. That's because when you laugh you trigger and stimulate oxytocin. Bonding, as in the mother when they breast feed, but also when you talk to your kids. When you go and do something fun with them. When you just hang out. When you connect with someone. That's bonding. That stimulates a lot of oxytocin. Talking, as in talk therapy, or just talking with your spouse. Talking with your co-worker. Taking a walk and just talking. That connection promotes the bonding mechanism and it promotes more oxytocin. Compliments, whether they're real of fake, guess what. When you give one, or receive one, you stimulate a whole lot of oxytocin. So be generous with your words.
This is a message from my mother Cathy Clum. She always said, be generous with your words. They cost nothing, yet they might be the most valuable thing someone could receive that day. So keep that in mind. Compliment a lot. And hugs. Hugs as well as handshakes. Handshakes work too. That physical connection, that touching stimulates oxytocin, will crush cortisol and push you in the right direction.
Resiliency. We're talking about cortisol here. So we want to do paced breathing like we've already been over, the meditation and the adjustments. Then we have diet concepts. How can we support this with diet? Well, we want to first increase those healthy fats. Healthy fats are any fats that are not processed. As in through a chemical or some kind of manufacturing procedure. So they are natural fats, like olive oil. Like healthy raised dairy fats. Like coconut oil. Those are my favorites. Get them in at every meal.
You want to be insulin friendly. Take a look online and find out what stimulates insulin versus what stimulates blood sugar. They're not the same. So you want to eat in a way that's low carb, natural carb. No processed carbs, no sugars, no grains, no starches so you can become insulin friendly with that. Just like it says here. Cut the sugars, grains, starches and you can start fasting. And we're gonna go through a whole video series on fasting. All the different kinds of fasting. How to rotate them through your life. How to put them in as a bigger part of your health concepts. So keep an eye out for that. Those will be coming.
Exercise. Hormonally, heavy weights do a lot. They are the heavy lifters. Right? Heavy weights, so lift heavy weights. That's relative to who you are, where you are with your health and your exercise level and your fitness level. Just work on something, but you want to lift something that you can only lift maybe 8 or 10 times max. Heavy enough weight that by the end you're having trouble. And you also want to try out the variable output exercise. That's a combination of different types of workouts as well as high intensity type interval training. Keep those in your routines. Those will help with your hormones.
And then some added ideas are things like temperature acclimation. We don't get cold anymore. Put your temperature down in your bedroom when you sleep. You want it to be around 67 degrees. You don't want it to be too hot in there. You want to take cold showers. You want your body to acclimate to heat and there's different advanced ways we'll go over on how to do that with sauna's, with biomats, with exercise, with hot bathtubs and taking baths and things like that.
Also add a lot of sea salt to food. Make sure it's real sea salt because that's an ocean that was never polluted my humans, so I like that one. But any natural whole organic salt.
Hydration. Stay hydrated. 3 liters of water or more a day. And no stimulants, that's caffeine, that's sugar, that's artificial stimulants, artificial colors, artificial neurotoxins that are out there. Number one I can think of is caramel coloring. Big, big bad news type of thing. So keep away from anything with caramel coloring, caffeine and so forth. Or if you're gonna use it with coffee, stick to one a day and prolong it to the longest you can in the morning.
So hopefully those will help you balance out those hormones and you will be able to push those teeter totters in the right direction. Hopefully you got a whole lot out of this.
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