What is insulin resistance?
When the cells in your body become less sensitive for the hormone insulin, which is produced after food intake, an overproduction of the hormone Insulin occurs. This is called Insulin Resistance. Insulin is a very powerful hormone which might put your other hormones off balance.
Do you have symptoms such as cravings, fatigue, hair loss, excessive hair growth, acne, in combination with a menstrual cycle longer than 35 days? Then an overproduction of the hormone insulin is usually the cause.
The effects of too much insulin in the body
Insulin is a powerful hormone that your body produces to regulate blood sugar and store fat. If too much of this hormone gets in the bloodstream, the following can occur;
- Overproduction of male hormones
In women, the ovaries respond to this by producing more sex hormones such as testosterone, which is a cause for acne, excessive hair growth, hair loss and a disruption of the menstrual cycle.
- The storage of fat (especially around the waist)
Because of the extra insulin, the body will also store fat instead of burning it. You can also quickly get tired andyour hungry feelings will often hold on.
- Overproduction of oestrogen
When there is more fat is present in the body, there is also more oestrogen produced by the fat cells. Fat around the abdominal area will even further stimulate the production of Insulin.
- Less SHBG in the blood
Besides, there will be also less SHBG (Sex Hormone Binding Globulin) in the blood. SHBG is the hormone that binds male hormones in the blood. With insufficient SHBG to bind male hormones, there may occur elevated levels of androgens in your bloodstream.
- More unhealthy fats in the blood
There are more so-called triglycerides (unhealthy fats) found in the blood, which has a detrimental effect on the cardiovascular system.
- Finally, risking of overproduction will cause type II diabetes and heart disease
If the body is suffering long enough from an excessive insulin there will eventually be a very high risk of type II diabetes and heart disease.
Causes of Insulin Resistance :
- When we have eaten too many carbohydrates and therefore our body will become supersaturated with food products which is causing a rapid rise and downfall in our blood sugar. Our diet is supposed to be made up for approximately 30% out of complex carbohydrates and for 70% out offoods such as fruits, vegetables, oils, nuts, herbs and seeds.
- When we are using artificial sweeteners such as aspartame, sucralose, neotame, acesulfame potassium, and saccharin.
- When we take in too much fructose.
- When we are dehydrated because of insufficient good quality water intake and lack of minerals in our body. Almost every adult is dehydrated these days and it is a major contributor to hormonal imbalance such as Insulin Resistance.
- When our bodies are exposed to too much stress. Our modern society and our ways of living may cause our bodies to produce too much stress hormones.
- When our bodies have also been exposed to too many chemicals than can be detoxified by our organs which are involved in the production of hormones, e.g. medicinal residues in our drinking water, Bisphenol A from plastic containers, synthetic substances in skin care products, food preservatives and artificial hormones in the birth control pill.
How to reverse Insulin Resistance