Androgens, The Hidden Link To Female Fatloss
Excessively high androgens is the most common hormone problem of women in their fertile years, and even before puberty.
82% of women with high androgens have what is known as PCOS (Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome) a condition where the sex hormones become unbalanced.
So What are androgens?
The best known androgen is testosterone.
Though there is also DHEA and DHT amongst others.
Although it is thought of as a male hormone, women still need to have this in their bodies. It helps you to feel confident and sexy.
Testosterone is produced in the ovaries and adrenal glands, it is responsible for your sex drive, if it is low, you will have a hard time desiring sex. If it is too high you will experience a hard time losing weight, a strong chance of pcos, acne and rogue hairs.
What is the problem with high androgens?
Most women with excess androgens suffer from insulin resistance. The worse this gets through mismanaged diet the worse the problem becomes, as more and more insulin levels are needed.
High insulin causes the ovaries to make extra androgens, but it also gets the liver to make less (SHBG) Sex Hormone Binding Globulin, this means more testosterone is left free in the blood stream.
This means carbohydrates are going to be poorly tolerated by the body, and you are best to stick towards fats and proteins for the majority of your food choices until you can rebalance your levels and lower your insulin resistance.
The higher our insulin resistance the more easily we are going to store body fat.
What are the main causes of excessive androgen levels?
Chronic Stress And Excess Bodyfat:
These raise your DHEA, another androgen that causes rogue hairs and poor skin.
How do I help correct my levels?
- Lose weight and exercise. This will also improve your insulin sensitivity.
- Go for lower carb choices.
- Add or supplement with fibre. 30g a day should be a minimum.
- Eat more protein and ditch the sugar. (Proteins sources where they can should be organic and free range to avoid consuming excess hormones)
- Go for higher omega 3 foods such as salmon and avocados, remove vegetable oils from your diet along with deep fried and processed foods.
If you found this interesting or would like to learn more, we are running a free webinar on Wednesday the 18th of June at 8:00pm on the subject of hormonal imbalances and their impact on fat loss.