8 Easy Ways to Hack Your Hormones
There is little question just how important a role hormones play when it comes to developing, and maintaining a body that is strong, athletic, lean, and healthy.
The truth is, there are some specific behaviors we can adopt to optimize hormonal profiles and get the most out of our bodies “natural resources”.
While obviously, putting all these “hacks” into play would be ideal, don’t try to implement them all at once. Find the easiest to add to your routine and get going.
And just a heads up, we are pretty sure you will quickly see, the benefits from the below suggestions will be far greater than just the impact to your hormone levels.
Heavy Strength Training
Almost any type of strength training will have a positive impact on hormone levels, but we strongly suggest you try to incorporate as much heavy, free weight work as possible.
Specific exercises such as deadlifts, squats, and bench presses have been shown, time and again, to elicit the greatest hormonal responses and stimulate an anabolic response in the body, thus releasing testosterone.
Try focusing on heavier resistance (always with good form) and fewer reps for exercises such as these. You might be amazed at how quickly your body changes.
Shorter rest periods, along with muscle fatigue and metabolic stress will cause a significant stimulation of testosterone and improve sensitivity to insulin itself.
If you are looking for the most efficient way to stimulate anabolic hormones, try combining whole-body resistance movements with a cardiovascular movement and short rest periods.
For example, a set of squats followed by a set of jumping jacks, then resting only 30 seconds before repeating.
Ready to increase the intensity? Oh boy, get ready…
Done right, your training will be quite the stressor, leaving your body and muscles depleted. The sooner you can get a high-quality protein and some simple carbohydrates into your system, the better of your recovery will be.
A proper post-workout feeding will provide the building blocks for said recovery.
As you will be in a state of greater insulin sensitivity immediately following your training, this “window” can provide some incredible returns. Be sure to take full advantage of it.
Go Natural, Unprocessed Please
By now, you undoubtedly know, doing whatever you can to minimize processed foods is in your best interest.
The benefits of staying as “natural” as possible with your food choices are numerous…
- Increased Nutrients
- Lower in Sugar
- Better for Heart Health
- Higher in Fiber
- Controlled Blood Sugar Levels
- Lowers Triglycerides
- Better for Skin
- Healthier Fats
- Contains More Antioxidants
- Better Gut Health
- Reduces Cravings
- Costs Less
Many of the above benefits will play a direct role on your hormone levels as well, thus providing a true WIN-WIN!
Making Rest a Priority
Whether we realize it or not, sleep is not a necessary evil after all.
In fact, sleep, is hands down, one of the most important factors in our lives when it comes to not just our hormone levels and overall health, but our productivity as well.
Important hormones such as growth hormone, melatonin, cortisol, leptin, and ghrelin are closely associated with your sleep patterns and circadian rhythmicity.
Not enough, or poor sleep, can affect your body’s ability to regulate stress hormones and lead to high blood pressure, whereas proper, high-quality sleep is crucial for maintaining healthy levels of hormones that control appetite and blood glucose levels.
There really is no badge of honor in constantly trying to burn the midnight oil in hopes of getting more done. Not only will your quality of work suffer, but proper sleep patterns will help optimize your testosterone and growth hormone levels as well.
Get your ZZZs…
Minimize the Unnecessary
Unnecessary? Yes! We are referring to the drugs and alcohol here.
We are going skip the rant here and simply say…they are not just bad for your overall health and well-being, but they will absolutely wreck your hormonal profiles too.
For example, alcohol is a depressant which triggers a specific stress response, decreasing insulin sensitivity, testosterone, and growth hormone. None of which are good.
In addition, both alcohol and drugs will influence the decision-making process which will almost certainly mean not just questionable life-choices, but also less-than-ideal dietary choices as well.
While being “connected” in today’s world certainly has its privileges, one must question whether or not the good actually outweighs the bad.
This constantly connected society that we are currently living in has unquestionably increased stress levels.
Life is tough enough as it is, no? Technology, along with the current times, has made it that much more difficult for most.
This absolutely impacts your health and hormone levels, so anything you can do to reduce the stress in your daily life, would be good.
Some simple stress-reducing suggestions…
- Go for walks
- Supplement with Ashwagandha
- Eat the right foods
- Play ocean wave sounds while you work
- Limit screen time
- Laugh (a lot)
This list could go on and on obviously. The goal…do anything that will help even in the slightest.
Many of the products that we use every day, ranging from shampoo to frying pans to containers for food, have countless toxins that can, and do, leak into the human body.
Since such toxins can mimic estrogens and endocrine distributors, resulting in a negative effect on anabolic hormone levels, we want to be sure to reduce as many of them as we can.
While we continue to learn more about the detriment of toxins, to date, research shows little question they are not good, or wanted.
A simple Google search can give you dozens of toxin-reducing ideas for your home and work environments. Who knows…some might just make you happier too.
Happier, Healthier & Hormonal
As you can see from the above suggestions, your hormone levels really do go hand-in-hand with your overall health and wellness.
We think it goes without saying, working these 8 Easy Ways to Hack Your Hormones into your lifestyle will not only positively impact your body’s hormone levels, but almost certainly lead to a happier, healthier version of you as well.
Remember, the body is the most amazing and efficient “machine” known to man. Treat it well, and it will, in turn, take care of you too.
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Now, onward! You only have one life to live, one body to live it in...so take care of it. Progress, not perfection. Good, better, best with your food intake and some form of "movement" daily. Get your nutritional foundation from food, supplement where necessary, and drink plenty of water.
And, don’t forget, always consult your physician before making any changes to your diet or exercise regiment.
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