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How to increase hormone production?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 24, 2013 at 3:07 PM

Hello All,

Seeking some help for low hormone levels. I am 28 and have no period and low on all my sex hormones.

I take Bio-Identicals but it doesn't seem to be helping ( i will try and change my dose)

But from my research, hormones are created from Cholesterol therefore would eating a Keto style High fat diet be most beneficial to hormone production?

Many people have said to increase carbs to address adrenals and thyroid.

I am confused as to what macros to aim for?

Any advice would be great

Thanks

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on February 25, 2013
at 04:34 AM

so i assume weight gain is inevitable with this undertaking?

59ee717de524f921efb7f2984157339f

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on February 25, 2013
at 04:34 AM

WOW. thank you so so much!

59ee717de524f921efb7f2984157339f

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on February 25, 2013
at 04:31 AM

Nope. normal weight. 5'9" about 145ish

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on February 24, 2013
at 03:35 PM

are you underweight? weight and height?

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on February 24, 2013
at 10:39 PM

Assuming you've been given the all clear from doctors here that you don't have any other underlying problems and it's a case of Hypothalamic Amenorrhea.

Some keto fanatics might shoot me down for saying this, but it won't help in this case. You need carbs. Keto will only stress the body and further inhibit your regulating hormone levels. You need to reduce your stress levels in every aspect of your life that you can think of. If you're exercising intensively, for now, but back. Just make sure you're eating enough carbs to maintain your glycogen stores so your body isn't thinking it's in a 'starving' state. You need to be eating plenty (a calorie excess as scary as this may be for you) and minimizing your stress levels to ensure your body is in a 'feasting' rather than fasting state so it prioritizes reproduction over survival.

To bolster your hormones, it's a combination of a lot of things. Make sure you are getting adequate Vitamin D as this little guy is critical in this case. Keep your liver and kidneys healthy. Keep eating healthy fats, like avocado, coconut oil, olive oil, lots of fish for omega 3s - cholesterol is good in this case since it's vital for hormone production, i.e leptin as you mentioned but I'll repeat, you need Carbs in the form of potatoes, sweet potatoes, white rice etc. I'd say you'd be right to stick with a high protein and high fat breakfast to help regulate your cortisol levels and eating your carbs later in the day. You're spot on by saying your thyroids and adrenals need to be kept happy too. You're working on resparking your whole endocrine system here and it will need all the help it can get since it's been out of service for some time. It's like a run down old car (don't worry - you're NOT old so you're not broken just yet!) ;P

Body Fat is important here. You can be eating all the right foods, but if you don't have enough body fat for what your body considers is within it's natural and optimal range (which will be completely unique to your body!), you will be running in circles: http://humrep.oxfordjournals.org/content/23/11/2555.full

Here's some other random articles that might give you some food for thought too:

http://jcem.endojournals.org/content/84/6/1892.full

http://livenlovecestlavie.wordpress.com/tag/amenorrhea/

http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/5-factors-and-risks-of-amenorrhea-in-women.htm

I believe there are more women dealing with this than talked about unfortunately.

59ee717de524f921efb7f2984157339f

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on February 25, 2013
at 04:34 AM

WOW. thank you so so much!

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on February 24, 2013
at 05:38 PM

definitely eat high fat and high carb

59ee717de524f921efb7f2984157339f

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on February 25, 2013
at 04:34 AM

so i assume weight gain is inevitable with this undertaking?

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on February 24, 2013
at 03:43 PM

You are likely to be deficient in leptin. Take a look on your caloric intake and increase it a little bit with protein and carbs. Non-chronically high insulin levels will increase your leptin levels. Consider doing HIIT because it betters your cells sensitivity to leptin. Make also sure you get enough sleep. A duration of 7-8h is associated with higher leptin levels.

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