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Microblog: Fasting Series – What Causes Satiety

Microblog: Fasting Series – What Causes Satiety

We just learned that most satiety hormones are in the gut and a part of the digestive process.⠀

❓If our digestive process is broken from years of bad eating, then where does that leave us? And what if our hormones are not properly functioning?⠀

🧬Hormones are special chemical messengers in the body that are created in the endocrine glands. The endocrine system is the collection of glands (adrenals) that produce hormones that regulate metabolism, growth and development, tissue function, sexual function, reproduction, sleep, and mood, among other things.⠀

🤒Diseases of the endocrine system include Type I and II Diabetes (pancreas produces insulin to help control blood sugar levels), Thyroid disorders (thyroid produces hormones associated with calorie burning and heart rate), Osteoporosis (parathyroid gland controls the amount of calcium in the body), and the list goes on.⠀

🥩For hormone health, it becomes obvious to switch to a low carb diet and make lifestyle changes, such as stress-reduction, community-building and prioritizing sleep. This is why people feel great on Carnivore (Keto). The Carnivore diet essentially begins to better regulate the endocrine system and all the hormones involved.⠀

❓But what about all the years of dieting, calorie counting and restriction and all the overeating? (e.g., low-fat diets).⠀

⛽️With decades of bad eating, stress and bad sleep (to name a few factors), we are left with broken hormone satiety cues and a damaged digestive process (e.g., leaky gut, autoimmune). In turn, many of us use the stomach stretch receptor to determine satiety.⠀

💦But if the stomach stretch receptor was the end-all for satiety, then we could essentially fill our stomachs up with fibrous-bloating foods and liquids and feel full. But the stomach has muscle fibers that irreversibly stretch and break. And once the stomach has become permanently stretched, a person will need to eat more food to feel full.⠀

✂️This is likely why gastric bypass initially is successful, but over time, a person that overeats can begin to gain weight again.⠀

🤔So how do we heal our hormones and endocrine system and reduce hunger?

Nutrition with Judy

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