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Do Hormones Make Us Gain Weight?

HormonesWeightJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

In the 1950’s, only 10% of American adults were obese. Conversely, more than two out of three in the U.S. are overweight or obese, today. While it’s true that weight gain results from an energy imbalance, is there more behind the obesity epidemic than the simple math of calories in, calories out? Logically, calorie restriction is a good strategy for weight reduction. However dedicated one might be, caloric restriction appears unsustainable due to increased hunger and metabolic rate reduction, which promotes energy conservation and slows weight loss. Many who have struggled to lose weight and maintain weight loss will agree that dieting is a frustratingly long, arduous task that often results in a vicious cycle of weight loss and weight regain.

While not all researchers agree, science points to the relationship between insulin and leptin as a major culprit behind fat storage and weight gain. Leptin, a powerful and influential appetite and energy regulating hormone, is produced in adipose tissue, or fat cells. Leptin suppresses appetite by signaling the brain when the body is satiated and ready to burn energy stores. When leptin is functioning properly, hunger is satisfied and the body feels energetic and ready to be physically active. The more adipose tissue we have, the more leptin we produce. It might seem that an overabundance of leptin would lead to less consumption. However, high levels of circulating leptin is a sign of leptin resistance, an indication that leptin is not working properly.

There’s good reason why leptin is sometimes referred to as the “starvation” hormone. A major physiologic role of leptin is to respond to and defend against reductions of body fat that might impair survival and reproductive fitness. While we may have more than enough stored energy, when the brain does not recognize leptin, we are encouraged to overeat. At the same time, the body reduces energy expenditure, as it works diligently to maintain energy homeostasis. Why would the brain not recognize leptin? In a word, insulin! In response to our industrial, highly refined, high sugar, American diet, our bodies must increase insulin secretion to normalize blood sugar levels. High levels of insulin block leptin’s primary target receptors at the brain, tricking the brain into thinking we are starving.

Insulin and leptin resistance appear to be front and center as core factors in our obesity crisis. The primary source of stored body fat is an excess refined carbohydrates, which are rapidly converted into glucose or blood sugar. With the aid of insulin, glucose enters the cells, where metabolic energy is produced. The industrial diet, high in refined sugars and carbohydrates, provides an abundance of glucose, resulting in chronically high insulin levels. With the aid of insulin, the “fat storage” hormone, the overabundance of glucose that is not burned for energy is stored in fat cells.

Blood levels of leptin are positively correlated with body fat mass, suggesting that leptin plays a very important role in body fat regulation and fat deposition. With insulin and leptin resistance, our bodies are working against weight loss and weight loss maintenance. When the ability to transfer information to brain receptors is impaired, it supports an underlying desire to overeat, promotes further weight gain, and sets the stage for obesity and chronic diseases. It stands to reason that focusing on diet quality, rather than calorie quantity, would be an appropriate strategy for weight loss. Eliminating highly processed foods in favor of healthy fats, high fiber and protein-rich foods can help to reset our hunger hormone and insulin levels, eliminating cravings and the desire to overeat. When we adhere to a diet of healthy, whole, high fiber foods, insulin and leptin work in tandem as appetite regulators.

The best way to re-establish normal leptin and insulin signaling is through proper diet. A healthy, whole food diet, devoid of sugar and highly refined carbohydrates, can enhance leptin and insulin sensitivity. Normalizing these hormone levels will support the brain’s response to hormone signaling. This allows the body to return to energy homeostasis and puts an end to unhealthy fat storage. Decreasing leptin and insulin levels naturally increases energy output, helps to stabilize weight maintenance and provides the incentive to be more physically active, which also plays an essential role in reducing insulin resistance.

Professional Supplement Center carries these and other high quality products in support of healthy glucose metabolism and overall health:  

Fenugreek Plus®Fenugreek Plus® by Metagenics: This product supplies highly concentrated, clinically effective herbal support for healthy glucose metabolism. Gluten and dairy free, Non-GMO formulation.


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The Health Benefits of Ginger

GingerHealthBenefitsJacquie Eubanks RN BSN



Highly valued and utilized for over 5,000 years in Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese medicines, ginger is part of the Zingiberaceae botanical family, which also includes turmeric and cardamom. In more recent times, this widely cultivated aromatic spice has been appreciated more for its culinary flavor than for its medicinal uses. As interest in traditional and functional medicine has seen a resurgence, consumers are becoming more aware of the health benefits of natural remedies. Ginger, with its numerous nutrients and bioactive compounds, has been and continues to be widely researched and is considered a safe and effective natural remedy for numerous applications.

Scientific research has shown that gingerols, the main bioactive components of ginger, have remarkable pharmacological and physiological properties. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), at least 115 constituents have been identified, including high levels of total antioxidants surpassed only by pomegranates and some types of berries. Ginger is rich in polyphenols, flavonoids, vitamin C, beta carotene, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, calcium, and zinc, all of which contribute to overall wellness.

Ginger’s many health promoting properties include:

Anti-nausea – Ginger has a long tradition of safety and effectiveness in relieving stomach discomfort, gastrointestinal distress, seasickness, motion sickness, morning sickness and chemo-therapy induced nausea and vomiting. Ginger’s ability to alleviate these symptoms is perhaps its most common and well established use.

Anti-inflammatory – Similar to OTC medications, such as NSAIDs, Ginger’s anti-inflammatory properties stem from its ability to suppress COX-2, an enzyme responsible for formation of the prostaglandins, key to the development of inflammation, swelling and pain. Ginger has been shown to be effective for alleviating joint pain, menstrual pain and headaches.

Cardio-protective effects – Because of its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, hypotensive and hypolipidemic effects, evidence supports ginger’s role in protecting cardiovascular function. Ginger appears to help reduce cholesterol and improve lipid metabolism, helping to decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

Immune boosting effects – Ginger’s antiviral properties help to warm the body, boosting circulation and helping to promote healthy sweating, useful during bouts of colds or flu. Research has shown that dermicidin, produced by the body’s sweat glands and secreted in sweat, provides protection against invading microorganisms including E. coli, staph and fungi.

Respiratory supportUtilized for centuries to treat respiratory illnesses, ginger helps to thin bronchial mucus, which helps to clear up clogged airways and acts as an expectorant, triggering the production of hydrating secretions that lubricate the respiratory tract. Ginger has been shown to be capable of inhibiting airway contraction and inflammation, while at the same time activating an enzyme that relaxes the airways, providing relief from asthma symptoms.

Kidney healthAs ginger acts as a warming circulatory stimulant, it is believed to aid the kidneys in clearing the body of harmful toxins and may also help to protect against normal kidney function deterioration.

Anti-parasitic – Research has shown that ginger may be effective in destroying common and host intestinal parasites when taken as a tea or a supplement. There’s good reason why sushi, a contributor to parasitic infections in Japan and the U. S., is traditionally eaten with ginger.

Cancer fighting properties – Numerous research studies are focusing on the cancer-preventive and potential cancer therapeutic effects of ginger. Promising research suggests that ginger may be effective in inhibiting the growth of colorectal and ovarian cancer cells. A recent study showed that ginger has cancer destroying effects in concentrations that are non-toxic to healthy cells.

Professional Supplement Center carries these and other high quality products that contain ginger and its many beneficial compounds:



Ginger by Herb Farm – This Certified Organic liquid formula provides optimally extracted ginger compounds in support of heart, circulatory and digestive health.



Ginger ForceGinger Force by New Chapter – This full spectrum of beneficial ginger compounds, formulated via supercritical extraction, delivers a pure and highly potent whole food supplement in support of a healthy inflammatory response and cardiovascular and intestinal health. Gluten free, Non-GMO formulation. 15% OFF


GingerMaxGingerMax by Integrative Therapeutics – This highly concentrated, standardized ginger oil supplement helps to settle digestive upset and inhibits nausea and vomiting. One softgel provides 100 mg of ginger root extract in support of joint health and free radical protection. Gluten, dairy and preservative free.



Advanced Bio-Curcumin® with Ginger & TurmeronesAdvanced Bio-Curcumin® with Ginger & Turmerones by Life Extension – The highly absorbable formula provides standardized ginger extracts, BCM-95® Bio-Curcumin® extract, turmeric oil and phospholipids in support of a healthy inflammatory response and whole body wellness. One softgel provides 60 mg of gingerols. 15% OFF


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