The body knows

“The Body Knows”
– ask a medical intuitive:

by Caroline Sutherland
Dear Caroline,

January is a time when everyone is focused on weight loss. I have been very healthy and diligent about my eating and exercising but still at age 55 I cannot seem to shake those excess pounds. What is going on?

Marilyn B, Chicago Illinois

Dear Marilyn,

I sense your frustration and you are certainly not alone. One of the most important components of any successful weight loss program is the delicate issue of hormone balancing – usually missing or rarely discussed in any popular diet book. If those hormones are not balanced, then you will not lose weight or you might lose weight initially and then weight loss will stop – you’ll plateau.

Because of working in allergy clinics with thousands of patients over the years, I have developed an intuitive sense about people and their weight issues or health problems. When I look into a physical body, I see the body in terms of the systems that are out of balance. One of the most common imbalanced systems is the endocrine system. Overweight people almost always have hormone imbalances.

All too often, people can blame themselves, their emotional issues, and past experiences when in my opinion, much of their mental anguish can stem from endocrine imbalances which when identified, can be corrected.

In terms of weight gain, hormone imbalances can contribute to overeating and that “never satisfied” feeling.

In my own life as a menopausal woman, I know that my emotional well-being and maintaining my ideal weight has been greatly enhanced by the addition of bio-identical hormone balancing.

Most people think that their hormones are located in their pelvis but did you know that the master endocrine glands are actually located in the head!

For instance, the hypothalamus is an important endocrine gland that governs appetite, emotion, memory and hormone balance. The pineal gland responds to light and endocrine balance and the pituitary gland relates to growth. The thyroid gland located in the base of the neck regulates mood, temperature and weight control as well as effecting elimination! Many people suffer from what is known as sub-clinical low thyroid.

The thyroid gland at the base of the neck is involved in maintaining body weight balance, body temperature, energy and well-being. It is very often out of balance. Some doctors say that low thyroid is in epidemic proportions in this country. A medical test may not always detect a low thyroid. People with low thyroid often have difficulty losing weight. For example, I believe that this has been the case over the years in popular TV personality, Oprah Winfrey’s weight loss challenges just like many of her African-American counterparts.

The use of certain herbs, botanicals, glandular materials, or synthetic thyroid medication will help this important gland to function correctly. For many people, it is as if the lights go on and the after-burners for energy and weight loss go up after the thyroid is balanced.

Insulin is another important hormone. Insulin, secreted by the pancreas is responsible for blood sugar regulation. Lowering carbohydrates can help balance insulin levels thus contributing to improved hormone function. Cholesterol is another important component in the hormone balance equation. Many people with the best of intentions greatly reduce fats in the diet often effecting vital hormone function.

Men and women also suffer from low testosterone levels. Again, appropriate hormone balance will assist men and women (we all produce testosterone) in regaining energy, well-being and libido. Seek help from a physician or well-respected practitioner in your community with bio-identical or natural hormone balancing.

This is a delicate balance but with expert help, it can be achieved. Our well-being depends on it.

The menopausal female and andropausal male is constantly changing on an endocrine level. Unless hormones are balanced, carbohydrate grams counted and an exercise plan is instituted, you will probably continue to have a battle with weight. Because your cycles and symptoms are always changing, you should be working with your practitioner on a regular basis, throughout your life to achieve hormone balance. The purchase of specific hormone compounds costs money. I consider it a necessity – just like all my other household expenditures – I’m happy to pay the price for the way I feel. Yes, hormones need to be balanced – even into our 80’s and beyond!