5 Ways To Improve Hormone Levels
Hormones are the catalyst for many bodily processes, and contribute strongly to body composition levels. There are both good and bad hormones; increase the good ones and feel energetic, happy and strong, but spike the bad ones and watch your mood turn irritable, your energy levels decrease and your body get weaker! These 5 basic steps will help nurture the good hormones and keep the bad ones at bay.
1. Less Screen Time
Learn to switch off a couple hours before bed time!Our eyes pick up a certain spectrum of light, and the different colours/brightness trigger different hormonal responses in the body. Modern technology back-light screens deliver white light. This would be fine normally because white light is given off by the sun during the day - at least for most of it... As the sun goes down, this white light is slowly refracted into yellow light, which when picked up by your eye triggers sleeping hormones and adjusts the body into 'sleep mode'. This change does not happen when exposed to screen back-lights, and then through the evening it's hard for your body to establish sleep hormones, which can make sleeping difficult and hinder Testosterone production. You can download a program called f.lux which will mimic natural light changes for your computer screen, however there is limited tech that does the same for mobile phones.
2. Smaller Meals
It's recommended to have nutrient dense meals rather than calorically dense meals. While you can have a meal that's both nutrient and calorically dense, if too much is consumed at one time, the body may store the excess as fat, and insulin hormone levels will remain unstable. Cortisol (bad hormone) can also be released if the digestive system is too stressed, which can inhibit Testosterone levels. When every gram of food on your plate has purpose, meals do not need to be calorific. Have 4-5 meals per day of similar nutritional values, do not over indulge just because you had a hugely tiring workout. Be methodical, your body doesn't need much as long as you feed it what it needs. Read this article here to learn more about your nutritional needs.
3. Stay Hungry After Training
While nutrient absorption is higher after a workout, what you want to take advantage of is Growth Hormone. HGH is vital for recovery, muscle building and fat burn - and