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Hormones: Managing Your Insulin & Cortisol

From the Show: Mindful Medicine
Summary: If your insulin and cortisol aren't in control, nothing else in your body will be either.
Air Date: 5/21/14
Duration: 10
Host: Holly Lucille, ND, RN
Guest Bio: Esther Blum, RD
esther blum copyEsther Blum is a Registered Dietitian, Holistic Nutritionist, and bestselling author.

She is currently finishing her fourth book, Cavewomen Don't Get Fat (Simon & Schuster, 2014). Prior to this, Esther authored Eat, Drink and Be Gorgeous: A Nutritionist's Guide to Living Well While Living It Up, Secrets of Gorgeous, and The Eat, Drink, and Be Gorgeous Project.

Widely respected as an industry expert, Esther was featured in the 2011-2012 edition of Sutton Who's Who in Healthcare.

Esther was also voted "Best Nutritionist" by Manhattan Magazine. She has appeared on the Today Show, the ISAAC show, ABC-TV, FOX- 5's Good Day NY, Fox News Live, CW11 morning news, Martha Stewart Radio, Lime Radio, and Bloomberg Radio. A self-titled Food Fashionista, Esther is an in-demand authority frequently quoted in InTouch, Time Magazine, the New York Post, Los Angeles Times, In Style, iVillage, Martha Stewart Weddings, Bazaar, Self, Fitness, Marie Claire, Cosmo, Delicious Living, Time Out New York, Women's Health, Body and Soul, Clean Eating, and Health.

Esther received a Bachelor of Science in Clinical Nutrition from Simmons College in Boston and is a graduate of New York University, where she received her Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition.

Esther is credentialed as a registered dietitian, a certified dietitian-nutritionist and a certified nutrition specialist (CNS), a license of the American College of Nutrition (ACN)'s certifying arm, the Certification Board for Nutrition Specialists (CBNS).

She is also a member of the American Dietetic Association, Dietitians in Functional Medicine, Nutritionists in Complementary Care, and the Connecticut Dietetic Association.
  • Book Title: Cave Woman Dont Get Fat: The Paleo Chic Diet For Rapid Results
Hormones: Managing Your Insulin & Cortisol
Insulin and cortisol dominate the "dojo" when it comes to your physiology.

Controlling insulin and cortisol hormones is so important while you're eating and exercising.

If you try to pharmacologically manage estrogen and progesterone by taking oral contraceptives or HRT, without addressing dietary changes or stress, you will fail.

The reality is, you can control your estrogen and progesterone; you just need to control insulin and cortisol first.

Insulin is a hormone that can either store fat or pack on muscle; how it serves you depends on your diet.

In particular, controlling insulin is about lowering your intake of starch and sugar. Too much insulin will make you insulin resistant and too much cortisol will also make you insulin resistant.

Eating too many carbs affects your insulin and cortisol levels, and that's how you get into trouble when it comes to managing fat loss.

Cortisol is a stress hormone produced in the adrenal glands that sit atop your kidneys. During a workout, you want to elevate cortisol to facilitate muscle growth, but then you want to bring it right back down so you can continue to burn fat.

Chronic stress leaves cortisol pumping through your veins. This only helps your body pack on belly fat and cannibalize your muscle tissue.

So, as you can see, stress management is crucial.

Left unchecked, cortisol also eats up your memory, weakens your bones, interferes with your sleep, and fries out your immune system.

What are some ways you can help balance your hormones on a daily basis?

Esther Blum RD, joins Dr. Holly to discuss how to manage your stress in order to keep your hormones in balance.