There are a number of reasons our bodies get out of homeostasis, enter a state of dis-ease, and feel symptomatic. The 3 areas of imbalance we pay most attention attention to, whether or not you are opting in for functional lab testing and/or functional blood chemistry, are blood sugar and insulin resistance, inflammation, and stress or cortisol / HPA-Axis (hormones). Here are some of reasons:
>> Blood Sugar & Insulin Resistance: you don’t need to be diagnosed with pre-diabetes or diabetes to experience negative impacts of high glucose and insulin levels. Roller coaster blood sugar levels from stress and munching on sugary processed foods can lead to inflammation, food cravings, energy crashes, and mood swings. When blood sugar is elevated, your pancreas produces more insulin to move that sugar out of your blood and into your cells. That can lead to insulin resistance which causes high levels of glucose and insulin. That’s an issue, amongst others, if you’re trying to lose weight because your body only burns fat when it senses insulin levels dropping.
>> Chronic Low-Grade Inflammation: This is a common underlying factor in weight gain, PCOS, joint pain, cognitive decline, and most chronic diseases. Key contributors are stress, toxins, poor diet & sleep, smoking, drugs, and sedentary lifestyles. These internal and external stressors can cascade and create significant silent issues. Addressing inflammation with diet, movement, and lifestyle can lead to dramatic results.
>> Elevated Stress & HPA Axis Dysregulation: Mental, emotional, spiritual, physical, and biochemical stressors can all impact how well your body responds to stress. When your body is attempting to respond to stress constantly, it can create communication issues within your stress response. This may lead to imbalances in your cortisol levels, several hormones, and even slow down your metabolism…all inhibiting you from feeling well and losing weight.