Have you heard of the hunger hormone Ghrelin?
Ok - so I consider myself on top of health and wellness topics. I read a lot of newsletters, use Google Alerts to get breaking news about health and follow (mostly) healthy people on a variety of social channels. But it was only recently I saw Gherlin start popping up in various news or informative articles and the word was buried and used in an off-the-cuff kind of way. Like everyone was aware of this!
Since this is the first time I was reading about Gherlin, I had to learn more! It turns out that Ghrelin, the hunger hormone, is released by the stomach to stimulate appetite, increase food intake and promote fat storage. (Source: You and Your Hormones) WHAT?? Why haven't I heard of this before? It seems like this is BIG news for those of us working to keep our weight down.
After all, if we can suppress the hunger hormone, wouldn't that be the best way to keep our weight in-line with our health goals? Turns out, the hunger hormone is even more devious that I thought! Turns out that lean people (i.e. those of us keeping our weight down) have more Gherlin than people who have a higher body weight! (Source: You and Your Hormones) Counter-intuitive isn't it?
Great! Just when we thought we've got this - eating healthy and exercising is a priority - this hunger hormone rears it's ugly head. So how do we deal with keeping Gherlin under control? Especially when it turns out the only way to suppress Gherlin is to eat! One good piece of news is that carbohydrates and protein help to restrict the production and release of Gherlin. (Source: You and Your Hormones)
Here are 5 tips from Dr. Axe on how to control Gherlin:
1) Gherlin should go down and stay down for about 3 hours after eating. If you notice you are getting hungry faster than 3 hours later, make sure you are eating enough calories in general. I know that sometimes when I've done an intense workout, I always feel hungrier faster. Thus, U have to adapt the types of meals I eat on those days.
2) Eat enough protein. As mentioned earlier, eating protein can help reduce Gherlin production. If you are following a flextarian lifestyle (like myself) or vegetarian, this may mean adding more spinach, broccoli, or kale to your meals. Click here for a list of 10 High Protein vegetables you should be eating.
3) Turns out High Intensity Training helps to suppress Gherlin. So there is more good news about participating in intense bursts of exercise.
4) Sleep deprived? Then you probably are eating more because Gherlin production is encouraged if you are over tired. This is another good reason to get 7-9 hours of sleep!
5) Reduce stress in your life. This can be hard but trying to reduce stress will help keep your waistline in check. Exercise, yoga or meditation are all good choices. Brett Larkin is one of my favorite You Tube Yoga Teachers. But find what works for you.
I hope you found this post informative about Gherlin, the hunger hormone. I know I did! If you want to learn more about healthy lifestyle topics, follow my blog on Bloglovin.