Diet has everything to do with health and wellness. Let’s talk about Leptin and the Fountain of Youth, which is much closer than you think!
Happy New Year, lovelies! I took a nice long break from blogging/social media, but I’m back at it and excited to get the new year started.
January has an uncanny ability to inspire us to make changes, because #newyearnewyou. Most of us are starting new workout routines and giving our diets the overhaul. The evolving “New Year” diet is something that really interests me. I love that people are so inspired by the new year to make significant changes.
Why? Because any excuse to change your diet is good enough for me. Most of us know that diet plays a huge role in our overall health and wellness. Your diet isn’t simply a source of nutrients and energy, it can also prevent chronic disease and prolong your life.
Food is basically the fountain of youth.
The reason why is pretty simple: Eating well reduces inflammation. Eating poorly causes inflammation.
It’s no surprise that the Standard American Diet is much to blame. Not only are we chronically overeating, but our portion sizes are increasingly out of control. All of these excess calories lead to weight gain, specifically around the stomach and midsection.
Weight gain in general can be concerning but when fat accumulates around the midsection, we see inflammation levels in the body rise. This rise in inflammation triggers fat cells to release hormone messengers that can increase appetite, turn off fat burning signals, result in rapid cellular aging and contribute to chronic inflammation.
One of these messengers is a hormone called Leptin. Leptin is involved in the regulation of body weight and is produced by fat cells. In simple terms, leptin is your “fat-burning” hormone and insulin is your “fat building” hormone. As weight increases and fat accumulates in cells, the amount of leptin and insulin being produced increases.
You would think that the increase in leptin should tell the brain to stop eating, however, the opposite happens: the body and the brain become resistant to the message leptin is sending. This leads to “leptin resistance’ and contributes to the growing obesity epidemic and other ill-effects to health.
A diet high in sugar or carbohydrates leads to higher levels of triglycerides, which is a type of fat that carries sugar like molecules in the blood. When triglyceride levels increase, the brain’s ability to reduce appetite based on leptin levels drops. One of the best ways to manage the body’s response to leptin is through the choices we make in the kitchen.
With a new year comes new inspiration to make healthy choices and I love this! There really is no substitute to a good diet; and making healthy choices really can prevent aging and promote longevity.
The choices we make day in and day out influence how well we live and how long we live. Hormone regulation, heavily influenced by the food you eat, is the new fountain of youth and a few simple changes in your kitchen can give you the long and healthy life you deserve!
Your turn: what is your new year’s resolution?