What are ghrelin and leptin, and why are these hunger hormones important?

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balancing leptin and ghrelinAsk most people what they know about hormones and they’ll instantly start chattering about sex hormones estrogen and testosterone. However, there are about 50 different hormones in the human body, and all of them play important roles in your health and in normal bodily function.

For instance, stress hormone cortisol helps your body function optimally in times of stress, while sleep hormone melatonin regulates your sleep patterns and wards off disease. But when it comes to hunger and your eating behavior, the hormones ghrelin and leptin are responsible for telling you when you feel hungry, and when it’s time to stop eating, respectively.Read More »

Is your metal bed frame interfering with sleep?

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sleeping on metal bed frameDid you know that 40% of all Americans get fewer than 7 hours of sleep per night? Sleep experts recommend getting between 7 and 9 hours of sleep every night to maintain optimal health, and to avoid common health problems such as obesity, diabetes, cancer, and more.

As you sleep, your body literally heals and repairs itself on a cellular level. Ever hear people joke about beauty sleep? In reality, beauty sleep is very legit, and improves collagen production and circulation to leave your skin and complexion looking fresh, youthful, and flawless.

Individuals who lack sleep on a regular basis are often at higher risk for serious health conditions such as heart disease, kidney disease, and high blood pressure. Plus, sleep helps your body produce ample amounts of melatonin — a sleep hormone and antioxidant that fights inflammation and reduces your risk for cancer.Read More »