4. Sleep, Hormones, and Diet

Sleep, Hormones, and Diet

"I like to tell my patients that the best diet is not necessarily a 30 day trial or a six week situation. It's one of those things you can do for a lifetime."

-Dr. Kyle Vincent

Good sleep is essential to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The body is designed to find that homeostasis between all your hormones. Even under acute stress, the body is always looking to get to a non-stress situation and is not designed to remain under stress for too long. Thinking about what sleep truly is, it is our body recharging and trying to get to that homeostasis of hormones. As we age, the amount of sleep that we need typically changes, however, it also somehow seems to be harder to get. Dr. Sotis and Dr. Vincent agree that lack of sleep is one of the top five reasons why patients see them in clinic. Getting your sleep in order is vital to maintaining good health. If you are having sleeping troubles, they both encourage seeing your doctor to determine what underlying factors could be causing it. In many of their patients, hormonal imbalances can lead to significant sleep loss. Hormonal imbalance can often be caused by a diet high in processed carbohydrates, sugars, and preservatives. Dr. Vincent suggests that a good temperature gauge of a good diet is if it leaves you more uplifted and gives you more energy when you eat. A diet filled with whole foods should not leave you tired, lethargic, and lacking motivation to move. Dr. Sotis encourages his patients that the best diet they can be on is one that they can do for a long time, one that is a true lifestyle change and one that does not increase inflammation in the body. Eating foods high in processed carbs and preservatives creates an inflammatory and stress filled state in the body, which creates stress on the hormonal system, which can lead to poor sleep. It is a cycle that needs to be broken, ultimately with a clean diet, 30 minutes of movement a day, and quality sleep.

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