The glycemic load of our meals affects our hormones and not just the hormones that regulate blood sugar like insulin but also those that help regulate our overall stress tolerance like adrenaline and cortisol. The endocrine system (our hormonal system) resides in a delicate balance and a few months of abuse will easily tip the scales out of balance.
Now imagine what years of monthly sugar or chocolate binges, many moons of late nights and early mornings, a couple double double coffees and sugars a week are going to do, not only to our insulin levels, but also to our adrenal glands. Give me an S! Give me a T! Give me an R (I am spelling STRESS here). Stress on the body is equal to stress on the mind and vice versa. High glycemic diets stress both the mind and body by abusing insulin, adrenalin and cortisol. And man oh man are those powerful chemicals. We get addicted to the way they make us feel.
For the most part, foods that are highly refined and/or high in sugar and lacking in fibre, fats and proteins will be higher on the glycemic index.
These foods cause blood sugar levels to spike, insulin levels to spike, adrenaline and cortisol (our body’s stress hormones) to be over-used and all of these cause a strain to the entire endocrine system. Now, if we eat lower glycemic foods- those that are rich in deliciously healthy fats, fibre, protein and in their wholest form, we are getting out of the way of nature. Nature runs its' coarse, things repair and recover, we feel delightful and come the monthly visitor, we are mood stable to the max. No more weeping. No more tantrums. No more poor little me days. We put less strain and abuse on the various organs and hormones of the endocrine system and further support balanced and regular hormonal cycles. Hey now! Added bonus- our muffin top deflates a little.
That is why diet and lifestyle are so imperative in maintaining hormonal health.