Leptin: The Hunger Hormone You May Not Have Heard Of

Leptin: The Important Hormone You Have Likely Never Heard Of

By Joel Wasmann

I gotta tell ya, it’s such an exciting time to be involved with human health and nutrition. We have so much new information these days and it is so empowering for everyone involved. Okay, that being said let me get started here with Leptin. Leptin is a hormone that was discovered fairly recently and although it is not completely understood we do have a fairly good idea of what it does. Leptin is known as the satiety hormone, as it helps our body realize when it is full. Leptin is made by our adipose cells and its function is to inhibit hunger. Leptin works in opposition to our hunger hormone, ghrelin.

It’s interesting that our fat cells produce this hormone (along with some others) which make our body fat actually act like an endocrine gland. You probably thought your body fat was just useless and lazy. Leptin communicates with the brain regarding fat stores and metabolism. When the system...

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What is Nutritional Balance?

Nutritional Balance and Healthy Lifestyle

By Jennifer Oechsner

I believe the key to overall health and wellness is balance. The concept of balance applies to all of the areas in our lives: life balance, balanced fitness and of course - nutritional balance.

When determining what a balanced diet means for you, there is a sea of information to sift through about nutritional balance. After one internet search, you’ll be bombarded with diet trends and buzz words. Often, you’ll come across conflicting information and it’s tough to know who to listen to. The more you search, the more confused you may become.

On top of this, over time things come in and out of favor in the nutrition world and food villains shift. I remember the “no-fat craze” starting when I was in college. I’m sad to say, but I ate fat free cheese, sprayed that fat free butter spray on veggies and I thought that if I got those gooey breadsticks without the...

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