The Hunger Hormone: Ghrelin

Ghrelin is a hormone that makes us feel hungry. What will make it increase? Insulin. What will increase insulin? Carbohydrates.

Cortisol will also increase insulin. What increases cortisol? Inflammation, low blood sugar, stress (mental or physical), etc.

So, we see how we can have a cascade of hormones to make us hungry. Remember, concentrated sweets (candy, etc) will give us an insulin spike which will cause our low blood sugar. That low blood sugar with the insulin may make us hungry and want more to eat! If we do not eat, the cortisol will increase to balance our blood sugar.

Insulin spikes like this are inflammatory! Thus the story of ghrelin and hunger is not a simple matter.

At Holistic Health Service, we will help you understand your dietary needs and help you transition away from unhealthy diets and into better energy and a higher state of wellness.

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