Over the years as a functional medicine doctor, I have seen just about every hormone problem imaginable. The beautifully delicate balance of your hormonal system is essential for your mood, metabolism, energy, sex drive, and sleep. It is this perfect dance between your brain, endocrine system, hormones, and cells that make for an abundantly thriving life. The loss of this sacred balance throws off just about every aspect of what makes you feel like you.
When your thyroid, leptin, insulin, and cortisol hormones are off, so are you. One of the most common symptoms of hormonal imbalance and resistance patterns is a blood sugar out of control. The subsequent blood sugar roller coaster will make you feel like a mess: irritable, exhausted, and hangry for everything you don't want to be eating but can't seem to stop. Most of my patients are eating cleaner than most, well-educated in all things healthy, but despite their best efforts they are still having these hormone and blood sugar problems.
Functional medicine is predicated on finding out what your body loves and hates. Even if something is generally healthy, it may not be optimal for you. Everyone knows eating junk food isn't good for hormone and blood sugar balance. If you are doing everything right but still have blood sugar issues, here are the unsuspecting "healthy foods" I find don't work so well if blood sugar highs and lows are an issue for you: