Lesson 2: How Sugar Affects Hormones

How sugar affects hormones

Here's What Happens...

  • Sugar messes with your hormones by disrupting the production of insulin.
  • When your insulin production is out of whack, other hormones are affected, especially estrogen, testosterone and the stress hormone cortisol.
  • When you eat a meal high in sugar or processed carbs, your insulin level spike.
  • When this happens, it reduces the production of SHBG. SHBG, or sex hormone binding globulin, is an essential protein that regulates the levels of estrogen and testosterone in the blood.
  • When SHBG production is low, estrogen and testosterone levels increase rapidly.

Hormone Chaos

 Higher than normal levels of other hormones will overwhelm progesterone levels. Progesterone is the feel-good hormone that is responsible for keeping you calm, happy, and relaxed. When progesterone is overwhelmed, you become irritable and anxious, which can lead to mood swings, insomnia, and weight gain. You see the problem!

It Doesn't Have to Be all or nothing

Now that you understand how sugar messes with your hormones, let’s look at how to can break the sugar habit and start detoxing sugar from your diet. Quitting sugar can feel really hard but know that it doesn’t have to be all or nothing.  You can still have sweet treats; you just need to be mindful of the type and the amount of sugar you are eating.