Is it Your Diet, or is it Your Hormones?

Being human is tough, especially when we don’t understand the cause and effect of everyday ailments like fatigue and acne. An internet search for solutions may lead you down the worst-case scenario rabbit hole until you’re hiding under a blanket, thinking tomorrow is your last day on earth. Instead of entering the dreaded search query into the internet abyss, there’s a much simpler solution to help you identify where that skin condition or stomach pain is coming from.

Have you ever considered asking your doctor for a food sensitivity test or a comprehensive hormone panel? If that intro wasn’t enough to convince you, here are our top three reasons why you definitely should. It might save you a panic attack or two in the future.

Sudden weight gain?

A lot of us gained the lockdown-fifteen while trapped at home, but if you are one of the lucky few who kept up their workout routine and ate a healthy-ish diet, then too many carbs may not be the culprit. Hormone imbalances can present themselves in different ways, but sudden weight gain is one of the primary symptoms.

According to Sidhu S, Parikh T, Burman KD in Endocrine Changes in Obesity, “Obesity can be associated with several endocrine alterations arising as a result of changes in the hypothalamic-pituitary hormones axes. These include hypothyroidism, Cushing’s disease, hypogonadism, and growth hormone deficiency.”

Before you buy another pack of energy drinks or go on an intense diet, try an at-home hormone test. This will make it easier for your doctor to determine the underlying cause of your hormone imbalance and create an action plan for you moving forward. No expensive gym membership necessary.

It's back with a vengeance

POV: You’re well into your adult life, everything is going well, life is great. You wake up one morning and are shocked to find an enthusiastic cluster of pimples on your chin. Your heart skips a beat; you thought you left acne behind in grade school along with cakey concealers and salicylic acid face wipes. The next thing you know, you’re Googling ‘adult acne’ and your Amazon cart is full of creams and masks.

Don’t hit that check-out button just yet, though. Those breakouts might look like a teenage nightmare come to haunt you, but they may have a different origin story than the ones of your past. Did you know that food sensitivities can cause acne? Foods that never used to cause breakouts or wreak havoc on your perfect adult skin could now be the villain in the control room.

While food sensitivities are commonly thought to manifest primarily in the gut, they can also rear their ugly heads in the form of acne and Eczema.

It's not what you think.

We’ve already covered weight gain, but, while we’re on the topic of food sensitivities, it’s worth mentioning again. Many people think that obesity is the result of too many calories and not enough exercise. At this point, you know that these aren’t the only reasons why someone may have gained the lockdown fifteen.

Here’s another egg for your basket: They may have a food sensitivity.

Back in 2010, we funded a study, Eliminating Immunologically-Reactive Foods from the Diet and its Effect on Body Composition and Quality of Life in Overweight Persons. In it, each subject agreed to eliminate reactive foods from their diet for a period of 90 days. The eliminated foods were based on the results of an IgG-mediated test (food sensitivity test).

The findings were that overweight or obese people could successfully improve their quality of life and shed the extra weight by adhering to a 90-day food elimination diet. This wasn’t a low-carb, fad diet. This was based entirely on their own unique food sensitivities. If you’re wondering where the extra weight came from, looking into your own food sensitivities may be the miracle you were looking for.

Exhausted is an understatement.

No matter how much coffee you drink or how many hours of sleep you log, you just can’t seem to shake off that heavy fatigue. You’ve said no to nights out with friends, burn out at work before lunchtime, and the thought of the gym—no, there’s no thought of the gym; you’re too tired to even climb the stairs in your house, let alone lift a dumbbell.

While the only person who can determine the cause of your fatigue is your doctor, we can tell you that you’re probably not dying. Both hormonal imbalances and food sensitivities can present as fatigue. Of course, there could be other reasons, but it’s very likely that your excessive tiredness is directly related to one of these two.

Luckily, there are easy ways for you to get the answers you need, and no, they don’t require a ton of effort on your part.

At-home collecting kits for peace of mind.

We live in a time where most things can be accomplished from the comfort of our homes. The answers we need are a search away, but when it comes to our health, sometimes a search isn’t the best way forward.

With Immuno Labs, the power of knowing is better than the anxiety of guessing. If you could relate to one of the three scenarios above, check out our at-home collection kits today.

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