Weight gain has been haunting you for years no matter your efforts, your limitations, your healthy dishes, and lifestyle changes? You are fighting a daily battle with calories but you might be fighting the wrong battle. In the article below Dr. Prudence Hall, a physician turned pioneer of regenerative and integrated medicine, lists the possible underlying causes for a persistent weight gain. And, even more, she points out natural methods for dealing with those problems.

1. Hormonal imbalances

Excessively low estrogen levels are typical for women in menopause and perimenopause or those taking birth control pills. You can choose a nonhormonal method of birth control or a program of bioidentical hormones.

2. Low thyroid

Thyroid dysfunctions can seriously affect metabolism. The diagnose is missed in 40% of cases because of inappropriate testing methods. If it turns out you have a problem with thyroid your doctor can solve it by prescribing a small amount of natural thyroid hormone and iodine supplementation.

3. High blood sugar, insulin resistance, pre-diabetes, and diabetes

These conditions can be treated by your doctor with dietary modifications and/or natural supplements to restore a healthy sugar balance.

4. Stress

Stress in all forms is not easy to avoid nowadays, but you can learn how to control and mitigate it with meditation and breathing exercises.

5. Digestive problems

Intestinal parasites, yeast, and leaky gut can all be a cause for weight gain, mainly due to the inflammation they cause. Your doctor or nutritionist can help you deal with it by prescribing herbs, probiotics, and enzymes.

6. Food intolerance and allergies

Beware of the food you consume in terms of quality. Food like gluten, corn, soy, dairy, sugar, and eggs and can cause an inflammatory reaction and weight gain.

7. Exposure to heavy metals

Heavy metals like mercury and lead can affect the body at the cellular level and create hormonal imbalances.

8. Antidepressants

Often prescribed for treating depression-like conditions during menopause. But these conditions are often due to hormonal imbalance. Rebalancing the hormones with bioidentical estrogen before prescribing drugs might be a good idea in these cases.

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