Do you feel baffled by your battle with belly bulge? Worried about your war with whittling your waistline? Dr. Mehmet Oz invited holistic health expert Dr. Natasha Turner to his March 7 show to unveil natural solutions to belly bulge, which Dr. Turner says are caused by the hormones that impact fat loss. A naturopathic doctor (N.D.), Dr. Turner is the author of "The Hormone Diet: A 3-Step Program to Help You Lose Weight, Gain Strength, and Live Younger Longer" (click here to get it now) and "The Carb Sensitivity Program: Discover Which Carbs Will Curb Your Cravings, Control Your Appetite, and Banish Belly Fat" (learn more by clicking here).
According to Dr. Turner, excess belly fat indicates a hormonal imbalance due to causes ranging from high estrogen to high cortisol. The concern with tummy fat: It increases your risk for heart disease and diabetes. Follow these holistic solutions for winning the battle of the bulge:
- Increase protein, aiming for 20 to 25 grams of each per meal and about 15 to 20 grams per snack, says Dr. Turner. In addition to balancing your blood sugar, protein "stimulates the activity of many of our fat-burning and appetite-controlling hormones," says Dr. Turner.
- Make it a priority to get enough sleep and eat within one hour of awakening.
- Ask for an estrogen level test. To eliminate excess estrogen, try ground flax or chia seeds or a product with indole-3-carbinol, green tea and turmeric to restore your estrogen balance.
- Have your DHEA levels tested and, if low, consider Relora, which is an herbal supplement that can dramatically lower cortisol and increase DHEA after taking it for just two weeks. (My tip: Read the ingredient list for one without artificial ingredients, such as NOW Foods Super Cortisol Support - click here to learn more.) Dr. Turner recommends one cap in the morning and two at bedtime. Get more guidance from Dr. Turner by clicking here for her newest book, "The Carb Sensitivity Program: Discover Which Carbs Will Curb Your Cravings, Control Your Appetite, and Banish Belly Fat."