Controlling Your Hormones for Peak Performance

I’ll bet nobody ever told you that you could precisely control your hormone levels simply by manipulating nutrient and food combinations very closely in order to insure perfect quantum nutrient proportions.

You may have heard or read about many generic versions of using carbohydrate/glycogenic manipulation in order to maximize insulin’s growth effects and/or supplementing certain key amino acids to supposedly maximize growth hormone release.  Perhaps you’ve also read about using herbs to superimpose pro-hormone precursors in an attempt to raise testosterone (besides vigorous exercise).

Unfortunately, these approaches are obsolete in light of Interactive Molecular Nutrition a.k.a. Biocorrective Nutrition, which is what we practice here at BioCorrect Nutrition™.  The real problem is that most people “jump the gun” when it comes to hormones, long before they even know what type of gun they have or even how to work it.  They fail to understand that nutrition directly effects hormone production and are far more important and essential to peak athletic/physical performance!  Leaping before you look just wastes time and effort, and yields far less results than what is possible.  Hint: Stop guessing and order your BioCorrect Nutrition™ Analysis today.

Winning Nutrition In Elite Sports

In elite sports, there is a “winning at all costs” attitude that has lead to steroid and other illegal ergogenic aid abuse (ergogenic means energy-producing).  The consequences can be quite dangerous — not just exclusion from competition but insurmountable health damage.  As a clinician, I’ve seen this many times, including a patient with the first documented case of steroid-induced cancer in an athlete in 1978.

In fact, I gave a special lecture on this topic at the OCMA’s (Orange County Medical Association) 28th Annual Sports Medicine Symposium in order to reduce the amount of steroids and other dangerous ergogenic aids prescribed by physicians.  This presentation for physicians took place in 1984. As a special feature to this lecture, I debated the author of “The Underground Steroid Book,” Dan Duchenne and Dr. Eric Sternblicht (former Collegiate Mr. America), and gave a special dissertation on safe ergogenic aids and the need for personalized nutrition in order to maximize performance.  As you can see, I have a long history discussing this topic and am very much against a person ruining his health by using illegal substances when there is a very healthy way to get the record-breaking results of which athletes dream.

Biocorrect nutrition (functionally integrated Ortho-Molecular Nutrition) is the healthiest and most scientific way to optimize genetic capacities, not fall into the “steroid trap” or fall for nonsensical generic hormone manipulations, often promoted in books without any real knowledge about how it’s truly done at the most elite levels of sport.  Personalizing hormonal enhancement through the process of Quantum Nutrient Factoring is the ultimate key.  The Nutrient — Gland — Hormone connection and personalized, biocorrect nutrition provides the best way for people to keep on breaking athletic and physical performance records.  Here’s how it works at the most fundamental levels.

Nutritional – Endocrine Relationships Exposed

Large fluctuations of daily food intake are in great contrast to the overall stability of on-going body processes.  The maintenance of a consistent energy flow, waste product removal, and neuromuscular readiness is accomplished by a very elaborate network of hormonal responses.  As a good example of this let’s consider the metabolic effect of carbohydrates, which is now the topic of many books and bring up many questions.

When carbohydrate foods are consumed, insulin and insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) work to lower blood sugar.  If blood sugar drops too far too fast, the adrenal glands start to produce much greater amounts of adrenaline and cortisol.  Circulating levels of thyroid hormones, estrogens and testosterones modulate tissue responses to adrenaline and cortisol.  Therefore, interconnected relationships of hormones work as part of the total neuro-immuno-hormonal regulation of the body and can be manipulated by certain mechanisms which enhance physical performance.

Given that hormones are a class of chemical messengers that control cell function, few people realize the full spectrum of cellular controls.  These include hormones at large and many new clinical findings about their short-range interactions have been overlooked.  Whereas classical endocrinology is concerned with long-range interactions, where chemical messengers produced in one organ exert control on specific target tissues outside of its organic site of synthesis; we now know that many other cellular controls are present that operate through short-range hormonal effects.  Getting both the short-term and long-term interactions properly (nutritionally) stimulated is how you reach peak athletic performance.

Where’s The Beef?

Nutrition directly affects glands/hormones (in long/short terms) and glands/ hormones directly affect nutrition.  We know how to manipulate these short- and long-term interactions, and on levels more precise than ever before thought possible by utilizing personalized, biocorrective nutrition.  To further discuss this, let me introduce three most basic concepts: 1) diet equals the consumption of foods; 2) nutrition equals the nutrients obtained from the diet; 3) personalized nutrition equals the nutrients obtained from diets in the only place that it really counts – inside your body.

In effect, we have a very close dependency between nutrients and hormone production, and hormones and nutrients — most importantly minerals which are fundamental to enzyme function.  Simply put, mineral excesses or deficiencies affect all biochemical activities including protein, carbohydrate and fat metabolism.  Three brief examples of this can be seen in relation to 1) stress responses, 2) in normal thyroid function and 3) eating frequency in combination with calorie restriction:

  1. Increased stress to the nervous and endocrine systems at large causes an increased urinary loss of B vitamins, calcium, copper, potassium and other nutrients, all of which are specific to each stage of stress (alarm-resistance-recovery).
  2. Deficiencies of iodine, tyrosine, iron, zinc, and disturbed Quantum Proportions between sodium and magnesium, iron and copper, calcium and phosphorus, and calcium and potassium.  Increased intake of goitrogenic substances suppress thyroid gland function by interfering with iodine uptake.  These include ipriflavones (derived from soy), estrogen and thiocyanates (found in broccoli).
  3. Fasting or skipping meals results in increased cellular resistance to growth hormone (GH).  Calorie restriction stimulates a moderate compensatory mechanism which includes increasing GH levels, while decreasing IGF-1 levels.  All of which is overtly exaggerated when vitamin A and CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) are in short supply.

The above three examples are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to maximizing one’s hormone output, and glandular and cellular responses.  But first you must know where you stand in relation to these processes and how to best manipulate them for maximum physical gains – that’s the role of the BioCorrect Nutrition™ Analysis.

Cook Your Beef and Eat It Too!

  1. Understand your metabolic individuality – There is a vast genetic diversity amongst humans along with the very high degree of variability in the biochemical makeup of each individual.  This person-to-person uniqueness affects their total nutritional, nervous system, and hormonal status.  It includes understanding the relationship between the nutrition and toxic content in cells and the functioning of the autonomic nervous system (as parasympathetic or sympathetic dominant), thyroid, adrenal, and other support glands (degree function).  This provides the Interactional baseline for maximum hormone output.
  2. Classify your personal metabolic rate – One’s classification as a slow or fast metabolizer (sub-classified as 1, 2, 3, 4 fast/slow) has a profound effect on how hormonal output proceeds at the moment and how we can manipulate it for greater physical gains in the future.
  3. Notate all nutrient imbalances as deficiencies, excesses and antagonisms – this is the most fundamental part of reconstituting maximum hormone output and balance because glands rely on these relationships in order to healthfully function and interact properly.
  4. Categorize stress level as alarm, resistance or recovery – This has many implications throughout the neuronal, endocrine and sub-metabolic biochemical pathways. Working synergistically with stress levels always yields much better results than not.
  5. Completely personalize/customize nutrition/supplements to cover all neuro-hormonal-cellular bases.
  6. Retest metabolic progress using a scientifically valid instrument.
  7. Use target specific tests to investigate any resistance to a more optimal neuro-hormonal subcellular interactive balance and reformulate the personalized program accordingly.

Serving the Beef

As in all cases of personalized prohormonal and nutritional intervention – you have to first begin with an investigation of mineral balance. Below represents the key endocrine hormones and glands in relation to measured mineral ratios within the body:

  1. Parathyroid hormonal output is increased when the following ratios are increased –calcium/phosphorous, calcium/magnesium, calcium/sodium, calcium/potassium and calcium/iron. Parathyroid hormonal output is reduced when the following ratios are decreased – iron/copper.
  2. Thyroid hormonal output is increased when the following ratios are increased –sodium/magnesium and iron/copper. Thyroid hormonal output is decreased when the following ratios are decreased – calcium/phosphorous and calcium/potassium.
  3. Adrenal Cortex (anabolic-testosterone derivatives, cortisol, etc.) hormonal output is increased when the following ratios are increased – sodium/potassium, sodium/magnesium, iron/copper and calcium/magnesium. Adrenal Cortex hormonal output is decreased when the following ratios are decreased – calcium/phosphorous, calcium/potassium and calcium/sodium.
  4. Adrenal Cortex (catabolic – catecholamines, adrenaline, etc.) hormonal output is increased when the following ratios are increased – iron/copper, sodium/magnesium. Adrenal Cortex (catabolic) hormonal output is decreased when the following ratios are decreased – sodium/potassium, calcium/potassium, calcium/phosphorous, calcium/magnesium and calcium/sodium.
  5. Pancreatic (insulin) hormonal output is increased when the following ratios are increased – calcium/phosphorous, calcium/magnesium, calcium/potassium, calcium/iron and calcium/sodium. Pancreatic (insulin), hormonal output is decreased when the following ratios are decreased – zinc/copper and iron/copper.
  6. Estrogenic hormonal output is increased when the following ratios are increased –calcium/magnesium, calcium/phosphorous, calcium/potassium, calcium/sodium, calcium/iron and sodium/potassium. Estrogenic hormonal output is decreased when the following ratios are decreased – zinc/copper and iron/copper.
  7. Progesteronal hormonal output is increased when the following ratios are increased –zinc/copper and iron/copper.  Progesteronal hormonal output is decreased when the following ratios are decreased – sodium/potassium and calcium/potassium.

Conclusion

They key to increasing the average hormonal outputs of your body while maximizing your cell receptor sensitivity to those hormones is found in the ratios above.

Measuring and then Personalizing your diet and nutrient supplements in order to maximize these ratios (not to mention instituting total cellular nutrient equilibrium relative to enzyme function) is the theme of your BioCorrect Nutrition™ Analysis.  Without this test and its interventions as your guide—it’s impossible to get this right! Randomly taking hormones or trying one-size-fits-all diets as postulated by books and theories, which have nothing to do with the specific biochemical balance found within your unique body– is total nonsense, dangerous and extremely limited in success.  No wonder so many people take dangerous shortcuts.  If only they took the BioCorrect Nutrition™ Analysis test – the guesswork would end and the records would continue to be broken.

Know Precisely What Your Body Needs… It’s In Your BNA!

Learn how minerals and hormones interact inside you by referring to your BioCorrect Nutrition™ Analysis (BNA) report or order your BNA today.  The BioCorrect Nutrition™ Analysis is a medically-proven, clinical laboratory test that measures 36 trace and toxic minerals in a patient’s hair sample; which correspond to an individual’s biochemical and metabolic status.  From the millions of patients tested over the past 30+ years, much has been further studied and learned about the interactions of these minerals with vitamins, enzymes, hormones and other biochemical processes.

Terminology
Gland: takes electrical messages from the brain, chemical messages from other glands along with nutrients in the blood and makes its own chemical messages to communicate with other glands that help cells do more of certain functions at specific times, to provide your body what’s needed at any given moment.
Hormone: the specific chemical messenger created by the gland.

Additional Suggested Reading:

  1. Tefft, GH. Your Personal Life. Westlake Village, CA: Angel Mind, 2006
  2. Tefft, GH. For Your Body Only: Discover the Diet You Were Born to Eat. Dragon Door Publications, 2003
  3. Watts, D.L. “Commonly Asked Questions About Hair Mineral Analysis.” US: Trace Elements, 1999
  4. Watts, D.L. Trace Elements and Other Essential Nutrients. T.E.I., 1995

These statements have not been directly evaluated by the FDA.  These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease as a substitution for standard medical care.

About the Author:

Dr. Greg Tefft, Board Certified Naturopath (A.N.M.A.), Doctorate in Chiropractics (L.A.C.C./S.C.U.) and Triple-Crown Natural Mr. America is “America’s Leader in Personalized Nutrition.” Dr. Tefft is a best-selling author, pioneered the lab-guided, personalized nutrition system at Malibu Health and Rehab in the 80’s and 90’s, member of the 1984 Olympic Team Sports Medicine Staff, and is the co-founder and Chief Science Officer (CSO) of BioCorrect Nutrition.

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