Ghrelin: Everything you need to know about the “hunger hormone”.
Ghrelin is mainly produced in the stomach and is the hormone responsible for feeling hungry. Secretion, function, regulation… Here’s everything you need to know about ghrelin.
How is it excreted?
Ghrelin is mainly produced in the stomach. Small amounts are also excreted by the pituitary and hypothalamus into the brain, small intestine and pancreas.
What is it for ?
Unlike leptin, the satiety hormone, ghrelin helps stimulate appetite. It’s what signals our brain that our body needs energy and therefore it’s time to eat. This hunger hormone is also involved in fat storage and stimulates the release of growth hormones.
When does it increase?
Ghrelin levels tend to rise after a restrictive diet, which may explain possible weight gain afterwards. On the other hand, ghrelin can also increase with sleep deprivation. That’s why we often want to snack and eat more after a short night, especially sweet and greasy foods.
What can you do to regulate your ghrelin levels?
To regulate your ghrelin levels, it is therefore advisable to sleep well and exercise. The fact that he respects his energy needs by maintaining his equilibrium weight also allows for a stable rate. Just listen to your needs by respecting the signals of hunger and satiety.