This is the 21st century and you now have easier access to information. You may be feeling fine or you may be having some health concerns and either way you realize that our bodies require proper nutrition in order to function optimally. A healthy whole food diet full of organic produce and protein is a great start. Unfortunately, the nutrition content of our food supply has deteriorated due to many factors. In today’s world we can no longer rely only on the food we eat to achieve optimal health–supplementation is required to augment the food we eat.
Sadly the majority of people are confused on what to take or whether to take supplements due to the misinformation about supplements in the news. All supplements are not equal. When taking a supplement it is important to get one of a high quality. High quality supplements are proven to help your hormones work better, enhance your energy, help you think better, and overall improve your health.
There a few companies out there who take great care to research each ingredient, ensuring that it is provided to you in the right form and is properly absorbed by your body. They also do not put gluten, lactose, or other unnecessary ingredients in their supplements. For those who enjoy simple supplement shopping you will find high quality supplements sold at our office–we purchase high quality well researched supplements from companies that only sell to doctors. If you are someone who enjoys researching supplements you may go to a local store that provides organic supplements or search carefully online.
We all know that vitamin C is good good to take when you have a cold, but did you know it improves overall immune function?
A potent antioxidant that protects against free radical cellular damage, Vitamin C is essential for the formation and maintenance of collagen and other structural materials in bones, teeth, and capillaries. Employing a mouse model, a Japanese research group studied the effects of long-term dietary supplementation (20 mg/kg/day or 200 mg/kg/day, for one year) on the thymus, the gland located at the base of the neck that is responsible for the development and differentiation of T-cells – white blood cells key to the immune system.
At the end of the one-year supplementation period, the researchers measured he weight of the thymus organ and the number of immune cells present in the peripheral blood, spleen, and thymus. The team found that the high-dose vitamin C intake inhibited the aging-related shrinkage of the thymus and maintained thymic output. The study authors write that: “These results suggest that a long-term high-dose intake of [vitamin C] is effective in the maintenance of immune cells, partly through the suppression of age-related thymic involution.”
Did you know you can balance your hormones naturally?
Drinking lots of water is key – along with minimizing alcohol intake. Make sure your beef if from free range cattle that are free of hormones. Eat a well balanced diet that includes organic NON GMO fruit and vegetables.
Minimize your stress. 8 hours of sleep every night is key. Take deep breaths regularly, and smile – it’s hard to be stressed and laugh at the same time. Make sure you incorporate exercise throughout your week. Take a break from your cellphone, tablet, and laptops.
Stay away from mineral oil, dyes, and animal by-products. It only takes 26 seconds for your skin to absorb what you put on it. To prove this try putting a piece of peeled garlic between your toes, count to 30 and you will actually taste the garlic.
Take your vitamins. Vitamin D and Vitamin B12 are especially important to your overall hormonal balance. In addition supplement your diet with a good multi-vitamin.
Adding bio-identical hormones to a healthy lifestyle is key to optimizing your hormones, but you need to take care of your entire body, not just one area. A well rounded approach that incorporates diet, exercise, rest, and care for your hormones will help you achieve An Optimal You!
Gluten is found in wheat, rye, and barley. Gluten has been increasingly more prevalent in the American diet over the past several decades. This is resulting in a large majority of people being gluten intolerant or sensitive to gluten.
You do not need to have a positive endoscopic biopsy or blood test to have a problem with gluten. These abnormal results may not show up for awhile. It is more important that you pay attention to how you feel, not to lab tests.
It is a common misperception that gluten intolerance is simply having abdominal (stomach) bloating. Gluten intolerance can present as many different things including aches/pains, brain fog, skin rashes/disorders, etc. Your hormones can become disrupted as well. People who are gluten sensitive (or intolerant) tend to have thyroid issues as well as issues with their Progesterone, Testosterone, and Estrogen.
Part of optimizing hormones is giving you bio-identical hormones and another important piece of optimization is addressing your diet. The easiest thing to do is to take a month and avoid gluten completely. Focus on an organic whole food diet and pay attention to how you feel. Don’t be surprised if after that month you can more easily notice the symptoms that you get if you consume gluten. By avoiding gluten for a month you will have cleansed your system making it easier to detect symptoms.
It is imperative that food intolerances are addressed for hormone optimization. Work with your hormone specialist to devise the correct food plan for you. Gluten is simply one of the most commonly seen culprits in hormonal imbalance.
Cancer and Hormones
Every year cancer takes the lives of hundreds of thousands of men and women in America. Of course, newer treatments are becoming increasingly available. However, more and more people are becoming aware of how much that they can do in order to decrease their risk of getting cancer, and if they get cancer they are more aware of the fact that they can do things that can increase their odds of survival.
By balancing your hormones with bioidentical hormones, eliminating toxins, eating plenty of organic fruits and vegetables, exercising regularly, decreasing stress, getting adequate sleep, and maintaining proper nutrient levels; you can take charge of your health and decrease your risk of developing cancer.
If you do get cancer then the better nourished that you are, the more hormonally balanced you are, and the less stressed that you are will help you to fight the cancer and live well long term.
Why wait to have a diagnosis?? Start today by changing to organic fruits and vegetables, and committing to eating 5-9 servings per day. Also, make a commitment to exercise on a regular basis. You can also start incorporating deep breathing every day: this is where you breath slowly in and out (count to 5-7 as you breathe in and as you breathe out) for a full minute and do this several times throughout the day. Each week make yourself a goal to do one more thing towards your health. It all starts with baby steps. Getting bio-identical hormones is one piece of the puzzle. What you do at home, as your lifestyle, has a lot to do with the diseases that you get and also how well you fight them off. Start today with a big list of what you want to improve and then commit to tackling one of those things each week!!
Eat your fruits and vegetables!
The health benefits of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables outweigh the risks of pesticide exposure. Use EWG’s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides™ to reduce your exposures as much as possible, but eating conventionally-grown produce is far better than not eating fruits and vegetables at all. The Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™ will help you determine which fruits and vegetables have the most pesticide residues and are the most important to buy organic. You can lower your pesticide intake substantially by avoiding the 12 most contaminated fruits and vegetables and eating the least contaminated produce.
This year we have expanded the Dirty Dozen™ with a Plus category to highlight two crops — green beans and leafy greens, meaning, kale and collard greens – that did not meet traditional Dirty Dozen ™criteria but were commonly contaminated with highly toxic organophosphate insecticides. These insecticides are toxic to the nervous system and have been largely removed from agriculture over the past decade. But they are not banned and still show up on some food crops.
Commodity crop corn used for animal feed and biofuels is almost all produced with genetically modified (GMO) seeds, as is some sweet corn sold for human consumption. Since GMO sweet corn is not labeled as such in US stores, EWG advises those who have concerns about GMOs to buy organic sweet corn.
The above article was taken from http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/summary/