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13 Tips To Balance Your Hormones Naturally

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Do not underestimate the power of hormones! They affect people in so many different ways, and are crucial to good moods and a healthy body.

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So What Exactly Are Hormones?

Hormones are your body’s chemical messengers. They travel in your bloodstream to tissues or organs and affect many different processes, including:

  • Growth and development
  • Metabolism
  • Sexual function
  • Reproduction
  • Mood
  • Endocrine glands, which are special groups of cells that make hormones. The major endocrine glands are the pituitary, pineal, thymus, thyroid, pancreas and adrenal glands.

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It can be a complicated process but I am sure these tips will help you:

1. Get some Maca Root

Maca root is a tuber in the radish family that has a history of boosting hormone production and libido. Many women notice fewer PMS symptoms, increased fertility and improved skin while men notice increased sperm production, libido and better sleep. Maca is also high in minerals and essential fatty acids, making it great for hormones. It tastes great in smoothies, and is available in capsule form or powder form.

2. Cut out the bad fat

Bad fats, such as high omega 6 polyunsaturated fats, are simply not meant to be consumed. These are man-made fats, they are not natural. The human body is about 97% saturated and monounsaturated fat, with only 3% Polyunsaturated fats. Half of that three percent is Omega-3 fats. If this ratio is imbalanced, it can cause serious issues. The body needs the good fats to build cells, but if it doesn’t have them, it will have no choice but to use the highly unstable polyunsaturated fats, which cause mutated and inflamed cells. So basically, don’t eat fats like vegetable oil, peanut oil, canola oil, soybean oil, margarine, shortening, or other chemically altered fats.

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3. Limit or Avoid Caffeine

Too much caffeine can wreak havoc on the endocrine system, especially if there are other hormone stressors involved too. Avoid coffee, chocolate, cut down on tea, and replace with herbal teas instead and decaffeinated green tea.

4. Avoid Toxins

Toxins found in pesticides, plastics, household chemicals, beauty products and even mattresses can contain hormone disrupting chemicals that mimic hormones in the body and keep the body from producing real hormones. Things like the contraceptive pill do the same thing. Consider natural ways of preventing pregnancy, I suggest the book “Taking charge of your fertility.” Use a glass bottle instead of a plastic one for your water. Use a water filter, and eat organic produce and meat whenever possible. Make your own natural beauty products. Avoid these:

  • Parabens
  • Phthalates
  • Bisphenol-A (BPA)

5. Sleep

This one is as simple as that – Sleep! It is so crucial, if you are not getting enough sleep, then your hormones won’t be in balance. If someone created a pill that gave you the same benefits as sleep does, they would surely win a nobel prize! You might even want to consider sleeping for 10-12 hours a day for a while if you really have a hormonal issue, to allow yourself to heal.

6. Consider Supplementing

  • Iodine – Iodine is a trace mineral most of us are deficient in. The Japanese have one of the lowest rates of breast cancer. I believe this is partly due to the fact that they consume large quantities of iodine, but unless you are eating fish broth and seaweed everyday, then take 12.5mg of iodine daily. This is the same amount the Japanese get, so you know it works.
  • Vitamin D3 – This is a pre-made hormone that supports new hormones. You can get it by getting enough sun but during winter or certain parts of the world this just isn’t possible, so either supplement, take fermented cod liver oil, or eat foods high in vitamin D. Do not ever take synthetic D2.
  • Fermented Cod Liver Oil & Butter Oil – I’m putting them both together because you can usually find them in supplement form together anyway. It provides many of the necessary building blocks for hormone production including Vitamins A, D and K. It also is a great source of Omega-3s and beneficial fats. It is much better than fish oil or normal cod liver oil. Butter oil is high in the essential nutrient vitamin K2, which works alongside hormone builders such as Vitamins A & D.
  • Magnesium – This supports hundreds of reactions in the body and often contributes to better sleep (which is great for hormones, obviously). The best way to get magnesium is actually through your skin, either through a oil, a spray, or magnesium flakes inside a homemade skin cream!
  • Gelatin – This is a great source of calcium, magnesium and phosphate. It supports hormone production and digestive health and helps sooth inflammation. It’s great for making healthy gummy sweets!

7. Exercise Correctly

If you are trying to balance your hormones, strenuous exercise is only going to make things worse. Sleep is actually more important to help heal your body during this time. Don’t turn into a couch potato just yet though. Light exercise is best, such as swimming, walking and rebounding. Short bursts of heavy lifting (kettlebells, deadlifts, squats, lunges) can be beneficial since they trigger a cascade of beneficial hormone reactions. So avoid the extended running, cardio and exercise videos, for now.

8. Get in those healthy saturated fats

Low-fat diets are probably the number one reason people are having problems with their hormones. Hormones are made out of cholesterol. What are good fats? Traditional fats that have been around for centuries, such as grass-fed butter, cream, egg yolks, ghee, coconut milk, lard, beef tallow, coconut oil, palm oil and extra virgin olive oil. Remember though, oils have different smoke points before they go rancid, so the best ones for cooking are coconut oil, palm oil, animal fats and ghee.

9. Fix your leptin

Leptin is a master hormone that regulates hunger and metabolism. We can create a deficiency in our leptin levels by consuming too much sugar or processed foods, or by skimping on sleep—and as a result, we can experience more food cravings and a slower metabolism. It is very important to get your leptin back into balance, and that really needs a whole post to itself to fully explain.

10. Eat nutrient dense foods

This is something we should all be doing and it really helps you to get all the nutrients, vitamins and minerals you need. All you have to do is eat balanced, real food meals (not packaged or processed) that are nutrient dense. You don’t have to go crazy with this though. Prepare your food properly as well, as this can enhance nutrient absorption and reduce nutrient inhibitors such as phytic acid. So soak or sprout your nuts, seeds and grains before consuming. Some of the most nutrient-dense foods are:

  • Organ meats – liver, heart, kidney and other organ meats have 10-100 times more nutrition than muscle meats such as chicken breast or ground beef.
  • Shellfish – including crab, oysters, shrimp, clams and mussels. Fish broth is especially good as it’s high in Iodine, and so is seaweed.
  • Organic Meat – Mutton, bacon, chicken, steak, it’s all good.
  • Fish – Salmon especially and maybe avoid tuna due to risk of it being radiated.
  • Bone Broth – One of the best sources of minerals.
  • Eggs – Nutrient dense and full of healthy protein and cholesterol, vitamin D and A, and cheap as well!
  • Fermented or Fresh fruit & vegetables (an obvious one!)

White flour and sugar are nutritionally empty and strip your body of nutrients, so replace those with healthier options.

  • Bread – Sourdough or Sprouted grain bread.
  • Flour – Use coconut flour or almond flour instead.
  • Sugar – Use natural sweeteners such honey, grade B maple syrup, yacon syrup (contains prebiotics, similar to molasses in taste), molasses, palm/coconut sugar or nectar, and stevia.

11. Avoid Soy

Another thing that is prevalent in peoples diets that is causing issues is Soy, and it never used to be. You may think you are not eating soy because you don’t drink soy milk or eat tofu, but unfortunately, soy is in almost everything. Most restaurants use soybean oil to cook with, and most packaged and processed foods contain soybean oil and/or soy lecithin. Most of the meat and dairy we consume is from animals fed soy. Most mayonnaise and salad dressings contain soybean oil.

I’m sure most people have heard of the hormonal imbalances it causes. Soy is a goitrogen, which blocks iodine uptake in the body. As stated throughout this article, you will see why iodine is important for hormone health. In women, iodine is stored in the thyroid gland, the breasts and the ovaries (all hormonal places). It is okay to eat soy in small amounts, as a condiment, as long as it is naturally fermented (such as soy sauce, miso, tempeh, or natto).

12. Get more fiber

Get more fiber into your diet with raw fruit, raw vegetables, and things like chia seeds. Fiber binds itself to old estrogen, clearing it out of the system, and leading to better overall balance. This is good for men and women who suffer from estrogen dominance.

13. Manage Stress

Even if you’re doing everything else right, if you’re stressed out, high levels of cortisol will throw all your hormones off balance. Both overweight and thin people are affected by this, contrary to popular belief that only overweight people have issues with this. Researchers at Yale University, for example, found that thin women who had high cortisol also had more abdominal fat. Managing stress is important for every aspect of health, and I know it is not always easy to manage, but it is  important that we all try. The Okinawans are some of the most laid back people, and they live to over a hundred! Try deep breathing exercises, even if it is only for a few minutes each day, it does make a difference. Or try meditation.

As you can probably tell, these are great things to be doing anyway to be a more overall healthier and happier person. Balancing hormones will really come naturally if you follow these general health practices and help to educate yourself on being a healthier person overall. Just do your best though, don’t stress out over it!

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Boy or Girl – Baby Gender Selection Issues

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Some parents have the possibility to opt for gender selection; however, being able to decide whether to have a baby boy or girl is a controversial issue.

Many couples expecting a baby do not think it’s a big issue whether they have a boy or a girl; however there are several medical, social, and personal reasons that could influence parents to recur to some form of gender selection.

Like many other controversial practices, the legality of gender selection, also known as sex selection, varies from country to country.

The Legality of Baby Gender Selection

The United States has perhaps some of the most relaxed laws regarding baby gender selection in the world. Most European countries and Australia, on the other hand, have bans on sex selection and only allow it for medical reasons. For example, if a parent is a carrier of a mutation or gene with more chances of manifesting itself in a certain gender, baby gender selection is valid. However, if parents simply wish to balance the ratio of boys and girls in their family, they are not allowed to recur to sex selection.

This has generated a form of medical tourism in which couples from countries where gender selection is illegal, like the UK, travel to the US in order to be able to choose whether to have a baby boy or girl.

On the other hand, sex selection is illegal in the two most populated countries on Earth, China and India. In these countries, baby gender selection has been performed clandestinely for many years and for reasons other than family balancing or avoiding genetic diseases. In these societies, having a baby boy is preferred mainly for cultural and economic reasons. Parents believe that boys have better chances of earning income and eventually support them when they reach an old age.

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Methods of Baby Gender Selection

There are two major types of gender selection methods: the first one is called sperm sorting, and involves separating X-chromosome sperm from Y-chromosome sperm by flow cytometry, a purification technique in which chromosomes are suspended in a stream of sperm and identified by an electronic detector before being separated. Intra-uterine insemination or in-vitro fertilization can then be performed with the enriched sperm. The success rates for this method vary from 80% to 93%.

The other method, called pre-implantation genetic diagnosis, consists in generating several embryos through in-vitro fertilization, which are then genetically tested to determine a baby’s gender. The chosen embryos can then be implanted. This method has a success rate of almost 100%; however, it can be quite expensive, costing up to $15,000.

Issues Regarding Baby Gender Selection

While there are few objections against baby gender selection when it is performed for medical reasons, it has become a highly controversial issue when it is used for balancing the number of boys or girls in families. Some people raise the obvious ethical question of whether people who opt for gender selection are “playing God” by manipulating whether to have a baby boy or girl. Others believe that new parents will raise a baby more appropriately if he or she belongs to their preferred gender.

Gender Imbalance Caused by Baby Gender Selection

Gender selection has caused demographic concern in China and India since it has contributed to generate a gender imbalance in the populations of those countries. In some regions of China, for example, the sex ratio for newborns is 118:100, boys to girls. This phenomenon has in turn been associated with social problems such as an increase in violence and prostitution.

It seems like a logical solution for governments around the globe to legalize baby gender selection but to analyze the personal reasons why each couple intends to select a baby boy or girl. Gender selection for medical reasons should even be encouraged, since it could prevent serious genetic diseases such as cystic fibrosis, Huntington’s disease, and Haemophilia A. Balancing the gender ratio of a family should be accepted if by doing this, a healthy family environment is created. On the other hand, China and India have shown that baby gender selection as a result of a bias towards a particular gender can not only create a gender imbalance in the population, but contribute to social problems as well.

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Organic Certification: What the USDA Organic Label Means

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In Brief

  • The Facts:

    Organic and natural labels mean different things, and various types of labels tells you what percentage of ingredients are actually organic. We'll explore what to look for.

  • Reflect On:

    Do you sometimes buy products thinking they are organic or fully natural based on their wording? Have you later found out that those products aren't natural or organic at all? Read labels more closely at grocery stores to be aware.

Don’t get conned by fraudulent claims of “natural” or “organic.” Learn what to look for, and why it’s important, to ensure you’re getting the quality you are paying for.

The industrial age of the 20th century brought about changing agricultural practices that have generated increasing alarm about the effects of these practices on the environment and health. The use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, antibiotics, hormones, irradiated and genetically altered food and fiber products has created a groundswell of rightful concern. It has led to the growing demand for non-toxic, organic products that many are willing to pay a higher price for to ensure the healthful purity of food and clothing provided for their families.

With such profit opportunities, it’s little wonder that the lucrative organic product market has suffered abuse with so-called “organic” labels being fraudulently placed on products that have not earned the right. As a result of pressure from farming and consumer groups, legislation for the standardization of organic certification was introduced in the 1980s. It has been updated to include more vigorous enforcement and control methods since, with the current standards established in 2002 by the USDA.

The Standards of USDA Organic Certification

Specific standards must be met in order to legally claim a product as USDA certified organic. Organic producers must utilize methods that conserve water, maximize soil health, and reduce air pollution. The specific standards to earn USDA organic certification include:

Free of synthetic chemicals such as insecticides, herbicides, fertilizers, hormones, antibiotics, and additives

Free from irradiation and genetically modified organisms

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Agricultural products grown on land that has been free of prohibited substances for a period of three years

Animals used for meat, eggs, milk or other animal products must be exclusively fed foods that are organically grown, may not be given antibiotics or hormones, and must have access to outdoors.

Clean and sanitized harvesting and processing equipment throughout the process from harvest to finished, packaged product

Detailed chain-of-handling records from the field through final sales

Physical separation of certified organic products from non-organic products throughout the process of production

Regular on-site inspections from USDA-approved inspectors to ensure compliance

Understanding the Certified Organic Label

Once the rigorous process of certification has been completed, organic producers may place the USDA certified organic seal on their products. Currently, there are four levels of certified organic products, with a specific definition of the percentage of organic ingredients the final products contains. They are as follows:

• 100% organic: all production methods and ingredients are USDA certified organic.

• Organic: at least 95% of the production methods and ingredients are USDA certified organic with remaining ingredients included on the National List of allowed ingredients.

• Made With Organic Ingredients: at least 70% of the ingredients are USDA certified organic with remaining ingredients included on the National List of allowed ingredients.

• No organic wording or seal: less than 70% of the ingredients are USDA certified organic and no claims may be made on the front or back of the product.

Manufacturers or producers who knowingly label a product “organic” when it does not meet the USDA standards are subject to fines up to $11,000 per violation.

Why Organic Certification is Important

When you see the official USDA organic certification seal on food, clothing, and bedding products, you can be assured that these products have met the meticulous standards required and are free of chemicals, toxins, antibiotics, and hormones. When you see the USDA certified organic label, you will understand the value of the higher priced organic products as compared to non-organically produced products.

With the current stringent organic certification requirements enforced by regular inspections from USDA accredited agents, the USDA certified organic label has great meaning and importance to the consumer. Look for the label to know that you are getting the quality you are paying for.

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WHO Finds Global Lack Of Inactivity Rising Especially In Wealthier Countries — What You Can Do

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In Brief

  • The Facts:

    Inactivity is on the rise and it's the cause of a wide range of health concerns. Our population is only becoming more inactive, not less, and it's time to change that.

  • Reflect On:

    There are many factors of our modern world that make us less active. Our jobs, driving rather than walking/biking, too much screen time. What can you do differently to bring more activity into your life? What story stops you from starting?

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that more than a quarter of the entire population on this planet are not getting enough physical exercise, this number has barely improved since 2001. There are many factors that contribute to this, but just how much damage are we doing by failing to be active?

The lack of physical exercise raises the risk of many health problems, such as heart disease, type-2 diabetes and various types of cancers.

Interestingly, according to their study published in The Lancet Global Health, higher income countries, such as the UK, were among the least active population. Women were also found to be more sedentary throughout the world, excluding two regions in Asia.

The study looked at self-reported data on activity levels from 358 population based surveys covering 168 countries and included 1.9 million people.

The populations of higher income countries, which include the UK and USA showed an increase in the proportion of inactive people and had actually risen from 32% in 2001 to 37% in 2016, in the lower income countries it remained at 16%.

Those who were classified as inactive did less than 150 minutes of moderate exercise and around 75 minutes of intense activity per week.

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It was found that women were less active than men overall, except for in South and Central Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and higher-income Western countries. The authors believe that this was caused by a few different factors including extra childcare duties and cultural perspectives that may have made it more difficult for them to exercise.

Why More Inactivity In Wealthier Countries?

According to the researchers, in the wealthier countries, many of the jobs have transitioned to more office or desk jobs, meaning a more sedentary type of lifestyle. On top of that much of the population of these countries drive automobiles or take public transit to and from work which in many cases accounts for a lot of their time.

In the lower income countries, many of the jobs require the people to be more active, are physically demanding and people often have to walk to and from their jobs.

The WHO has had a goal to reduce the global levels of inactivity by 10% by 2025, the authors of the study feel that at the rate we are currently going, this target will be missed.

Lead author of the study, Dr. Regina Guthold said, “Unlike other major global health risks, levels of insufficient physical activity are not falling worldwide, on average, and over a quarter of all adults are not reaching the recommended levels of physical activity for good health.”

Regions with increasing levels of insufficient physical activity are a major concern for public health and the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases.”

Co-author, Dr. Fiona Bull added, “Addressing these inequalities in physical activity levels between men and women will be critical to achieving global activity targets and will require interventions to promote and improve women’s access to opportunities that are safe, affordable and culturally acceptable.”

According to the WHO,

Exercise guidelines for 19- to 64-year-olds

How much?

  • at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity every week
  • strength exercises on two or more days a week that work all the major muscles
  • break up long periods of sitting with light activity

What is moderate aerobic activity?

  • Walking fast, water aerobics, riding a bike on level ground or with a few hills, doubles tennis, pushing a lawn mower, hiking, skateboarding, rollerblading, volleyball, basketball

What counts as vigorous activity?

  • Jogging or running, swimming fast, riding a bike fast or on hills, singles tennis, football, rugby, skipping rope, hockey, aerobics, gymnastics, martial arts

What activities strengthen muscles?

  • lifting weights, working with resistance bands, doing exercises that use your own body weight, such as push-ups and sit-ups, heavy gardening, such as digging and shovelling, yoga

What activities are both aerobic and muscle-strengthening?

  • circuit training, aerobics, running, football, rugby, netball, hockey

Final Thoughts

I was surprised to see that the WHO didn’t touch on inactivity due to too much screen time — watching television, Netflix, Facebook scrolling, messaging, texting, browsing etc. Certainly, the increase in screen time plays a roll with the amount of inactivity, especially in the higher income countries. If you are someone who spends too much time staring at a screen, then it is important to consider the above information. Can you limit your screen time and replace it with something active? Or would you consider jumping rope, or rebounding while watching the television? Our health is our greatest wealth and having awareness about an issue is the first way to create change and take responsibility for our lives.

Could you walk or bike to work instead of drive? What about trying a new sport? Could you commit to adding a few hours each week of physical activity? These small decisions could have a profound impact on your health, longevity and overall well-being.

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