Balance your hormones with meditation

Simply sitting, relaxing and bringing your attention to your breath (aka meditation) can do wonders for your hormones in several ways!

  1. Meditation gets you out of flight-or-flight mode, lowers blood pressure and heart rate, and improves blood sugar, immune function and digestion (by balancing adrenal hormones).
  2. Makes you feel happy and relaxed (through the release of the brain chemicals serotonin and oxytocin).
  3. Helps you sleep better (by increasing melatonin).
  4. Improves focus and memory (through the release of dopamine).
  5. Slows the aging process (by increasing DHEA and insulin-like growth factor).
  6. Helps bring back that sex drive (by lowering the stress hormone, cortisol).

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Got arthritis, fibromyalgia or migraines? Eggplant may not be your friend.

tumblr_mpclx8I7EZ1qc8iolo1_500You may have a sensitivity to solanine in tomatoes, peppers and eggplant if you suffer from:

  • Joint pain
  • Muscle aches and pain
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Tendonitis, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Hypothyroid conditions
  • Osteoporosis
  • Vitamin D and calcium deficiency – despite supplementation
  • Digestive problems
  • Eczema, psoriasis, scleroderma
  • Migraines and headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Numbness or tingling

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Phones need ‘bed mode’ to protect sleep

Blue-green light waves from electronic device screens (iPhone, iPad, computer, etc.) interfere with your body’s production of melatonin, the hormone that puts you to sleep at night. This is a problem because getting enough quality sleep is important for hormone balance, weight control, and a healthy mood. Luckily, this app can be installed, on your devises, to block blue-green light from your screens as evening approaches: justgetflux.com

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To read more: http://www.bbc.com/news/health-34744859

PROPYL PARABEN: Are you eating an endocrine disruptor?

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“The pastry you’re thinking about buying may contain the preservative propyl paraben, linked to disruptions in hormone signaling. …it is in 49 widely-available processed foods, including Sara Lee cinnamon rolls, Watchers cakes and La Banderita Corn Tortillas.” 

Research shows: “….decreased sperm counts in young rats at and below the concentrations which the U.S. Food and Drug Administration considers safe for human consumption…it acts as a synthetic estrogenic compound and can alter hormone signaling and gene expression (Routledge 1998; Terasaka 2006; Vo 2011; Wróbel 2014).

Proper endocrine signaling is particularly important during critical windows of development—while in the womb and during childhood and adolescence. Chemicals that disrupt hormone signaling can lead to adverse effects on development, reproduction, and the neurological and immune systems.

…92.7 percent of Americans tested had propyl paraben in their urine (Calafat 2010).” Read more @: http://www.ewg.org/research/propyl-paraben?inlist=Y&utm_source=201504PropylResendGmailCom&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=201504PropylResendGmailCom

How to Get Rid of Acne, Pimples, and Other Skin Problems by Mark Hyman, MD

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“The key to healthy skin isn’t just dealing with the symptoms — like lathering on potions and lotions, popping and pricking pimples, or taking antibiotics or strong liver-damaging medication… Good Skin Comes from the Inside Out, Not the Outside In!.. A Poor Diet is Bad for Your Skin.. Hormonal Imbalances Cause Skin Problems.. Leaky Gut and Food Allergies Cause Acne..and Stress causes acne flare-ups.” Link to full article: http://drhyman.com/blog/2010/05/19/how-to-get-rid-of-acne-pimples-and-other-skin-problems/#close

How Gut Bacteria Help Make Us Fat and Thin

“…gut bacteria alter the way we store fat, how we balance levels of glucose, and how we respond to hormones that make us feel hungry or full. The wrong mix of microbes, it seems, can help set the stage for obesity and diabetes from the moment of birth.”

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