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Pre-eclampsia is a Mother

Amberleigh CarterComment

Pre-eclampsia or Eclampsia may have nothing to do with lacking blood pressure medication and everything to do with lacking proper nutrition.  In pregnant women, blood volume needs to increase by over 40% to ensure efficient circulation to the developing fetus and mother.  

Eating a LOW PROTEIN diet or a HIGH CARBOHYDRATE diet can activate the stress response, causing estrogen to rise.  High estrogen and low protein can cause the blood to clot and/or thicken.  Furthermore, estrogen destroys the liver's ability to produce albumin, which is a key factor in allowing the liver to rid the body of toxins.  When the body does not produce enough albumin, it creates hypothyroid issues, and with hypothyroid issues, comes a loss of sodium in the body.  

The loss of sodium and lack of albumin allows for TISSUE EDEMA (or swelling/bloating). Estrogen pulls out water from the blood, and pushes it into the cells, which gives you puffiness and increases HYPERTENSION (high blood pressure) due to the decrease in blood volume and the increase in viscosity (or thickness) of the blood.  

In addition, if the mother is not eating enough of the right kind of carbohydrates (i.e., too many grains/processed carbs/above-ground vegetables and not enough tropical fruits and root vegetables) the body will start to break down protein to produce the glucose that it is lacking (another stress), which exacerbates the low level of protein in the mother.  

Overall, improper eating can create low protein and high estrogen in the body, which may lead to hypertension and pre-eclampsia or eclampsia issues during and after pregnancy. 

As always, it's best to address the cause, rather than the symptom of a deeper dysfunction. 

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Low Carb Diets: A Recipe For Health Problems

Amberleigh CarterComment

LOW CARB DIETS are particularly bad for the hormonal system of females.  Cutting out carbs is not necessarily the best option, and here's why:

A particularly useful thyroid hormone (known as T3) is responsible for converting cholesterol into the hormone Progesterone, which is the "youth-associated, protective hormone" known to help with hair growth, clear skin, and overall hormonal balance.  The key is that this entire process depends upon glucose or sugar that largely comes from carbohydrates.  Without carbs, the body becomes stressed and produces more estrogen, which ages the body and causes a myriad of other health effects when it's dominant.

Thus, going on a low carb diet can lead to breast tenderness, PMS, headaches, an increase in fat tissue, a decrease in muscle tissue, hair loss, wrinkles, cravings, high blood sugar (yep!), a damaged metabolism, and hormonal chaos. 

If you're thinking low carb is the best, you may want to change that misconception to a "no processed foods" lifestyle.  Processed foods are much worse for the body than real, wholesome carbs like fruits and root vegetables (i.e., carrots, potatoes, turnips, beets, peppers, squash, etc.).  Fruits and roots contain real sugar that the body recognizes and prefers in order to operate efficiently and not have to age and break down the body.

So do yourself a favor and avoid anything processed, rather than avoiding real carbs that are nourishing to your body.

Guess What's SOY Annoying....

Amberleigh CarterComment

Let's talk about what's soy annoying:

To be frank (or should I say, Frances), Soy is an estrogen bomb. 

It's not just in soy milk, it's in soy protein powder (yes, your "muscle-building" post workout shakes), edamame, soy sauce, soybean oil, and is hidden in many other products, from frozen pizzas to crackers--so make sure to read the label!

The following are reasons to avoid soy:
1) Soy inhibits absorption of vital minerals, such as magnesium, calcium, & zinc.
2) It decreases thyroid function, leading to a slower and damaged metabolism.
3) It increases tissue growth and accumulation, which can lead to tumor growth and an increased risk of cancer, as well as man boobs.
4) It lowers sperm count and decreases testosterone, which can lead to infertility, fat storage, and hair loss/balding.  Oh and man boobs again.
5) It is harmful to the intestines and digestion.

So do yourself a favor and just avoid the soy, if not for you, for the sake of saving testosterone in this world.

Go Bloat Yourself

Amberleigh CarterComment

Beans, beans, they're good for your heart; the more you eat them, the more you...create a sluggish metabolism.

When it comes to eating the right protein sources, grains, lentils, soy, and beans tend to be low quality nutrients and contain polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), which can greatly slow down energy production in the body.

These "protein" sources lower protein digestion, reduce mineral (i.e., calcium, zinc, etc.) absorption, decrease oxygen intake in your cells (decreased energy), and contain phytoestrogens, which increase your level of estrogen in your body. 

Increasing your estrogen levels (whether you're male or female) causes edema (swelling/bloating), increases cortisol (stress hormone), creates blood sugar instabilities, and much more.  So your body isn't bloating just for sh*ts and giggles...it's telling you something.

Although eating the right kind of protein decreases estrogen and many other anti-metabolic factors, it does not mean to increase your animal protein intake by 10.  Consuming high-quality, non-inflammatory protein plays an essential role in the body; however, too much protein, not enough carbohydrate, and vice versa, all contribute to blood sugar instabilities.

The key is to keep meals balanced and frequent to normalize blood sugar, stabilize hormones, decrease inflammation, increase absorption and nourishment, and create a healthier metabolism for increased energy.

So you can tell your grains, soy, lentils, and beans to go bloat themselves.