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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.

Hair Loss, Pattern Baldness, Oh My

Amberleigh CarterComment

Pattern baldness may have nothing to do with your genetics and everything to do with what you eat and how you live.

In an experiment done by Gardner and colleagues, dogs that were treated with large doses of estrogen lost their coats, while anti-estrogenic factors renewed their hair growth.  So what if you're "estrogen deficient"?  Keep in mind that blood levels of estrogen do not necessarily reflect the tissue concentrations of estrogen.  You could show an "estrogen deficiency" in your blood work, while having increased amounts of estrogen in your cell tissues.

Then what is contributing to your hair loss, you ask?  It could be a number of things:

  • Too much darkness and not enough sunlight
  • Estrogenic foods, such as soy and whey, omega-3 fats and other polyunsaturated fats like nuts, seeds, and plants (greens and eating that daily salad), vegetable oils, nut and seed oils, margarine, etc.
  • A lack of the right kind of salt
  • A lack of vitamins A, E, K, & D from the right food sources
  • Inadequate protein, carbohydrates, and fat from the right sources--i.e., eating too little of the right foods while eating too much of the wrong foods, not eating enough--period, etc. 
  • Experiencing stress on a number of levels (metabolic, mental, emotional, physical, taking anti-depressants & other pharmaceutical drugs, yo-yo dieting, "detoxing", "muscle-building" protein shakes, etc.)
  • Too much tryptophan and serotonin (what?!)
  • and the list goes on & on.

Before turning to supplements like Biotin, vitamins, drugs, creams, shampoos, hormones, toupées, Donald Trump comb-overs, hair plugs, surgeries, eating Miracle-Gro, and other things to help grow your hair back, realize that the answer could be as simple as the following:

  • Reducing stressors in your life, like eating digestible, nutrient-dense foods, at the right times and in the right ratios for your particular body
  • Taking off that baseball cap or hat and letting your scalp breathe while exposing it to the sun
  • Resting, hydrating, and moving well for your body
  • and much more

Moral of the story: you may not be a victim of your state of health or genetics.  Any dysfunction in the body is a message for you to change....so it's best to listen to it.

Count Ingredients, Not Calories

Amberleigh CarterComment

Pay attention to the quality of your food, rather than the number of calories it provides you.

If the body does not recognize an ingredient, it could lead to a decrease in energy production, an inefficient metabolism, and more stress on the body.

The continued consumption of fake ingredients can lead to the following:

  • Anxiety and panic attacks
  • Irritability
  • Headaches/migraines
  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Slow reflexes and speech
  • Hair loss
  • Lower immune system
  • Impaired hearing
  • Muscle weakness,
  • Cold hands and feet
  • Psychological depression
  • Cognitive difficulties
  • Dry skin
  • Menstrual problems
  • Constipation,
  • Hormonal fluctuations
  • and so on.

If you are suffering with any "ailment", it could be your body telling you something.  Maybe all you need is a change in diet.  Organic, real ingredients are what your body is trying to beg you for, not deprivation through less caloric intake.

Listen to your body, and feed it the nutrients it craves through real food.