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Confused about organic foods?
Are organic foods worth the extra costs?
And are organic foods always healthier?
Here are the facts. Both pro and con. Keep reading and make an informed decision
You’ve heard the clamor from the food “experts” about why you should or should not buy organic foods. As with so many food issues, there is no consensus. “Organic foods are more expensive, but they’re worth it, ” says one nutritionist. “No, they’re not worth the added expense,” says another opinionated “foodie.”
So what to do? Who is right? Who should you listen to? You do, of course, want to do the right thing and maintain your health and the health of your family by making smart nutritional decisions. So let’s take a look at this timely, essential topic and shed some light on the issue.
What are organic foods?
Before we go any further, let’s answer the question of “what are organic foods?” Organic refers to meats, dairy products, vegetables and fruits that are not refined, processed, filled with growth hormones and steroids, irradiated and are grown naturally, without tons of chemical fertilizers, antibiotics and pesticides. Also, organic foods are loaded with a heavy concentration of flavonoids, polyphenols, vitamins and minerals.
Another characteristic of organic foods is the way they are grown. Organic growing relies on manure to feed the crops instead of artificial fertilizer, and organic farmers practice a technique known as crop rotation. Crop rotation means that crops are rotated in a precise sequence.
An example would be to grow several different crops in the same area but different seasons or different years. This allows crops to grow easier, with fewer growing problems. As a bonus, crop rotation is environmentally-friendly, since rotating plants reduces soil erosion and depletion, boosts soil fertility by providing it with nutrients, cuts down on weeds and pests, and reduces sewer sludge. Crop rotation is a fundamental component of organic farming.
Conventional modern farming does things differently
In contrast, large agricultural farms (known as Corporate Farms or Intensive Farming) are primarily concerned with output. Consequently, they focus on high yields per input and output of their farm area and make extensive use of fertilizers, pesticides, heavy machinery, Genetically Modified Foods (GMO’s) and cramming scores of numbers of animals into small, cramped spaces.
Here’s another problem with large farming operations: they don’t grow produce by utilizing crop rotation. If the same crop is planted in the same space, year-after-year, the nutrient content of the soil is lowered, at times drastically. The result? More profits for the big agricultural companies (Big Agra) and less nutrition in our food.
Don’t believe it? Check out these statistics from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s nutritional value for fruits and vegetables today compared to 1975:
Apples: Vitamin A is down 41%
Sweet Peppers: Vitamin C is down 31%
Watercress: Iron is down 88%
Broccoli: Calcium and Vitamin A are down 50%
Collard Greens: Vitamin A is down 45%; potassium is down 60%, and magnesium is down 85%
Cauliflower: Vitamin C is down 45%; Vitamin B1 is down 48%, and vitamin B2 is down 47%
Here’s a way to explain the impact of these numbers: today you would have to devour ten servings of spinach to get the same amount of minerals you would have got from one measly serving just fifty years ago!
More examples: modern potatoes contain only 4% the antioxidants of ancient purple potatoes. Onions have only 20% of nutrition of past scallions; sweet white corn has just 2% of the antioxidants of red, blue, and black corn that was available to us for centuries until Big Agra began employing intensive farming techniques.
So now you can see the need to at least consider switching much of your food to organic. But is it really that simple? Is organic always the better choice?
To help you answer that question, here are the pros and cons of both sides of the debate.
The pros of choosing organic foods
Better nutrition. Look again at the numbers above that measure the declining nutritional value of much of our food. However, these figures do not refer to organic crops. Organic fruits and vegetables are jammed-packed with more antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals than mass produced non-organic crops; some estimates claim that the difference between the two is as high as 40% more antioxidants in organics. This can go a long way to maintain your energy levels, good health and ward off serious diseases such as stroke, cancer, and heart attack. Finally, cows raised organically produced milk with an antioxidant content more than 90% greater than conventional farms.
Organic foods taste better. Face facts. We eat more of what tastes good. The better the taste, the more you will want to eat the nutritious foods that keep you healthy. As a bonus, once you make organic foods the main part of your diet your taste buds will change and lead you toward eating healthy and away from gobbling down junk food.
Safety. An unpleasant truth: chemical can be nasty…very nasty, and hazardous to our health. Some of these toxic chemicals in pesticides has been directly linked to a broad range of health issues, some quite serious: cancer, leukemia, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, Parkinson’s disease and several endocrine system problems. Organic farming does not use a list of synthetic, potentially dangerous chemicals that you need a degree in chemistry to pronounce. And it’s not just fruits and vegetables. Cows, pigs, chickens and turkeys raised on organic farms are not pumped full of antibiotics, and the result is meat and dairy that is safer to eat. Organic meat certification by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has certain standards that ensure that animals are fed cleanly and not irradiated or genetically engineered. Finally, there is no hydrogenated fat in organic produce. Zero…nada…zippo. The adverse health consequences of this Frankenstein-like creation are well-documented.
Environmentally-friendly. No question about it: our environment needs all the help it can get. The practices of organic farming (crop rotation, manure instead of fertilizer, no pesticides) promote a healthy, clean environment. Organic soil is also healthier than the ground on conventional farms.
Gives a boost to your local economy. Much of the produce sold in your local farmer’s markets is organic and grown locally.
Lower long-term costs. Costs less? Did you read that right? Yes, you did. Here’s why. The immediate cost may be somewhat higher. But if you are struck with a serious illness consider the costs of hospitalization…surgery…permanent incapacitation…and spending years if not decades in an assisted care facility. If eating organic can help to prevent that grim outcome it is well worth the extra initial cost.
Provides protection for babies. The unborn are the most vulnerable segment of our population. And are at especially high risk of birth defects and autism from the toxins in non-organic food.
So there you have a few of the arguments for choosing organic. But as with so many issues, there are two sides of the story. Here are a few reasons why you may not want or need choose organic.
The cons of choosing organic foods
Price. Numbers don’t lie. The initial added cost of buying organic products is enough for many people to overcome their long-term health concerns. Conventional foods are cheaper due to their use of pesticides, less manual labor, crowding animals into small spaces, and not rotating crops. Organic farmers must apply manure and perform weeding. These two activities are more labor intensive than using fertilizer and pesticides. The result is extra costs to cover the organic farmer’s added time and effort. If all of this weren’t bad enough, there is the huge issue of government intervention. A recent study concluded that government subsidized conventional farms to the tune of $7.5 billion. However, the government largess did not extend to organic farms. They received the paltry sum of $15 million. Unfair? YOU BET! Sad but true. Who pays the difference for this grotesque misallocation? You guessed it…the consumer. Still another reason that organic is higher-priced is that obtaining the organic seal of approval from the government is neither easy nor cheap. Therefore, farmers are forced to mark up their produce.
Quick spoilage. In their never-ending quest for profits, large food corporations see preservatives and irradiation as ways to enlarge their bottom line. Organic foods, being in their natural state, do not have these unnatural alterations. As a result, they are more nutritious but don’t last as long as conventional foods. This raises their cost and can lead to more foods tossed into the garbage can and more trips to the grocery store.
Organic foods are harder to find. This is due to the longer time required to farm organic crops. Combine this with fewer organic farms and a smaller number of stores that offer organic produce, and we have a supply problem. A fundamental law of economics is the law of supply and demand. Less supply = more demand = higher costs. This explains the higher price of eating organic.
There is no scientific consensus about the benefits of organic foods. Some studies have not been able to verify the claims of added nutrition in organic products. They may have some additional benefit, but there are questions as to whether the added cost is worth it.
The E.coli problem. Due to the lack of pesticides used on organic farms, E. coli is slightly higher in organic produce than conventional, as well as a somewhat larger risk of contamination.
Different levels of organic and uncertainty of the organic label. A little-known secret: there are various levels of organic. Some products labeled organic are 95% to 100% organic – the real deal. Others are 79% to 95% organic, with as much as 30% ingredients non-organic. Then there are the less than 70% organic. Yep. Believe it or not, a food company can stuff their food products with more than 30% non-organic and still call it organic if the product label lists the non-organic ingredients. Worse, there are even organic junk foods such as potato chips, ice cream, lollipops, jelly beans, soda, cheese puffs, and frozen pizza! Also, the USDA is continually putting federally certified organic producers on probation for falsely selling foods with an organic label that have not been inspected. This is a result of the National Organic Program being responsible for awarding this tag. Sounds great, but this is a program with deep ties to Big Agra, and therefore may be fast and loose with their label granting program. Finally, foods that have been pasteurized and irradiated may fly under the organic radar screen. Buyer beware. Confusing, but things you need to know.
So now what? As you can see, the topic of organic foods is fraught with confusions and contradictions. But don’t despair and throw up your hands in defeat.
Here’s the good news
You don’t need to buy all of your foods organic! That’s right. Some produce can withstand the modern-day procedures of conventional farming and still retain their nutritional value and remain “clean.” According to the Environmental Working Group, here’s a list of foods that you don’t need to buy organic:
Frozen Sweet Peas
And here are the foods you need to buy organically:
Sweet bell peppers
The Environmental Working Group produced these lists by conducting a series of tests on produce that measured the percentage of produce with detectable pesticides and the average number, maximum number, and the total number of pesticides found on each food item.
Key points to remember
Re-read the lists above, and keep them in mind when you shop. Eating organic doesn’t have to be budget-breaking. You don’t always have to buy organic. Organic junk foods are still junk foods, regardless of the organic label. If it’s not raw milk, it’s not organic. Make sure the produce was not grown on a conventional farm. When it comes to meat selection, look for range-free, grass-fed animals that were not fed grains. And drop anything with a GMO label. Genetically Modified Crops are in no way, shape, or form organic.
So there you have it; both sides of the story. Farmers markets and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA’s) are two options to consider when buying organic. Most producers involved with these outlets are more than happy to discuss their methods of growing and can provide education and advice on organic eating.
The choice is yours. Choose wisely!
Your Lymphatic System: The most crucial system in your body…
And it is all-too-often ignored and neglected
Discover the astonishing secrets of your lymphatic system
And the effective and simple actions you can take immediately to keep it Humming Smoothly
When we look at a new car, the first thing we notice is the car’s exterior. Glistening, glossy paint, bright interior with perfect graining, and the stylish design are features that magnetically attract our attention, with good reason. A good-looking, clean exterior is a symbol of a well-maintained vehicle.
But it’s what’s “under the hood” that counts.
Without checking your car’s oil level, changing the air filter, and performing other routine maintenance when required, your engine will suffer by being forced to work harder. Continued neglect may cause severe damage to your engine, which means you’re going nowhere…in spite of your car’s dazzling exterior appearance.
Your body is no different. Shiny, glowing skin, well-defined muscles, and a fit, trim midsection are signs of health and fitness.
But if there are problems under your body’s “hood,” your external appearance will be meaningless. The organs and systems in your body must keep doing their job, every second, minute, hour, day, week, month and year of your life.
And that goes double for your lymphatic system.
The lymphatic system (or lymph system) is a web of more than 600 lymph vessels, lymph nodes, glands, organs, and lymph fluid (a clear, colorless liquid) that transports waste materials from your tissues and every cell in your body. Also, the lymph system plays a vital role in sweeping away bacteria and toxins.
The tonsils, spleen, adenoids, lymph vessels, lymph nodes, and the thymus gland are components of the lymphatic system. The lymph nodes act as traps, corralling any refuse or cells that are in the lymph fluid.
The spleen is the largest lymph organ. The spleen is in charge of blood levels and red blood cells to ward off infection. If your spleens “radar” detects toxins or viruses in your blood, it sounds the alarm for white blood cells to go to war against the invaders. It is possible to survive if you lose your spleen to severe trauma. However, without your spleen, you will be far more prone to infections and other complications
Lymph vessels are bigger than capillaries but smaller than veins. In addition to removing bacteria and toxins, lymph veins are the highway for lymph fluid. This fluid contains many nutrients, which provide nourishment to your cells. Lymph fluid flows in one direction only: up toward the neck.
Lymph fluid’s job is to transport harmful substances from your tissues into the lymph vessels and lymph organs for disposition. All of these toxins pass through one or both lymph nodes, where they are filtered and exterminated before they can get back into your system.
Lymph vessels also send lymph fluid into your capillaries, where it is reabsorbed. The lymph vessels connect to collecting ducts, then release their fluids into two subclavian veins. These veins combine to make up the superior vena cava, which is a sizable vein that drains blood from the upper body and sends it to the heart.
A good way to appreciate the lymphatic system is to think of it as a massive draining system. Like your plumber tells you, it is necessary to keep your “drains” unclogged and free-flowing to keep you in excellent health.
Why is the lymph system critical?
Where to begin answering that question? Your lymphatic system is responsible for a wide array of vital bodily functions. Here’s a partial list of the life-saving job your lymph system carries out continually, round the clock:
Strengthening your immune system
Ensuring your digestive system runs smoothly
Eliminating waste products
Protects you from cardiovascular disease
Unclog your arteries
Lowers deadly inflammation
Boosts your level of T-cells, which fight infections
Stimulates your all-important thyroid gland
Annihilating dying, old, or mutated cells (like cancer cells)
And more functions…many more
It’s safe to say that your lymph system acts as your body’s first line of defense against those previously mentioned diseases. That’s why it is important…life-saving, vitally important…that your lymph system continues to fire on all eight cylinders.
Consider this. If your lymph system goes on strike and shuts down, toxins and bacteria will immediately sense that the door is unlocked, run through it and have a field day invading your body. The result? You could die within hours!
Sadly, all-too-often the lymph system is ignored and taken for granted. That is, until a dangerous affliction strikes. Then it may receive the attention it deserves. Tragically, that may come too late.
In today’s convenience-loaded society, your lymph system is under constant stress from a barrage of chemicals – as many as 100 daily. The toxins from these unnatural substances can seep into the pores of your skin, worm their way directly into your cells and start to clog your lymph system.
Remember, the lymph system is no different than the other systems in the body in this regard: it is in a state of finely-tuned balance. When this fragile balance is thrown out-of-whack, damage can occur.
And the lymph system balance is delicate
Here’s why. Unlike your circulatory system that has your heart to act as a pump, the lymph system has no pump to keep it flowing. Therefore, it is easy for it to become sluggish, tired and clogged.
Your lymph system can become blocked as a result of the formation of scar tissue from surgery to remove the lymph nodes, radiation, or injury to the lymph nodes or lymph vessels. Infection and cancer can also cause swollen lymph nodes.
Have you ever noticed how your doctor feels your throat? He is checking your lymph nodes for swelling. Usually swelling of the lymph nodes is not a big deal, since the lymph nodes swell with infection-battling white blood cells when bacteria is present. This is merely your body going on red-alert and countering damaging invaders. But to be safe, swelling of the nodes warrants further investigation in case the cause of the swelling is something more serious.
And there’s another catch to lymph system problems: you might not know your lymph system is struggling until it’s too late. Here are a few of the symptoms that may be signaling problems with your lymph system:
Itchy, dry skin, acne and skin blotches
Weight-gain, in the form of increasing slabs of ugly, disease-producing fat
Constant illness due to a weakened, compromised immune system
Fluid retention, with accompanying bloating
A sore throat, swollen tonsils, and enlarged lymph nodes
Swollen feet, hands, and ankles
Ugh! Remember, these symptoms may be merely a preview of coming attractions. There are several fatal conditions that can result from a malfunctioning lymph system:
Lymphoma (cancer of the lymph nodes). This is serious. According to the National Cancer Institute, the survival rate for Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma is 69% for five years and 59% for ten years. But if you are over 60 years of age, or are in stage 3 III or stage IV, have high serum LDH levels and the lymphoma has spread to more than one organ in your body, survival rates plummet to a five-year survival rate of 53% and a ten-year survival rate of 36%.
Castleman disease. This is similar to lymphoma and can cause multiple organ failures.
Lymphangiomatosis. This is a condition that results from several cysts or lesions formed from lymphatic vessels. This is a rare and serious affliction that is congenital and often strikes children. Its causes are largely unknown.
To use a common cliché, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to appreciate the importance of keeping your lymph system is good, working order.
Here’s the good news
It’s not terribly difficult to give your precious lymph system the iron-clad protection that it deserves. There are steps that you can begin to take immediately that are inexpensive and don’t require tons of exotic fitness toys.
As mentioned earlier, the lymph system has no “pump”. So YOU must be your lymph system’s “pump”. Here are a few proven methods to keep your lymphatic system happy and smiling:
Get off the couch and get moving. Any movement is better than none. Walking (especially energetic walking), jogging, golf, tennis, stair climbing, gardening, and yard work all help.
Bouncing. Also known as rebounding, this can be done on a trampoline, by skipping rope, jumping up and down, or doing jumping jacks. Research has shown that vertical (up and down) motion is more beneficial to the lymph system than horizontal (sideways) movement. This makes sense since lymph fluid travels vertically. Therefore, vertical movements can pump lymph fluid back up the body. The benefits are numerous: strengthening the body’s tissues, quicker detoxification, jump-starting the brain, lymph, and cerebral spinal fluid rejuvenation, energizing lymphatic vessels and massaging important tissues and organs.
Yoga. This ancient method of stretching delivers more benefits than flexibility – including helping the lymph system eliminate toxins by squeezing the internal organs during yoga positions. These poses especially stimulate the two main organs of cleansing: the liver and kidneys. When the yoga poses are completed, fresh blood floods into these organs, enabling them to continue their work of eliminating waste materials and toxins.
Deep breathing. Deep breathing is as important to the health of the lymphatic system as any of the previously mentioned exercises. Deep breathing presses the lungs into the thoracic duct. This causes lymph fluid to re-enter the blood stream and recycle itself. The result is a massive “good riddance” to toxins. The ancient Chinese art of Chi Kung emphasizes deep breathing and has several exercises that are effective and time-proven over thousands of years.
Inversion. Raising your feet above your head helps the lymph system drain accumulated lymphatic fluid from the legs and recycle it throughout the body. As mentioned earlier, lymph fluid flows upward toward the neck. Therefore, inversion can assist the lymph system by temporarily easing its workload. Inversion can be done with an inversion table, or with yoga poses. This is helpful because your heart has to strive mighty to get sufficient blood back up your legs. Inversion kicks in lymph system drainage by moving lymph fluid toward the heart where it can merge with vascular system blood and speed up the pace of the lymph system detoxifying your blood. This attacks cellulite, varicose veins and fluid retention with a vengeance.
Dry skin brushing. This simple technique also plays a role in maintaining the health of your lymph system. Start with a natural bristle brush, then begin brushing upward at your feet and continue to move up the entire body, aiming toward the heart.
Massage. Massage has been shown to boost the lymph system’s ability to move up to ten times as much lymph fluid than normal. If massage is unavailable, consider giving foam rolling a try. Foam rollers are inexpensive and easy to use.
Stay hydrated. This is the ultimate “no-brainer.” Proper hydration helps every aspect of the body function optimally, and that includes your lymph system. Also, consider squeezing a freshly cut lemon into your drinking water. Lemons are jammed-packed with potassium, magnesium, and calcium, which are needed for electrolyte replenishment. Make a special effort to choose lemon water or mineral water over sodas, fruit juices and sports drinks.
Beware of toxins. As mentioned earlier, we live in a toxin-rich environment. Consider fluoride. Studies have linked fluoridation of our drinking water to approximately 100,000 cancer deaths. A reverse osmosis water filter is something for you to seriously consider. Toothpaste can also wreak havoc on many of your organs and your lymph system. Most common toothpaste contain triclosan, which is a proven disruptor of good health. Read labels on toothpaste and look for a paste that contains natural elements. Electromagnetic Radiation, Bisphenol-A (BPA), Bisphenol-S (BPS) and Phthalates that are found in plastics, floor mats, and shower curtains are continual sources of toxic bombardment. Do everything possible to minimize your exposure to these toxins, and consider supplementing with spirulina. At times called “the original super-food”, this powerhouse antioxidant is a disease-fighter, keeps your organs healthy, and delivers a wide array of other benefits as well.
Your takeaway is this: there is nothing complicated about giving your lymph system the protection it needs and deserves. Keep these ideas in mind, and stack the odds in your favor.
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Good or bad?
Healthy or unhealthy?
A-1 protein source? Or a precursor to a heart attack?
Keep reading and make an informed decision
To eat red meat, or not to eat red meat? That is the question, and it’s time to find the answer. On the one hand, many nutritionists and medical professionals warn that consumption of red meat should be either minimized or eliminated from a healthy diet.
The anti-red meat arguments range from health reasons to the detrimental effects of meat processing and consumption on the environment and ethical concerns. Vegetarians can be extremely passionate about their cause and choice of nutritional lifestyle.
On the other hand, many people continue to enjoy consuming red meat and feel no guilt about doing so. Their feelings run the spectrum from the necessity of meat in a healthy diet to enjoyment of the taste of red meat, and the fact that the human race evolved eating meat, and giving it up would fly in the face of millions of years of evolution.
So who is right? Is eating red meat both unhealthy and immoral? Or is red meat the important source of protein, healthy fats, and minerals that many professional bodybuilders and weightlifters have long proclaimed?
To help answer those questions, here is a detailed look at all of the arguments on the topic of red meat, both pro and con.
Why you shouldn’t eat red meat
Red meat may cause your blood vessels to harden. According to a study published in the journal Nature Medicine, carnitine, a significant component of red meat, may play a role in clogged blood vessels.
Decreased life span. The Harvard School of Public Health proclaims that regular red meat consumption increases the risk of cancer (especially colorectal cancer), cardiovascular disease and stroke. This, they claim, is due to certain carcinogens that form during cooking, as well as some ingredients in red meat and the added intake of saturated fat and raised cholesterol levels.
Increased diabetes risk. A 2011 Harvard School of Public Health study concluded that daily consumption of processed red meat lead to a 19% higher risk of developing diabetes. The researchers theorized that the cause might be the additional amount of sodium and preservatives in processed red meat. Interestingly, they did not arrive at the same conclusion for unprocessed red meat, stating that those types of meats should be studied separately in future research to determine if the same risk factors applied.
Transglutaminase. This hard to pronounce enzyme(trans·glu·ta·min·ase) is also called “meat glue.” Just the phrase “meat glue” sounds insidious enough to make many stomachs queasy. In the never-ending quest for profits at all costs, the big meat manufacturers and processors stick small bits of meat into larger chunks that are held together by this glue. Critics feel that this is both unethical (since this is concealed from consumers) and dangerous since this process is thought to raise the bacterial contamination of meat.
Red meat consumption = weight gain. Vegetarians insist that eating red meat is a very effective way of blowing up your belly like a balloon. They also claim that meat eaters are an astonishing nine times more like to suffer from obesity that vegans.
The unknown ingredients present in red meat. Toxins, hormones, dioxins, fecal matter, antibiotics and who-knows-what-else are all additional reasons to avoid meat, according to vegans.
Environmental concerns. Greenhouse gas emissions, the increased pollution around livestock slaughterhouses, the waste of energy, bacteria, and viruses produced in the livestock factories that enter into our drinking water due to run-off, and add to climate change are all arguments used by anti-meat groups. Some studies have demonstrated a link between miscarriages and neurological illnesses for people living near animal factory farms.
Cruelty to animals. The process of preparing cattle to leave the grazing yards and end up in our supermarkets is not pretty: castration, mutilation, dehorning, branding, and throat-slitting are not pleasant thoughts – and are seldom considered by the final consumers of red meat. Those who subscribe to this line of thought insist that compassionate, moral people do not eat meat.
Additional health risks. Vegans insist that both the workers in the meat industry and the consumers of meat face many undisclosed, adverse consequences: respiratory illnesses, foodborne pathogens, disease from manure and fertilizer-polluted water, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, gallstones, and obesity are all afflictions that are increased as a direct result of meat eating.
Hormones. Consider this: in their strenuous efforts to produce larger animals grown quicker, cattle are pumped full of anabolic steroids and antibiotics. Some researchers have drawn a link between the gross overuse of antibiotics and the emergence of so-called “superbugs” that are invading hospitals at an ever-increasing and alarming rate. In fact, many of these hormones are banned in several nations. Perhaps there is truth to the saying that “you are not just what you eat; you are also what your animals eat.”
Much to contemplate from that side of the equation. However, there are two sides to every story, and now let’s take a look at the arguments for the eating of red meat:
The dense nutritional content of red meat. The American Diabetic Association points out that red meat is the single richest source of iron and zinc and adds large amounts of vitamins and minerals to our diets, especially b-6, b-12, vitamins A and D and calcium. This combination delivers a wall of protection against the common cold by strengthening your immune system. Beefnutrition.org adds that beef contributes less than 10 percent of saturated fat and total fat in the diet. Also, red meat is jammed-packed with carnosine, which protects the brain against aging.
Meat may not be carcinogenic. On the link between red meat consumption and cancer, the jury is still out. Many of the studies that linked red meat to increased cancer risks were done with processed meats, not “whole muscle meats” like steak.
People enjoy the taste of meat. This is self-explanatory. If some folks enjoy the taste of meat, then they’re going to eat it, period.
Enhancement of male fertility. Selenium plays a huge role in conception since it is needed to develop healthy ovarian follicles. Men who eat low amounts of meat, nuts and whole grains (i.e., selenium-deficient diets) tend to have low sperm counts. By adding more selenium to their diets by eating more red meat, men increase their sperm count and boost the ability of their sperm to swim, thus helping their efforts to conceive.
Build muscle. This is important to all men who are striving hard to increase their strength and muscle mass. Red meat is loaded with creatine, a naturally occurring amino acid that floods your cells with energy and promotes lean muscle mass by enhancing muscle cell volume and improving protein synthesis. Red meat is also an outstanding protein source, which translates into fuel for muscle growth. If all this weren’t enough to make a case for weight-lifters to eat red meat, here is one more positive benefit to consider: red meat is a source for L-carnitine, a substance which promotes increased muscle mass and turns fat into an efficient fuel source to power you through grueling workout sessions. Finally, there are the testimonials of generations of strong men as to the beneficial role of red meat in developing their strength and muscles.
Human evolution. Several evolutionary biologists have concluded that the copious amounts of red meat consumed by our caveman ancestors contributed to their increasing brain size when compared to other plant-eating primates. Another argument for meat eating is that it is not natural for humans to survive on a plant-based diet.
The reports of animal suffering and cruelty in feeding farms are not always true or greatly exaggerated. Meat eating advocates insist that the animals lead a happy, healthy life, receive professional veterinary care, are well-fed and slaughtered humanely. Therefore, the ethical grounds against eating meat ring hollow.
Is there a middle ground?
So you’ve heard both sides of the meat-eating debate. Is there a middle ground? For many, no. Some people feel so passionately about the topic that it is a black-and-white issue: no meat-eating, or eat as much meat as you like.
For others, there is a middle ground. An argument in support of moderate red meat consumption is this. As mentioned earlier, humans evolved eating red meat. But we didn’t eat meat continually. Often, the men in the hunting parties of prehistoric times came back with a huge animal in tow, and the tribe would gorge themselves on meat for weeks. Yet just as often, in spite of their considerable hunting skills, the men would return empty-handed, and the tribe would subsist on the roots, fruits, and vegetables that the women had gathered.
The lesson? Eating meat is not intrinsically harmful. But it is not necessary to eat meat constantly. Going meatless for extended periods of time has been the norm for thousands, if not millions of years. But there is no logical reason to be fanatical and forgo meat entirely.
But not just any kind of meat
The meat that our caveman ancestors ate is not what is commonly available at our neighborhood grocery stores. Go back and re-read the arguments in the “why you shouldn’t eat red meat” bullet points. Many of them are right on the money, and should not be dismissed.
If you still feel that meat is a valuable and necessary ingredient to your diet, please keep these points in mind:
Always choose organic, grass-fed beef over grain-fed beef. Grass-fed beef has several times more heart-healthy omega-3 fats, fewer harmful omega-6 fats, and fewer calories and cholesterol. Also, grass-fed beef packs two-to-three times the amount of Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA). Studies have concluded that CLA might deliver protection against heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Also, organic beef is free of steroid hormones and antibiotics. Since approximately 97% of the beef produced in America is grain-fed, this will take a bit of effort to find grass-fed beef. But the extra effort is well-worth the inconvenience.
Pay attention to how you cook meat. Frying, searing, grilling and broiling can cause problems. These methods are known to produce a carcinogenic substance called heterocyclic amines, which may increase your cancer risk.
So there you have it: both sides of the story. It’s up to you to make up your mind, and hopefully, the facts delivered here will help you make an informed decision.
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Dr. Ronald Klatz, world renowned expert on anti-aging, founder and president of the (A4M) American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine. “By replenishing your supply of growth hormone, you can recover your vigor, health, looks, and sexuality. For the first time in human history, we can intervene in the aging process, restore many aspects of youth, resist disease, substantially improve the quality of life, perhaps extend the life span itself. The ‘Fountain of Youth’ lies within the cells of each of us. All you need to do is release it.” .
Doctors Thierry Hertaghe and Vince Giampapa report that the latest European research indicates that Human Growth Hormone (HGH) can go beyond the current antioxidant based anti-aging remedies in slowing, preventing and reversing aging at the cellular level.
Grace Wong of Genentech has shown that as we age cell proteins suffer ever accumulating damage. This is, in large part, caused by the ever-increasing incidence of free radicals released during normal cellular activity. Wong says that HGH can actually activate a cellular defense force of protease inhibitors. So even if high levels of free radicals can’t be avoided, the protease inhibitors prevent the free radicals from triggering cell destructive protease. Thus, unlike antioxidants, HGH does not just reduce cellular damage, it can actively promote the healing and regeneration of cells! After six months of HGH treatment at Sahlgrenska Hospital in Sweden HGH deficient adults lost 20% of their body fat. Most of this fat loss occurred in abdominal fat, reduced by 30% compared with a 13% reduction in peripheral fat. (e.g. arm and leg) It is abdominal fat that is strongly correlated with increased incidence of heart attack., hypertension and diabetes
Thomas C. Welbourne of Louisiana State University College of Medicine in Shreveport conducted a study that showed that a surprisingly small dose of Glutamine (Major component of our “AgeForce™” formula) raised HGH levels more than four times the amount of patients on a placebo. Even more exciting, age did not diminish the responses.
Vladimir Dilman, PH.D. “Hormones are vital for repairing and regulating our bodily functions. As we age, though the body produces lower levels of hormones, which can result in disastrous effects, including the decline of self-repair and self-regulation. Hormone replacement therapy, a frequent component of any anti-aging treatment, helps to reset the body’s hormonal clock and thus can reverse of delay the effects of aging. If our hormones are being produced at youthful levels, in a very real sense the cells of our bodies are stimulated to be metabolically active and thus, the entire body stays young.”
Silvio Inzucchi of Yale University wrote in the January 15, 1997 issue of Hospital Practice, “Growth hormone deficiency is not formally recognized as a specific clinical syndrome, typified by decreased muscle mass, increased body fat (predominantly at intra-abdominal sites)
Dr. Robert Kerr (San Gabriel, California, treated over 8,000 athletes in the course of his practice, prescribing HGH. Kerr said his patients took HGH for only three to six weeks. In that time, bodybuilders claimed their results lasted up to 12 months. Some athletes claimed to have gained up to 40 pounds in six weeks while reducing their body fat.
Dr. Julian Whitaker of Newport Beach, California has been prescribing HGH to his elderly patients, as well as taking it himself. He states, “I have not seen anything that even comes close to the restorative power of HGH supplementation”. In Whitaker’s opinion, HGH is most effective in combating the effects of chronic diseases that involve muscle wasting: stroke, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and AIDS, 1996 New England Journal of Medicine – Patients treated with HGH who had moderate-to-severe heart failure, increased the thickness of the left ventricular wall, enhanced the ability of the heart to contract and pump out blood, reduced the oxygen requirement of the heart, improved exercise capacity, clinical systems, and the patients quality of life.
David Clemmons, chief of Endocrinology at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill, believes that HGH is a promising treatment for emphysema and other chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases.
Dr. Ronald Klatz, Author “Grow Young with HGH” “GH (Growth Hormone) is the ultimate anti-aging therapy. It effects almost every cell in the body, rejuvenating the skin and bones, regenerating the heart, liver, lungs, and kidneys, bringing organ and tissue function back to youthful levels. It is an anti-disease medicine that revitalizes the immune system, lowers the risk factors for heart attack and stroke, improves oxygen uptake in emphysema patients, and prevents osteoporosis. It is under investigation for a host of different diseases from post-polio syndrome to AIDS. It is the most effective anti-obesity drug ever discovered, reviving up the metabolism to youthful levels, resculpting the body by selectively reducing the fat in the waist, abdomen, hips, and thighs, and at the same time increasing muscle mass. It may be the most powerful aphrodisiac ever discovered, reviving flagging sexual and potency in older men. It is cosmetic surgery in a bottle, smoothing out facial wrinkles; restoring the elasticity, thickness, and contours of youthful skin; reversing the loss of extracellular water that makes old people look like dried-up prunes. It has healing powers that close ulcerated wounds and regrow burned skin. It is the secret ingredient in the age-defying bodies of weight-lifters and it enhances exercise performance, allowing you to do higher-intensity workouts of longer duration. It reverses the insomnia of later life, restoring the “slow wave” or deepest level of sleep. And it is a mood elevator, lifting the spirits along with the body, bringing back a zest for life many people thought was lost forever. The latest research shows that it holds promise for that most intractable and terrifying disease of aging – Alzheimer’s.”
Patrick Cadigan, M.D., Medical College of Florida. “Today a greater sense of well-being and self-confidence is closer than you think.”
Daniel Rudman, M.D., Medical College of Wisconsin. “The effects of six months of growth hormone on lean body mass and adipose-tissue mass were equivalent in magnitude to the changes incurred during 10 to 20 years of aging.”
Dr. Eve Van Cauter, GH researcher, University of Chicago Medical Center. “All of these ideas about treating people with growth hormone have been directed towards people sixty-five and older. If you look at the data, people have so-called ‘elderly’ levels by age forty. Perhaps we should be giving GH replacement therapy earlier rather than attempting to treat tissues that have seen little or no growth hormone for decades.”
Dr. Lawrence Dornan, member of the American Academy of Anti-Aging “It stops the aging process in the body and reverses many of the problems that are caused by aging, such as wrinkling skin, increased body fat, decreased muscle mass, increased cholesterol, decreased stamina and energy, decreased mental function, impaired neurological functions such as Parkinson’s and Multiple Sclerosis. IGF-1 or growth hormone is truly an amazing substance which is both safe and effective with no known side effects unless it’s used in an overdose manner.”
Dr. George Merriam, the University of Washington in Seattle-National Institute of Aging studies on growth hormone ” There is no evidence suggesting that this [growth hormone] replacement therapy causes any unfavorable long term side effects… a complete absence of side effects.”
Dr. Jorgensen and Dr. Christian of Copenhagen, Denmark, in European Journal of Endocrinology, 1994 “Replacement therapy with Growth Hormone has shown a beneficial and normalizing effect on parameters such as cardiac and renal function, thyroid hormone metabolism, bone metabolism, sweat secretion, total and regional fuel metabolism and psychological well-being.
Somatropin is the scientific name for Biosynthetic Human Growth Hormone (HGH). HGH is produced naturally by a healthy human body. Though somatropin is not biologically derived, it is structurally identical to HGH. HGH has several beneficial effects on the body. First, HGH promotes the development and growth of lean muscle mass. The number of muscle cells a person has is a result of heredity. After puberty ends, endogenous HGH plateaus and then recedes, leading to an atrophy of natural muscle development.
The only way that muscles can become stronger is by enhancing the size and number of muscle cells through weight lifting and exercise. Steroids have a very different effect on the muscles than HGH. Steroids cause the muscles to increase in size through the introduction of added water weight. HGH, on the other hand, causes a person to increase their lean muscle mass. The increase in muscle mass is slow. A patient gains between one to two pounds of muscle every seven to fourteen days. Though it seems slow, this is an impressive improvement, and by taking Bio-Identical HGH to help the body create more muscle cells, a person can blast through their limitations and attain results that would be impossible without HGH Treatment.
Another effect of HGH Therapy is boosted metabolism and energy. HGH is secreted by the human body at peak levels during the period of puberty. This is a major reason why children have such boundless energy. The sad truth of the matter, however, is that our body produces less and less HGH as we age. Supplementing HGH Replacement Therapy can ratchet up your metabolism as well as send your energy levels through the roof. This happens due to the body converting fat into energy.
Here’s the deal: HGH is a precursor hormone of Insulin-like Growth Factor-1. IGF-1 is manufactured by the liver as a direct result of chemical messages sent by HGH. IGF-1 makes the human body take its primary source of energy from fat deposits around the body rather than from the foods that you eat. This causes even sedentary HGH Hormone Replacement Therapy users to melt slabs of flab…while staying on the couch! Just imagine if they follow one of our recommended exercise routines…WOW!
Further Benefits of HGH Hormone Replacement Therapy
- Mind-blowing strength increases
- Feel your stamina levels explode, and give you the ability to work out intensely
- Watch ugly fat melt
- Healthier, thicker hair
- Softer, Smoother, Glowing Skin
- An immune system that laughs at disease and illness
- Say goodbye to stiffness as your flexibility increases
- Bounce back from injury quicker than you can believe
- Vroom, Vroom in the bedroom…more and better sex than ever
Human Growth Hormone and Energy Levels
Medical studies have uncovered tons of evidence that beyond the age of thirty, the body produces significantly less HGH. This leads to symptoms of HGH Deficiency and premature aging in adults. The body begins to lose its luster and sheen and become more worn down. As these levels of HGH growth drop, the immune system starts to falter as well, causing certain diseases to occur with much greater likelihood. Bio-Identical HGH was created using Recombinant Genetic methods and it is structurally identical to the human body’s endogenous HGH.
HGH Hormone Replacement therapy is non-toxic, safe, and there are no significant side effects as long as the treatment is administered carefully using a physician prescribed regimen. HGH has been approved for use in both adults and children both in the U.S. and world-wide. Scientists across the world recognize the benefits of this groundbreaking therapy. Over one thousand scientific and medical studies have been financed around the world which prove that HGH has unbelievable, astonishing benefits. Benefits of HGH Hormone Replacement Therapy, as corroborated with Anti-Aging PhD, James Abernathy
- 14% reduction in body fat in 6 months without changing eating habits
- 9% boost in lean muscle mass without changes in exercise routine
- Faster injury recovery
- Enhanced renal function
- Cellulite magically disappears
- Improved ability to create new neural connections
- Stronger immune system
- Increased sexual ability
- Boosted memory and mental acuity
- Quickly fall into a deep, restorative sleep
- Sharper vision
- Increased exercise capacity, endurance, and energy level
- Healthier cholesterol and blood pressure
- Safeguards against degenerative disease
- Shoot your energy levels through the roof
- Reduce stress
- Smooth wrinkles and produce thicker, tighter, younger skin
- Strengthen the heart, boosting heart output and ability to withstand vigorous exercise
- Stop muscle weakening and shrinkage
- Bone density that becomes think as a rock…and as hard as cold steel
- Many other Anti-Aging benefits
HGH Therapy Produces Mind Blowing Results
(Numbers shown are the percentage of patients who experienced a particular result)
HGH Hormone Replacement Therapy and Body Fat, Exercise, and Strength
- 72% Lost body fat
- 81% Able to workout harder and longer
- 81% Experienced muscle growth
- 88% experienced skyrocketing energy levels
HGH Hormone Replacement Therapy and Hair and Skin Health
- 68% Thicker skin
- 71% More elastic skin
- 51% Fewer wrinkles
- 38% Regrowth of hair lost to thinning and male pattern baldness
HGH and Resistance, Flexibility, and Healing
- 61% Healed from injury faster…much faster
- 71% Healed more completely from injury
- 53% Developed greater spinal flexibility
- 73% Experienced a much stronger immune system
HGH Hormone Replacement Therapy and Sexual ability
- 75% Had better sex more often
- 62% Could stay hard longer
- 57% Fewer bathroom treks at night
- 58% Experienced fewer hot flashes
- 38% Menstrual cycle stabilized
- 67% Experienced fewer mood swings
- 78% Felt better about their life and themselves
- 62% Regained an almost photographic memory
When mixed with other Anti-Aging treatments, the results of HGH HRT can be compounded. To attain the maximum and most life changing results, lifestyle changes should be adopted in addition to therapy. ” I feel BRAND NEW! I’ve seen what aging and illness can do to rob people of a healthy, happy life, and I have long been determined to fight these twin monsters. I have tried many ideas and approaches. Some had more success than others. But nothing I have tried has worked like HGH. I can only wonder why everyone doesn’t know about this stuff.” Rocky W., Delray Beach, FL Anti-Aging Physician Doctor Dan Rudman believes that the effects of a 6 month HGH Hormone Replacement Therapy Program on adipose fat and lean muscle equal a reversal of the amount of change that occurs over the course of ten to twenty years! Think about this. What this means is that aging is not an entirely inevitable breakdown of the body. There are many aspects of the process that can be reversed or at least prevented. Note: HGH cannot be prescribed for cosmetic body building or improved athletic performance. It can only be used as an Anti-Aging cure in the presence of a deficiency.
What are hormones?
Hormones are complex polypeptide chemical messengers which send messages from one organ or gland in the body to another target area of the body conveyed through the bloodstream Once the message reaches the target tissue, changes happen. For the most part, our hormones are manufactured and released from the endocrine glands, among which are the testes, ovaries, adrenals, parathyroids, thyroid, pituitary, and the pancreatic islets, the placenta, and certain areas along the gastrointestinal system.
If a person has a deficiency in any of the numerous hormones used by the body, it can lead to significant or even life-threatening problems. Fortunately, modern science now allows us to synthetically produce Bio-Identical Hormones that can be used to alleviate Hormone Deficiencies. The pituitary gland produces a number of different vital hormones. Among those released by the anterior pituitary are HGH, the gonadotropic hormones, adrenocorticotropic hormone, and thyrotropin.
The rear lobe of the pituitary gland produces oxytocin, prolactin, and antidiuretic hormone. The thyroid gland produces calcitonin and thyroxine. The parathyroid releases parathyroid hormone. The medulla of the adrenal gland produces norepinephrine and epinephrine, and the cortex of the adrenal gland produces cortisol, cortisol, corticosterone, and aldosterone. Among the sexual organs, the testes mostly produce testosterone while the ovaries produce progesterone and estrogen. The testes, ovaries, and adrenal cortex are all able to produce at least a serviceable amount of any of the steroidal hormones. In the pancreas, the islets of Langerhans manufacture somatostatin, glucagon, and insulin.
The kidneys secrete erythropoietin, which is the precursor to red blood cells. In the digestive system, the passage of chyme, which extends from the stomach down to the duodenum sends a signal to the duodenum to manufacture secretin. This causes the pancreatic juices to flow. The chyme sends messages to the duodenum to release cholecystokinin when fats are consumed. This chemical messenger tells the gall bladder to squeeze out bile. Evidence also suggests that the upper intestinal track produces pancreozymins, which leads to a greater number of digesting enzymes to be generated by the pancreas. The stomach produces other hormones as well. The pyloric region produces gastrin, which raises the level of hydrochloric acid inside the stomach.
The placenta has been proven to release HCG and progesterone. Studies also suggest that the placenta produces another hormone that is functionally similar to HGH. In insects, ecdysone is a member of a steroidal hormone group that causes metamorphosis and molting. Juvenile hormone is also produced, which leads to changes which occur in the early development of an insect. Members of the plant kingdom have hormones of their own as well. These include cytokinins, gibberellins, and auxins, which are hormones associated with the production of buds, bulbs, tubers, and flowers. The hormone ethylene is believed to play a role in fruit ripening.
Learn About Human Growth Hormone
HGH plays an integral role in youthfulness. As our level of HGH drops, aging speeds up…with all of its tender, loving gifts: stiff, achy joints, no endurance, weak muscles, mental fog, etc. Lack of HGH is not the sole cause of aging, but it makes the aging process occur earlier and faster. HGH Hormone Replacement Therapy can melt fat and increase lean muscle mass, but it may not reverse other common effects of aging such as baldness. Scientists have long known that HGH levels are at their highest during the puberty. That’s the origin of the hormone’s name. The Secretion of HGH occurs in quick, intermittent bursts which are best described as pulses. These pulses happen at most often in the first hours of deep sleep. The old wives tale that we grow when we sleep does, in fact, have merit. Surprisingly, these bursts of HGH only remain in the blood for a short period. They flow through the blood stream until the liver can absorb the blast. In the liver, HGH is converted into growth factors, primarily Insulin-like Growth Factor 1. The body’s ability to regulate HGH production is very complicated, and there are many systems which play a role in how much HGH gets secreted. So far, scientific research points to the fact that HGH levels drop in all animals as they age. In humans, the hormonal decline begins somewhere in the mid to late twenties. From there, the body produces around fourteen percent less every decade. By the time a person reaches sixty, their rate of HGH production has dropped by fifty percent from peak levels.
Effects of HGH Deficiency
HGH deficiency is directly correlated to the draggy, flabby, saggy, wrinkling, bulging figures that we eventually begin to see in the bathroom mirror. People who have abnormally low levels of HGH decline at a much faster rate, and age more visibly than individuals who have the luck of good genes, or stave off the aging process through vigorous exercise which stimulates the secretion of HGH. The decline of HGH with age has some similarities with menopause. For this reason, it has been given a similar scientific name-Somatopause.
Human Growth Hormone Health Tips
Start with small doses: HGH is incredibly potent, and taking more won’t help you get better results. If you are just initiating HGH HRT, start with small injections of around 0.1 to 0.3 milligrams each day. Keep in mind that the final goal of HGH Replacement Therapy is to boost endogenous HGH production. Keep an eye out for side effects: Almost the entire array of HGH side effects are directly tied to over-administration of the hormone. For a detailed look at potential side effects and our safety protocols, For our detailed recommendations on nutrition, exercise, hydration, and supplements, “I’m not going to lie. I was very nervous about the side effects of growth hormone prescriptions. And I was even more worried about using a needle. However, after talking to my anti-aging physician, I felt comfortable to give it a whirl. The result? As long as you follow the simple and direct instructions, there is nothing to worry about. And the injections are not only easy, but they are pain-free as well. Don’t let fear hold you back. D Fisk, Lawton, OK
Doctors, Physicians and Scientists Worldwide Purport the Benefits of Human Growth Hormone
There are hundred of Anti-Aging specialists and experts who provide all sorts of good advice and information regarding hormonal therapies such as HGH Hormone Replacement Therapy Our mission is to make sure you are receiving HGH Hormone Replacement Therapy safely, legally, efficiently and professionally. We will not prescribe any treatment until we have studied the results of your physical examination and blood test. Once we have determined that you can benefit from our treatment, then, and only then, will we swing into action No opinion or claim on the hghprescription.com website, or from any representative of this website is meant to be construed as true medical advice. The statements and beliefs expressed on this website have not all been fully evaluated by the FDA Consenting to Blood work and /or a physical does not mean that you will receive a prescription. Your tests must express a genuine medical need for any prescription drug therapy. Contact us today for a free consultation
Football is a team sport, and all of the players must perform at their peaks for the team to succeed, regardless of their positions. But there are two indisputable facts about the importance of those roles.
First, the highly skilled players on the offense (quarterbacks, running backs and pass receivers) get the most publicity, and are considered the “glory players”, since they put points on the board.
But many experienced football coaches and fans know that the game is decided “in the trenches”, by the performance of both the offensive and defensive linemen. Without the blocking and tackling that goes on, mostly unnoticed, every single time the ball is snapped, there could be no exciting, spectacular plays. This leads to two other conclusions:
When the linemen block efficiently, opening up huge holes for the running backs, and protecting the quarterback, their team usually wins. Yet the linemen remain anonymous
When the linemen are mentioned on the news, all-too-often it is a result of a penalty they committed at a crucial time. In other words, they aren’t appreciated when they do their job. When they don’t, they catch hell, since so many things go wrong
This also applies to the Thyroid Gland
Think about it. How many of us even know how important the thyroid gland is, or how much work it does? Perhaps it’s time to take a detailed look at this remarkable gland to appreciate all of the vitally important functions it performs, every minute of our existence.
The thyroid gland is shaped like a butterfly, and resides in the throat, slightly below the Adam’s Apple. The thyroid is classified as an endocrine hormone, which means it produces hormones. In this case, the thyroid pumps out the hormones that regulate our metabolism.
Metabolism is defined as “The chemical and physical processes that occur within the body to maintain life.” The thyroid regulates this by controlling the efficiency and speed at which our cells operate.
The thyroid is, without a doubt, one of our most important glands…some would argue that it is THE MOST important, since thyroid hormones regulate many of the other hormonal glands. If the thyroid hormones are not secreted in precise amounts, our cells slow down in performing their life-preserving roles of synthesizing the proteins needed for cellular growth and removing waste.
The thyroid gland is responsible for:
Insuring that our cells remain healthy, and use energy efficiently
Regulating our metabolism by controlling our body-fat levels and our bone makeup
Assisting our nervous system
Helping our cognitive ability by enhancing brain functions
When we’re young, it assists the production and release of growth hormone and allows us to grow
Regulating our body temperature
When the thyroid is malfunctioning, a condition called hypothyroidism results, with several adverse, potentially serious side effects. Here are a few of them:
Intolerance to heat and cold
And more…many, many more. This parade of horrors just keeps on coming
One of the hormones produced by the thyroid gland is called Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH), also referred to as thyrotropin. It’s purpose is to manufacture the thyroid gland’s production of thyroxine (T4), which is crucial to regulating our energy metabolism. T4 is the main hormone produced by the thyroid gland. It’s function is to navigate through the blood to certain targeted cells, then convert to triiodothyronine (T3).
T4 is not as active as T3. A good analogy is this: T4 delivers the instructions from the thyroid, then T3 gets to work to carry out the mission.
In its free form, “free T3” is the more active form of the thyroid hormones. If your levels of T3 are scraping bottom, that’s exactly how you’ll feel. Many feel that free T3 should be the “gold-standard) of thyroid function, since it plays the end role in boosting your metabolism.
When testing for thyroid functioning, physicians start with TSH. If the TSH number is high, it is an indication that the thyroid gland is working harder than normal, in an effort to maintain the correct level of thyroid hormone. In the worst case scenario, this could be a precursor to a heart attack, or other types of coronary artery problems called sub-clinical hypothyroidism (SCH).
Thyroid hormones work in a circular, feedback method. The hypothalamus gland manufactures thyroid-releasing hormone (TRH), and the pituitary gland produces TSH. When the “engine’ is humming along and fine-tuned, your levels of the hormone rise to what is needed, then the production stops. T3 and T4 are in perfect balance.
T3 and T4 are the two vital hormones that regulate all of the cells in the body. But their precise, fragile balance can be upset. Here are a few things that can cause imbalance between these hormones:
Nutrition. As with so many health problems, much of the trouble begins with what you eat. Luckily, in spite of the mountains of conflicting ill-advised nutritional guidelines endlessly touted by Internet “foodies” and government agencies, common sense rules. Bad fats, bad carbs, junk food, fast food, processed food, artificial sweeteners and anything loaded with preservatives and chemicals must be kept to a minimum – or better still, avoid them completely. Eat smart, and be tough about the junk. Soy and gluten can also cause problems for some people. Finally, make sure to get a sufficient amount of iodine in your diet. Without it, your thyroid will not have enough of the raw materials necessary to produce the thyroid hormones you need
Stress. A certain amount of stress is inevitable, and can actually be beneficial. But excess, chronic stress is devastating to your body in many ways…including your thyroid. Exercise, meditation, sports and hobbies are common stress-busters. But whatever works for you is great. Don’t ignore stress. Be aware of when it is getting out-of-control, and deal with it
Too much exercise. Working out and staying active is a great stress-buster, as was mentioned above. But over-training can present its own problems. Over-training can cause hormone depletion, over-stress and damage your bones, weaken your immune system, flood your body with cortisol (“the stress hormone”), slow your healing processes down to a crawl, and leave you feeling “burnt out”. If you are new to exercise, start slow and listen to your body. Don’t be afraid to get sufficient rest, and at times take a break if your body is sending signals that scream “slow down”
Toxins in the environment. This is especially problematic, since many of these chemicals that are capable of wreaking havoc on your thyroid are disguised in everyday items found in your kitchen and bathroom. Chlorine, fluoride and bromine are antagonistic to your iodine receptors, and are found just about anywhere and everywhere: flours, bakery items, plastic, hot tub treatments, the water that flows from your kitchen faucet, and many more seemingly harmless objects. The key is to educate yourself on the ingredients in what you have in your house, and when possible replace them with products that contain safer components
To better understand the importance of the thyroid, consider the lint trap in your dryer. Without a lint trap, huge amounts of lint would accumulate in the dryer vent hose, with several bad consequences: lowering the dryer’s efficiency, which shortens it’s life span, and bumps up the risk of fire.
The thyroid gland also mimics the air filter in your furnace. When it’s clogged, the flow of warm air is impeded. As a result, the furnace will be forced to work longer and harder to keep keep the temperature where you want it. This can increase your gas bill, as well as eventually wear out your furnace.
Earlier, the term sub-clinical hypothyroidism was mentioned. This refers to the gray area where the TSH is elevated and the thyroid is operating lower than it should, yet not so low as to cause the patient to be diagnosed with hypothyroidism. There may be a few symptoms of the condition, but they are very subtle. To make matters worse, many of the symptoms of hypothyroidism are the same symptoms that result from natural aging. This is why they are often overlooked.
The definition of SCH is “a condition where TSH levels are elevated, but thyroxine levels fall within the normal range.” This condition has been linked to coronary artery disease (CAD), which dramatically increases the risk of heart attack, blockage of the arteries and chest pain (angina).
There are two common treatment approaches. Many people have benefited from beginning their treatment with a natural thyroid product like Armour Desiccated Thyroid. There is also a newer pharmaceutical prescription known as Synthroid. Do not hesitate to study the advantages and side effects of both approaches, and discuss this with your endocrinologist.
Treatment is tricky, since a fine line must be drawn. Over-treatment can cause more harm than benefits with many possible side effects: bone weakness that could lead to the dreaded osteoporosis, muscle weakness, abnormal heartbeat, nausea, and this – “other unusual medical events”. This last quote was copied off the synthroid web page.
One the other hand, under-treatment could allow several problems that are under-the-surface to grow into serious issues, since you will not have enough medication to deal with your hypothyroidism.
What you can do to keep your thyroid functioning at its best
To sum up, after reading the above information, hopefully, you’re convinced that the thyroid deserves the best treatment you can give it. Here are some ideas to keep in mind. Some of them have already been mentioned, but a good review will tie things together:
Eat smart. Hi-octane nutrition (fresh vegetables and fruits, lean protein healthy fats, “good” carbs and adequate hydration) is a great place to start. Also don’t forget that what you don’t eat is as important as what you do eat. As mentioned earlier soy products like tofu, soy milk and soybeans can inhibit the effectiveness of hypothyroid medications and should be minimized or avoided
Get off the couch with the right physical fitness routine. Not too little, and not too much. Strive for a balance between strength, cardiovascular endurance training, flexibility and balance. All are important
Control stress. There are many ways of doing this. What’s the best way for you? The way that you enjoy, and will continue to follow. Please don’t neglect this
Avoid environmental toxins. Read labels, and research. This also includes medications as well
Get medical help. If you have any of the symptoms of hypothyroidism mentioned above, contact your physician and get your thyroid tested. If needed, consider medication, and discuss this in detail with your health-care provider
Consider supplementation. A great combination of nutrients that can assist the thyroid are iodine(from kelp and potassium iodate), vitamins A and B-12, magnesium (as magnesium carbonate), ashwagandha extract, L-tyrosine, Korean ginseng and Guggul (gum resin). These substances are best found in an all-in-one formula.
Finally, here is a quiz you can take to give you some idea of how your thyroid is functioning.
Are you unusually sensitive to temperature extremes?
Do your hands and feet often get cold?
Do you ever wake up and see a puffy face in the mirror?
Are you having more and more trouble keeping the pounds off?
Does almost everything you eat turn to fat?
Is your skin overly dry?
Do you hit the snooze button in the morning when you don’t feel like getting up?
Do you suffer from constipation?
Are you stiff in the morning?
Are you often tired?
Do you “hit the wall” in the afternoon?
Are you becoming increasingly more forgetful?
Do you often experience brain fog?
Are you noticing your hair is thinning?
Are you feeling apathetic and have you lost interest in the things that you used to enjoy?
A score of 0-3: Your thyroid is probably functioning fine.
A score of 4-6: You probably need to ask your doctor to check your thyroid.
A score of more than 6: You really need to discuss this with your doctor. This score indicates a strong possibility of thyroid problems.
When you begin a hormone replacement therapy regime at our clinic, we will maintain constant surveillance of all of your important glands, including the thyroid.
Remember, the thyroid gland is your “offensive line” for your path to good health. Set the right environment for it to do its job.