Can belly fat, male facial hair growth and skin tags be due hormones? By guest blogger Lorna Vanderhaeghe
Your doctor is correct and there are a few hormones involved. The main hormone is insulin. When insulin is in excess, it causes an elevation in circulating male hormones (also called androgens). These male hormones—particularly testosterone—can cause male facial hair growth in women, acne, and infertility. Elevated insulin is related to weight gain, high cholesterol and triglycerides (blood fats), diabetes and belly fat. Skin tags are an early symptom of pre-diabetes due to high blood sugar. Thankfully, the secret to normalizing insulin and male hormones just got easier.
For the past 25 years, a nutrient called D-chiro-inositol has been involved in over 30 published studies at the Virginia Medical School. Sold as Glucosmart with Chirositol™ in Canada, this new nutrient derived from carob is a great supplement for insulin-resistant conditions including metabolic syndrome, Type-2 diabetes, PCOS, and excess androgen-related conditions like acne and male facial hair growth in women. It has also been shown to reduce appetite and improve serotonin, our happy hormone. Reduced serotonin or poor metabolism of serotonin is linked to increased sugar cravings. So by balancing serotonin, Chirositol™ also helps control appetite. Chirositol™ mimics insulin activity, thereby helping to control blood glucose levels, glucose storage or disposal of glucose in the cell. And it will not cause low blood sugar in those with normal blood sugar levels.
Beyond Chirositol’s insulin and blood glucose control benefits, studies show Chirositol™ is beneficial for PCOS, building muscle and weight control. In women with PCOS, weight gain around the hips and thighs, insulin...
Seeds offer us substantial health benefits as a food source. There is a wide variety of seeds to choose from. Along with their many uses, here is a short list of seeds you might want to try:
SaviSeeds (Inca Peanut) – SaviSeeds are the fruit of the sacha inchi plant which is an herbaceous vine that produces star-shaped green pods yielding edible seeds. These are tiny nutrient-rich powerhouses providing 7000 mg of heart-healthy omega-3, five grams of dietary fiber and eight grams of complete protein per ounce! Along with being gluten-free, certified organic and rich in antioxidants, these seeds are an addictive and tasty snack.
Chia Seeds – These tiny seeds contain high concentrations of essential fatty acids, protein, dietary fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Chia typically contains 30-35% omega-3 and omega-6 oils and has 30-40% fiber per serving with a high ratio of soluble fiber. Chia is protein-rich and provides a healthy dose of vitamins and minerals. Chia can easily be incorporated into any diet for an extra boost of nutrition.
Flax Seeds – Flax seeds are high in B vitamins, manganese and magnesium. This is just the tip of their many nutritional benefits! These power-packed seeds have many other nutrition components. 100 grams of ground flax seed supplies about 450 kilo-calories, 28 grams/fiber and 20 grams/protein. Flax seeds should be ground before consumption and can be added to any meal.
Hemp Seeds – Hemp seeds offer numerous nutritional benefits. They have an ideal balance of omega-3 and -6 oils. Including...
Blood sugar related illnesses are forefront in today’s medical world as diabetes and obesity reach levels of a global epidemic. There is a genetic link to susceptibility towards illness, but the underlying factor for all of us is our diet. We truly are what we eat! Maintaining adequate blood sugar control, or glycemic control, is much like keeping enough gas in your car. If your car runs out of fuel, it will stall. Similarly, if your body does not have an adequate level of blood sugar or “fuel” you, too, will stall. It is finding the balance between the low and high levels of blood sugar that is the challenge for many.
Optimum blood sugar balance and weight control can only be achieved when you consume a hormonally balanced diet. Blood sugar control occurs when insulin and glucagon (two hormones) are in balance. The pancreas produces both of these hormones in response to the foods you eat.
- Carbohydrate consumption stimulates insulin release due to the increase in blood sugar.
- Protein consumption produces glucagon, the hormone that promotes the mobilization and utilization of fat for energy.
- Glucagon works to counter-balance insulin.
- High insulin is associated with almost every human disease, including cancer.
Eating more of one type of food over another can create a hormonal imbalance, which can cause illness. For example, when excess carbohydrates are consumed, the body produces excess insulin and little glucagon. In an attempt to normalize the blood sugar level, the body initiates a counter-regulatory process whereby the adrenal glands are stimulated to...
There has been evidence supporting the correlation between children with autism and their food sensitivity to gluten and casein. An elimination diet is recommended. The first step to this diet is to avoid foods with gluten (a protein found in some grains). Foods and drinks containing wheat, barley, rye, oats, or anything made from these grains are eliminated from the diet. Often in combination with the gluten-free diet is the elimination of milk protein (casein). The casein-free diet calls for the elimination of milk protein. Proponents of the gluten-free diet suggest that many children with autism have compromised gastrointestinal function, including intestinal leakage, making it difficult for them to digest certain grains properly. There are many theories behind the elimination diet. The most studied theory is that in many children with autism eating gluten leads to high levels of protein by-products called gluteomorphines. These by-products have the same affect on the brain as many drugs do, causing behavioral upset. In these children, gluteomorphines could reduce their desire for social interaction, interfere with neurotransmissions and increase confusion. If gluten is eliminated from the diet, the idea is that this will reduce the level of gluteomorphines and therefore improve behavior.
The science to support this theory is relatively new and research is still underway. In support of this theory, recent evidence of a genetic mutation common among children with autism has been traced to a gene involved in gastrointestinal function. One well-controlled study focused on children with autism who had abnormally high protein...
Join Nature’s Fare Markets as we welcome Dr. Wayne Dyer to The Wesbild Centre, Vernon BC, on March 15th.
“You are always a valuable, worthwhile human being — not because anybody says so, not because you’re successful, not because you make a lot of money — but because you decide to believe it and for no other reason.”
~Dr. Wayne Dyer
WAYNE W. DYER, PH.D., is an internationally renowned author and speaker in the field of self-development. He’s the author of over 30 books, has created many audio programs and videos, and has appeared on thousands of television and radio shows.
His books Manifest Your Destiny, Wisdom of the Ages, There’s a Spiritual Solution to Every Problem, and the New York Times bestsellers 10 Secrets for Success and Inner Peace, The Power of Intention, Inspiration, Change Your Thoughts—Change Your Life, and now Excuses Begone have all been featured as National Public Television specials.
Dyer holds a Doctorate in Educational Counseling from Wayne State University and was an associate professor at St. John’s University in New York.
Dr. Wayne Dyer is affectionately called the “father of motivation” by his fans. Despite his childhood spent in orphanages and foster homes, Dr. Dyer has overcome many obstacles to make his dreams come true. Today he spends much of his time showing others how to do the same.
When he’s not traveling the globe delivering his uplifting message, Wayne is writing from his home in Maui.
DR. WAYNE W. DYER starred in The Shift (March 2009), a compelling portrait of three modern lives in need of new direction and new meaning. In his first-ever movie (written by Kristen Lazarian and directed by...
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Glucomannan – Also Known as Konjac Mannan Root; as found in PGX
Soluble fibers such as Glucommannan and Konjac Root fibers offer many health-promoting benefits through their ability to form a soft gel with water. Research indicates that soluble fibers help lower blood cholesterol, slow glucose absorption, lowers the Glycemic index and promote regular bowel movements. While found in many sources such as fruits, vegetables, oats, and beans, the most-promising soluble fiber may come from Glucomannan. Derived from konjac root, glucomannan has an extraordinary water-holding capacity and is the most viscous of all known dietary fibers.
Glucomannan offers benefits for those seeking to lose weight. Studies show that supplementing with glucomannan enhances the weight-loss effects of a calorie-restricted diet. Glucomannan may promote weight loss in obese adults, even in the absence of a calorie-restricted diet. When obese adults consumed 1 gram of glucomannan fiber one hour before each meal for eight weeks, they lost an average of 5.5 pounds of body weight—with no other changes to their eating or exercise patterns.
Glucomannan creates a feeling of satiety or fullness through its water-binding effects. By creating a thick gel, glucomannan delays gastric emptying and slows the release of sugar into the bloodstream, which helps to lower levels of insulin and blood glucose. Additionally, glucomannan improves blood-lipid profiles and can lower systolic blood pressure. Because of these effects, glucomannan can greatly benefit individuals with metabolic syndrome or diabetes.
The Importance of Supplementing with Glucomannan Fiber
The average American currently consumes only 12-17 grams of fiber a day...
One of the issues with belly fat is how to spot reduce or target fat loss just in the stomach region? For years we have known that healthy fats are essential for everything in the body from hair, skin, nails, hormones, inflammation and improving the way our body deals with almost everything. One of the secrets I wanted to reveal was the belly fat reducing ability of an oil commonly known to many, safflower oil.
The seeds of the safflower oil yield natures richest source of polyunsaturated fats omega-6, linoleic acid. Today, interest in the health benefits of polyunsaturated oils to lower cholesterol and possibly impact weight control has brought new popularity to this interesting plant. The latest study is showing that safflower oil may have remarkable
Fat to Beat Fat
The idea that fat play a role in fat loss is difficult to grasp. After all, most of us are under the impression that increasing fat in the diet increases the risk of becoming overweight or obese. Yet research is beginning to show that specific types of fats are actually beneficial in helping us lose weight through a number of interesting mechanisms.
High Linoleic Acid Safflower Oil Beats Belly Fat
To have a greater appreciation for safflower oil and to gain a greater understanding of the possible mechanisms of action; a thorough review of the study is useful. I don’t want you to think that its just me talking about this research, but every media outlet seemed to focus on this profound discovery. Women’s...