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Insulin has an especially dramatic influence on enzymes called lipases. Lipases are like little Pac Men who run around your body, releasing body fat from its cushy containers so it can be shuttled into muscle cells to get burned off … Continue reading

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Speak to almost any anthropologist and he/she will tell you that 99.9% of human physiology developed in the wild, thousands of years ago. As some Paleolithic experts have said in the past, “We are in a sense living with Fred … Continue reading

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Premenstrual syndrome is a real condition with real signs and symptoms just like any other health issue. When women are unhappy and suffering, their loved ones suffer too. Seventy to 90 percent of women with premenstrual syndrome experience anxiety, irritability, mood swings and tension due to hormonal shifts before their period. PMS need not be your cue to avoid the women you care about, but an opportunity for strengthening the bonds of communication and support. Continue reading

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Mood and food are intimately related as certain flavours and aromas trigger memories of special occasions and feelings of contentment. All emotions including stress and anxiety trigger chemical responses in our body as hormone levels fluctuate and the sympathetic “fight or flight” system kicks in. With each meal, we have the opportunity to counteract or subdue the stress response with the foods we choose. Continue reading

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The thyroid gland is a small organ with a big job. Located just below your Adam’s apple, the butterfly-shaped thyroid gland controls all your main bodily functions including your metabolic rate. It does this via two hormones, triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4), which act on each organ in your body controlling the rate at which your body burns calories for energy. Continue reading

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Estrogen is a double-edged sword when it comes to cancer. It can either promote tumour growth or protect against it. To understand how estrogen can play these two opposing roles, we must first understand that there are many forms of estrogen that are produced in the body, or that enter the body from the environment. Continue reading

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Dr, Gray is the author of 16 books, including the relationship classic Men Are From Mars, Women Are from Venus. In this post, Dr. Gray presents his latest book, Venus on Fire Mars on Ice. Be sure to catch Dr. Gray on the Dr. Oz show on April 6, 2011. Continue reading

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In today’s fast paced society most people are under a siege of constant stressors ranging from long work hours to long commutes, buzzing cell phones and sleep deprivation. While the initial “fight or flight” stress response is key to survival, prolonged chronic stress increases risk of various physical and psychological health conditions. Continue reading

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There’s a wealth of evidence linking hormones to migraines. The onset of migraines with a significant change in a woman’s reproductive life is no coincidence. In fact, treatment of migraines in women may lie in the regulation of hormonal balance. Continue reading

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Target your PMS symptoms with specific nutrition therapy. There are five types of PMS that are differentiated by their main emotional and physical symptoms. Type A PMS is dominated by anxiety and needs extra B vitamins, magnesium and less phenylethanolamine from chocolate, cheese and bananas. Type C is for cravings and needs chromium as well as a low sugar diet. Type W is for water retention and calls for extra potassium to combat bloating. Type D is PMS domainated by depression which could use a tryptophan boost. And finally, for painful type P symptoms like cramping, increase intake of magnesium and vitamin B6. Continue reading

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