7 Sex Tips Every Man Needs to Know


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True sexual fulfillment comes from playful and sincere experiences of emotional and physical intimacy. Before we dive into these tips, keep a playful spirit in mind.

Bringing inner conflicts, needs, and suppressions into a sexual experience will ruin it.

Remember, sex can be and is supposed to be pleasurable. Even as you explore the tips suggested here, keep this core idea in mind. From that point, sexual performance and stamina can be improved with much less effort.

Here are some simple tips that can help transform your sex life into bliss:

Study the Kama Sutra

Kama Sutra is one of the original required sutras for Brahmans. Kama literally means lust, love, or desire, and Sutra basically means instruction or manual. So the Kama Sutra is literally the handbook or manual for handling lust, love, and desire.

Within the Sutra is a technique for delaying ejaculation and increasing stamina. The exercise suggests that men start slow – keeping each penetration slow, roughly every three seconds – slowly increasing the number of strokes over time.

If the sensation for orgasm comes too soon, then it is suggested to stay inside his partner until he regains control and continue slowly. I suggest getting a copy of the Kama Sutra Vatsyayana for further details and timeless wisdom on the topic.

Watch this video – Kama Sutra: Key Secrets and Positions

Lose Your Mind

Performance anxiety is the number one assassin of sexual performance. Instead of constantly thinking and worrying about your sexual performance, just watch your worried thoughts as they appear or maybe even share them with your partner.

By keeping our thoughts to ourselves, they only grow. By sharing them, we take away their power.

You can also shift your focus away from the mind and to the body. The Kama Sutra suggests paying a lot of attention to breathing during sex. This gets us out of our heads and back into our bodies – making it easier to focus on the senses and feelings the body is experiencing during sex.

This is a major turn on for your partner as well; nobody likes a wandering anxious mind. A great tantric breathing practice is to simply synchronize your breath with your partner’s — observe your partner’s breath and match theirs to your own.

You can even communicate together on length of breath, inhaling for three seconds and exhaling for six and then together, observe the space between inhale and exhale.

You do not need to maintain this throughout the entire sex act, but as a starting place, you will begin the process of aligning your entire bodies together.

Practicing controlled breathing during sex will not only help you last longer, but also make sex more pleasurable by releasing feel-good endorphins.

Switch it Up

One of the best things you can do if you feel you are getting to the end too soon is to switch things up – alter your speed, change positions, go for a kiss or try a bit of teasing.

A little foreplay can go a long way. Instead of jumping right to penetration, explore each other’s bodies a bit more.

Don’t be afraid to change things up and get creative. However, don’t get too creative – ask your partner first what she likes.

Keep the changes subtle, such as turning over positions, wandering touches, or holding place and focusing on a kiss.

Slow it Down

When it comes to sex, and most areas of life, good control boils down to lightness of touch.

Keep in mind, the focus doesn’t have to be solely on the sex organs. There’s plenty of pleasure to be found over the body as a whole, so explore!

Slow down and give attention to her body as a whole, paying fine detail to every crevice, curve, and soft place there is.

And when it comes to the vagina, explore outside the clitoris and G-spot. The vagina is a cluster of 8,000 nerve endings just waiting to be stimulated – a proper yoni massage can be a great way to set the mood and keep things lasting.

Start by creating a cozy space. Make sure your partner is relaxed and in a comfortable position. Set the scene to be sweet and peaceful.

Next, start warming things up. Temperature is key and this is where foreplay can help. From here get things wet — lubrication is key. If your partner is turned on enough, this may be unnecessary; however, if needed, wet your fingers or lips before exploring your woman’s yoni.

Now before you start, you’ll want to know where to look and what to touch. If you’re facing the vagina you’ll find the hood of the clitoris and labia. Start by getting blood flow to the vagina by slowly caressing the labia and outer lips of the vagina.

Slowly work your way up to the most sensitive part of the female body, the clitoris. Most people confuse the clitoris with the hood (clitoral glans) at the opening of the vagina. The clitoral glans is visible from the outside; however, the other three quarters of clitoris is inside the body.

Once your lady has warmed up and is feeling relaxed (pay attention to her breath for cues) you can make your way to stimulating the clitoris.

This part of the vagina is the most sensitive. When touching it, be very, very gentle, you do not need to place much pressure. Rest your fingers and palm underneath her butt and very gently use your thumb to move the clitoris in a circular motion.

Most importantly, while you are pleasing your woman, completely forget any sort of destination for orgasm and enjoy the journey.

Try Kegels

There are exercises that can be done to strengthen the pelvic floor muscle called kegels. This muscle is also referred to as the PC muscle or pubococcygeus muscle.

Studies have shown that women who practice kegels daily, 10 sets for 10 reps, have reduced stress levels.  This can be helpful on its own, considering that theoretically, physiological stress decreases sex drive. Also, stress related to sexual arousal or performance anxiety can decrease sexual arousal.

Kegels can help by triggering good blood flow to the penis. To learn the best way to practice kegels, you can practice next time you’re at the urinal.

While you are urinating, try stopping the flow of urine – that is the PC muscle. Once located, simply do this exercise for a few minutes daily. Start with just 10 breathing repetitions by flexing the PC muscle on an inhale and release it on an exhale — it’s that simple!

Get Herbal Support

Ashwagandha, also known as withania somnifera, has been used traditionally in Ayurvedic medicine as an aphrodisiac and remedy for male sexual dysfunction and infertility.

Because the kidneys are responsible for producing sex and stress hormones, it’s important to keep stress levels low, so the kidneys can instead focus on producing more anabolic hormones like testosterone.

This is what makes Ashwagandha great – it is an adaptogenic herb that helps the body, specifically the kidneys, better adapt to stress.

There are plenty of other adaptogenic herbs that help boost fertility and stronger sex drive, such as cistanche and rehmannia.

Eat Paleo

The food we eat has a major impact on our sex drive. Low libido is often a result of hormonal imbalance, specifically low bioavailable testosterone.

It would be a good idea to avoid foods that elevate estrogen levels, such as unfermented soy, which has been associated with erectile dysfunction.  Moderate consumption of fermented soy may be fine.

Also, a strict vegetarian diet that focuses on consumption of plenty of nuts and beans has been linked to hormonal changes in testosterone.

However, sticking to a whole foods diet that is rich in organic fresh vegetables, low in sugar, and contains moderate amounts of healthy fats is optimal for hormone health and thus a strong sex drive. A few specific foods to consume for healthy testosterone levels are pastured eggs, beef, and oysters.

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Written by Nick Kowalski

Author Bio:

Nick Kowalski is a Transformational Coach, fitness model and unconditional lover. You can find more of his writing on his blog NicksFit. His mission is to inspire the transformation toward love consciousness. Follow him on Instagram for more living in love inspiration and transformational mindset motivation!

Kelsey Alea, is a certified nutritional therapist at PaleoHacks. She is the author of the Keto Slow Cooker Cookbook. The cookbook features 80 mouth-watering Keto slow cooker recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert. It is a perfect cookbook for those who want to indulge, save time in the kitchen, and stay in ketosis.

A lot of people have gotten results from the Keto diet, and enjoyed the foods that it has to offer. However, many of the people who are following this diet have a hard time finding the recipes that they need, especially ones that are quick and easy to complete.

Fortunately, Kelsey Ale, noticed this problem, and decided to do something about it. She’s found that making recipes in a slow cooker gives you meals which are not only delicious, but also take very little time to make. Mostly you just put a few simple ingredients in the slow cooker, and let it do the rest.

To find out more, click on – Keto Slow Cooker Cookbook

The Best and Worst Foods for Sex Revealed Here


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Planning a romantic dinner for your date night? If you’re hoping to create some heat under the sheets don’t eat these mojo-killers and dish up these libido-boosting foods instead. Here are the best — and worst — foods for sex.

Experts will all tell you that setting the right atmosphere for romance is key. It sets the mood for your entire night.

In fact, your brain is your most powerful sexual organ, and the food choices you make can literally make or break your night.

If you’re looking to create romance, there are some absolute nutrition “no-no’s” that can leave you gassy, bloated, or struggling to stay awake.

On the other hand, choosing some of the following 11 foods will get your brain and body into the right mood, setting you up for a great night of amazing sex.

Here is a quick sneak peak of the best and worst foods for sex.

11 Best Foods for Sex

1. Oysters

Oysters have long been considered one of nature’s most potent aphrodisiacs.

Legendary 18th century lover boy Casanova is said to have eaten three dozen every morning to maintain his stamina, while traditional medicine men centuries ago wrote that it “stirs up desire in both men and women.”

Libido-boosting oysters are loaded with zinc that acts directly on the testes and ovaries to stimulate testosterone production.

A half-dozen oysters provides a whopping three times the recommended daily allowance, supporting optimal sex hormone production. They’re also naturally rich in electrolytes, iron, selenium and vitamins B3 and B12.

2. Mussels

Yep, more shellfish. Another nutritional powerhouse, mussels are one of the most amazing foods for sex: chock-full of vitamin C to promote better blood flow for endurance, selenium to keep your swimmers strong, and trace mineral manganese, which is important for sex hormone production.

Twenty mussels will also provide a whopping 40 g of protein and your daily serving of vitamin B12. It’s also always great to pick “shared dishes” when trying to set the mood for romance.

3. Dark Chocolate

A staple of ancient Aztec kings’ diets, chocolate is said to have potent libido-enhancing properties. Dark chocolate is rich in the amino acid tryptophan, the building block for “happy” neurotransmitter serotonin, which also acts on the brain to support sexual arousal.

Chocolate is also a great source of magnesium, which upgrades vascular flow, libido-boosting zinc, powerful antioxidants, and cocoa flavanols that boost cognitive performance.

Finishing your romantic dinner with a dark chocolate dessert is a no-brainer.

4. Unpasteurized Honey

The godfather of medicine, Hippocrates, is believed to have used honey as a sexual tonic to increase arousal and sexual vigor. Unpasteurized honey supports “good” gut bacteria, has plenty of B-vitamins for energy, and is a slow-burning sugar, which means you won’t hit a blood sugar low at the wrong time.

5. Dark Leafy Greens

Dark leafy greens contain a high concentration of dietary nitrates, nutrients which significantly improve athletic endurance and performance.

You don’t have to be an athlete to reap the benefits of dietary nitrates, as they help stimulate the release of nitric oxide (NO), not to be confused with nitrous oxide (aka laughing gas).

Nitric oxide is a powerful vasodilator that dramatically improves blood flow, something that typically comes in handy in the bedroom.

Drugs like Sildenafil Citrate (i.e. Viagra) work on the same principle, increasing nitric oxide production and thus relaxing smooth muscle. Get your nitric oxide dose with dinner, rather than a bottle!

6. Beets

Beets are another one of the top foods for sex, as they have a phenomenal source of dietary nitrates. Go for the beet salad for your appetizer!

7. Goji Berries

Vitamin C is essential for the health of the smooth muscle in the body.  It also helps stimulate the release of nitric oxide (to a lesser degree than beets and dark leafy greens), which improves blood flow to all areas of the body, including the testes and ovaries.

8. Turkey Breast

The amino acid arginine is also a precursor to the production of NO, and turkey is a fantastic source of dietary arginine. It is a common supplement used by weightlifters to increase the “pump” from working out, however, your diet is the best place to get your daily dose of arginine. A 6-oz serving of turkey provides about 3,000 mg of arginine that boosts blood flow throughout the body.

9. Halibut

Omega-3 fatty acids promote sexual arousal by increasing dopamine levels, the “feel-good” neurotransmitter in the brain, making fish among the top foods for sex. Anecdotal evidence also suggests women may experience stronger and more plentiful orgasms with omega-3 rich foods.

While salmon is the most common go-to fish for omega-3 fats, halibut is also loaded with omega-3s, electrolytes, and selenium.

10. Avocado

Smooth, silky, and just darn tasty, avocados aren’t just great for your health, they can also help support optimal libido.

A terrific source of magnesium, a key mineral involved in over 300 different reactions in the body, avocados give you your daily dose to keep blood flow moving to all the right places.

11. Brazil Nuts

Studies show that low levels of selenium dramatically impact sperm quality and number in men. The best dietary source of selenium is Brazil nuts. Aim for 2-3 per day to get your daily dose.

5 Worst Foods for Sex

Nothing stops the romance quicker than digestive distress; gas, bloating, and abdominal discomfort are all surefire libido killers and should be avoided at all costs.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the most common offenders.

1. Ice Cream

While some may consider ice cream an aphrodisiac, an overwhelming majority of the population suffers from lactose or casein intolerance, or incomplete digestion, which means the “bad” bacteria in the gut react to the partially-digested proteins and sugars.

This leads to malodorous gas that will definitely leave your libido stuck in neutral.

2. Beans

Beans contain a carbohydrate called raffinose that is poorly broken down by the most people, and the main reason why beans regularly cause gas, bloating, and discomfort.

This can be a problem for vegetarians and vegans who rely on beans and legumes to make up their protein intake. Steer clear of the bean salad on your next date night.

3. Sugary Drinks

Bad bacteria in the gut thrive on simple sugars. While it may seem like a nice way to start your meal with sugary cocktail or rum and coke, sugary drinks are a disaster for anyone with a sensitive stomach.

Not only that, you don’t want to come down from your sugar high in a blood sugar “coma” or worse yet, “hangry” for food when the mood is about to strike.

4. Pasta & Cheese

The combination of gluten and dairy can be a real “gut buster” for a lot of people. While going out for a nice, romantic meal at an Italian restaurant can be fantastic, just make sure your significant other doesn’t suffer from any dairy or gluten issues, otherwise it’s going to be a long ride home.

5. Beer

The hops in beer are classified as a nervine in herbal medical textbooks, which means they help you unwind and relax your nervous system. This can be a great thing if you’re hoping to get lucky.

Unfortunately, the yeasts in beer can feed the bad bacteria in your gut, leading to significant gas and bloating. If you know you react to beer or gluten-containing foods, steer clear when you’re trying to set the right mood.

If you want to create the right mood for romance, don’t forget that the foods you choose will have a big impact on how you think and feel. Your brain is the ultimate arousal organ, so support the right mood and boost your libido by finding the right mix of foods to make up your perfect plate.

Watch this video – Best Foods to Get Harder Erections That Last Longer (Top 10 ) | Jose Barber

Written by Dr. Marc Bubbs

Author Bio:

Dr. Marc Bubbs, ND is a Naturopathic Doctor, Strength Coach, Author, Speaker, and Blogger practicing in Toronto, Canada. He believes that diet, exercise, and lifestyle factors have the most profound impact on your overall health and performance. Marc is the author of The Paleo Project – A 21st Guide to Looking Leaner, Getting Stronger, & Living Longer and currently serves as the Sports Nutrition Lead for Canadian Men’s Olympic Basketball Team.

Kelsey Alea, is a certified nutritional therapist at PaleoHacks. She is the author of the Keto Slow Cooker Cookbook. The cookbook features 80 mouth-watering Keto slow cooker recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert. It is a perfect cookbook for those who want to indulge, save time in the kitchen, and stay in ketosis.

A lot of people have gotten results from the Keto diet, and enjoyed the foods that it has to offer. However, many of the people who are following this diet have a hard time finding the recipes that they need, especially ones that are quick and easy to complete.

Fortunately, Kelsey Ale, noticed this problem, and decided to do something about it. She’s found that making recipes in a slow cooker gives you meals which are not only delicious, but also take very little time to make. Mostly you just put a few simple ingredients in the slow cooker, and let it do the rest.

To find out more, click on – Keto Slow Cooker Cookbook

The 4 Dietary Mistakes That Lower Male Sex Drive


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4 Dietary Pitfalls That Lower Your Testosterone Levels

While it’s normal for testosterone levels to decrease as you age, the rate of decline seems to be at an all-time high. Today, men’s testosterone levels are 25% lower than two decades ago. This doesn’t just affect your libido or ability to build muscle.

The latest research shows that low testosterone levels may leave you more susceptible to chronic conditions like diabetes, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis and depression.

How do you know if you have low testosterone? A blood test for bioavailable and free testosterone will tell you exactly where you stand, but the most common symptoms seen in clinical practice are: low sex drive, fatigue or poor energy, increased body-fat, decreased muscle mass, low mood and irritability.

Turn on the TV during the next big football game and you’ll see commercials for the latest gels and creams as a quick fix for low testosterone. While these may address symptoms in the short-term, they won’t address the root cause of your low testosterone.

How can you restore your energy, mood, lean muscle, and libido? The answer is not in a bottle…it’s on your plate!

Here are the top 4 nutrition pitfalls that can strongly contribute to low testosterone:

1. You Don’t Eat Enough Saturated Fats

Over the past three decades doctors and dietitians have told you to AVOID saturated fats like the plague. In particular, saturated fats from animal sources were vilified as disease causing and harmful for your health. Interestingly, this span of time coincides with a significant decline in testosterone levels in men…and it is no coincidence!

Cholesterol is the building block for all your hormones, including sex hormones like testosterone. Studies show athletes training intensely and following low-fat diets suffer from lower testosterone levels, whereas athletes following high-fat diets – in particular saturated fats – are able to mitigate exercise-induced reductions in testosterone.

Adopting a Paleo diet is a great way to optimize your intake of healthy saturated fats. Include one to four tablespoons of butter (grass-fed is best), ghee (clarified butter), coconut oil or red palm oil daily with your meals.

Remember, saturated fats have a high smoking point making them a great choice for pan-frying or stir-frying. Or, simply add them to your veggies before you eat!

2. You Sabotage Deep Sleep With Late Night Snacks

Simple sugars trigger the release of serotonin, your happy neurotransmitter, providing you with some relief and comfort after a busy day. Unfortunately, an evening bowl of ice cream or chocolate dessert raises your blood sugar hormone insulin and interrupts your sleep hormones.

High evening insulin delays melatonin production (your sleep hormone) and ultimately affects your testosterone and growth hormone production overnight.

Growth hormone, the “fountain of youth” hormone, teams up with testosterone during deep sleep to build lean muscle and support deep, rejuvenating sleep.

Don’t sabotage your testosterone-building sleep. Replace sugary snacks in the evening with frozen grapes or berries, or enjoy a cup of herbal tea (mint, chamomile, rooibos) to help relax your nervous system. Be sure to aim for at least 7 hours of sleep per night.

3. You Eat Too Many Carbs (And Simple Sugars)

If you are overweight or out of shape you likely have poor insulin sensitivity. This means that your body does not process carbohydrates very efficiently, resulting in consistently elevated insulin levels in your bloodstream.

Chronically high insulin leads to the over-production of a hormone called androstenedione, which competes with testosterone in the body, resulting in low testosterone. Androstenedione is also five times weaker than testosterone, meaning you are getting far less bang for your buck.

Therefore, if you are overweight the best way to boost testosterone levels will be to improve your insulin sensitivity by losing weight. This is a very common scenario that suppresses testosterone production.

Simply adopt a high protein, high fat, low carb (less than 100g per day) Paleo diet and your testosterone levels will be back on the rise in no time (your libido too!).

(Note–If you are already very lean, these rules don’t apply. A very low carb diet for too long can excessively elevate stress hormones and suppress testosterone.)

4. You Drink Too Much Alcohol

Did you know that the medical definition of a binge drinking session is only five units of alcohol for a male and four for a female? A recent study found the average number of drinks on a night out is between 8-9 drinks per person. This is almost twice the amount of the medical definition of a binge (perhaps a “double binge” is the appropriate term!).

Typically, the higher your alcohol intake, the greater your weight gain around the abdomen. Unfortunately for men, the more fat you store around your belly, the greater the activity of an enzyme called aromatase, which converts your precious muscle building testosterone to estrogen.

A simple way to restore testosterone levels is to cut out alcohol completely for 1-4 weeks. If your schedule and client outings won’t allow complete abstinence, try cutting your intake by 50% and not consuming more than 2-3 drinks in a single day.


Beer is the worst offender as it is mildly estrogenic, offers up an excess of calories, and contributes to the classic ‘beer belly’. Opt for red wine (high in aromatase inhibiting resveratrol) or spirits–neat, on the rocks, or mixed with soda water.

Finally, if you follow a bodybuilding style workout–training different body parts multiple days of the week–then you may want to tweak your program to boost low testosterone.

The research is clear that compound movements such as squats, deadlifts, and Olympic lifts (cleans, snatches, jerks) are hands down the best way to naturally boost your testosterone levels. Simply combine lower body and upper body exercises into the same training day and you’ll maximize your hormone-building potential.

If you are training three days per week perform deadlifts on day one, Olympic lifts on day two, and squats on day three. Add in compound upper body movements like bench press, push press, chin-ups, pull-ups, inverted rows and dips and you’ll increase your testosterone and lean muscle in no time.

Be sure to include whey protein isolate (40g for men, 30g for women) after each training session to accelerate recovery and promote muscle protein synthesis. If you can digest dairy, full-fat milk (750ml-1L) is an excellent post-workout choice.

There you have it, correct these four common dietary pitfalls, modify your workout regime, and your testosterone levels will be back on the rise.

Symptoms of low libido, fatigue, weight gain and low mood will soon subside without the need for costly creams and gels! Give your body the right nutritional building blocks to maintain a healthy testosterone balance.

Watch this video – 13 Male Libido Killing Foods That Decrease Sex Drive [Stop Eating Them]

Written by Dr. Marc Bubbs

Author Bio:

Dr. Marc Bubbs, ND is a Naturopathic Doctor, Strength Coach, Author, Speaker, and Blogger practicing in Toronto, Canada. He believes that diet, exercise, and lifestyle factors have the most profound impact on your overall health and performance. Marc is the author of The Paleo Project – A 21st Guide to Looking Leaner, Getting Stronger, & Living Longer and currently serves as the Sports Nutrition Lead for Canadian Men’s Olympic Basketball Team.

Kelsey Alea, is a certified nutritional therapist at PaleoHacks. She is the author of the Keto Slow Cooker Cookbook. The cookbook features 80 mouth-watering Keto slow cooker recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert. It is a perfect cookbook for those who want to indulge, save time in the kitchen, and stay in ketosis.

A lot of people have gotten results from the Keto diet, and enjoyed the foods that it has to offer. However, many of the people who are following this diet have a hard time finding the recipes that they need, especially ones that are quick and easy to complete.

Fortunately, Kelsey Ale, noticed this problem, and decided to do something about it. She’s found that making recipes in a slow cooker gives you meals which are not only delicious, but also take very little time to make. Mostly you just put a few simple ingredients in the slow cooker, and let it do the rest.To find out more, click on – Keto Slow Cooker Cookbook

7 Paleo Foods That Increase Your Sex Drive Revealed Here


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Move over, oysters: these seven Paleo foods are the strongest natural aphrodisiacs to increase your sex drive!

Sex hormones help regulate your libido. For women, the two major sex hormones are estrogen and progesterone; for men, the major sex hormone is testosterone.

When these hormones are flowing through your body at imbalanced levels, they not only affect your sex drive, they also put you at higher risk for developing coronary artery disease, stroke, osteoporosis, and bone fracture.

Did you know sex hormones are also responsible for regulating your immune system? Your immune system is designed to be one of your first lines of defense against disease, and with today’s lifestyles we unnecessarily take shots at our own defense.

Think – making a habit out of anything that gives you stress, inhaling all those processed foods you impulse-buy, not getting enough sleep, refusing to exercise, etc.

Unhealthy lifestyle and diet choices can attack your immune system and consequently, diminish your sex drive.

While your libido may thrive during your 20s and 30s with these poor lifestyle habits, the glitz and glam won’t last forever. Unhealthy lifestyle and diet choices can attack your immune system and consequently, diminish your sex drive.

There’s no shortage of options when it comes to turning to the medical field for ways to raise your sex drive, but before modern medicine took up your shelves, Mother Nature had gifted us with quite a few edible aphrodisiacs:

1. Watermelon

This dreamy-eyed summer fruit has the power to relax your blood vessels and increase your blood flow, two extremely important factors in boosting your arousal.

Watermelon contains an amino acid called citrulline. Citrulline gets converted into another amino acid called arginine which can raise testosterone levels, as well as dilate your blood vessels to benefit your heart and circulatory system.

Watermelon rinds have a higher concentration of citrulline than the flesh, so try including the rind the next time you use your juicer if you’re looking to get the citrulline boost.

Watermelon is also packed with vitamin B6. Your body puts B6 to work producing feel-good neurotransmitters, or brain communication chemicals, such as dopamine and serotonin.

2. Garlic

There’s nothing like going in for a kiss and getting a mouthful of garlic breath (kidding!). Garlic is a natural blood thinner and possesses high levels of allicin, a chemical compound known to improve blood flow directly to your sexual organs.

To maximize these benefits, make sure to chop or crush the garlic into pieces and let it sit around for a while so it has time to release its enzymes.

3. Avocados

Avocados contain vitamin B6, also known to boost progesterone levels and regulate estrogen metabolism in women. Monounsaturated fats found in avocados are known to naturally increase testosterone levels in men.

Another testosterone booster in the green testicle-like mix is vitamin E, which is additionally believed to enhance blood circulation and improve sperm quality and motility. Additionally, avocados are packed with potassium and folic acid which enhance energy and stamina.

4. Meat

Get some meat on your plate to get a surge in your carnitine, arginine, and zinc intake. Zinc regulates estrogen, helps increase progesterone, and raises testosterone. Zinc is also a crucial player regulating dopamine, one of your neurological messengers for sexual desire.

Carnitine and arginine are important amino acids that get your blood flowing, boost your sexual responses, and have effectively treated erectile dysfunction.

However, be aware of your meat sources, as other components could outweigh these benefits. Make sure you opt for grass-fed, organic meat that’s free of antibiotics and added hormones when possible. Moderation is also key.

5. Chocolate

Chocolate contains phenylethylamine or “PEA” – PEA is a psycho-stimulant that has the ability to imitate the feeling of falling in love or sensations of euphoria. PEA is the key to releasing norepinephrine and dopamine, chemicals that are imperative to pleasure and excitement.

Methylxanthines found in chocolate increase your body’s sensitivity to help get your buttons pushed; arginine is present in chocolate as well.

Eat with caution, however; not all chocolate is created equal. The more processed the chocolate (i.e. through alkalizing, fermenting, roasting, and other means), the more of the good stuff will have evaporated. Raw cacao and dark chocolate are the best in terms of minimal processing.

6. Figs

Voted favorite fruit by Cleopatra, figs are high in magnesium, a key ingredient in estrogen and androgen (testosterone is a type of androgen) production, as well as dopamine production. Figs are high in tryptophan, the precursor to serotonin, and aids increased pheromone secretion that trigger sexual attraction.

7. Honey

Honey contains boron, a mineral that helps increase testosterone levels in men and facilitates estrogen use in women. You can also find high vitamin B6 content in honey that’s good for your libido-related neurotransmitters and hormones. Try drizzling some of this sticky, sweet sensation onto your figs.

Watch this video – 11 Foods to Increase Your Sex Drive

Written by Liz Lang

Author Bio:

Liz Lang is a Clinical Research Coordinator with the Southern California Institute for Research and Education in the field of Gastroenterology. Liz graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a degree in Public Health Sciences. She has an insatiable thirst to learn how the human body works in order to keep people healthy. When Liz isn’t in the clinic, she enjoys exploring nature, yoga, and trying new things (especially food!).

Kelsey Alea, is a certified nutritional therapist at PaleoHacks. She is the author of the Keto Slow Cooker Cookbook. The cookbook features 80 mouth-watering Keto slow cooker recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert. It is a perfect cookbook for those who want to indulge, save time in the kitchen, and stay in ketosis.

A lot of people have gotten results from the Keto diet, and enjoyed the foods that it has to offer. However, many of the people who are following this diet have a hard time finding the recipes that they need, especially ones that are quick and easy to complete.

Fortunately, Kelsey Ale, noticed this problem, and decided to do something about it. She’s found that making recipes in a slow cooker gives you meals which are not only delicious, but also take very little time to make. Mostly you just put a few simple ingredients in the slow cooker, and let it do the rest.

To find out more, click on – Keto Slow Cooker Cookbook

What Foods to Eat and Avoid for Hormone Balance?


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Paleo and Hormone Balancing

We have lots of hormones operating within our bodies, but some have a bigger impact than others. Here is an introduction to the four most influential hormones, and the importance of hormone balancing. 

Hormones are chemical messengers that are responsible for controlling many bodily functions – from appetite to emotions, reproduction to metabolism, and many things in between.

Hormones are synthesized, or made, in endocrine organs. Endocrine organs are also known as glands, and the hormone-producing glands include the pituitary, parathyroid, thyroid, hypothalamus, thymus, pancreas, adrenal glands, pineal gland, ovaries, and testes.

4 Hormones That Have a Big Impact on Your Health

There are numerous hormones within the body, but certain hormones have a bigger impact on overall body function than others. In this blog post we will cover four of the major influencers: cortisol, testosterone, estrogen, and progesterone.

These four hormones are so influential that when they get out of balance, they can have wide-reaching effects within the body. Often when one becomes unbalanced, the others will follow.

When hormones are working properly, they help the body function at optimal capacity. When they are overproducing or under-producing, they can have life-altering and major consequences.

Cortisol

Cortisol is a steroid hormone produced by the adrenal glands, and is often associated with stress. Its purpose is to aid the body’s stress response, but it also has other functions like regulating blood sugar and blood pressure, anti-inflammatory actions, and proper digestion.

Steroid hormones, like cortisol, are fat-soluble, and can actually cause changes within cells because they can pass through cell membranes. Cortisol production is controlled by the hypothalamus, adrenal glands, and pituitary gland. Cells all across the body have cortisol receptors since it influences a number of body functions, and it is a hormone critical for overall wellness and health.

Cortisol can become unbalanced, either overproduced or under-produced, in response to excessive stressful situations, as well as in response to other hormone imbalances, an autoimmune disorder known as Addison’s disease, or a tumorous condition known as Cushing’s syndrome.

Cushing’s syndrome occurs when a tumor in the pituitary or adrenal glands forces overproduction of cortisol, resulting in high blood levels of the hormone. Symptoms can include excessive weight gain in the abdomen, chest, and face, but not elsewhere. Cushing’s syndrome, however, is a rare condition. Imbalanced cortisol levels can lead to Cushing’s syndrome or Addison’s disease.

Addison’s disease is the opposite of Cushing’s, where not enough cortisol is present. Addison’s disease is also quite rare, and is typically autoimmune in nature. It causes damage to the adrenal glands and can result in debilitating symptoms like fatigue, mood changes and depression, muscle degeneration, and skin disorders.

While these two extreme conditions are rare, cortisol problems are most frequently seen in conjunction with excessive stress. Initially, when stress responses happen, cortisol is produced to help address the problem. This is commonly referred to as the “fight or flight” response. However, modern stress doesn’t typically involve life-threatening circumstances, and so the stress doesn’t always naturally resolve itself.

Over time, as cortisol continues to be overproduced in response to lifestyle stress, the adrenal glands become tired, and cortisol production eventually begins to burn out, resulting in chronically low cortisol levels.

When cortisol is off balance, it can drag other hormones into chaos with it, especially reproductive hormones like estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. Hormone health relies on a careful equilibrium, and when that is disrupted, the problem needs to be addressed from the source, not simply from trying to fix a single hormone.

Testosterone

Testosterone, an androgen hormone, is the primary reproductive hormone in men. It triggers puberty and facial hair growth, as well as the development of lean muscle mass and strength.

However, while testosterone is often thought of as the male sex hormone, it’s also present in women, and required for proper hormone balance in both sexes. Testosterone is present in both men and women, enhancing libido and regulating reproductive health.

In men, testosterone is produced in the testes; in women, it is synthesized by the ovaries. The adrenal glands in both sexes also produce testosterone. Its job goes beyond reproduction and manliness, however.

Testosterone tells the body to make new blood cells, enhances libido for both sexes, and regulates the production of follicle-stimulating hormone and luteinizing hormone in women, playing a crucial role in the menstrual cycle and reproductive health.

Estrogen

Commonly known as a women’s hormone, estrogen is actually found in both women and men. However, women have much higher levels.

Technically, there are three kinds of estrogen.

  • Estradiol: The most common kind of estrogen in women of reproductive age.
  • Estriol: The form of estrogen produced to help nourish a pregnancy.
  • Estrone: The form of estrogen produced in women of menopausal age.

Estradiol in women triggers puberty, prepares the uterus for pregnancy, and regulates menstruation. It also helps to regulate cholesterol and maintain bone health.

In women, estrogen is primarily produced in the ovaries, where eggs are also produced. Estrogen is a crucial hormone for fertility and reproductive wellness.

Adrenal glands also produce small levels of estrogen, which is where it’s produced in men. Fat tissue can also have some effect on estrogen production, which is why obesity can often lead to estrogen dominance and imbalances in other hormones.

A woman’s menstrual cycle is a constant shuffling of hormone levels. In the early stages of the cycle, estrogen levels begin to rise and peak at the middle of the cycle, when ovulation occurs. After that, estrogen levels slowly decline as progesterone increases. Estrogen levels are at their lowest level during a woman’s period.

Progesterone

Progesterone is the other primary female hormone that is commonly associated with reproduction and pregnancy. As estrogen falls after ovulation, progesterone rises.

Progesterone, like cortisol, is a steroid hormone. Progesterone is produced by the corpus luteum after ovulation. If the eggs get fertilized and pregnancy happens, progesterone production is eventually taken over by the placenta. If pregnancy doesn’t occur, the corpus luteum breaks down and menstruation takes place, beginning a new cycle.

Just as estrogen is vital for a healthy menstrual cycle, so is progesterone. When estrogen dominance occurs, progesterone levels tend to be low. When elevated progesterone levels are present, they can prevent ovulation.

Either hormone being out of balance can dramatically impact a woman’s menstrual cycle, and, ultimately, her reproductive health and total body wellness. Even women who are not trying to conceive need to be aware of their hormone health to promote general well-being

What Causes Hormones to Get Out of Whack?

What causes hormones to get out of whack? They’re so finicky and sensitive that the answer could be just about anything. But the fact is, there are some key triggers that are commonly found to be at the core of hormone disruption:

Foods to Eat and Foods to Avoid

While there is no specific diet that addresses every single hormone, there are some general eating guidelines for hormone balance.

Foods to eat:

  • Lots and lots of vegetables, any and all kinds. They help the liver and other detox organs break down old hormones, and also aid in reducing the body’s toxic load. Vegetables are also loaded with fiber and nutrients that help promote digestion and cellular health.
  • Quality sourced proteins. While it isn’t so much the ratio of protein to other nutrients that is important, it’s the principle of blood sugar balance. Hormones are very sensitive and respond to other body imbalances, and blood sugar is a good place to start.
  • Quality Paleo fats, which promote proper hormone production in males and females.

Foods to avoid:

  • Processed foods, which contribute an additional toxic load to the body.
  • Vegetable oils and trans fats, which contribute to excess adipose tissue and which can perpetuate hormone imbalances.
  • Grains and legumes, which are rich in phytates and lectins, are also known as “anti-nutrients” that are harder to digest and which can bind with minerals, ushering them out of the body.
  • Dairy products, which can perpetuate hormone imbalances (especially estrogen).
  • Soy products, which are controversial for their estrogenic properties, and which also contain anti-nutrients.

4 Common Hormone Imbalances & Ways to Fix Them

While hormone problems can be complex and multifaceted, there are some common hormone problems that seem to impact people the most.

Low Estrogen / High Estrogen

Estrogen balance is critical for proper reproductive health, bone health, and general mood balance. When estrogen is produced in too little or too high amounts, the ensuing symptoms can include hot flashes, reduced libido, weight gain (especially around the midsection), dry skin, cystic breasts or fibroids, and worsened PMS symptoms.

Even men need estrogen in appropriate levels, and when they don’t have enough they can suffer from excess fat around the middle and a decreased sex drive. Men with excess estrogen are prone to development of fat around breast tissue and may be unable to maintain an erection. Men with too much estrogen can suffer from a decreased sex drive.

Strategy: Estrogen balance is best addressed in men and women by eating a diet rich in vegetables and by avoiding grains, soy, and dairy. Since the liver helps to clear estrogen, following a liver cleanse for 21 days or longer can help to aid in the reduction of estrogenic imbalance. A liver cleanse includes cruciferous vegetables, leafy greens, other low-starch vegetables and fruits, and easily digestible proteins like turkey, chicken, and salmon.

Perimenopause and Menopause

Perimenopause and menopause present special challenges for women. As reproductive years’ end, estrogen production dramatically shifts. The body begins to produce more estrone instead of estradiol, and progesterone levels also decrease. Symptoms resulting can be anything from hot flashes to mood swings, dry skin to night sweats, and a number of things in between.

Perimenopause, which starts in a woman’s late thirties or early forties, is the period of transition from reproduction to menopause. It typically lasts about a decade, but can be shorter or longer. Menopause occurs when a woman stops producing eggs and having menstrual periods completely.

Strategy: During this time of transition, women can find it harder to lose weight and easier to gain it. Focusing on a clean, Paleo diet rich in vegetables and backed by healthy fats and lean proteins can help to prevent menopausal weight gain and help ease other unpleasant hormonal symptoms.

Women should aim for seven servings of vegetables daily, favoring leafy greens and cruciferous vegetables over starchy ones, and two or three servings of berries or apples, pears, and avocado.

Low Progesterone

While low progesterone occurs in menopausal women, it can also commonly occur in women of reproductive age.

When a woman’s menstrual cycle is disrupted due to high estrogen or other reproductive disorders like PCOS, endometriosis, or fibroids, ovulation can be impacted. When a woman isn’t regularly ovulating, no corpus luteums are produced, and natural progesterone production is impacted and reduced.

Strategy: While food can’t specifically increase progesterone, managing hormone imbalance with diet is possible. By eating foods to help balance estrogen, progesterone will naturally be supported.

Specifically, focus on foods rich in magnesium (dark leafy greens, nuts, and seeds) and vitamin C (fruits and vegetables), avoid foods that can interfere with healthy hormone balance like alcohol, caffeine, sugar (processed or natural), and eat nuts and seeds in moderation.

High Testosterone / Low Testosterone

While men will rarely have negative symptoms from high testosterone levels, women who experience excess testosterone will have symptoms that can include acne, increased body and facial hair, hair loss, and possibly PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome), a condition associated with infertility.

Low testosterone for men, however, is a problematic situation. It can contribute to infertility, increased body fat, decreased libido, and mood disturbances, including anxiety and depression. It can also contribute to muscle loss.

Strategy: Balancing testosterone levels in men and women can be influenced positively by reducing highly refined foods in the diet and increasing vegetables, healthy proteins, and quality sourced fats.

Sample Hormone-Balancing Foods

While there is no one-size-fits-all diet for all hormone balancing problems, the same basic principles apply. Foods that are good balancers for men and women include:

  • Proteins like eggs, chicken, grass-fed beef
  • Healthy fats like avocado, coconut oil, salmon
  • Leafy greens like spinach, chard, romaine
  • Cruciferous vegetables like cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts
  • Anti-inflammatory foods like garlic, beets, ginger, and turmeric

Want some more ideas about what foods to eat and avoid for hormone balance? Watch this video – Foods to Prevent Hormonal Imbalance In Women

Written by Aimee McNew

Author Bio:

Aimee McNew is a Certified Nutritionist who specializes in women’s health, thyroid problems, infertility, and digestive wellness. She ate her way back to health using a Paleo diet, lost 80 pounds, and had a healthy baby after numerous miscarriages. She focuses on simple nutrition practices that promote long-lasting results.

Kelsey Alea, is a certified nutritional therapist at PaleoHacks. She is the author of the Keto Slow Cooker Cookbook. The cookbook features 80 mouth-watering Keto slow cooker recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert. It is a perfect cookbook for those who want to indulge, save time in the kitchen, and stay in ketosis.

A lot of people have gotten results from the Keto diet, and enjoyed the foods that it has to offer. However, many of the people who are following this diet have a hard time finding the recipes that they need, especially ones that are quick and easy to complete.

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What is the Best Way to Cure Type 2 Diabetes in 28 Days or Less?


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Cure Type 2 Diabetes in 28 Days or Less – This Candy Cures Type 2 Diabetes

Too often when talking about healthy living, we have to give up on the food and things we love the most.

So I love it when new studies come out proving the most delicious things to be healthy.

A new study published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry reveals a specific, delicious candy that can significantly fight type 2 diabetes.

…even if your diet is not so healthy!

They discovered that a compound that naturally occurs in cocoa can fight off type 2 diabetes.

The researchers extracted cells from rats and injected them with various flavanol compounds derived from cocoa.

While the cells injected with a complete cocoa extract and with oligomeric or polymeric procyanidin-rich extract showed no improvement in function, those treated with a monomeric catechin-rich extract immediately started producing more insulin.

To verify their findings, they fed this monomeric catechin compound to rats on a high-fat diet and compared them with rats not given this substance.

The treated rats had lower blood sugar levels and were less obese than the untreated ones… despite the bad diet.

There are a few problems with simply eating cocoa, however.

1. When they used a complete cocoa extract, it failed to work, which probably means that the amount required to stimulate your beta cells is higher than you can obtain when eating cocoa or cocoa chocolate. It was only one component of cocoa (monomeric catechin) that improved diabetes.

2. Cocoa is bitter and normally becomes appetizing only once you mix it with a lot of sugar. Sugar obviously increases blood sugar and compromises insulin secretion the most, which is then completely self-defeating for a diabetic to consume.

So, if you’re going to consume cocoa, try to get very dark (preferable over 90%) chocolate.

Then, combine that chocolate with other foods high in monomeric catechin, such as green tea, apples, pears, red wine, guavas, blackberries, raspberries, and cherries.

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Cure Type 2 Diabetes in 28 Days or Less – Healthiest Sweetener You Can Find

You likely know by now that most sugars (especially high fructose corn syrup) are extremely unhealthy. Especially if you want to lose weight, tackle high blood pressure, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, arthritis and other diseases.

The fact is, artificial sweeteners are not any better. Studies have shown that diet sodas are just as bad for high blood pressure as sugary sodas and may indeed be worse for obesity.

But there is one sweetener that’s loaded with nutrition and antioxidant benefits.

Using it has been proven to help lower blood pressure, manage cholesterol, improve arthritis and even balance blood sugar for type 2 diabetes.

No sweetener comes close to having the health benefits of honey.

It can be consumed in drinks, foods or deserts. Or, it can be applied to the skin or added to your bath water.

Honey has been used for centuries as a natural antibacterial and antifungal medicine. How many of us had our mothers brought warm milk or hot lemon water with honey in it when we had the flu as kids?

It has also been used traditionally as antibacterial protection on open wounds. It can also be put on the face to heal wrinkles and bring out a healthy shine in skin.

Sugars and high fructose corn syrup are what we call empty calories. They are sweet, but include no nutrition whatsoever. Honey on the other hand, is loaded with nutrition, vitamins and minerals. Its antioxidant qualities are well known to enhance overall health, remove cholesterol buildup and even improve type 2 diabetes.

Honey seems to interact differently with the body than regular sugars; moderate consumption of honey doesn’t have to cause weight increase. Some studies have even indicated that consuming honey will help you lose weight.

One of the most detailed studies on honey for high blood pressure involved a study on rats. The scientist learned that the blood pressure of rats who supplemented with honey dropped while the comparison group stayed the same.

The wonderful thing to take away from this is that we don’t have to deprive ourselves of the sweet things in life. Just make small adjustments to choose honey over sugar and you’ll not only be avoiding the negative effects, you’ll also reap the benefits.

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Cure Type 2 Diabetes in 28 Days or Less – One Food Causes Type 2 Diabetes Worse Than Anything Else

There is one ingredient that is almost single-handedly responsible for the rise in Type 2 Diabetes cases in the world.

It’s hidden in the most unlikely foods and drinks and causes your blood sugar to immediately spike out of control.

Avoid this one ingredient and you’ll immediately experience amazing improvement in Type 2 Diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes is a condition in which your body becomes resistant to insulin. Since insulin is meant to regulate the amount of glucose in your blood, your glucose levels rise when your body no longer responds properly to insulin.

When you eat sugar, your liver converts it to glucose. This glucose is then available for your body to use as energy.

In a study published in a recent edition of the Journal of Clinical Investigation, scientists demonstrate how sugar, or to be more precise fructose, causes insulin resistance.

Mammals have a protein called carbohydrate-responsive element-binding protein, or simply ChREBP, in the metabolic tissue throughout their bodies.

In a study on a large group of mice, the scientists discovered that this protein is activated in the liver the moment fructose is eaten or injected.

This ChREBP then stimulates the liver to produce glucose, regardless of the amount of insulin that the pancreas produces to regulate it.

In other words, the insulin tries to regulate the amount of glucose your liver produces, but the ChREBP causes your liver to produce huge amounts of glucose, a bit like the Grimm brothers’ magic pot that kept on cooking porridge until it filled the whole house, and the whole street, and the whole town.

The pancreas then responds by making more and more insulin, a process that eventually causes the rest of the body’s metabolic tissue to become resistant to insulin.

The scientists first discovered this process in mice, and then verified it by taking autopsy samples from human livers.

Incredibly, even when they genetically modified the mice to activate their livers’ insulin signalling pathways to the maximum, thereby creating mice whose livers should not have been able to produce glucose, fructose still triggered excessive glucose production by their livers.

Interestingly, according to the research, the ChREBP triggers this process only when we eat fructose, not glucose itself.

So what contains fructose?

The only healthy forms in which to consume fructose are in fruit, vegetables, and whole grains. It is healthy in these forms because it is not the main ingredient.

Fruit, vegetables, and whole grains also contain plenty of fiber that stops your body from absorbing the fructose too quickly. As a result, your liver is not drowned in huge quantities of it.

Other sweeteners like beet and cane sugar contain combinations of glucose and fructose without any fiber to slow down their absorption by your body. Even honey, which many people consider a healthy option, is packed with glucose and fructose.

Most commercial sweeteners that are added to food contain almost pure fructose, as manufacturers have discovered that pure fructose is significantly sweeter than mixed fructose and glucose.

Worst of all is added high-fructose-corn syrup.

This means that you should cut down on sodas, many commercially available fruit juices, ice cream, desserts, sandwich spreads, bottled and packaged sauces, pickled products, and a wide variety of other processed foods.

In fact, if you have full-blown Type 2 Diabetes, you should cut down as much fructose as possible.

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In this program, Jodi Knapp shares practical tips and advice on how you can prevent and cure diabetes naturally. She also dispels myths commonly associated with diabetes, like for example, diabetes being a lifelong condition. There are also lots of information going around that is simply not true and she’s here to correct it.

Diabetes is a disease, and it can be cured. This is just one of the important tips Jodi reveals in her program. Also, she included several ways in preventing the onset of disease, choosing the right food to eat, recommended vitamin supplements, the right time of the day to take the blood sugar and many more.

But the most amazing thing would have to be her program which only takes 3 simple steps to help you to control & treat type 2 diabetes. What it does is cure diabetes without having to rely on expensive drugs, diets that make sufferers crave for even more food they are not supposed to eat, and exercise programs that make people feel tired and depressed.

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6 Hormonal Birth Control Side Effects and What are the Safer Alternatives?


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6 Worst Dangers of Hormonal Birth Control (& 6 Healthier Alternatives)

If you’re using birth control or considering it, make sure you know the dangers behind these little pills. Often, birth control pumps your body with synthetic chemicals that can cause long-term damage and even mask symptoms that are telling a bigger story.

Birth control contraceptives have become so common that their uses run well beyond that of just preventing pregnancy. Acne control, prep for fertility treatment, and managing long or irregular periods are just some of the other prescribed uses of various birth control methods.

However, birth control isn’t as safe as was once thought, and it can lead to serious and significant problems down the road. Here we will go over the health risks of taking birth control and alternative options for managing your needs.

6 Forms of Hormonal Birth Control

There are more than 60 million women of childbearing age in the U.S. 62 percent use contraceptives regularly, while 67 percent of these women using regular contraception rely on non-permanent, hormonal methods, like birth control pills, patches, implants, injectables, and vaginal rings.

Different forms of hormonal birth control all have the same objective, while differing slightly in side effects and benefits.

Pills

The most common form, birth control pills, come in two primary forms: combination packs, which utilize synthetic estrogen and progestins, and minipills, which are progestin only.

With combination pills, you can essentially choose how many periods you want to have per year, with common packs allowing for monthly cycles or extended cycles (periods four times a year). Formulations that completely eliminate periods altogether are also available. Combination pills come with higher risks, but these progestin-only pills do not fully prevent ovulation.

Combination pills come with higher risks, so minipills are sometimes recommended, but these progestin-only pills do not fully prevent ovulation. Instead, they thin the uterine lining and thicken cervical mucus to prevent the released egg from fertilizing.

Patches

Delivering the same hormones as the combination pill, patches are worn on the abdomen and deliver hormones via skin absorption. It is replaced once a week at the same time for three weeks, and then discontinued the fourth week to allow a period to come.

Implants

Progestin-only implants are placed in the upper inside of the arm and work like minipills. While they don’t prevent ovulation, they have a failure rate of 0.05 percent.

They do, however, come with some side effects and some strong contraindications, such as not being recommended for women with current or past breast cancer, a history of heart disease or stroke, antibodies for lupus, history of migraine with aura, or liver problems due to the high potential for severe consequences.

Injectables

Injectable birth control is another progestin-only option that is injected either subcutaneously or intramuscularly every three months by a provider.

While it is considered safer for women who cannot take estrogen birth control options, injection birth control comes with some hefty risks, including delayed return of fertility (10+ months before normal ovulation returns) and bone density loss.

Vaginal Rings

Vaginal rings are combination methods of birth control that are placed inside of the vagina and deliver hormones for three weeks. Each ring is discarded after three weeks to allow a period to come, and then a new ring is inserted. This can be done by the patient at home, no provider visit is necessary.

IUD

IUD, short for intrauterine device, is a small, T-shaped plastic device that is inserted vaginally by a provider. It delivers progestin-only hormones.

Hormonal IUDs work longer than other forms of hormonal birth control, and are the only long-lasting, non-permanent form of contraception. Most last between three to five years.

Bottom line: While there is no shortage of hormonal birth control options, all of them carry weighty risks. Even minor side effects, like mood disorders or weight gain, can be enough to significantly disrupt one’s quality of life.

6 Dangers of Hormonal Birth Control

We’ve been inundated with views that it’s normal to take birth control, but when we, the women whose bodies are being pumped full of synthetic hormones, take a step back and consider the big picture, do we really want to sign on this dotted line?

1. Infertility

Many women are finding that years of birth control use significantly delay or damage their fertility, often resulting in longer times to conception, increased risks of miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy, or the need for assisted reproductive technology, like IVF.

Nearly all forms of hormonal birth control carry side effects of weight gain, which can be significant, and weight or obesity factors can also independently lead to fertility problems or the inability to conceive.

2. Blood Clots, Blood Pressure, Stroke, and Heart Attack

While numerous factors (such as smoking) can affect a woman’s risk of blood clots, combination pills at least double the risk of having a blood clot in a vein.

Many forms of birth control carry a potential side effect of raising blood pressure. When you factor in other causes of increased blood pressure, like genetics, age, smoking, or obesity, some women will face substantially higher chances of encountering a blood pressure related issue, like stroke or heart attack, or even preeclampsia later if a pregnancy is achieved.

The risk for heart attack using certain forms of birth control increases for all women, even those who don’t have genetic clotting disorders, which can also independently increase risk.

3. Yeast Overgrowth

Birth control, especially long-term use, disrupts the normal flora of the vagina, and can lead to increased occurrences of yeast infections.

When candida, the bacteria that is commonly referred to as yeast, becomes a regular problem, it can overgrow into other areas of the body, particularly the intestines, leading to chronic candidiasis and other health problems, like chronic fatigue.

4. Cancer

Hormonal birth control can lead to an increased risk for two forms of cancer: ovarian and breast. Beyond that, IUDs specifically carry an increased risk of developing ovarian cancer.

Note: Women are exposed to many daily factors that can increase a risk of female reproductive disorders and cancers that go well beyond a daily dose of birth control, including xenoestrogens in plastic products, cosmetics, and skincare products.

5. Mood Disorders, Including Depression and Anxiety

Birth control increases the elimination of water-soluble B vitamins, which have a strong neurological and mood impact. Combination birth control methods that use estrogen can increase a chance for mood disorders, including depression.

6. Sex Drive

A common side effect of many forms of hormonal birth control includes a decreased sex drive. Reduced sex drive while on birth control can also be tied to the other common birth control side effects like weight gain, breakthrough bleeding, acne, fatigue, and breast tenderness, all of which can quickly kill the mood for sex.

Additional Risks of Hormonal Birth Control Include: 

  • Abdominal pain
  • Absence of periods
  • Acne
  • Bone density loss
  • Breakthrough bleeding
  • Breast tenderness or pain
  • Cramping or pelvic pain
  • Cysts on the ovaries
  • Decreased libido
  • Delayed return of fertility
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Endometrial or cervical cancer
  • Endometritis (endometrial inflammation)
  • Fatigue
  • Fluid retention
  • Gallbladder problems or disease
  • Headaches
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Increased risk of ectopic pregnancy
  • Increased vaginal fluids
  • Irregular, prolonged, or frequent menstrual bleeding
  • Liver cancer or tumors
  • Nausea
  • Nervousness
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Pelvic infections
  • Skin irritation
  • Toxic shock syndrome
  • Vaginal infection or irritation
  • Weight gain

6 Healthier Alternatives

1. Male Condoms

Perhaps the most common non-hormonal method of birth control, condoms are cheap, convenient, and simple to use. Hormonal birth control options don’t protect against STDs, and condoms do, so these have an added level of protection.

Success rates of condoms are 98 percent when used correctly. One thing some fail to consider: condoms have expiration dates, and should be replaced regularly to ensure that they function as they should. Hormonal birth control options don’t protect against STDs, and condoms do, so these have an added level of protection.

Another factor to consider with condoms is the materials they’re made from. Most condoms on the market are made from latex, but other latex-free alternatives exist that are made from polyurethane or polyisoprene. Still, if you’re looking to find a more naturally-made substance, some companies produce lamb skin

condoms. 

Note: While lamb skin condoms can have less irritating reactions, they do not protect against STDs.

2. Female Condoms

Less common than male condoms, female condoms don’t have quite as high of a success rate (79 percent). They are also a little less easy to use, and can cause vaginal irritation. But they do protect against sexually transmitted infections, and they are an option if male condoms don’t work.

3. Spermicide and Diaphragm or Cervical Cap

Similar to a female condom, the diaphragm or cervical cap must be inserted to fully cover the cervix. On their own, they’re about 80 percent effective, but this can increase with the use of a spermicide to ensure that sperm that do make it past the barrier don’t go on the fertilize an egg.

These options are less convenient since it can require some effort to get into place, and occasionally, can get stuck inside of the vagina. It also requires a prescription and a fitting. They can’t be used during a period, either.

4. Nonhormonal IUD

While hormonal IUDs carry a load of side effects, copper IUDs contain no hormones and carry less risk. They are longer lasting and can remain implanted for up to 10 years.

They do have the potential to increase heavy bleeding during periods, since they don’t interfere with ovulation or normal menstrual cycles. They also have a slight chance of coming out, or slipping out of place and not preventing pregnancy, but they have a 99 percent success rate.

5. Natural Family Planning

This form of birth control is the one that most truly preserves natural fertility and reduces exposure to synthetic hormones, barrier methods, and implants. While it’s really only ideal for partners in committed partnerships (since it doesn’t protect against STDs), it can present the most freedom.

With the advance of the smartphone, most women can track their fertility in an app using simple measurements like taking a daily morning temperature or monitoring cervical fluid around ovulation.

Generally, women will need to avoid intercourse for 7-10 days each cycle. If you properly track your fertility signs, this method can be very effective. The true bonus is that it can be turned around and used to achieve pregnancy quickly if you do decide that you want to conceive.

Hormonal methods of birth control disrupt ovulation and once stopped, can still lead to long wait times before conception. Other devices, like the Ava bracelet, are worn around the wrist while you sleep, and can pinpoint fertile days with 89 percent accuracy.

If you really want to get high-tech with your natural pregnancy avoidance, there are devices designed for tracking natural fertility. While they’re aimed at improving a woman’s odds of conception, they come with high success rates of identifying fertile windows. If you identify when you’re capable of getting pregnant, you can easily avoid pregnancy as well.

Some of these devices, such as the Ovusense and Ovacue, are inserted in the vagina while you sleep, and provide real-time updates on fertility. Other devices, like the Ava bracelet, are worn around the wrist while you sleep, and can pinpoint fertile days with 89 percent accuracy.

6. Sponge

Similar to a cervical cap, a sponge filled with spermicide is inserted into the vagina. It is more effective for women who haven’t already had children, since a widened vaginal canal from giving birth can lead to a nearly 25 percent failure rate for this method.

Women who have never had a child will still have around a 10 to 12 percent of pregnancy while using the sponge, making it less successful than other methods. In rare cases, it can be difficult to remove.

Watch this video – The Best Non Hormonal Birth Control Options

Bottom line: Numerous alternatives to hormonal birth control exist, varying in degrees of effectiveness. The form of birth control you choose should best meet the needs of your health goals.

When weighing the risks of hormones, non-hormonal options can be as effective and even empowering, since they don’t suppress a woman’s natural fertility, mood, or vibrant health.

Written by Aimee McNew

Author Bio:

Aimee McNew is a Certified Nutritionist who specializes in women’s health, thyroid problems, infertility, and digestive wellness. She ate her way back to health using a Paleo diet, lost 80 pounds, and had a healthy baby after numerous miscarriages. She focuses on simple nutrition practices that promote long-lasting results.

Kelsey Alea, is a certified nutritional therapist at PaleoHacks. She is the author of the Keto Slow Cooker Cookbook. The cookbook features 80 mouth-watering Keto slow cooker recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert. It is a perfect cookbook for those who want to indulge, save time in the kitchen, and stay in ketosis.

A lot of people have gotten results from the Keto diet, and enjoyed the foods that it has to offer. However, many of the people who are following this diet have a hard time finding the recipes that they need, especially ones that are quick and easy to complete.

Fortunately, Kelsey Ale, noticed this problem, and decided to do something about it. She’s found that making recipes in a slow cooker gives you meals which are not only delicious, but also take very little time to make. Mostly you just put a few simple ingredients in the slow cooker, and let it do the rest.

To find out more, click on – Keto Slow Cooker Cookbook

What Foods to Eat and Avoid for Blood Sugar Control?


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The 3 Worst Foods for Blood Sugar (& 6 Healthy Foods to Eat Instead)

Blood sugar is a relatively common concept for many Americans.

But for those who aren’t actively dealing with diabetes, it can be a bit of a murky subject. Discovering more about blood sugar’s role in the body is key to your health, even if you aren’t currently diabetic.

What Is Blood Sugar?

Blood sugar, or glucose, is sugar carried through the bloodstream to provide energy to the body. Glucose increases when we eat – particularly foods that contain refined carbohydrates, vegetable oils, and sugar. Protein, but not fat, can be converted to glucose when needed, too.

Since organs function best with balance, the body tries to maintain stable blood sugar levels. This internal balance is referred to as homeostasis. When we eat carbohydrates, they are broken down into simple sugars during the digestion process.

Glucose is the primary simple sugar that fuels the body. Blood sugar levels rise after eating, but then typically return to homeostatic levels within an hour. Blood sugar is at its lowest levels in the morning after fasting during the night.

After glucose is broken down during digestion, it needs to be received into the cells. Insulin is a hormone that allows glucose to enter the cells for energy. Without insulin, the cells would not be able to receive glucose.

Insulin releases when glucose is present. When blood sugar levels are high, like with diabetes, insulin can’t always keep up with glucose absorption. In other cases, the pancreas doesn’t produce enough insulin to keep up with demands, as is common with type 1, or autoimmune, diabetes.

Type 1 diabetes is often referred to as insulin-dependent diabetes because even when dietary glucose is limited, there is still not enough insulin to handle the glucose load.

In other cases, typically with type 2 diabetes, the body becomes desensitized to the presence of insulin. This is known as insulin resistance. The pancreas produces more insulin, but it becomes harder for the insulin to stimulate the absorption of glucose.

Bottom line: Glucose is a simple sugar that is needed for cellular energy. Insulin allows glucose to be absorbed into cells and used for energy. In type 1 diabetes, the pancreas doesn’t produce enough insulin. In type 2 diabetes, the body becomes resistant to insulin’s actions.

How Your Diet Affects Blood Sugar Levels?

Since all glucose in our bodies is derived from our diets, what we eat has a big impact on our blood sugar levels. How much glucose is produced and how our body responds to it is determined by a few key factors.

Genetics can be a primary factor in how the body responds to glucose and insulin. Certain populations can be at greater risk of diabetes. Dozens of other specific genetic mutations can increase the risk of type 1 or type 2 diabetes and the associated glucose and insulin problems.

So, while some may claim that their genetics are at fault and diet has nothing to do with it, the management of genetic-induced diabetes still requires lifestyle modifications, which are highly effective.

If you eat a diet high in refined carbohydrates, vegetable oils, and sugar, then you’re most likely getting more glucose than your body needs for energy. When you consume excess glucose that insulin can’t take into your cells, it gets stored as fat.

This is because your body can draw from your fat tissue when it needs extra energy. In cases of diabetes, however, this extra fat can lead to obesity, which further fuels the hormonal chaos that happens when insulin resistance becomes a chronic problem.

Bottom line: While genetics can play a role on how your body uses blood sugar, diet also influences levels since it’s the source of glucose. Insulin resistance or autoimmune diabetic issues can also influence how glucose gets used or stored.

How to Control Your Blood Sugar Levels?

Eating a standard American diet and trying to regulate blood sugar levels can be a challenge. Much of the typical American diet is refined carbohydrates and sugar, and these processed foods cause blood sugar levels to spike dramatically.

The glycemic index was designed to help people who are diabetic manage their glucose. It takes 50 grams of any given carbohydrate-containing food and subtracts fiber grams (which are indigestible), leaving a number. Higher count glycemic index foods will spike glucose more than lower count ones. The glycemic index was designed to help people who are diabetic manage their glucose.

But, trying to manage diabetes on the glycemic index alone can be difficult. Lifestyle and dietary modifications can be very successful, especially when a diet focuses on whole foods and ditches refined and processed carbs (like the Paleo diet).

While some who have type 2 diabetes may need to focus on low carb to reduce the glucose surge and to regain insulin sensitivity, not everyone with diabetes will need to cut carbs. High quality carbs, like those found in fruits and vegetables, are beneficial because they offer nutrients that can help reverse chronic conditions.

The best way to ensure that eating healthy carbs won’t spike glucose, is to choose carbs with higher fiber or to pair them with quality fats and proteins. This will slow down digestion, and create a more stable environment as insulin escorts digested glucose into the cells.

When it comes to blood sugar regulation, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Starting the day off with a breakfast high in protein sets the tone for balanced blood sugar throughout the day. In general, aim for 20 grams of protein or higher. When it comes to blood sugar regulation, breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

Bottom line: Controlling blood sugar is easier with a Paleo diet focusing on whole foods versus a traditional American diet filled with refined carbs and sugar. Quality protein and fat help balance carbohydrate intake, especially when part of a healthy breakfast.

6 Best Foods to Eat for Blood Sugar

While there are many foods that can be beneficial for blood sugar, there are certain ones that have a knack for helping to keep it nice and steady.

1. Cinnamon

Ceylon cinnamon can help control blood sugar and insulin levels by lowering them. Cinnamon is effective at balancing blood sugar because of the presence of antioxidants, which help improve hormonal communication and improve proper glucose storage and use.

While there are two kinds of cinnamon, Ceylon cinnamon is the one that has the best health benefits. Cassia cinnamon is most commonly found on grocery store shelves, so be sure to find one that is explicitly labelled “Ceylon.” Health food stores and online markets are usually the best source.

2. Salmon

Salmon reduces the markers increasing the risk of cardiovascular disease thanks to the presence of anti-inflammatory Omega-3 fatty acids. Blood sugar problems can spark inflammation within the body, but they can also develop due to the presence of inflammatory foods, like those that are rich in Omega-6 fatty acids or trans fats.

Omega 3’s, like those found in salmon, work to counterbalance the inflammatory problems and restore normal glucose usage in the body.

Salmon is rich in protein and healthy fats, so it won’t spike blood sugar. While some may struggle to eat it, especially if they’re not “fish people,” recipes like this Salmon Burger with Mango Slaw are a good way to introduce fish to your diet without being overwhelmed with that fishy taste.

Salmon Burgers with Jicama Mango Slaw

Recipe by Jennafer Ashley

Ingredients for Salmon Burgers

  • 16 oz salmon filets, skin removed
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup almond meal
  • 1/3 cup red onion, minced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, finely chopped
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 2 T olive oil for cooking

Ingredients for Jicama Mango Slaw

  • 2 cups green cabbage, shredded
  • 1 cup jicama, julienned
  • 1 cup mango, diced
  • 1/2 cup red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1/3 cup cilantro, minced
  • Sea salt to taste

Instructions

  1. Begin by finely chopping the salmon filets and add to a large mixing bowl. Add the rest of the burger ingredients and stir to combine.
  • Form mixture into patties. Set onto a plate.
  • Heat olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Allow pan to become very hot. Place salmon burgers on pan. Use spatula to reform patties if they become loose. Cook 5 minutes. Flip and cook 5 minutes on other side.
  • While burgers cook, make the slaw by combining cabbage, red onion, mango, jicama and cilantro in a large bowl. Pour in lime juice and olive oil. Season with sea salt. Toss to coat. Refrigerate until serving.
  • Serve salmon patties with slaw.

3. Eggs

Rich in protein and healthy fat, eggs are a quick and easy food that makes a good meal or snack. They promote fullness and have a stabilizing effect on blood sugar. They also promote the good kind of cholesterol, which defends against inflammation and chronic health problems.

Eggs are rich in folate, B12, selenium, and a host of other nutrients that promote stable blood sugar thanks to a balance between protein and fat.

One of the best (and tastiest) ways to add eggs into your diet is to eat them with avocado, like in these Guacamole Deviled Eggs. Avocado and eggs share similar nutrient profiles, and increase satiety, which promotes balanced blood sugar long after you’ve finished eating.

Guacamole Deviled Eggs

Recipe by Rebecca Maclary

Ingredients

  • 6 hardboiled eggs, cooled and peeled
  • 1 t garlic, minced
  • 1 t shallot, minced
  • 1 large avocado, very ripe
  • 1 t lemon juice
  • 3 T bacon bits
  • pinch or two of salt
  • pinch or two of pepper
  • 1/2 t paprika

Instructions

  1. Slice your eggs in half lengthwise and spread them out onto a baking sheet.
  • Carefully extract the yolks from each egg and place them a large bowl.
  • Add the avocado, garlic, bacon bits, shallot, and lemon juice into the bowl. Mash and then stir until thoroughly combined.
  • Taste your mixture and season to taste.
  • Using a small ice cream scoop, melon baller or a spoon, scoop out the yolk and avocado mixture into the cavity of each piece of hardboiled egg.
  • Dust paprika over top of each, and enjoy!

4. Walnuts

While most tree nuts can be beneficial for diabetes, blood sugar, and overall health thanks to their protein – walnuts have some extra benefits.

Walnuts promote healthy insulin levels and weight loss thanks to their high levels of polyunsaturated fatty acids. These PUFAs, as they’re referred to, can help decrease fasting insulin levels by improving hormone communication and glucose usage.

Walnuts are also rich in B vitamins, which nourish the nervous system and promote a balanced mood, as well as minerals like zinc, manganese, magnesium, and phosphorous. 

5. Apple Cider Vinegar

Drinking apple cider vinegar before meals can improve the body’s ability to take glucose into the cells by increasing muscular blood flow, reducing insulin resistance.

Drinking ACV before bed can also improve the next morning’s fasting glucose thanks to better blood flow to muscles, which can be dramatic for anyone battling type 1 or type 2 diabetes.

To work apple cider vinegar into your meals, try this Sweet Apple Basil slaw paired with some salmon or a grass-fed burger. You can also boost your dietary probiotics by making your own sauerkraut, which can naturally help to lower blood sugar.

Sweet Apple Basil slaw

Recipe by Deanna Dorman

Ingredients

  • 1/2 head red cabbage (shredded)
  • 2-3 large carrots (grated)
  • 1 large red apple (shredded or spiralized)
  • 1 cup basil leaves (lightly packed)
  • ¼ cup raw sunflower seeds

Ingredients for Dressing

  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 T apple cider vinegar
  • 1-2 T raw honey
  • 1 T lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Combine the ingredients for the dressing in a small bowl, and whisk them together.
  • Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl, drizzle with the sweet dressing, and toss to combine.

Easy, Healthy Sauerkraut Recipe by Jennafer Ashley

Tools

  • 2 24-oz clean mason jars
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Clean stones inside of a small dish
  • Cheesecloth

Ingredients

  • 6 cups green cabbage, finely shredded (1 medium head)
  • 2 t pink Himalayan sea salt
  • 2 t apple cider vinegar, divided
  • 1 t caraway seeds
  • 1 T beef tallow or ghee
  • 2 t coconut sugar

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine sea salt and shredded cabbage. Use hands to massage and squeeze cabbage to help soften and release moisture. This will take about 5 minutes. Mix in caraway seeds.
  • Using hands or a large spoon, stuff cabbage into each mason jar, packing as you go. Leave about 3 inches at the top for room to add the weight. Pour in any liquid from bowl along with a teaspoon of ACV into each jar.
  • Weigh down cabbage mixtures with clean stones inside of a small dish. Place cheesecloth on top and tie securely. Over the next few days, press cabbage down as liquid begins to release from cabbage, keeping the cabbage submerged in liquid. Skim off any scum that may form. Ferment for 3-10 days, tasting cabbage after 3 days. Once taste reaches your preference, remove stones and transfer to a smaller container or combine into one. Refrigerate up to 2 months.
  • To serve sauerkraut: Melt tallow over medium/low heat in a large skillet. Drain and discard any excess liquid from sauerkraut and pour sauerkraut into skillet. Stir in coconut sugar. Cook uncovered for 10 minutes or until cabbage has lightly browned, stirring occasionally. Serve hot.

6. Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are high in fiber and low in the carbs that raise glucose, making them a perfect blood sugar friendly food. They also contain almost six grams of protein in a single ounce. Chia seeds are an abundant source of calcium, potassium, phosphorous, and natural antioxidants.

Chia seeds can help address insulin resistance by improving hormone communication and helping the body better regulate blood sugar and insulin levels. This makes them an ideal food for the prevention and reversal of this hormone problem.

3 Worst Foods for Blood Sugar

While adding specific foods to your diet can benefit your blood sugar, you’ll also want to cut the worst offenders that can spike glucose and stimulate insulin resistance.

1. Excess Sugar

Added sugars might be the most obvious culprit here for increasing blood sugar, but what most people might not realize is that even Paleo sweeteners like honey and maple syrup can contribute to the problem. Sodas and high-fructose foods are other major contributors to insulin resistance.

Following a Paleo diet that is low in processed foods and which focuses on meats, vegetables, fruits, fats, nuts, and seeds, will result in a natural avoidance of added sweeteners.

Those who are trying to balance glucose or reverse insulin resistance will want to strictly limit or avoid baked goods, even Paleo ones, that add sweeteners and use higher-starch flours like cassava.

2. Grains

Grains aren’t Paleo because of the phytates and lectins that they contain, otherwise known as anti-nutrients, that can cause digestive upset or contribute to health problems. Whether it’s white rice, quick oats, or refined wheat, grains are more likely to spike blood sugar than the carbs in vegetables or nuts. This is partially because grains don’t have much protein or fat to slow the digestion of glucose.

3. Foods Fried in Hydrogenated Oils or Trans Fats

Whether it’s fast food, French fries or anything fried in hydrogenated oils or trans fats, these foods increase inflammatory markers, mess up the good bacteria balance in the gut, and increase fat tissue, while altering the way that the liver and other detox organs work. Trans fats also alter the way that insulin works in the body, leading to further problems.

Watch this video – What Foods to Eat and Avoid for Blood Sugar Control?

4 Lifestyle Factors to Keep Blood Sugar Stable

Diet is crucial for healthy blood sugar levels, but there are several non-f00d factors that can have a dramatic impact on blood sugar balance and insulin sensitivity.

1. Exercise

This is a most obvious answer, but still, 80 percent of American adults don’t get the recommended amounts of exercise or movement. Exercise might be helpful in altering blood sugar levels, making it especially beneficial for those dealing with high glucose.

Walking is always a good form of exercise given that almost anyone can do it, and it can be done for short or long amount of time. Regular exercise is more important than the specific type, and it can reduce the likelihood of diabetes in high-risk people as well as help to address it as an existing condition.

Yoga can also be effective in reducing fasting and postprandial glucose levels, resulting in better use of glucose as well as a healthy redistribution of fat. Whether you’re a yoga pro or not, it can be an enjoyable and relaxing form of exercise, and you don’t have to be incredibly flexible to begin. Whether you join a studio class or try yoga at home from a smartphone app, it’s a great beginning or end of day routine.

2. Get Vitamin D

Vitamin D is a nutrient that is difficult to get entirely from diet alone. While it is found in some food sources naturally, like cod liver oil, most food sources are artificially supplemented with extra vitamin D. Even so, dietary intake can often still leave a deficiency or low levels, and a combination of dietary intervention, sunlight, and supplementation is often required.

When vitamin D levels are low, the risk for insulin resistance and type 1 or 2 diabetes is higher. In fact, optimizing a child’s vitamin D levels can reduce the risk of developing type 1 diabetes.

The Vitamin D Council advises supplementation in most cases to meet the recommended daily amounts, ranging from 1,000 IU for infants to 5,000 IU daily for adults. Vitamin D3 is the superior supplemental form versus the less active D2. Levels should be monitored by a practitioner to ensure optimal supplementation and health benefits.

3. Manage Stress

Another factor that can influence blood sugar levels is stress. In order to maximize efforts to balance blood sugar, finding healthy ways to reduce and manage stress levels shouldn’t be overlooked.

Whether it’s engaging in a regular form of exercise, cutting sugar entirely, practicing meditation, or finding an enjoyable hobby, there are plenty of healthy ways to combat the negative effects of stress.

4. Prioritize Sleep

Almost everywhere you turn, you’re going to run into the advice that sleep needs to be important and you need to get enough if you want to be healthy.

Not getting enough sleep can disrupt blood sugar, increase the risk of insulin sensitivity and poor hormone communication, produce more stress, and lead to chronic health conditions.

In a culture that thrives on busyness, it can be easy to rob from the sleep department to get other things done. But consistently cutting short sleep, even by an hour, can lead to other health issues that can stack up over months and years.

The Bottom line

When it comes to blood sugar health, there’s much more to it than just correcting diet alone. Eating the right foods is important, as well as avoiding problem foods, but lifestyle factors can also have a significant impact on the body’s ability to regulate blood sugar properly and function optimally.

Written by Aimee McNew

Author Bio:

Aimee McNew is a Certified Nutritionist who specializes in women’s health, thyroid problems, infertility, and digestive wellness. She ate her way back to health using a Paleo diet, lost 80 pounds, and had a healthy baby after numerous miscarriages. She focuses on simple nutrition practices that promote long-lasting results.

Kelsey Alea, is a certified nutritional therapist at PaleoHacks. She is the author of the Keto Slow Cooker Cookbook. The cookbook features 80 mouth-watering Keto slow cooker recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert. It is a perfect cookbook for those who want to indulge, save time in the kitchen, and stay in ketosis.

A lot of people have gotten results from the Keto diet, and enjoyed the foods that it has to offer. However, many of the people who are following this diet have a hard time finding the recipes that they need, especially ones that are quick and easy to complete.

Fortunately, Kelsey Ale, noticed this problem, and decided to do something about it. She’s found that making recipes in a slow cooker gives you meals which are not only delicious, but also take very little time to make. Mostly you just put a few simple ingredients in the slow cooker, and let it do the rest.

To find out more, click on – Keto Slow Cooker Cookbook

How to Completely Get Rid of Gout in a Few Days?


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Completely Get Rid of Gout in a Few Days – How Gout Kills (very serious)

It is easy to think of gout as a painful but less serious type of arthritis.

But a study just published in The Lancet Rheumatology shows why we should not think of gout as less serious in any way.

To the contrary, it is serious and potentially deadly in its own right.

A large research team conducted a review of the existing literature on the relationship between cardiovascular disease and the two forms of inflammatory arthritis: rheumatoid arthritis and gout.

Although osteoarthritis, from which many people begin to suffer as they age, also involves some level of inflammation, inflammation is not as central to it as it is in rheumatoid arthritis and gout. It involves damage due to the wear and tear of joints and the inflammation only creeps in later.

The traditional risk factors for cardiovascular disease include race, sex, age, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, and diabetes. But in the last few years, researchers have started adding risk factors like systemic inflammation and, of course, arthritis and gout.

According to the studies they surveyed, people with rheumatoid arthritis have up to twice the risk for atherosclerosis that people without arthritis have. Their heart attack and heart failure risks are doubled, their chance of suffering a stroke increases by 50 percent, and they are 54 percent more likely to die early, with a life expectancy reduced by between six and seven years.

The research on gout is equally bad.

1. People with gout are twice as likely as people without it to have high blood pressure.

2. Gout sufferers are more likely than the general population to be obese, with an increased risk of 60 percent versus 44 percent.

3. Gout sufferers are twice as likely to have high cholesterol.

4. While eight percent of the non-gout population has diabetes, 26 percent of the gout population does.

5. By the time gout is diagnosed, patients already have a 33 percent greater chance of having heart disease, and this risk increases as the gout sets in and progresses.

6. People with elevated urate in their blood have a greater risk for high blood pressure and high cholesterol, even if they don’t yet suffer from gout.

7. While the occurrence of congestive heart failure is two percent in the non-gout population, it is 10 percent in the gout population.

8. People with gout are 29 percent more likely to die of heart disease than people without gout.

The researchers attributed these findings primarily to inflammation.

Chronic systemic inflammation is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease, and inflammation is precisely the mechanism behind gout.

Completely Get Rid of Gout in a Few Days – The good news is that it’s relatively easy to reverse gout using a simple lifestyle change explained here (but it’s actually not about avoiding uric acid)…

Completely Get Rid of Gout in a Few Days – This Plant Compound Combats Gout

Gout is extremely painful and potentially disabling when many or large joints are affected.

This is why a new study in the British Journal of Pharmacology is so promising, as it shows that a natural organic compound found in almost all supermarkets works as well as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to treat gout.

The scientists injected monosodium urate directly into the ankle joints to cause gout.

They then tested the amount of inflammatory chemicals and reactive oxitive species in these joints, together with the pain and edema from which the mice suffered.

To treat the mice, they injected eucalyptol into their ankle joints and then repeated all the physiological tests.

Their most important finding was that the eucalyptol worked just as well as indomethacin to prevent edema and pain. Indomethacin is the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug that is usually prescribed to treat moderate to severe arthritis, gout, and ankylosing spondylitis.

If you are wondering how they tested pain in mice, who obviously can’t report their own pain levels, they used the concept of mechanical pain – the extent to which the mice did and could use their damaged joints.

The eucalyptol also reduced the infiltration of inflammatory immune cells into the gout-affected joints and inhibited the production and activation of other inflammatory substances.

It lastly reduced oxitive damage, as evidenced by an increase in the activity of antioxidant enzymes and a reduction of reactive oxitive species.

In fact, when they used antioxidant drugs instead, these fared no better than the eucalyptol.

The most effective way to use eucalyptol is in the form of an essential oil.

Because of its potency and the other chemicals, it contains, it is not a good idea to inject eucalyptus essential oil straight into your gout-affected joints.

For now, you will have to settle for topical application, or you can do essential oil inhalation for about 30 minutes.

Completely Get Rid of Gout in a Few Days – But although eucalyptol essential oil can be helpful, it’s not going to cure your gout. To do that, you need to follow the simple steps explained here…

Completely Get Rid of Gout in a Few Days – Why Are GOUT Cases Spiking and What You Can Do About It?

The prevalence of gout is increasing along with the unhealthy lifestyle factors that cause it.

The journal Arthritis & Rheumatology has just published a study that traces the increase of gout from 1990 to 2017 worldwide.

This study doesn’t just reveal the increase in gout cases but also the factors that are causing it. Factors that you can use to reverse your gout.

To carry out their investigation, a large team of scientists from various countries used data collected by the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Study in 2017. It included data from 195 countries and territories.

In 2017, there were approximately 41.2 million active cases of gout worldwide, with 7.4 million new cases per year and 1.3 million years of disability per year due to gout.

This means that there were 510.6 cases per 100,000 people and 91.8 new annual cases per 100,000 people.

This represents a 7.2 percent increase in prevalence from 1990 to 2017, and a 5.5 percent increase in new cases per year from 1990 to 2017.

If these numbers don’t make sense to you, remember that many people with gout have since died, otherwise the prevalence would obviously have been much higher.

The study also shows that the prevalence and the new cases are increasing more quickly as time goes on, regardless of all the information that is now available through the Internet, for example.

The study also shows that years of disability have increased by 7.2 percent since 1990.

Gout tends to be a disease that is still found most often in developed countries. The largest gout burden is found in New Zealand, Australia, and the United States.

The highest increases in prevalence between 1990 and 2017 were in the United States, Canada, and Oman.

This should be unsurprising, as some of the foods that cause high uric acid and thereby gout are a tad expensive, such as red meat, organ meats, and seafood.

High body mass index accounted for 32.4 percent of the years of disability due to gout, while impaired kidney function could explain 15.3 percent.

The research found that gout was most common in men and in upper-middle-aged and elderly people.

Some gout risk factors are not easily or sensibly modifiable, such as being male, the inevitability of aging, and your genetic makeup.

But most of the other causes are modifiable—and it is therefore possible to prevent the prevalence of gout from skyrocketing like this.

High body weight is alterable through regular exercise and healthy dieting, and so are the primary causes of kidney disease, namely, high blood pressure and diabetes.

High alcohol consumption (especially beer), a high-purine diet, high sugar intake, and blood pressure medications are all avoidable.

Watch this video – How to Get Rid of Gout Naturally in 24 HOURS

Completely Get Rid of Gout in a Few Days – But completely reversing gout doesn’t have to take much effort—all you need to do is make the few, small lifestyle changes explained here…

The post is from the End of Gout Program created by Shelly Manning. She is an accomplished natural health researcher and writer. She began her work on natural health remedies after suffering years of very painful arthritis.

The End of Gout  program offers natural ways to eliminate the pain and discomfort of gout. Unlike many conventional treatments, this program takes the main contributing factors, such as diet, stress, sleep and lifestyle, and teaches you natural ways to remove them from your life so you can begin to heal your gout from the inside out.

It’s 100% safe and natural and is highly based around science. It even comes with quick relief options for those days when you want to take the risk and cheat. So, if you’re ready to end your gout without having to restrict your diet and spend hours working out every day, here’s what you can expect from The End of Gout.

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How to Permanently Reverse Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease Naturally?


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Permanently Reverse Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease Naturally -Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease: Not What, But How We Eat

The food we eat is important for health, but often the way we prepare food can be equally important.

The Saudi Journal of Biological Sciences just published a study comparing how different cooking methods affect non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

The authors of the new study deliberately put a group of rats at risk of NAFLD by feeding them a high-cholesterol diet.

They fed another group of rats a normal diet.

In addition to these diets, they gave them a daily dose of boiled, fried, or grilled shrimp powder to see what effect it had on their cholesterol levels and their development of NAFLD.

Shrimp was an interesting choice, as it contains 80 percent more cholesterol than most other seafoods do. As such, many people believe that it is not as healthy as fish types with lots of omega-3, like mackerel, tuna, salmon, anchovies, herring, and so forth.

This belief is not backed up by research at all, as all studies that have examined the effects of shrimp on cholesterol have found that it reduces bad cholesterol and increases good cholesterol.

Consequently, feeding rats that are already on a high cholesterol diet a type of fish that is meant to reduce bad cholesterol is a good way to compare preparation methods.

In the first part of the study, they compared the effects of the preparation methods on the fat composition of the shrimp meat itself.

Interestingly, only frying in sunflower oil reduced the amount of saturated fats and cholesterol in the shrimp meat. It also increased omega-6 fat and reduced omega-3 fat. The latter two changes almost certainly make the meat unhealthier than it would otherwise have been, while the reduction in saturated fat is probably a good thing.

When they examined the rats after having fed them one of the three types of shrimp, they found that the grilled and boiled shrimp were substantially healthier, even though they contained more cholesterol than the fried shrimp.

Most importantly, they reduced bad cholesterol and fat in the blood and reduced the amount of fat and cholesterol that accumulated in the liver of the rats. Those who ate the shrimp fried in sunflower oil did not experience these benefits.

The boiled and grilled shrimp also improved their glucose and insulin tolerance, lowered their fasting glucose scores, and helped them lose some weight, compared to the rats who ate the fried shrimp.

Therefore, this study serves as another reminder that frying food that is supposed to be healthy can ruin its health properties and that boiling, grilling, and probably steaming, too, are healthier preparation methods.

Permanently Reverse Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease Naturally – But if you already suffer from fatty liver disease, you must do more than change your cooking methods. Here is how hundreds of readers have completely reversed their fatty liver using simple lifestyle changes…

Permanently Reverse Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease Naturally -Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease is Caused by this Common Food

Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease is becoming increasingly common at exactly the same time as our consumption of one specific food item has skyrocketed.

This is unsurprising to medical scientists, who have just demonstrated in the journal Nature Metabolism why exactly this is the case.

This should be the first food item you reduce or cut out if you want to cure your NAFLD.

The authors of this study wondered about the exact nature of the connection between Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and fructose for several good reasons.

1. In recent decades, studies have shown that fructose is two to three times stronger at producing fat in the liver than glucose.

2. With the invention of high fructose corn syrup, a cheap sweetener added to a wide variety of foods and beverages on supermarket shelves, our consumption of fructose has soared in the past few decades.

But while we know that excessive fructose intake increases the risk of developing NAFLD, researchers are unsure why this is the case.

These scientists wanted to know whether fructose exercised its harmful effects directly on the liver, or whether it worked by causing systemic inflammation by breaking the linings of our intestines.

They conducted their study on mice in two steps: they first fed the mice a high-fructose diet and then examined what happened in their intestines and livers.

Consistent with their hypothesis, they noticed that the excessive breakdown of fructose in the mice’s intestines reduced the production of proteins that maintained their intestinal walls.

This caused their gut bacteria and the products of those bacteria to leak into their blood, in turn causing a systemic and chronic inflammatory condition called endotoxemia that has been found in both humans and animals with NAFLD.

They also noticed that the products of the gut bacteria increased the production of inflammatory chemicals and promoted the conversion of fructose to fat in the livers of the mice.

When they stimulated a production of the protein that preserved the mice’s intestinal walls and thereby prevented them from being destroyed, they no longer developed NAFLD, even when they were fed high-fructose diets.

Permanently Reverse Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease Naturally – So you see: cutting down on fructose is only one piece of the puzzle to cure NAFLD. Other parts involve building up the gut walls and further steps, as we explain here…

Permanently Reverse Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease Naturally – The Best Treatment for Fatty Liver Disease Revealed

Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is fast becoming the chief cause of cirrhosis of the liver and the primary reason for liver transplants in the 21st century, having replaced alcohol as the main cause of liver destruction.

Researchers have just published an important study in the journal Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics that identifies the most effective treatment for this serious disease.

The only treatment that is currently prescribed by doctors for NAFLD is a combination of physical exercise and weight loss.

Weight loss of at least seven percent is considered to be the most important endpoint of the treatment.

But a team of Irish scientists wondered about the role of aerobic exercise in the treatment of NAFLD and set out to examine it.

Their study subjects, some of whom had been diagnosed with NAFLD, followed a 12-week aerobic exercise program.

The researchers tested their livers through biopsies before commencing this program, after its completion, and again at 12 and 52 weeks after completion.

The exercise program reduced liver fibrosis (scarring) and hepatocyte ballooning (liver cell death) by one category in 58 and 67 percent of subjects, respectively.

The intervention group was also fitter by the end of the aerobic exercise program, measured by a standard maximal oxygen consumption test.

Their study subjects, some of whom had been diagnosed with NAFLD, followed a 12-week aerobic exercise program.

The researchers tested their livers through biopsies before commencing this program, after its completion, and again at 12 and 52 weeks after completion.

The exercise program reduced liver fibrosis (scarring) and hepatocyte ballooning (liver cell death) by one category in 58 and 67 percent of subjects, respectively.

The intervention group was also fitter by the end of the aerobic exercise program, measured by a standard maximal oxygen consumption test.

The fittest participants showed the largest improvement in their liver health.

The crux of the study is that none of their participants actually managed to lose seven percent of their body weight, let alone the 10 percent that some specialists demand.

Moreover, the improvements were larger than those seen in NAFLD patients in previous studies that had lost this amount of body weight.

Therefore, it seems as if aerobic exercise is a better treatment for NAFLD than weight loss is.

Watch this video – How to Treat & Reverse A Fatty Liver | Exercise & Diet Methods for Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease

Permanently Reverse Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease Naturally –  But the most effective method to permanently cure NAFLD is to consume food that directly burns liver fat, as I explain here

This post is from the Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Strategy created by Julissa Clay. She is well renowned within the natural health industry and has produced many effective strategies for people looking for healthier ways to improve their health. 

The Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Strategy is your guide to detoxifying and repairing your liver in four weeks. It’s a 100% safe and natural system that focuses on detoxing your liver, correcting your diet and exercises to burn more fat to begin treating non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

The Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Strategy is designed for the everyday person – the person who doesn’t have the time to spend hours at the gym or cooking up elaborate meals. It’s practical and reasonable, offering a natural treatment plan that you can continue with moving forward so you can maintain your new liver health.

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