Aging in Hollywood is difficult enough for women without having to deal with declining hormones. Women in Hollywood often complain of a diminished sense of well being, chronic fatigue, and a loss of libido just to mention a few symptoms of hormone imbalance.
For many women there is a tremendous void in treatment of menopausal symptoms. Hot flashes, mood swings and low or no sex drive are just the tip of the iceberg. Some earlier hormone imbalance symptoms of estrogen deficiency are frequent waking at night. Many others are present, including “mental fogginess.” A woman’s short-term memory retention may be dwindling and her concentration and focus isn’t as good as it used to be. Frequently, women may experience some loss of energy to the point that they actually slide into symptoms of chronic fatigue. In addition, women may experience some mood swings and irritability, and at the extreme may actually develop feelings of depression. With the loss of energy and chronic fatigue, females find themselves unable to exercise as much as in the past, or to recover as quickly when exercising. Women often find themselves increasing weight gain in spite of attempts at exercising. One hormone imbalance symptom that is not frequently discussed is the loss of sex drive and diminished libido. Not only is energy level and sense of well being diminished, but anticipation and enjoyment of sexual activity is waning as well.
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Marijuana attacks your precious testosterone in almost every negative way possible. One study after another has shown that cannabis lowers testosterone. For example one research team found that "a reanalysis of existing data established that testosterone levels are depressed both after smoking one marijuana cigarette and after intravenous infusion of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, a pharmacologically active component of marijuana". The same study concluded that it would take at least 24 hours for testosterone levels to normalize after marijuana use. (NOTE: It's not just the smoke - an IV will do it.)
Another study found that not only was testosterone decreased after short term marijuana use, but leutenizing and follicle stimulating hormone were lowered as well. And just to add to the endocrinological misery, the arch-villain and stress hormone cortisol was raised as well. There are also studies in animals and humans that strongly indicate that marijuana blunts growth hormone response as well. And so it is no wonder that animal studies show that marijuana use shrinks the testes. So, if you're not happy with lowered testosterone, infertility and elevated cortisol, you can sit around enjoying the fact that you've got a little more air flow through your boxers.
You should also know that there are many reports that chronic marijuana use leads to gynecomastia, i.e. "enlarged male breasts", due to its abundant amounts of phytoestrogens. One journal writer pointed out that "given the effects of marijuana on the HPG axis in males and the possibility that noncannabinoid components of marijuana smoke have affinity to the estrogen receptor, an association with gynecomastia is plausible but has not been convincingly demonstrated". Remember that estrogen fights against testeosterone in the body as well.
Marijuana has also recently been flagged as particularly dangerous for young people because it decreases seratonin and increases norepineprine. While these are not sex hormones like testosterone, these can alter mood negatively and, through prolonged use, may permanently alter anxiety levels and reaction to stress. Again, the researchers are suggesting this may have long term, possibly lifetime anxiety and mood repercussions. I would also add that any increase in stress will also likely lower testosterone as well.
So we ask the question, "Could someone please explain again why anyone in their right mind would smoke marijuana?" The only thing we can think of is the extra hydrogen cyanide. That's right - marijuana tobaco is much higher in hydrogen cyanide - probably five times higher - than cigarette tobacco. Maybe that partially explains why habitual pot smoking is so hard on the lungs and why cannabis use has also now been linked to the most aggressive form of testicular cancer.
Not to make the bad news even worse, but there is also considerable reported evidence of erectile dysfunction among chronic marijuana users. This is undoubtedly partially due to the lowered testosterone. However, the other reason was discovered by one study that showed marijauna effected Nitric Oxide and summarized by saying, "We conclude that early endothelial damage may be induced by chronic cannabis use (and endocannabinoid system activation". Let me translate that: it may take your sex life with it. If so, decreased sexual activity is also associated with lowered testosterone levels as well.
The tragedy with marijuana is that many cultures and youth are embracing marijuana as more "natural", but this is far from being the case. One recent study found that marijuana induces just as much cell toxicity and DNA damage as cigarette smoke. The researchers were very clear that marijuana displayed just as much cancer causing power as the cigarette smoke: "In addition, when corrected for total particulate matter yield, little difference was observed in the mutagenic activity of samples smoked under the extreme vs the standard regime for both tobacco and marijuana condensates".
In summary, there is significant evidence that marijuana lowers testosterone, nitric oxide, leutinizing hormone, growth hormone and raises cortisol at the same time. Hormonally, there is no justifiable reason for cannabis use.
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If I had to give one tip as to how to lose weight without resorting to some fad diet, it would be this: eat nothing but fresh fruit or fresh fruit juice before noon. This tip alone will stand you in very good stead to losing weight safely. You will also be very likely to keep the weight off on an ongoing basis. This approach certainly paid dividends for me. I had tried every celebrity diet plan going and while I did initially lose weight, I could not keep it off for more than a month or two.
The theory is that when you eat nothing but fresh fruit before noon, you are not putting an undue burden on your elimination system so that your body eliminates waste properly. If you have a heavy breakfast, your body uses valuable energy in digestion that it should be using on elimination. I really found this to be very true. By just eating lots of fresh fruit I definitely felt "lighter" and had more energy than the days I used to have a coffee and a bagel with cream cheese every breakfast time.
The other important rule is that you should not eat anything else except fruit during the hours before noon. If you do, the food in your stomach will start to ferment and spoil, therefore requiring much more energy to break down and digest. Fruit only stays in your stomach for a very short period of time. Usually thirty minutes maximum. So that is how long you should wait before consuming any other food. I usually go for lunch at around 12.30 so this routine works perfectly.
If you want to really see some noticeable results very quickly, you should also for the rest of the day try to avoid mixing carbohydrates and proteins in the same meal. There has been lots written about this subject but it basically follows a simple principle laid down in the 1930s by the renowned nutritionist Hay. The basic idea is that concentrated protein causes acidic gastric juices to be produced whereas carbohydrates cause alkaline gastric juices to be produced in the stomach. If you have a mix of the two, Hay argues, you neutralize the pH in your stomach which means your body needs to spend much more energy in digestion that it would if the foods were kept separate. You can find much more on the topic of proper food combining by just doing a quick Google search. I have found that this way of eating combined with fruit only before noon has been very beneficial both to my weight and my general energy levels.
Hopefully this article has proved informative. You should always check with your doctor before embarking on any change in your diet. The concepts discussed here represent a huge area of research and discussion and you are encouraged to do further reading and research so you can tailor any program you decide to follow to your individual dietary needs and goals.