Though acne is usually seen as a male hormone excess concern called androgen-mediated acne, in many cases it’s actually driven more by insulin, which will also make the other hormonal based acne from thyroid hormones or estrogen issues worse. It directly stimulates skin cells to produce more sebum and keratin but it also increases the secretion and bioavailability of other hormones related to acne.

Insulin affects acne-relevant hormones in these ways:

• Increases androgen secretion.
• Increases androgen bioavailability by reducing sex hormone binding globules (substances that bind to sex hormones and inactivate them).
• Increases IGF-1 bioavailability by reducing IGF-1 bind...

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Nutrient deficiencies are prevalent in our diets today due to mononculture farming, pesticides and herbicides and soil deficiencies. You might be surprised to find that you are deficient in quite a few of these vitamins.

Lack of protein in a vegetarian diet of a thyroid deficient person can also cause problems.

Vitamin A (not carotene)

A healthy body should convert carotene to vitamin A, but an underactive thyroid gland is unable to efficiently convert carotene to usable vitamin A. Protein is also necessary to make vitamin A available to the body — if you are on a low protein diet, you may be deficient in vitamin A.

Vitamin B Complex

The various B vitamins are necessary for good thyroid fu...

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Oxalate is a naturally occurring, “organic acidic salt compound” commonly found in foods of plant origin, such as berries, vegetables, grains, legumes, nuts and seeds. Your body also produces oxalates by the metabolism of glyoxylic acid or ascorbic acid (vitamin C). Oxalate is normally excreted out of the body via urine, and sometimes the bowels.

Consistently eating foods containing high levels of oxalates can result in excessive levels of oxalates in your body. High oxalate levels can make it difficult for your body to absorb minerals and they are excreted via urine.

Symptoms of excess oxalate

If your body is not getting rid of the oxalates, these reactive molecules can cause a lo...

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Many people first stumble upon the idea of ketosis while looking for a weight loss strategy. They’ve tried one diet after another, but have found that cutting calories isn’t effective and are in search of something more. When counting calories doesn’t work, a ketogenic diet may be the answer.

Why Calorie Counting Doesn’t Work

Have you been counting calories only to be met with frustration when you aren’t losing weight? One of the reasons calorie-restricted diets tend to fail is because cutting calories increases hunger and food cravings. Cutting calories to lose weight doesn’t suppress your appetite. In fact, it causes your hormones to work against you, by ...

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  • 1 English cucumber

  • 1 avocado

  • 2 green onion

  • 1/4 cup of fresh parsley

  • 1/2 cup of coconut milk from a can

  • 1 and 1/2 cups of cold water

  • 1 tsp coconut aminos (soy sauce substitute)


  • Wash and trim the ends off the cucumber. Cut the cucumber into thirds. Chop 2/3 and dice 1/3. The diced cucumber will be used for garnish.

  • Cut the avocado in half and remove the pit and the skin.

  • Chop the green onion into 1-inch pieces.

  • Add the chopped cucumber, avocado, green onions and parsley to the blender. Pour in the coconut milk and water.

  • Blend until smooth, about 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper

  • Chill for up to 3 hours before serving

  • Garnish with diced cucumber

The last holiday party of the year is here and it’s time to ring in a New Year! Staying healthy and eating nutritious food during the holidays is challenging for anyone. Even if you’ve gotten off track this holiday season, pick yourself up and get back on track with these ideas for a healthy New Year’s celebration!

Low-Cal Cocktail Recipes

If alcohol will be part of your NYE party this year, try one or two of these recipes to keep the calories down.

Piña Colada (the average piña colada has more than 600 calories, but this recipe contains just 165 calories!)

  • 1 1/2 ounces coconut-flavored rum

  • 3 ounces pineapple juice

  • 4 ounces sparkling water

  • 1 tablespoon of Coco Lopez ...

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