If your mom ever told you to eat your broccoli, she was onto something. While all vegetables contain healthful nutrients, cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, turnip, cauliflower, Brussel sprouts and kale provide three of the most important plant compounds for human health. These plant compounds (phytochemicals) have been extensively researched with thousands of publications describing there efficacy in the prevention and treatment of cancer, atherosclerosis, diabetes, neurodegenerative disorders and various other diseased states. They also slow down the aging process by protecting cells and DNA from damage, fighting inflammation and helping cells repair themselves.
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Torre Washington and David Haye are all world renowned bodybuilders who thrive on plants. And wholefood, plant-based eating is becoming increasingly popular among health conscious elite athletes as well; with celebes such as Venus Williams, Mike Tyson, David Carter, Ricky Williams, and Tony Gonzalez all touting its benefits. These super strong bodybuilders and athletes prove that the idea that you need animal protein to build muscle, is nothing more than a myth.
The science is finally catching up and confirming what I’ve been teaching for years – a wholefood, plant-based diet (WFPB) is the key to preventing and reversing America’s most deadly and common chronic diseases. In fact, plant-based nutrition has been shown to protect against the 15 leading causes of death in the world. Unfortunately, despite it’s remarkable benefits, plant-based eating still isn’t widely promoted by mainstream medicine or the media, probably because there is no money to be made in this all-natural way of eating.
Eating the right diet is the best weapon you have for fighting diabetes and heart disease. But you need to be careful when choosing your diet because there is a lot of conflicting advice and some diets that claim to reduce chronic disease risk, can actually increase it. The ketogenic diet is a great example of this.
Testosterone is a powerful steroid hormone. It is often referred to as the male sex hormone because it’s responsible for male sex characteristics and men produce ten times more of it than women. The maintenance of adequate testosterone levels in men is essential for mental, physical, emotional and sexual wellbeing. Unfortunately, after age of 30, testosterone begins to decline and most men will experience a 1 drop in testosterone levels per year, after their twenties. This may not sound like a lot, but by age 40 it amounts to a 10 loss which is enough to produce noticeable symptoms and by age 60 levels will typically be 30 lower than age 30. Fortunately, testosterone levels can easily be increased and the negative symptoms associated with low testosterone reversed. Before explaining how to naturally and effectively boost testosterone levels, lets first examine what the benefits are of doing so.
[sharify] As women age hormone levels naturally decline and estrogen, prolactin and human growth hormone usually decrease significantly. Declining hormone levels are responsible for many menopausal symptoms and a slew of other symptoms commonly associated with aging, such as memory loss, irritability, fatigue, night sweats, loss of libido, reduced vaginal lubrication, bone density loss, reduction of skin elasticity, increased risk for cardiovascular disease, and urinary dysfunction. Fortunately, these symptoms can be prevented and/or reversed with the use of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT).