“In this book, I discuss ten hormones. You will learn where each of the ten hormones is manufactured in the body, the normal levels for those hormones, which foods help boost or balance hormone levels, and which foods disrupt or disturb hormone levels. The ten hormones are insulin and glucagon, which affect food storage; leptin, which affects satiety and gives you a feeling of fullness; growth hormone, which helps you grow and repair muscles and tissues; cortisol and thyroxine, which affect energy levels; dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), which relieves fatigue and improves your overall sense of well-being; and the sex hormones estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone, which affect weight, fertility, libido, and aging.”
The Perfect 10 hormones are:-
The Perfect 10 Diet ensures that your body receives the right nutrient load, which is 40 percent carbohydrates, 40 percent fat, and 20 percent protein. [p31]
I shall go through the glands chakra by chakra:-
Crown – Pineal – “If you have excess cortisol in your bloodstream, this shuts down serotonin, a neurotransmitter that affects your mood. When serotonin levels drop, depression can result. Depression is now on the rise nationally, even in children. Next, excess cortisol reduces your production of melatonin, the sleep hormone secreted by a small gland called the pineal gland. A drop in melatonin leads to insomnia.” [p86]
“If you don’t get enough sleep, you won’t make enough HGH, the hormone that keeps you fit and young, since it is produced mostly during sleep.”
Head – Pituitary – Human Growth Hormone (HGH) – If you’re on the Atkins Diet, which is way too high in fat, this simply shuts down growth hormone, which is the hormone that keeps you young. Do doctors routinely check for growth hormone levels? Of course not. [p44]
“HGH declines with age …. Body fat is a great inhibitor of the HGH secretion. HGH levels rise when
“Why does HGH play a role in immunity? Because HGH helps grow the thymus gland, a gland in the chest that makes T-cells, the cells responsible for fighting infections.” [p 85]
“Once you begin to eat the right amounts of protein, incorporate exercise in your daily life, lose weight, and get adequate sleep, your HGH level will go up.”[p85]
“If you don’t get enough sleep, you won’t make enough HGH, the hormone that keeps you fit and young, since it is produced mostly during sleep.” [p86]
“FOODS AND OTHER FACTORS THAT CAN HELP BALANCE GROWTH HORMONE INCLUDE: vegetables, fruits, poultry, eggs, fish, anaerobic exercise, weight loss, and fasting.” [p85]
Throat – thyroid – “The Atkins Diet is also bad for your thyroid, as it encourages a high-protein lifestyle. Too much protein can shut down the thyroid hormone from converting to its active form. Thyroid hormone is a major hormone that keeps you fit. It controls your whole life, not just your metabolism. If you’re on the South Beach Diet, which favors manufactured polyunsaturated oils such as corn and soybean, the thyroid gland is also negatively affected. Polyunsaturated oils in their free fatty acid state also interfere with the conversion of thyroid hormone into its active form. ” [p44]
“This gland is found in the neck just below the thyroid cartilage (known as the Adam’s apple in men), and it is controlled by the brain’s hypothalamus and pituitary. An underactive thyroid makes your metabolism slow to a crawl, which can make you gain weight even if you don’t eat much. Thyroid hormone has actions beyond metabolism and keeping you fit: it provides energy, improves thinking abilities, boosts the immune system against infections and cancer, decreases bad cholesterol, and lowers blood pressure.” [p82]
“Leptin is the master hormone that helps regulate thyroid. In times of starvation, leptin levels fall, signaling the thyroid and other hormones to switch into conservation mode. Metabolism slows down, body temperature lowers, and vital nutrients are conserved. But leptin resistance from refined carbs and excess sugar distorts the signals this hormone sends to the thyroid gland and the rest of the body, and may direct well-fed, and even overweight, individuals into fat-storage mode.” [p83]
FOODS THAT CAN BALANCE THYROID HORMONE INCLUDE: sea salt (in moderation), fish, shellfish, and sea vegetables, particularly seaweed. The iodine that is naturally present in the right amounts in these food groups is essential for the proper function of the thyroid gland. When you also eat enough fruits and vegetables, the “safe” types of carbohydrates, you increase production of thyroxine.” [p84]
Heart – Parathyroid – “Why does HGH play a role in immunity? Because HGH helps grow the thymus gland, a gland in the chest that makes T-cells, the cells responsible for fighting infections.
Solar Plexus – Pancreas – Insulin – Insulin is the fat-storing hormone secreted whenever our bodies are called upon to metabolize food, and it’s secreted in higher amounts when the food you consume contains sugar or your diet is high in bad carbs (Fig. 1.1). When you follow a low-fat diet, your pancreas will work overtime to secrete more and more insulin in order to deal with all that excess sugar. Why? Because sugar is damaging to your tissues, so your body must deal with it right away to expel it from your bloodstream. As your pancreas secretes massive amounts of insulin—more than you need—to store the sugars, your body forms triglycerides, or fat molecules, and you gain weight. When triglyceride levels rise, your risk for heart disease rises right along with them.” [p37]
FOODS AND FACTORS THAT HELP BALANCE INSULIN INCLUDE: chromium, a trace mineral that enhances insulin function, and is found in brewer’s yeast, whole-grain breads, meats, eggs, and shellfish. Zinc is also important, and it is present in seafood and dark meats. Exercise is also essential to lowering your insulin levels and losing weight. [p80]
Solar Plexus – Pancreas – glucagon – “Glucagon is another hormone secreted by the pancreas. It performs the exact opposite function of insulin—it melts fat. When glucagon metabolizes your fat into energy, you lose weight. When food is available, glucagon production is inhibited.” [p80]
FOODS AND FACTORS THAT BALANCE AND INCREASE GLUCAGON INCLUDE: a diet low in sugar that features natural fats and sufficient protein. Skipping meals, which is not recommended on the Perfect 10 Diet, also increases glucagon, as does starvation (which, needless to say, is absolutely not recommended). Exercise also increases glucagon production. [p81]
Leptin – secreted from fat cells. Sugar Busters favors fake fats such as margarine. However, I just discussed the dangers of trans fats. This diet ends up messing up sex hormones. It is the sex hormones that keep you fit and young. This diet similarly disturbs leptin, the hormone that controls hunger.[p44]
“Leptin manages how much fat is stored around the organs and under the skin. When fat cells are filled with an abundance of food, more leptin is secreted, and the leptin enters the brain to curb your appetite.” [p81]
FOODS THAT CAN HELP BALANCE LEPTIN INCLUDE: vegetables, fruits, whole grains, foods containing natural fats, and fish. [p82]
Tan tien – Gonads – sex hormones– Sugar Busters favors fake fats such as margarine. However, I just discussed the dangers of trans fats. This diet ends up messing up sex hormones. It is the sex hormones that keep you fit and young. This diet similarly disturbs leptin, the hormone that controls hunger.
Tan tien – Oestrogen and progesterone – female hormones – “Oestrogen also stimulates the sympathetic nervous system, increases alertness, lowers body fat, protects against heart and Alzheimer’s disease, increases
“Oestrogen sensitizes the male brain, and too little oestrogen can effectively neuter a man. However, in men, excess estrogen is the real problem, especially as we get old. Too much caffeine and obesity can lead to overproduction of this female sex hormone instead of testosterone, the male sex hormone. Insecticides in our food chain have also contributed to the phenomenon of excess estrogen in men.” [p90]
“Men also synthesize progesterone, which is the precursor of testosterone (the male sex hormone) in smaller amounts. The decline of progesterone in males plays a role in increasing the conversion rate of testosterone into another hormone, dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Excess DHT as we age stimulates the proliferation of prostate cells, which enlarges the prostate gland and narrows the urethral channel, leading to urination problems.” [p90]
FOODS AND OTHERS FACTORS THAT BALANCE ESTROGEN AND PROGESTERONE INCLUDE: eggs, butter, fish, poultry, whole milk, and weight loss. [p90]
Tan tien – Testosterone – “Adequate testosterone levels prevent heart disease, and testosterone has no link whatsoever to prostate cancer. In adult males, testosterone is necessary to maintain muscle mass and strength, bone mass, normal hair growth, libido, and sperm production. It also keeps us fit and lean. You can’t attain that ideal (BZ – male physique) unless you eat foods that support this important hormone, such as animal products and cholesterol-rich foods.”[p91]
FOODS AND OTHER FACTORS THAT BOOST TESTOSTERONE PRODUCTION INCLUDE: eggs, liver, butter, fish, poultry, and frequent sexual activity. (Author: Isn’t that an added bonus?) Weight loss can also increase levels. [p92]
Root Chakra – Adrenals – cortisol – a stress hormone – This major hormone keeps us alive thanks to its three essential and powerful properties: it increases blood sugar levels (and thus energy levels), raises blood pressure, and neutralizes inflammation.
“As insulin is secreted in higher amounts on a low-fat diet, blood sugar plummets. That’s where the cortisol link comes in. In primitive times, cortisol was called upon only when we encountered stressful situations, such as running from predators. It gives us quick energy to run from danger. But today, cortisol is called upon each time your sugar levels plummet after eating a cookie, drinking soda, or consuming any other sugary food or drink. This creates chronic high levels of cortisol. This leads to insulin secretion to deal with the sugar; then, insulin resistance follows. [p86]”
“If you have excess cortisol in your bloodstream, this shuts down serotonin, a neurotransmitter that affects your mood. When serotonin levels drop, depression can result. Depression is now on the rise nationally, even in children.” [p86]
“Next, excess cortisol reduces your production of melatonin, the sleep hormone secreted by a small gland called the pineal gland. A drop in melatonin leads to insomnia.” [p86]
FOODS AND OTHER FACTORS THAT CAN HELP BALANCE CORTISOL HORMONE INCLUDE: vegetables, fruits, fish, eggs, poultry, and occasionally some red meat. Try your best to relax and avoid stressful situations. [p87]
Root Chakra – Adrenals – DHEA – “Levels of DHEA decline with age; a 70-year-old produces about 10 percent of the DHEA levels produced by a 20-year-old.” [p87]
“DHEA naturally increases serotonin, which tells your brain when you’ve had enough to eat and inhibits the conversion of glucose into fat. DHEA also protects against arteriosclerosis and lowers insulin.” [p87]
FOODS THAT HELP BOOST DHEA PRODUCTION INCLUDE: vegetables, fruits, poultry, eggs, and saturated fats such as butter.
There are some useful summary tables on p93 – maybe to follow?
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