More Diet Considerations
The endocrine system gets all out of sorts when we don't give it what it needs, however unintentionally.
For instance, people with endocrine issues really can't afford to be vegans if they want get healthy. From studies I read, it's a tricky business for anybody to consider a vegan diet as a permanent lifestyle.
And your body will let you know about it. Whenever your body doesn't get what it needs, it shouts that fact with cravings and other symptoms.
If you follow a vegan diet, please, please, please don't eat soy as your protein! Because soy is poison, and all the more so for people with shaky endocrine systems.
Soy stomps all over the thyroid; it can cause hypothyroidism all on its own. And it strips your body's minerals-another way to starve your endocrine system. Then there's that problem of kidney stones. And I could go on.
Bottom line: Avoid soy. Including in oil, margarine, mayonnaise and all the other places it's found. Fast food is chock-a-block full of soy.
If you're a vegetarian who eats eggs, you might make it, but you have to eat a lot of eggs. Forget the myth about eggs being bad for your cholesterol level; eggs, especially the yolk, are the most perfectly balanced protein going, and they don't raise anybody's cholesterol level. Besides, the endocrine system needs a good level of cholesterol to work.
And giveth me a break with all the cholesterol chatter! First, most heart problems aren't caused by cholesterol in the first place. Second, eating protein, with or without fat, doesn't raise cholesterol levels.
High fructose corn syrup
What causes heart attacks isn't cholesterol, but inflammation-which is caused by soy, among other inflammatory bad guys-such as high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), another fast food specialty.
Our bodies don't know how to handle HFCS. Sugar isn't a health food certainly, but at least our bodies know what to do with it.
So let me give you a clue that you might be in trouble with HFCS. If blood tests show your triglyceride level reaching for the sky, think high fructose corn syrup. It's not the only thing that skyrockets triglyceride levels, but it's big.
Other signs of trouble can come a little late for action, but triglyceride levels usually let you know when there's still time to "take steps," as the saying goes.
Avoiding soy and high fructose corn syrup takes diligence; they're everywhere. But if you make the effort, your health will thank you.
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P.S. Bette Dowdell is not a doctor, nor does she purport to be She's a patient who's been studying and successfully handling her own endocrine problems for more than 30 years. She offers introductory teleseminars and an in-depth 12-month subscription program, "Moving to Health" about living well with endocrine issues. She explains how things work-or don't, discusses what things to avoid as well as the things that help, and she provides a lot of well-researched nutritional information. Subscribe to her free e-zine at Information is power.