Limit your simple sugars and refined carbohydrates! According to BodyLogicMD Chief Medical Officer and Author of “Hormone Harmony” Dr. Alicia Stanton, eating a diet high in refined sugars and carbohydrates may increase the risk of developing cancer.
Healthy aging is a product of healthy living. If we take care of our bodies now, we avoid many of the risks associated with age-related disease. It’s important to know which lifestyle choices help you and which ones hurt you. Next to exercise and stress reduction, nutrition is possibly the most essential aspect of our overall health and wellness.
We can take small steps to greatly reduce our risk of disease, by simply avoiding the damaging additives and processed ingredients such as simple sugars and carbohydrates. “The more sugars and carbohydrates (which are metabolized as sugars) that we consume, the more insulin our body must to produce in order to push the sugars from our bloodstream into our body’s cells,” shares Dr. Stanton. “Eventually the cells become so familiar with the increased production of insulin that more insulin is needed to effectively fuel our cells,” adds Stanton.
This excess of insulin often leads to a condition known as insulin resistance. Insulin resistance can then lead to other complications such as weight gain, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and general inflammation. Scientific evidence links inflammation to a host of diseases such as cancer and heart disease. This inflammation makes it more difficult for the body to fight off infection, making it easier for cancer to spread quickly throughout the body’s cells.
Optimum health is A package deal; you can’t workout and eat whatever you want – you can’t eat well and be a couch potato. The same holds true with your hormones. Although lifestyle choices, fitness, nutrition and stress reduction greatly reduce your risk of disease, hormonal imbalance will wreak havoc on your body, no matter how “healthy” you may be living. The best way to find out if your hormones are out of balance is to get your hormone levels checked by a physician who specializing in hormone therapy. I’m sure many of you have heard the risks associated with synthetic hormone therapies and how they have actually been shown to cause cancer, rather than prevent it. Now you can use bioidentical hormones, which are molecularly identical to the hormones that our bodies produce naturally and prove to be the most effective treatment for symptoms of menopause. Hormone testing is easy and doesn’t take much of your time.