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The Hormone Diet: A 3-Step Program to Help You Lose Weight, Gain Strength, and Live Younger Longer [Format Kindle]

Natasha Turner ND

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Chapter 14

Sex and Sweat: Why We Need Both For Hormonal Balance

Love is the answer, but while you are waiting for the answer, sex raises some pretty good questions.
Woody Allen

Here’s what you will learn in this chapter:
• Many of us are not enjoying the sex we should
• How sex revs up our fat-burning hormones
• How sex can satisfy cravings and control our appetite
• The benefits of exercise on our hormones for fat burning and metabolism
• The common workout mistakes that slow fat loss and hamper the hormone-enhancing benefits of exercise

Now that you have primed your hormones in Steps 1 and 2, you are set to enjoy the explosive benefits that great sex and exercise have on your hormones, metabolism and weight loss. If you are not in the habit of getting physical on a regular basis, I hope this chapter will persuade you to change. When I say “getting physical,” I mean enjoying two very basic hormone-enhancing, fat-burning, stress-busting activities: sex and exercise. Both involve working up a sweat. Both have wonderful hormone-boosting effects when we engage in them regularly. And, believe it or not, when we do one, we often have more desire to do the other.

Any amount of pleasurable sex is beneficial for you, as is any amount of exercise when done properly. So, I guess in this sense, every workout counts and every make-out session counts — but doing both a few times weekly is even better! Unfortunately, the majority of us don’t exercise and just as many of us don’t enjoy sex as often as we should.

We can come up with a whole host of reasons why we don’t exercise: we’re too busy, too tired, don’t have enough time, not in the mood, don’t like it, don’t feel well enough, don’t know how to do it, don’t think we’re good at it, can’t last long enough, wouldn’t know how to start, don’t like to do it alone, don’t like doing it in public. And I suppose all of these could apply to sex too.

In my practice, I have at times begged patients to begin working out. In some cases I have actually told them not to come back to see me but to spend their money on personal training instead. One patient in particular was terrific about taking her supplements and was spending plenty of good money doing so. I told her she would probably need half the products if she would exercise.

I truly believe there is no better way to change your life than to start exercising. If there’s one thing I pray you’ll do after reading my book it’s to make exercise a part of your life, if it isn’t already. If it already is, perhaps you’ll learn something after you read the second part of this chapter that will allow you to enjoy better results from your efforts. But let’s start with sex first. It’s always a good attention grabber!

Bringing Sexy Back!

Sex is something we can get by without, whether we are in a relationship or not, but we shouldn’t have to. Sex can be a complicated issue because it involves emotions, relationships, past sexual experiences, and physical and spiritual components. It also depends heavily on our current hormonal state, although some experts say our prior sexual functions and relationships are more important variables in determining how much sex we have or how enjoyable it is for us in the here and now.

When a patient comes to see me, I ask two basic questions: How’s your energy? and How’s your sex drive? When a patient tells me either of these aspects of his or her life has changed, I know immediately there’s a bigger health problem at play. Sadly, I’ve found that a surprising number of people ignore these changes for years, simply accepting them as normal or feeling too embarrassed to deal with them.

If this scenario sounds familiar to you, I hope to inspire you to think differently and to take steps to get your “mojo” back. You may be one of the millions of adults who experience sexual dysfunction, the incidence of which appears to be at an all-time high. According to an extensive study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the obesity epidemic is certainly not our only concern at this point. The results revealed that about 43 per cent of women and 30 per cent of men experience symptoms of sexual dysfunction, including lack of desire, arousal issues, inability to orgasm or ejaculate, premature ejaculation, painful intercourse, lack of enjoyment, erectile dysfunction and performance anxiety.

If you think sex has fallen away just because you’re getting older, are not in a relationship or haven’t done it in a long time, think again. Pleasurable sex is something every adult should enjoy for a lifetime — with or without a partner. And remember, sex doesn’t mean intercourse alone. Masturbation (on your own or with a partner) and other forms of sexual play that get your hormones revving are definitely recommended. If you’re currently having great sex, keep at it because it’s good for you. Have sex all your life, and your body, brain, muscles and fat cells will thank you for it. Do it over and over — that’s right, don’t stop.

Are Our Hormones Hampering our Sex Life or Is It the Other Way Around?

The answer is both. Sexual dysfunction is a global concern, as shown by the Global Study of Sexual Attitudes and Behaviors (GSSAB). After 13,882 women and 13,618 men from over 29 countries were surveyed, the researchers concluded: “Sexual difficulties are relatively common among mature adults throughout the world. Sexual problems tend to be more associated with physical health and aging among men than women.”

Sexual Issues for Men

An estimated 1 in 5 men currently experience erectile dysfunction (ED). Although psychological reasons play strongly in cases in men 35 years of age and younger, physiological factors are the main cause for men 50 and up. But ED at any age can provide a much bigger picture about a man’s health besides what’s happening below the belt. We now know, for example, the state of a man’s penis is a very good indication of cardiovascular wellness. Problems in this area are linked to arterial disease, heart attacks, stroke and diabetes.

Ever since that now-famous little blue pill topped $1.5 billion in sales in 2001, becoming a pharmaceutical smash hit practically overnight, drug companies have been working feverishly to produce second-generation medications to deal with ED. Think about that figure — $1.5 billion! And realize at the same time that about 30 to 50 per cent of patients can’t even take Viagra because of contraindications such as heart disease. Since this family of drugs hit the market in the late 1990s, the number of American men with health complaints has increased by 50 per cent. Evidently sex is an important issue and a great source of motivation for seeking medical intervention. Viagra is certainly working wonders for many people, although in my view it represents a “quickie” solution when a “long-term love affair” with lasting lifestyle change is certainly what’s needed. That’s right, I mean the three steps.

That Viagra sales, obesity and stress rates are at all-time highs is no coincidence because the hormonal distress associated with abdominal obesity is a major contributing factor to impotence and erectile dysfunction. All healthy men experience a gradual decrease in testosterone, about 1.5 per cent each year, after age 30. (This percentage appears to be increasing, however — possibly due to toxin exposure.) Although the link between men’s testosterone levels and their desire for sex is not entirely clear, the connection between lower free testosterone and weakened orgasmic function and/or erectile function is definite, according to a 2002 study from the British Journal of Urology.

The hormonal changes men naturally experience as they age tend to happen more gradually than the ones women undergo with menopause, although they can still result in symptoms of reduced energy, poor sex drive, declining muscle mass, increased abdominal fat or irritability. These symptoms may seem uncomplicated, but they are increasingly common in my clinical practice among men in their 30s and 40s and are definite signals of high risk in the field of preventive medicine. Remember, low testosterone in men is linked to heart disease and even death.

Sexual Issues for Women

Drug companies are also scrambling to tap into the sexual dysfunction market for women. Sadly, this market is also huge and, unlike the case with men, the distribution of difficulties is fairly even among women 18 to 59 years of age. About 20 per cent of women experience problems with arousal and, as a result, experience poor lubrication. Drug companies are now looking at ways to understand the female brain and develop a means of stimulating the arousal centres. But more pharmaceuticals are not always the answer. The three steps of the Hormone Diet have the potential to create the perfect hormonal balance for both a healthy libido and successful fat loss, especially because of their wonderful ability to calm the cortisol that can crush a healthy sex drive, even under the best of conditions.

Stress is certainly quick to kill that lovin’ feeling, but menopause is often no help either. The natural dip in estrogen, testosterone and progesterone that are part and parcel of this stage of life can lead to problems in almost all areas of sexual function, including interest, responsiveness and enjoyment. These same hormones also affect mood, sleep, where we store fat and how well we lose it. Considering the incredible impact these hormones have on our life, restoring their balance — either with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy ...

Revue de presse

"At last, a book about how to achieve hormonal health that looks at the big picture. This book is a treasure. "

–Christiane Northrup, MD, author of The Secret Pleasures of Menopause (Hay House, 2008),  The Wisdom of Menopause (Bantam, revised 2006), Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom (Bantam, revised 2006), and  Mother-Daughter Wisdom (Bantam, 2005) 

The Hormone Diet adds an exciting new dimension to the contemporary discussion of hormones and health. It teaches people of all ages how to favorably alter their own internal hormone production with diet change, exercise, adequate sleep, natural detoxification, stress reduction, vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, and botanicals–a truly patent medicine-free and very effective, holistic approach.
Dr. Natasha Turner leads readers through a simple, step-by-step approach to determine which of their hormones are high and which are low, and then another step-by-step approach to the correction of these imbalances over time. Following her advice will result in significantly better hormone balance and over-all health–and lead to sustained weight loss for as long as her program is followed.Very highly recommended!”

–Dr. Jonathan Wright, a pioneer for natural female hormone replacement

"Dr. Natasha Turner, N.D., is brilliant, authentic and a top notch author....She is sincerely dedicated to the health and well-being of us all.I have found her advice and experience to be remarkably helpful in my life. I am sure this book will become the cornerstone of your progressive, healthy lifestyle....I personally favour Dr. Turner's approach as it gives certain hope for the possibility of re-establishing superior hormone communication patterns by non-drug, lifestyle interventions. This is powerful knowledge! My 25 years of research has demonstrated to me, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that the groundbreaking dietary approach explained in The Hormone Diet, with straightforward, no-nonsense terminology - from eating slowly to fully embracing life and joy - is the best strategy for a healthy and happy life."

–Sam Graci, internationally renowned lecturer, researcher, formulator of greens+, and author of four books including his latest, The Bone-Building Solution.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 An Absolute Gem! 21 août 2010
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At the age of 51, I was hit with hot flashes, nightsweats, a 20 lb weight gain of mostly abdomninal fat, fatigue and hypoglycemia. This book was a lifesaver thrown to me. Like others, I have tried and failed all the conventional diets out there. I also have a gluten intolerance, which causes my body to make antibodies that attack my thyroid. I am lucky to have a doctor who practices Integrative medicine and found the source of my borderline low thryoid and treat it with a gluten free diet and Armour thyroid. Then, along came this book which just added to my treatment. I don't think there is a healthier way of eating out there. The smoothie recipes are awesome, and a perfect way to start the day. I always tried to eat salad for lunch, but these suggestions and recipes are fantastic.
This is not a diet book that tells you exactly what to eat and when. It just clearly spells out what foods you should be eating and what foods to avoid. It has great snack ideas that are not only good for you, but good tasting.
To sum it all up, this book has changed my life!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Evidence based advice and results 17 avril 2009
Par J. Herman - Publié sur Amazon.com
The information and education in this book is the first I have seen to clearly outline a lifestyle which is practical to follow with definitive results. I am considered a healthy fit individual and have never eaten "unhealthy". However, had daily fatigue, joint pain (sports injuries), IBS etc. for 20 years. After only 1 month of following Dr. Turners diet I have the energy back of an 18 year old (I am 44), no joint pain and no digestive symptoms at all. I am truly amazed that in 20 years of seeking medical care for all the above the only answer I was every given was "you have to learn to live with it". I highly recommend this book.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 WOW . I wish there were 10 stars!! 13 août 2010
Par Sandy M - Publié sur Amazon.com
The Hormone Diet Book is fantastic!!
Over the past ten years,I have put on 40 pounds, eating healthily and could not understand why.Having been diagnosed with a thyroid problem, I visited thyroid specialists from Washington State to Texas.Still feeling sluggish,tired,overweight and miserable,I felt drawn to Dr Turners book.I had tried every other diet book,so why not this one ?
I read the first few chapters,skipped a bit,read some more and started the clean up. The first week,eating four times a day,I lost 3 lbs.
I was going to the gym 5 days a week and found out from the book that I was doing too much cardio!!Now I am stronger and work out less.
After four months,I lost 28 pounds and I am still losing gradually.I feel great,my clothes fit perfectly,no more mood swings etc.Having been told that 'maybe you are supposed to be this weight' by a specialist,you can only imagine my delight. I am totally in charge of my life. Dr Turner is the greatest. Thank you,thank you.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The results speak for themselves! 16 juin 2012
Par D. Hurtado - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I consider this book my second Bible. I have always been a healthy individual, watching what I eat and drink and exercising fairly regularly for the past 25 years. My MO is weight training for exercise. I've always maintained my weight within 15 pounds of my weight of when I was 25. As soon as I would get a little out of line, I would cut back a bit and this was all I needed to do for a few weeks. BUT after I turned 50, all broke loose and all of a sudden I have belly fat and my legs were getting hefty, yet, no change in my diet or lifestyle! I was getting seriously depressed and trying other diets and nothing was working.

I'm a cell biologist and I work in the field of metabolism - I have always been fascinated by nutrition and the healing powers of foods. I found Natasha's book and read the synopsis and hormone regulation made sense. I ordered the book and as soon as I got it, I ate it up! Read it from cover to cover at least 3 times and now I refer to it regularly. The guidelines on morning protein wakes me up better than a cup of coffee ( not to mention the smoothie/protein recipes are GREAT) and keeps me satiated. I drink lots of iced green tea during the day and I have to remind myself it's time to eat because I'm not hungry. I do log my food in Calorie Count.com, which has helped me balance my intake of carbs, protein, fats and keep me at my daily intake goal. It's important to eat enough as well. I also take the supplements - my favorite is the holy basil, to lower the cortisol and I do beleive this is why I no longer have belly or thigh fat. My face has thinned out, my skin is clear and bright, I have energy to spare - I've lost 6 pounds in 3 weeks, 3" off my waist and 1.5" off my hips. I'm seeing my muscle tone again. I LOVE the circuit weight training - very challenging, but it's done in 30 minutes and I feel like I really accomplished something great when I'm done. The guideline to keep workouts under 40 minutes to keep the cortisol levesl down makes perfect sense. It was not that I was that overweight, as my goal is only another 6 pounds, but knowing I have control over my weight is so empowering! I will continue to eat like this once I reach my goal, but at a maintainable level of calories and the workouts are with me for life. THANK YOU NATASHA!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 This book was a Godsend to me 18 février 2013
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I happened to see this lady on Dr. Oz, which I never watch since I work during the day. I have been looking to see why my sense of smell was still so strong and narrowed it down to hormones being off. That is why I got this book. Little did I know it would completely get my IBS under control like nothing, nothing ever has. Yes, it takes while to read it. Then, based off what you get for your scores, you have to create your own plan. But I got my numbers, ordered my supplements off Amazon, and within days I was feeling so much better. It has helped my inflammation, my anxiety, and my IBS. I am off all prescription pills I was on for all those. Not only that, but for the first time in years, I am not cold all the time. I still take my thyroid meds, and will just because it takes so long to find the right dose, but for years, I was cold all the time. Not any more. My metabolism is kicking in. As for losing weight, I really don't care if I do or not since I have gotten all the above. But, I have. Just by being able to deal with my IBS, I can actually get out and run like I used to. This book was life changing for me. If you really want to feel good and think your hormones have anything to do with it, buy this book! It helped my arthritis, my thyroid, my anxiety, and my IBS. If it would have helped only one of those, I would have praised it. Take the time to go through the book and rate yourself. If this could have been rated 100 stars, I would have rated it so. And it did help my sense of smell not be so overwhelming, leading to my IBS acting up.
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