5 Reasons Why Soy May Be Harming Your Health

Proponents of soy claim that it has many health attributes, such as heart disease and cancer prevention.

Anyone who also has environmental concerns about meat production may also want to consume soy in place of meat and dairy as a way to decrease their ecological footprint on the Earth. However, soy milk, tofu, soy veggie burgers, and other soy products may not be as healthy or environmentally friendly as previously thought.

 

Like corn, gluten, and tree nuts, soy is also a common food allergen or substance that our bodies react negatively to.

It finds its way into just about everything on the grocery store aisles: milk substitutes, baby formulas, salad dressings, spaghetti sauce, chocolate, cakes, cookies, low carbohydrate bread, nutrition bars, nutrition drinks/shakes, and even body care products and candles! Most factory farmed animals are also fed a formula containing some soy, so some soy proteins may make their way into your meat. Here are the top 4 reasons why that is not a good thing.

1. Over 90% of the soy grown in the US is genetically modified using gene splicing in a lab.
Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are much different from hybridization in that the modification occurs under laboratory conditions. The gene from a bacteria is inserted into the DNA of the seed of the soybean to make the crop resistant to high doses of pesticides. If this doesn’t sound very appetizing to you, then avoiding soy on your plate should be a top priority. If you absolutely must have soy, choose soy products that are labeled organic and the many are now also touting the official label of being …Non-GMO.

2. Soy contains estrogen mimickers.

Too much estrogen (often referred to as estrogen dominance) can create a variety of premenstrual and menopausal symptoms in women. In men, it can cause gynecomastia or man boobs.  In both men and women, too much estrogen is associated with cancers of the reproductive system. It’s probably not a good idea to be getting a dose of estrogen in your food, especially since we also have other estrogen mimickers in our environment such as plastics. Soy-based infant formulas are quite worrisome, especially since we’re now seeing some female infants get their first  period  and experience breast development.

3. If you have a gluten sensitivity, you probably also have a soy sensitivity.
On a molecular level, soy protein closely resembles wheat protein (gluten). Therefore, if you have sensitivities to gluten, it’s likely your body will react similarly to soy. If you’ve gone gluten-free and are still having unusual, vague symptoms, check all your foods and supplements for soy ingredients.

4. Soy can kill your thyroid.

Soy is one of the most goitrogenic (goiter causing) foods on the planet. It blocks your thyroid gland’s ability to absorb iodine, making it impossible to produce enough thyroid hormone to power your body’s cells and regulate your metabolism. If you’re getting acupuncture for weight loss and still not losing weight, ditch the soy. Your thyroid will thank you.

12 Ways To Be Healthier

Want to loose weight, sleep better and boost your immune system?

1 Have a lie down
Back pain can be avoided and the damage repaired with one easy exercise, which is lie down on the floor with your knees bent, hip width apart, feet on the floor. Do this daily for about five to fifteen minutes to release and lengthen your spine.

2 Note your nibbles
Crash diets don’t work for long enough; instead maintain a food dairy to note your daily eating habits. With this you’ll be conscious of what you eat, and make healthier choices.

3 10 deep breaths
Our breath power our lymphatic system, which removes waste from cells. By taking 10 deep breaths, three times a day, you’ll clear more toxins and boost your thinking power by getting 20% more oxygen to your brain.

4 Put your fork down
Put your fork down between every mouthful of food, it makes you chew your food properly, preventing digestive problems, and also prevents you from over- eating.

5 Make a list
The most effective stress buster is to make a list. Your short term memory can only remember, on an average, seven things. So when you overload it , your stress level escalate. Making a list clears out all the stress from your brain you feel tension free. This saves you from headaches, depression and high blood pressure.

6 Massage your feet
Poor circulation could be robbing you of much needed sleep. Your temperature needs to drop slightly before you fall asleep, so your body dispels heat via your face, hands and feet. But many women have poor circulation, which constricts the blood vessels in their hands and feet and prevents them from dispelling heat. A hot bath before sleeping or a hand and foot massage will increase your circulation.

7 An organic apple a day
If you buy one organic item a day, make it an apple. Research found that pesticide residues in 71% of apples- the highest in fruits and vegetables.

8 Change your tea bag
When it comes to tea white is the new green. White tea comes from the same plant as green and black but is harvested earlier and undergoes less processing, which means it contains more cancer fighting anti- oxidants.

9 Eat dried apricots
The most common nutritional deficiency is iron. Tiredness, irritability and lack of concentration. Prevent it by having two helpings of lean red meat a week, or three dried apricots a day.

10 Stop skipping meals
Eating three meals a day is very important for a healthy body. It’s the simplest way to balance blood sugar levels, which will keep your mood, energy and concentration balanced and strengthen your stress tolerance.

11 Keep it crunchy
Include some raw vegetables in every meal. Many of the vitamins and minerals are in vegetables are lost through cooking, so raw food is as good as it gets.

12 Focus on your feeling
Take two minutes to boost your resolve to do walk, jog or aerobics class. The instant gratification of that exercise high is far more motivating than the promise of thinner thighs two months down the line.

Ways Improve Your Health Today

Want to start the journey to becoming healthier? Start with these simple health tips:
Start your journey to a healthier you today!

 

1) Get an extra hour of sleep each night
2) Go for a walk
3) Today, eat one of your favourite fruits and vegetables
4) Drink a cup of green tea
5) Keep a health and/or weight loss journal
6) Turn off your cellphone/computer
7) Meditate
8) Breath

You don’t have to hit a home run every time you’re up to bat. Sometimes contact is all you need. Small changes can bring about big results. Start with a couple of these suggestions today and add to them as each goal is made. Before you know it, you will be well on your way to meeting big goals, and getting your life on track to becoming a healthier individual. Personally, I have used each of these suggestions at one time or another in my weight loss journey, and continue to use them. Most have become a daily habit. In time, these healthy habits can be part of your day. Let us know in the comments below what things you have found to be beneficial to improving your overall health.

Healthy Eating Tips 101

So you have stocked up on organic food and are ready to change your life for the better. Things can be a little daunting at this point, but don’t worry, healthy nutrition is easier than it sounds. A lot of people believe that strict diets, counting calories and depriving yourself of your favourite foods is the only way to do things. They are wrong!

Eating smart is the key here and to assist you in changing to a diet that suits you and your lifestyle, here are some tips to get you going:

• Plan:

Yes, you cannot just dive in, reading diets and hoping that you are doing things right. Stop counting everything and think of your food in terms of colour, variety and fresh ingredients. Give yourself a certain amount of time to change to your new diet and then slowly continue to change your regular routine until the new one is in place.

• Don’t eliminate:

Eliminating the foods that you love can almost be seen as a punishment for many and is also the most common reason behind cheating on your diet. The solution is simple – smaller portions. This will allow you to enjoy your favourite treats, but will also allow you to easily cut down on the unhealthy results that they can result in.

• Eating habits are important:

Just because you have changed the food on your plate, doesn’t mean that you have been successful in changing to a healthy lifestyle. Your habits at meal times also need to adapt. Try and eat with other people instead of in front of a TV or computer as this can cause mindless over-eating. Eat slower and chew your food properly, this will allow you to avoid over eating as you will give your body time to tell you when it is full. Eat breakfast and rather go for smaller meals throughout the day instead of the prehistoric method of eating three large meals per day.

• Remember your fruits and vegetables:

Try and vary the types of fruits and vegetables you eat and make sure they make an appearance on your plate daily. The brighter the colours the better, as not only does it make your meals look more appetising, but they also contain the wide range of healthy nutrients which your body needs.

Congratulations for taking the first step towards healthy nutrition – now have fun with it!

About The Author

Anita Lyon is a Professional freelance SEO Copywriter and writes on various topics. Healthy eating and healthy organic foods can help improve ones lifestyle but is always overlooked. Healthy Eating Tips 101 will help to make your visit to the health store more of a breeze.
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