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Is it true that eating a lot of meat substitutions (tofu, soy etc.) raise/effect estrogen levels & weight gain?

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 Consumption of soy foods such as tofu is not associated with weight gain. In fact, many studies have found that vegetarian or plant-based diets, which include soy foods, are more effective for weight management. Soy does contain phytoestrogens, which are plant-based estrogen-like compounds that can exert weak estrogenic effects. Most research has found that soy foods do not raise estrogen levels in the body. Sherry Torkos Sherry Torkos is a pharmacist, author, certified...

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Discover the benefits of exercise…they are more than you think.

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In addition to weight control, consistent physical activity offers the following impressive benefits: 1. Improved Mood Even light exercise can boost your emotional wellbeing. Aerobic exercise stimulates the release of certain mood-elevating compounds called endorphins— “feel good” chemicals. These natural painkillers induce relaxation and relieve depression. 2. Reduced Risk of Heart Disease If you are overweight, you face a higher risk of cardiovascular disease. Exercise...

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Simple Weight Loss Tips

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It’s easier than you think to make good food choices part of your lifestyle. For starters, check out these simple tips. Make a satisfying protein-rich drink or smoothie by blending 2 cups (473 ml) of low-fat yogurt with 1 cup (237 ml) of crushed seasonal fruit, a banana, and a dash of soy powder. Eat a salad or broth-based soup as a first course so you’ll feel full, but take in fewer calories. Pack healthy “on the go” snacks such as unsalted nuts, carrot sticks, pears, and...

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Weight-Loss Drug Buyers Beware

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Always beware of products that make outrageous claims. If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is. When choosing a product, consult with your pharmacist or health care provider for assistance. Important questions to ask are: 1. Has the product been clinically tested? 2. Are there any side effects or interactions? 3. How should the product be taken (before meals, with food)? 4. How long can I take this product? Prescription Drugs Drugs are occasionally prescribed for...

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Is there anything natural to take for PCOS rather than Diane 35?

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PCOS is a condition characterized by hormonal imbalances, irregular periods, excessive hair growth and obesity. One of the key features with PCOS is insulin resistance, which can affect fertility, cause weight issues and even increase heart disease risk. It is not known whether PCOS causes insulin resistance or the other way around. Birth control pills such as Diane 35 are often used because they lower levels of circulating androgens (hormones that are associated with hair...

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