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Vegan Men Have 13% HIGHER Testosterone Levels

Vegan Men Have 13% HIGHERTestosterone Levels!

Is it true that vegan men have 13% HIGHER testosterone levels than meat eaters and 8% higher than vegetarian men. It is acccording to this study:

This 2000 Cancer Research Campaign study: Hormones and diet: low insulin-like growth factor-I but normal bioavailable androgens in vegan men (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2374537/pdf/83-6691152a.pdf) has the results.

The study included 696 men of whom 226 were meat-eaters, 237 were vegetarians and 233 were vegans, recruited between 1994 and 1997 that had given blood samples.

According to the study, those samples indicated that:

All mean hormone concentrations are adjusted for age, smoking status, vigorous exercise, time of day of venipuncture, time since last eaten at venipuncture and time between venipuncture and blood processing. Mean hormone concentrations are presented with and without adjustment for BMI (Table 2). Vegan men had on average 9% lower IGF-I levels than meat-eaters (P< 0.01) and 8% lower levels than vegetarians (P< 0.01); adjustment for BMI made little difference to these values. Prior to adjustment for BMI, SHBG levels in vegans were 16% higher than in meat-eaters (P<0.0001), and 12% higher than in vegetarians (P= 0.0008); adjustment for BMI reduced these differences to 6% (P= 0.02) and 10% (P= 0.004), respectively. Vegans had 13% higher testosterone concentration than meat-eaters (P= 0.0001) and 8% higher than vegetarians (P=0.001); adjustment for BMI reduced these differences to 6% (P=0.07) and 7% (P= 0.02), respectively.

Of additional note, there were also substantial differences in plasma total cholesterol, with vegans having 17% lower mean values than meat-eaters, and 10% lower values than vegetarians, and adjustment for BMI made little difference to these values.

READ MORE: https://www.arespectfullife.com/2018/05/13/vegan-men-have-13-higher-testosterone-levels/

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Top Longevity Foods

Top Longevity Foods_(1)

Full article at: https://www.arespectfullife.com/2018/05/24/top-12-longevity-foods/

Health Leaders Discuss Diet

I was inspired to write this post after a lot of research on the Blue Zones, and after seeing a few posts by the people at Blue Zones, and Dan Buettner the National Geographic Fellow that spearheaded the research on Blue Zones.  In addition, I have had the opportunity to listen to talks by Dr. Joel Fuhrman, Dr. Joel Kahn, Dr. Michael Klaper, Dr. Robert Ostfeld, Dr. Michael Greger, and Dr. T Colin Campbell.  These inspiring health leaders make it clear that in order to have good health and thus longevity, it primarily boils down to diet.  As Dr. Klaper says…. It’s The Food!

Genetics and Longevity?

There are several aspects to longevity and very little of it has to do with genetics.  It has a lot to do with your lifestyle, your associations, your sense of purpose, your sense of belonging, and your diet.  Below is the ‘Power 9’ Principles from the Blue Zones.  Read more about that here: Lessons From Centenarians.

For the purpose of this article, I am going to focus on the food.

The Food

Dr. Joel Fuhrman is one of the health leaders that has inspired me to eat as healthy as possible.  His research indicates that there are 6 primary cancer fighting foods and he calls them G-BOMBS.  It is a great acronym to get you to remember to eat them daily.  They are: Greens, Beans, Onions, Mushrooms (cooked), Berries, and Seeds.  Dr. Joel Kahn Likes to say F-n’ G-BOMBS – suggesting that ‘Fruit and Nuts’ are a good addition to consider daily.

Dr. Michael Greger recommends that we consume foods that are high in antioxidants.  He recommends walnuts and blueberries daily and avoiding saturated fats.

Endothelial Dysfunction

The reason why antioxidants are KEY to good health is because of Endothelial Function.  The Endothelial Cells are the paper thin cells that line the arterial walls inside our blood vessels.  A diet low in Nitric Oxide (antioxidant rich foods) and high in saturated fats as is the Standard American Diet (SAD), creates Endothelial DYSFUNCTION.  In other words, it destroys the paper thin inner lining of our blood vessels and arterial plaque builds up (Atherosclerosis), and creates oxidative stress and unwanted inflammation.  This results in an increase in inflammation markers, type 2 diabetes, and cardio vascular disease.  CVD is the number 1 killer in the US and can be avoided.  You can read more about Erectile Dysfunction, Cardiovascular Disease and Diet HERE.

Top 12 Longevity Foods

All of the longevity foods in the header image of this post are rich in antioxidants and micro-nutrients.  These are foods that people in the Blue Zones eat.

  • Nuts and Seeds. Important to note that walnuts and flaxseed are high in Omega 3’s.
  • Coffee (or Tea).  There is always controversy when it comes to coffee.  The reason this is noted is that almost all Blue Zone citizens drink a couple of cups of black coffee in the the morning.  Note that it is likely the antioxidant effect of coffee that helps keep people healthy, but you can get higher antioxidants from drinking drinking green tea or hibiscus tea.  Coffee is known to be acidic.  Perhaps for this reason it is best to drink tea instead.
  • Mushrooms
  • Whole Grains – Whole Grains mean literally whole.  NOT the refined wheat flour found in most bread products and pre-packaged foods.  You can make bread and pasta from whole grain flour, but this is not most of the flour we buy in the grocery store, and not most of the breads or pastas we purchase at a grocery store.  You can cook Farro, Wheat Berries, Barley, Rye, etc. and add them to your dishes and smoothies. Whole Grains are PROTECTIVE over cardio vascular disease and cancer.
  • Leafy Greens
  • Berries
  • Red Wine (But not a lot)  Red Wine is consumed in most Blue Zone communities.  It should be noted that they have no more than 2 glasses.  There is some proof that wine drinkers outlive non-drinkers – but note that it is most likely the flavanoids, antioxidants, social time, and destressor  that have a positive effect.  Dr. Michael Greger on alcohol consumption – Do The Benefits Of Alcohol Outweigh The Risks: https://nutritionfacts.org/video/Do-Any-Benefits-of-Alcohol-Outweigh-the-Risks/
  • Beans
  • Herbs
  • Onions
  • Avocado
  • Oats

Other Food Rich in Antioxidants:

Flavonoid-rich foods include tea, citrus fruit, citrus fruit juices, berries, red wine, apples, and legumes.

According to World’s Healthiest Foods, the foods rich in Flavonoides are as follows:

WHFoods Flavones

Source: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=nutrient&dbid=119

Whole Food Plant Based Diet

One of the things I want to point out about the top longevity foods, is that NONE of them include animal products.  There is not meat, cheese, or eggs included.  In fact, the Blue Zone areas of the world consume from ZERO to under 10% of their calories in animal products.  They are primarily plant based eaters.

Note that NONE of the Blue Zone communities consume cow dairy.  If you wold like to know more about dairy and it’s ill effects on human health, please read: Giving Up Cheese and Going Vegan, and Molecular Mimicry – How Eating Animal Products Causes Autoimmune Disease.

In my journey toward a plant based diet, I had to come to the realization that ALL plants have protein.  I have yet to meet a protein deficient vegan!  Most of the vegans that I have met are incredibly healthy, and the plant based eaters are thriving.  Read more about Fit Vegans HERE.

Our closest ancestors, the chimpanzee, consumes less than 2% of it’s diet in animal flesh.  Silverback Gorillas are massive and have a plant based diet.  You can read my article Do Gorillas Eat Meat HERE.

A Side Note on Carbohydrates

All plant foods contain carbohydrates.  All carbohydrates are not the same.  Carbohydrates from refined foods are void of nutrients and are useless fillers.  Carbohydrates from whole plant foods like beans, grains, sweet potatoes, wild rice, and the like, are all slow digesting foods and good for your cardio vascular health.  Do not buy into the ‘low carb’ or ketogenic / paleo diet mentality.  You can read more about that here: 5 Reasons I Don’t Recommend A Keto Diet.

Conclusion

If you want good health, eat a plant based diet rich in whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, legumes, leafy greens.  It has been over a year for me.  I went from an obese BBQ restaurant owner with severe edema, sleep apnea, pre-diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol to a fit, healthy vegan.  I have had extensive blood work done and my results the test results are excellent.  If you would like to know more about my story and my free weight loss tips, read Easy Weight Loss On A Plant Based Diet HERE.

As always, if you have any questions about this article or any of my content, please feel free to reach out to me directly.

‘Let Food Be Thy Medicine’

JT

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Vegan Men Have 13% Higher Testosterone Levels

Vegan Men Have 13% HIGHER Testosterone Levels.

It is true that vegan men have 13% HIGHER testosterone levels than meat eaters and 8% higher than vegetarian men.

This 2000 Cancer Research Campaign study: Hormones and diet: low insulin-like growth factor-I but normal bioavailable androgens in vegan men (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2374537/pdf/83-6691152a.pdf) has the results.

The study included 696 men of whom 226 were meat-eaters, 237 were vegetarians and 233 were vegans, recruited between 1994 and 1997 that had given blood samples.

According to the study, those samples indicated that:

All mean hormone concentrations are adjusted for age, smoking status, vigorous exercise, time of day of venipuncture, time since last eaten at venipuncture and time between venipuncture and blood processing. Mean hormone concentrations are presented with and without adjustment for BMI (Table 2). Vegan men had on average 9% lower IGF-I levels than meat-eaters (P< 0.01) and 8% lower levels than vegetarians (P< 0.01); adjustment for BMI made little difference to these values. Prior to adjustment for BMI, SHBG levels in vegans were 16% higher than in meat-eaters (P<0.0001), and 12% higher than in vegetarians (P= 0.0008); adjustment for BMI reduced these differences to 6% (P= 0.02) and 10% (P= 0.004), respectively. Vegans had 13% higher testosterone concentration than meat-eaters (P= 0.0001) and 8% higher than vegetarians (P=0.001); adjustment for BMI reduced these differences to 6% (P=0.07) and 7% (P= 0.02), respectively.

Of additional note, there were also substantial differences in plasma total cholesterol, with vegans having 17% lower mean values than meat-eaters, and 10% lower values than vegetarians, and adjustment for BMI made little difference to these values.

 

Men and women alike THRIVE on a whole food plant based vegan diet.  If you are interested to know more about fit vegans, please see the page Vegan Fit.

(The Vegan Bodybuilder in the above image is Nimai Delgado.  His Instagram is: https://www.instagram.com/nimai_delgado/)

You can read more about Erectile Dysfunction, Cardiovascular Disease and Diet here: https://www.arespectfullife.com/2018/04/25/erectile-dysfunction-cardiovascular-disease-and-diet/

 

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Cooking Without Oil

No Oil CookingTips &amp; Tricks

As posted on https://www.arespectfullife.com/2018/05/06/cooking-without-oil/

Despite the myths that the Mediterranean and similar diets have copious amounts of olive oil, any oil is not a health food.  Oil has no dietary fiber, is void of micro-nutrients, and will contribute to weight gain.

As a chef, believe me that learning to cook without oil was certainly different for me.  I have found that I prefer the taste of food cooked without oil.

Dr. Joel Fuhrman was the first one to turn me onto the concept of leaving oil out of my diet.  You can read his post here: https://www.drfuhrman.com/library/eat-to-live-blog/84/olive-oil-is-not-a-health-food

Surprising Nutritional Facts About Oil

  • Gram-for-gram, oil has the same number of calories as beef fat.
  • Coconut oil is 90% saturated fat, and lard is 40%.
  • One tablespoon of oil has 120 calories and 14 grams of fat.
  • A 130 lb woman would have to jog approximately 1.2 miles to burn off 1 tablespoon of oil.
  • Within hours of ingesting oil—olive oil, corn oil, palm oil, etc.—arteries stiffen and their ability to dialate is impaired.
  • Oil is purely fat (with all other nutrients stripped away) and contains more calories per gram than any other food.

Choosing the Right Cookware is key to cooking without oil.

Here are a few that you may find useful:

  • ScanPan brand non-stick pans
  • Copper Crisper ($20 at Bed, Bath and Beyond)
  • Silicon Baking Mats
  • Ceramic Ovenware
  • Air Fryer
  • Parchment Paper when baking

Sautee with Tamari, Vegetable broth, or water.

Oil is not necessary for browning or caramelizing. These effects can be achieved when you’re cooking without oil; you just need to allow for more time.

Steaming:

Vegetables can be steamed quickly and will retain their flavor. You can also sprinkle with your favorite seasoning.

No Oil Recipes:

Amazing Recipes

Additional Resources: https://www.plantbasedcooking.com/cooking-without-oil/

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Molecular Mimicry – How Eating Animal Based Products Causes Autoimmune Disease

If you eat my flesh.......It will cause a process in you called MOLECULAR MIMCRY. Your own body will attack similar foreign proteins.(1)

Autoimmune Disease Rates Increasing:

The growing prevalence of Autoimmune Diseases ought to cause us to wonder what the mechanism is behind the growth and prevalence. Type 1 diabetes incidence is rising 3-5% /year. How is it that Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus has grown year over year in Westernized countries?

See: The World Incidence and Prevalence of Autoimmune Diseases is Increasing http://pubs.sciepub.com/ijcd/3/4/8/

What Is An Autoimmune Disease?

An autoimmune disease is a condition in which your immune system mistakenly attacks your body. There are over 100 known Autoimmune Diseases. An Autoimmune disease is specifically defined as:

Immune system disorders cause abnormally low activity or over activity of the immune system. In cases of immune system over activity, the body attacks and damages its own tissues (autoimmune diseases). Immune deficiency diseases decrease the body’s ability to fight invaders, causing vulnerability to infections.

In response to an “unknown trigger”, the immune system may begin producing antibodies that instead of fighting infections, attack the body’s own tissues.

Some of these diseases include; Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Rheumatoid Arthritis, Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), Crohn’s Disease, Guillain-Barre syndrome, Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus, Graves Disease, etc.

Hypothesis:

In this paper:

“Molecular Mimicry as a Mechanism of Autoimmune Disease” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3266166/

The authors from the Department of Pathology at the University of Utah outlined 32 diseases with examples of Human Autoimmune Diseases with Possible Molecular Mimicry, and 9 cases that were proven in animal testing models.

Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus:

Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus (T1DM) develops when the insulin-producing pancreatic beta cells are mistakenly destroyed by the body’s immune system. We have seen a massive rise in the number of cases of T1DM over the years. We have known for many years that protein in cow’s milk are most likely the trigger of this disease!

See: A Bovine Albumin Peptide as a Possible Trigger of Insulin-Dependent Diabetes Mellitus http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJM199207303270502

In addition to milk proteins, we also know that Paratuberculosisa disease in cattle, will also cause an immune response in humans consuming tainted meat and milk and WILL cause T1DM.

See: Exploring the role of Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis in the pathogenesis of type 1 diabetes mellitus https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3686596/

 

READ MORE: https://www.arespectfullife.com/2018/04/22/molecular-mimicry-how-eating-animal-based-products-causes-autoimmune-disease/