Advertising
Advertising

Shocking! Does Soy Really Disrupt Hormones?

Shocking! Does Soy Really Disrupt Hormones?

We’ve heard a lot about the health benefits of soy milk and soy beans, but some people also say that they’re bad for your reproductive system? Then, what should you do?

First let’s briefly look at the benefits of soy.

Advertising

Health Benefits of Soy

Soy is high in protein content, which is why many vegetarians refer to it as “meat food”.[1] Furthermore, because it is a plant protein and not animal protein, it is processed differently and may actually reduce your cholesterol levels. It is also known for it’s high fiber content, which makes it very suitable for those suffering from high cholesterol and diabetes as well as frequent bouts of constipation.[2]

Soy in the form of fermented soya bean paste (miso) is rich in several minerals. It is often used as flavouring in Asian cuisine. Soya cake, or tempeh as the Indonesians call it, is especially rich in B vitamins. It is made by cooking and dehulling soya beans to form a textured, solid cake and also contains many vitamins and minerals. Soy in the form of tofu is a valuable source of iron and calcium. It is a type of curd made by coagulating soy milk with magnesium and calcium salts.

Advertising

Harmful Effects of Soy

Soy has its share of bad side effects too.[3] It can cause infertility and plays a role in decreasing fertility in both men and women.[4] It can cause premature menstruation. It may cause girls to hit puberty early, like say at the age of 10 instead of the usual 12 or 13.

Given the fact that soy helps in the production of the estrogen hormone[5], it may be a factor in breast cancer. Soy can also cause male gynecomastia, which is the enlargement or over-development of glands in the breasts. Soy can also kill libido with large quantities causing men to feel a certain lack of sexual desire.

Advertising

Scientific Research Says: The Conclusion Is Inconclusive

Research points both ways. Certain studies indicate that soy is connected to breast cancer. Some studies blame constant sexual arousal[6] on soy consumption. Meanwhile, the benefits of soy as meat and tofu has been extolled in various health magazines, leaving people in a fix. Another study has claimed that soy can prevent decline in memory,[7] while another study contradicted it.[8]

Thus, it is impossible to say whether soy is “purely good” or “purely bad.” Like all other foods, soy has its share of health benefits and side effects, therefore it is always better to consume such items cautiously and in moderation.

Advertising

What Should You Do

It is always better to include a variety of foods in your diet instead of relying on just one. However, pay attention to how your body reacts to soy. Keep a food log or journal to keep track of your different reactions and responses. If all is well, continue including it in your diet. If it isn’t, consult your physician and try to find something else to provide you with the necessary nutrients.

Reference

[1] Ingredient focus – Soya, BBC Good Food
[2] Soybeans, The World’s Healthiest Food
[3] 5 Ways Soy Upsets Hormone Balance, Global Healing Center
[4] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18650557
[5] The role of estrogen in the initiation of breast cancer, NCBI
[6] 4 Health Consequences of Soy for Women, Global Healing Center
[7] Isoflavones and cognitive function in older women: the SOy and Postmenopausal Health In Aging, NCBI
[8] Effect of soy protein, NCBI

More by this author

Archita Mittra

wordsmith, graphic designer, ideator, creative consultant, full time freelancer

The Hardest Truth People Learn That Makes Them Much More Successful Than The Others There’re 3 Types Of People When It Comes To Making/Keeping Friends. Which One Are You? This Woman Restores Old Van To Travel Around The World With Her Rescue Dog This Brilliant Gmail Hack Will Let You Know Who’s Shared Your Email With Third Parties Shocking! Does Soy Really Disrupt Hormones?

Trending in Health

1 15 Simple Ways to Boost Your Emotional Health 2 How to Relieve Stress: 9 Quick Relaxation Techniques 3 5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively 4 15 Brain Foods That Will Super Boost Your Brain Power 5 10 Comics About Periods That Only Women Would Understand

Read Next

Advertising
Advertising
Advertising

Last Updated on December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

Advertising

This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

Advertising

How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

Advertising

Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

Advertising

5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

More to Help You Feel Relaxed

Featured photo credit: Radu Florin via unsplash.com

Read Next