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Shocking! Does Soy Really Disrupt Hormones?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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10 Cheap And Amazing Honeymoon Ideas

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10 Cheap And Amazing Honeymoon Ideas

A honeymoon is important.  The wedding is over.  The months, or even years, of stress and planning are finally over.  It’s time for the two of you to relax, settle in, and start enjoying your time together as you embark on your first journey as a family.

To make the most of this time for the least amount of money, it’s important to focus on what you want out of a honeymoon.  This isn’t your typical list of touristy honeymoon locations everyone goes to.  Rather, it’s a list of cheap honeymoon experiences a couple can enjoy together, regardless of where it’s at.

1. Camping

A week long camping trip is a fantastic way to see how you mesh together as a couple.  You’re put in a low impact “survival” situation where it’s just the 2 of you and nature.  You have a chance to see how your new spouse handles themselves when left with the basics of life.  There are amazing national parks all over the United States where you can camp for a week for $20-30, disconnect from technology, and enjoy some of the natural wonders our nation has to offer.

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2. Staycation

You don’t have to go anywhere for a honeymoon.  In fact, the tradition of taking a honeymoon vacation is a relatively new one.  Prior to the 19th century, a honeymoon involved staying home together for a month to get to know each other physically.  Think of how blissful it could be to take a full month off work, disconnect from the outside world, and focus entirely on projects together.  You may not be wowing your friends and family with pictures of some exotic location, but they’ll be envious of your escape from the rat race nonetheless.

3. Island Getaway

People tend to overspend on their honeymoon vacations to Hawaii, Tahiti, etc.  Going to these places doesn’t have to be expensive.  You don’t need to stay in a 5 star resort when you’re on a Best Western budget.  You’re there to be in the atmosphere of the island, not a hotel room. Book a cheap flight and sleep in a hotel alternative, on the beach or in your car.  It’s the view in paradise that really matters.

4. Fancy Resort

Book an expensive resort, spa, or retreat in the city you live in.  While this may seem counterintuitive as a cheap destination, when you consider your savings on airfare and other travel costs, you can afford to be treated like royalty within your own city limits.  If you book a honeymoon package, you’ll end up with a lot of free amenities and extra attention.  There’s no need to fly halfway across the world to live the good life.

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5. Road Trip

The journey is often more fulfilling than the actual destination.  If you fly out to some exotic locale, you’ll be stuck on a plane for 8-30 hours.  Rent a luxury car, pick a handful of places you each have always wanted to visit, and go on an adventure.  You can keep food costs down by packing your own snacks, but it’s always a good idea to sample the local delicacies wherever you go, even if it’s only a few states over.

6. Charter a Boat

If the ocean is your thing, a week-long cruise can cost you $1500-$3000 per person, depending on the destination.  You also have to factor in travel costs to and from the cruise, alcohol, souvenirs, and on-shore excursions.  You’ll also be surrounded by people.  For the same price (and often much cheaper), you can charter your own boat and enjoy the experience in private.

7. Las Vegas/Atlantic City

If gambling is your thing, these are the places to do it.  Which one you choose depends on your preference, budget, and proximity.  The way to make this vacation cheaper is to gamble smart.  Stay away from low odd tables (i.e craps, roulette) and read up on the MIT blackjack strategies to beat the house.  If you do it right, you can win enough for a free trip (and gain a valuable team skill in the process).

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8. Themed Retreats

There are weeklong retreats all over the world where you can fully immerse yourselves as a couple into a hobby you’re both passionate about.  Go on a yoga/meditation retreat, a ranch, a vineyard/farm, a backpacking adventure, treasure hunt, or whatever you’re into.

9. Working Honeymoon

Your honeymoon doesn’t have to be a vacation.  For a truly memorable experience, dedicate a week to a charity or volunteer organization.  You can drive out to a campground to help restore it in the offseason.  Maybe you’ve always wanted to volunteer to help out your local animal shelter, plant trees, help the homeless, etc.  Use the time to do something together as a couple that will fulfill you spiritually while contributing to the community.  Just because you’re on a honeymoon doesn’t mean you can’t be productive.

10. Festivals, Fairs & Special Events

Every city, state, and country has festivals, fairs, and special events.  Find one you’re interested in.  If you time your wedding right, your honeymoon can be a trip to one of these festivals.  Burning Man, SXSW, Bonnaroo, the Renaissance Fair, regional harvest festivals, Mardi Gras, New Years Eve in Times Square, a movie premiere, or whatever you’re into.  If you plan your honeymoon at the right time in the right place, the possibilities are endless.

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