Archive | October, 2014

27 Stressful Things You Tolerate Too Much

16 Oct

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Life is to be enjoyed and appreciated, not endured and tolerated.

In life, unnecessary tolerations can bleed you of energy and make it impossible for you to function effectively.  You can’t live a happy, successful, fulfilling life when you’re spending all your energy tolerating things that shouldn’t be tolerated.  Sometimes you need to put your foot down.

In our line of work, Angel and I hear from hundreds of coaching clients, book readers and blog subscribers (subscribe here) every month who have been tolerating the wrong things for far too long.  If you feel like you have been too, here are some things to stop tolerating in your life:

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  1. A negative attitude – Choose to be unhappy and you will find a million reasons to complain and frown.  Choose to be happy and you will find a million reasons to smile.
  2. Drama circles – Don’t get caught up in judging and gossiping.  Don’t give in to the negativity and drama around you.  Be positive.  Give people a piece of your heart rather than a piece of your mind.  Life is too short to be spent talking about people and stirring up trouble that has no substance.  Instead, get caught up in being thankful and being way nicer than necessary.
  3. That nagging thought that you could have been kinder – The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.  How you make others feel about themselves, says a whole lot about you.  So treat people right.  Kindness IS a gift you can afford to give.  Be the sweetness in someone’s bitterness and the light in someone’s darkness.  Always be kinder than you feel.
  4. Self-deprecating thoughts – If you feel like others aren’t treating you with love and respect, check your price tag.  Perhaps you subconsciously marked yourself down.  Because it’s YOU who tells others what you’re worth by showing them what you are willing to accept for your time and attention.  So get off the clearance rack.  If you don’t value and respect yourself, wholeheartedly, no one else will either.
  5. A present preoccupied with a painful past – The first step to living the life you want is leaving behind the life you don’t want.  Letting go of the past is your first step towards happiness.  You are here for a special reason.  Stop being a prisoner of your past.  Become the architect of your present.  Learn from your regrets, but do not punish yourself with them.  Live beyond your scars and focus on the profound possibilities that await your immediate attention.
  6. Being too busy and scattered-brained to appreciate life’s sweetness – It’s so hard to forget pain, but sometimes it’s even harder to remember the sweetness of life.  We have no scar to show for happiness.  And times of blissful peace are rarely impactful, unless we are mindfully present.  Surround yourself with beautiful things, by noticing them.  Life has a lot of grey and sadness – you really have to look for that rainbow and frame it.  There is beauty in everything; sometimes you just have to look a little harder to see it.  (Angel and I discuss this in detail in the “Happiness” chapter of 1,000 Little Things Happy, Successful People Do Differently.)
  7. Expectations of perfection – Life will never be perfect, no matter how hard you try.  Even if you pour your heart and soul into it, you will never achieve a state of absolute perfection.  There will always be moments of uncertainty; there will always be days where nothing goes right.  But as time rolls on you will learn that even the most imperfect situations can be made better with a little love and laughter.
  8. A lack of personal responsibility – In every situation you have ever been in, positive or negative, the one common thread is you.  Responsibility means recognizing that regardless of what has happened up to this point in your life, you are capable of making choices to change your situation, or to change the way you think about it.
  9. An obsession with control – When you’re younger, you exhaust yourself trying to take charge of everything in your life, other people, and all situations.  Then one day it dawns on you that you will never gain control until you lose the need to have it – until you can simply let it be OK, to not be perfectly OK.  When you’re wearing yourself ragged trying to juggle the outcome of everything happening around you, it’s time to stop, take a breath, and remind yourself that the only things you can truly control, are what choices you will make, and how much control you will give to the fear that you’re feeling.
  10. Feeling guilty for not being able to do it all – How freeing would it be to not feel guilty about the things you “should” be doing every single second?  Yes, it’s healthy to work diligently on meaningful goals, but don’t berate yourself for not doing more than you’re able to.  Find your balance between activity and recovery.  Learn to let go and relax when you need a break.
  11. The idea that happiness can only be found in the future – If you’re smiling right now, you’re doing it right.  The future is being born every second in your thoughts and actions.  Choose to make it the best it can possibly be.  Stop waiting for “if only” and start living “no matter what.”
  12. Not appreciating what you have while you have it – Sometimes we end up cheating on others and ourselves simply because we pay more attention to what we’re missing, rather than what we have.  When you get something small, you want more.  When you get more, you desire even more.  But when you lose everything, you realize the small things were really the big things.  So don’t go looking for something better every second.  Instead of thinking about what you’re missing, think about what you have that so many others are missing.
  13. A worry list that’s longer than your gratitude list – What worries you, masters you.  Stress thrives when your worry list is longer than your gratitude list.  Happiness thrives when your gratitude list is longer than your worry list.  So find something to be thankful for.  And remember, pretending to be happy when you’re struggling is just a small example of how strong you are as a person.
  14. Inner resistance to what is – In this moment, surrender to what is, and love it.  Know that what is meant to be is already happening – even if it feels difficult or awkward.  Experience a miracle simply by shifting your perspective.  And know that like all things, this too shall pass.  (ReadLoving What Is.)
  15. Letting the situations that didn’t work out define you – Sometimes transitions in life are the perfect opportunity to let go of one situation to embrace something better coming your way.  Please don’t ever let life’s uncontrollable circumstances define you or give you an excuse to be nasty.  Life is designed to test your commitment to who you say you are.  Stand strong.  Define yourself.  Keep going.  Keep growing.
  16. Social conditioning – Knowing who you are is one thing, but truly believing and living as yourself is another.  With all the social conditioning in our society we sometimes forget to stay true to ourselves.  Don’t lose yourself out there.  You can’t attract the right people into your life when you’re pretending to be someone else.  So be yourself, and if you can’t find a group whose values and consciousness matches your own, be the source of one.  Others with like values and consciousness will be drawn to you.
  17. Focusing too much on the wrong people – Wrong things happen when you trust and worry about the wrong people.  Embrace this fact.  Don’t let the people who do so little for you, control so much of your feelings and emotions.  Don’t make too much time for people who rarely make time for you, or who only make time for you when it’s convenient for them.  Know your worth.  Know the difference between what you’re getting from people and what you deserve, and stand your ground.  It’s better to let them walk away from you, rather than all over you.
  18. Dishonesty – In life and business, our reputation is always more important than our next paycheck, and our integrity is worth more than our next thrill.  A cheater’s punishment is to live a life of mistrust and uncertainty.  They live in constant fear that the people they cheated on will also cheat on them.
  19. Insincere apologies – You can’t just say it; you have to show it – you actually have to make a change.  Don’t make insincere apologies, and don’t put up with those who do.
  20. Excessive anger – The one that angers you, controls you.  Know this.  We sometimes think that hating is a weapon that attacks people we don’t like, but hatred is a curved blade, and the harm we do, we do to ourselves.
  21. Arguments with antagonistic people – When we slum it around low vibrational, negative people, we’re pulled down.  Don’t waste words on people who deserve your silence.  Sometimes the most powerful thing you can say is nothing at all.  Learning to ignore certain people is one of the great paths to inner peace.
  22. Grudges and resentments – Forgive others, not because they deserve forgiveness, but because you deserve peace.  Free yourself of the burden of being an eternal victim, and move forward with or without them.
  23. Old, inefficient habits – Just because you’ve always done it, doesn’t mean you have to continue.  Just because you’ve never done it, doesn’t mean you can’t start now.
  24. Empty complaints – Being annoyed never helps.  Letting it go does.  Doing something about it does.  But just sitting around today complaining about yesterday, won’t make tomorrow any brighter.  (Read The How of Happiness.)
  25. Lingering excuses – It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one over and over again.  So forget what you can’t do.  Focus on what you will do.  Make the commitment to move forward no matter what, and honor this commitment every day.
  26. A stagnant routine – Remember, the most important currency in life is experience.  Money comes and goes, but your experiences stay with you until your very last breath.  So don’t be afraid to mix things up and challenge yourself with new life experiences.  Sometimes a break from your routine is the very thing you need.
  27. Too much needless excess – When things aren’t adding up in your life, start subtracting.  Life gets easier when you delete the things and people that make it difficult.  Get rid of some of life’s complexities so you can spend more time with people you love and do more of the things you love.  This means getting rid of the mental and physical clutter, and eliminating all but the essential, so you are left with only that which gives you value.

The Blue Agave and Trio Ellas

12 Oct

Dang this is one heck of a band! The Blue Agave is a Chicano/surf rock band with Stephanie Amaro from Trio Ellas as the singer. She looks so calm and mellow with Trio Ellas and then you see her in fishnet and a ripped open top of La Virgen de Guadalupe. Hot! Shit I want to wear a shirt like that LOL

I haven’t seen The Blue Agave live, but I am definitely looking forward to seeing their performance soon. With that being said, I have seen Trio Ellas live and they are very captivating and entertaining. They ARE Grammy nominated and the official Trio of the Dodgers. Yeah! See the video here:

I’m fascinated with how vocally articulate and accurate they are in every single note, song, and video I have ever seen of them. They carry their mariachi, trio, rock, and pop influence on their sleeve. Its such a seemingless blend of the genres that its irrelevent that they are moving all over the place with their genre. Trio Ellas has a rock influence in their music as well. They cover Cafe Tacuba’s version of “Ojala Que Llueva Cafe” and a Spanish version of “I Will Follow You into the Dark” but then bust out trio favorites like “Odiame” and “Solamente Una Vez” and “Quizas Quizas”.

Check out Trio Ellas’s cover of Janis Joplins “Piece of My Heart”

Oh the use of special effects on the violin is so precious in this video!

Then check out their adaptation of Lucha Villa’s “Ojitos Traidores” using a huge Middle Eastern to twist into the already Spanish flamenco feel of the song.

Their fashion attire is also very inspiring to me. They are not a mariachi nor a traditional trio, but they still wear those two influences proudly on their sleeve through their repertoire and fashion attire. The group wears tight mariachi pants with gala and they wear red high heels and matching shirts. Awesome! I want to wear mariachi pants with red heels!!

If you on the official Trio Ellas website you will find these images of them:


These ladies rock and I have already bought both of the CD’s on iTunes.Every single song is so well arranged that I simply don’t have words for it. Just do yourself a favor and buy their music. I wish them nothing but the best in their musical careers. Support them by checking them out live or buying their music!

Bathroom Heroics

12 Oct

Yesterday I saved two teachers in the restroom stalls. First I got a phone call and text message from somebody saying ” Save me! Need toilet paper!” so I go and help. Then later in the afternoon Im using the potty and as Im flushing I hear ” Maestra! Ayudame!” with a hand waving at me underneath a stall. “Apurate que los niños me estan esperando!” ahahaha! Memo te self: check to see if there is TP before sitting down

11 Powerful Netflix Documentaries That Will Change the Way You Think About Food

10 Oct

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1. “Spinning Plates” mmmmm a documentary thats about yummy food. droooooolll.

2. “Jiro Dream of Sushi” mmmmm a documentary thats about sushi. drooooolll.

3. “Forks Over Knives” mmm a documentary about my health. drooollll

4. “Inside Chipotle”  Meh. Good documentary, but I’m a bit over their food. Except for the chips and rice and guacamole

5. “Food Inc” oh yes this documentary opened up my eyes to question the food we eat.

6. “Super Size Me” Fudge McDonald’s. I haven’t had a cheeseburger from there in about 2 years.

7. “More than Honey” Ughhh I love honey, but I’m allergic to bee stings so seeing all those bees makes me squirm

8. “Fat Sick and Nearly Dead” Good eye opening movie!

9. “Hungry for Change” OMG this movie really struck a nerve with me. Absolutely love it

10. “Somm” – A documentary about wine????? OMG. OMG. Only way to watch it is with wine in your hand.

11. “I like Killing Flies”

Anatomy of a Mexican Student Massacre

10 Oct

So thankful that I live in the US of A. If I had grown up in Mexico I would be married with 4 kids or dead because of the crazy government that suppressed anyone who disagrees with them. The education I received in Chappy Town is rooted in community involvement and social justice so reading about young colleagues and their potential end of life if very sickening. I had a hard time comprehending this article as I read it.

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For almost a century a teacher’s college in rural Mexico has been training educators and activists. Last month, dozens were abducted and slaughtered—by the police.
MEXICO CITY — Twelve days ago, police and unidentified gunmen believed to be members of a drug cartel ambushed a caravan of college student activists in the state of Guerrero, about half way from Mexico City to Acapulco.

Near the central plaza in the town of Iguala, a total of six persons were shot to death. Three were student activists from the Raúl Isidro Burgos Rural Teachers College of Ayotzinapa. Three additional shooting victims were a semiprofessional soccer player riding in one of the three buses, a taxi driver, and his female passenger. But most likely they were unintended victims caught in the line of fire. There’s no question the students were the target.

One who survived the first fusillade, a 19-year-old named Julio César Mondragón, panicked and, over the objections of classmates who said they should stay together, ran away on his own. He was later found dead and horribly disfigured; a photo of his corpse has gone viral in Mexico: it shows the face stripped away to the bare skull underneath.

Survivors of the incident report that the police and thugs attacked the students three times. They sprayed one of the buses with machine gun fire. One eyewitness reported seeing the police force students out of another bus at gunpoint. In addition to the three students killed, 17 student activists were wounded. But they may have been the lucky ones. As many as 44 others were abducted. Some reports say they were taken away in police vehicles. None of them have been seen since September 26.

The precise motives for the killings are difficult to determine, but the students come from a school that has been training rural teachers—and activists—for the better part of a century. Their commitment to helping small farmers and farm workers in the rugged, semi-feudal countryside often has put them at odds with the local powers that be. And when you add to that the cozy relationship that exists today between some of those powers and narcotics traffickers, the situation is explosive.

A foretaste of last month’s massacre took place on May 30, 2013, after an activist group called Popular Unity of Iguala demanded that the city’s mayor, José Luis Albarca Velázquez, provide fertilizer to poor farmers in the area. Six of the group’s members were kidnapped, including its leader, Arturo Hernández Cardona, who was killed along with two others. One of the kidnapping victims, an activist named Nicolás Mendoza Vila, managed to escape and later made a statement to the authorities that he watched the mayor himself pull the trigger of the gun that killed Hernández Cardona.

A photo of his corpse has gone viral in Mexico: it shows the face stripped away to the bare skull underneath.
The murdered activist’s widow, Sofia Mendoza, requested that the federal prosecutor’s office revoke Mayor Albarca Velázquez’s mandate in light of the murders. But Mexican Attorney General Jesús Murillo Karam determined that his office had no jurisdiction over what he deemed “a local matter.” After this latest slaughter last month, the widow said, “The events that occurred on September 26 could have been avoided if anyone had listened to us.”

The initial shock of the police rampage that day had barely set in when the attorney general for the state of Guerrero, Iñaky Blanco Cabrera, announced that over the weekend investigators had exhumed the contents of six mass graves discovered on a densely wooded parcel of land outside of Iguala. The assumption was that the abducted students might be among the cadavers. The initial body count was estimated at 28, but subsequent reports raised the estimate to 34.

Now the Mexican Federal Government has taken note. A cordon of about 200 Mexican Army soldiers, Marines and Federal Police stood guard as the bodies were exhumed from a hilly stretch of nearly inaccessible woodland known as Pueblo Viejo. The bodies had been piled onto dry branches and logs, doused in gasoline, and set afire. DNA testing is underway to identity the cadavers, which at the time of discovery were burned beyond recognition. But four members of a drug cartel known as Guerreros Unidos that operates in Iguala, who are currently in police custody, told investigators that they knew of 17 student activists transported to the killing ground of Pueblo Viejo.

Twenty-two police officers from Iguala are now in Federal custody for homicide and kidnapping in the case, along with the four alleged drug traffickers believed to have colluded with them. Video surveillance cameras posted on a highway overpass filmed the moment when police pickup trucks drove past at top speed, each carrying a load of detainees.
Abominable acts of violence have become common enough in Mexico that the public has built up a tolerance for such news. But the details of this massacre have been especially difficult to absorb. The victims are young, all between the ages of 19 and 23, and their murders and kidnappings have every appearance of being politically motivated.

Indeed, there are echoes of some very bad days, of uprisings and repressions on a ferocious scale, in what suddenly does not feel like such a distant past. The timing of the violence against the students has particular resonance and has stirred public sentiment. It happened just six days before the annual march in Mexico City to commemorate the horrific student massacre in Tlatelolco Plaza on October 2, 1968, when the government moved to crush political opposition by gunning down scores, and perhaps hundreds, of protestors shortly before the opening of that year’s summer Olympics.

This year the students from the Ayotzinapa teachers college had come to Iguala from their school in the town of Tixtla, about two hours away, to solicit donations to pay for school supplies and to cover transportation costs to the Tlatelolco march in Mexico City.

Will justice be done this time, as it clearly was not a year ago? It seems unlikely.

In the aftermath of the latest killings and kidnappings, the mayor of Iguala, Albarca Velázquez—the alleged trigger man in the last round of killings—requested a 30-day leave of absence. The city council granted it. The mayor has since gone into hiding along with his chief of police, Felipe Flores Velázquez, who is the mayor’s first cousin. On Monday the state prosecutor’s office initiated proceedings to strip the mayor of his office and issue a warrant for his and his cousin the police chief’s arrest. They are now considered fugitives from justice.

After the violence in Iguala, it’s not surprising that the governor of Guerrero, Ángel Aguirre Ribero, accused Mayor Albarca Velázquez and his administration of close ties to organized crime. He even offered a reward of 1 million pesos ($74,000) for information leading to the safe return of the student activists. But the governor’s critics say he was instrumental in protecting the mayor from prosecution last year because they are both from the same political party, the Party of the Democratic Revolution.

In light of the oppression visible now, and for many generations past, it is almost a miracle the Raúl Isidro Burgos Rural Teachers College of Ayotzinapa has been able to survive. It was founded in 1926 in the aftermath of the last full-fledged Mexican Revolution to address the challenge of primary school education for children living in impoverished farming communities.

The curriculum at Ayotzinapa includes instruction in native indigenous languages, as well as laborious field observations and student teaching assignments in far flung villages.

The slogan of Ayotzinapa is “the cradle of social consciousness,” and its student body of 520 is renowned for political activism, which critics refer to as strident. The school provides room and board to students from some of the poorest families in Mexico. As part of the curriculum and as a means to reduce expenses, the students work the fields behind the school and raise livestock, hogs and chickens.

Ayotzinapa, like other rural teachers colleges in Mexico, has long resisted attempts to phase it out or to throw out its model for public education. So it continues to make local authorities and their ruthless cronies uneasy. Two of its students were murdered in a paramilitary attack on the school in 2011.

And maybe there is reason for the old order to worry. Lucio Cabañas and Genaro Vásquez studied at Ayotzinapa, both became teachers in the countryside, and both became famous martyrs during a guerrilla insurgency in the mountains of Guerrero. That was back during Mexico’s Dirty War of the 1960s and 70s—the time of Tlatelolco.

The current generation of Ayotzinapa students and teachers has opposed the federal government’s education reform and stood with teachers to oppose changes to hiring protocols. Last year they joined with the widows of the men from Popular Unity in calling for an investigation into the triple homicide. Together they briefly occupied Iguala’s city hall to demand a full investigation.

The students of Ayotzinapa have set up a protest across the federal highway that links Iguala to Acapulco to demand the police in Iguala return their classmates alive.

But as the forensic scientists continue sifting through the remains of the mass graves, that possibility seems remote

F*ck the Angels

9 Oct

Last year or even 6 months ago, I wouldn’t have cared much about the intense Dodgers/Angels rivalry. Now I truly can’t stand Angels fans. Why? Because of their highly superior attitude. Because they think Dodgers fans are “ghetto.” Because Angels fans are dull, can’t fill up their own small stadium even when they had the best regular season wins record, and seriously consider themselves to be classier than Dodger fans. In my opinion they are the OC;  “safe”, conformist who believe they are better because they won a World Series in 2002 when I was in high school…. and thats it. Dodgers have 6 World Series titles even though the last one was in 1988.

Some jackass Dodger fans decided to beat up an innocent Giants fan a few years ago and everyone was quick to point at how “dangerous” Dodgers fans and Dodger Stadium is. Ummm I hate to tell you but 3 people have died at Angels stadium and there’s another one in critical condition as I speak. Of course people were quick to use #thisisntChavezRavine when the story broke instead of feeling sympathy for the poor Angels fan. Why do people point out all the “ghetto” Dodger fans, but fail to see all the ghetto Angel fans?

During the Dodgers vs Angels Freeway Series in August, Angels Stadium sold out for the first time in the season. And of course people went on twitter and fb saying that the “cockroaches came out” to the Freeway Series Ummm what?? Is this comment a racist comment and/or  social status comment? Yikes! “I fear for my life when they’re here.” “They’re giving out government cheese. That’s why its packed” Ayyyyyy!! And the last one came from my cousin in law that was posted on fb.

Screen Shot 2014-10-06 at 8.14.59 PM      So with that being said, I say “Fuck the Angels and your cocky ass fans who feel superior to the team that is actually from Los Angeles.” I have never felt prouder to sport Dodger blue or my Kershaw shirt. I’m sorry if yes I really have stood in line for government cheese and milk and my physical self scares the crap out of you. And please don’t say it isn’t racist because really why else would you say that? Oh and don’t even get me started at the number of times I’ve been at a store or pickup up food and a random person, mainly male, will yell at me “Go Angels!” Fuck the Angels. If you’re truly for the people, by the people and of the people then you’re a Dodgers fan. Fernando Valenzuela and Yasiel Puig are proof. The Angels have… a washed up Albert Pujols?

If you’re going to talk shit on a team then focus on the numbers and how far they get in the playoffs. Oh thats right Angels don’t really have those. They really haven’t made the playoffs since 2002. Any sports fan can tell you that having a high number of wins in the regular season doesn’t mean squat. Its what you do in the playoffs that count. Just ask the Anaheim Ducks last season or the LA Kings. or the Boston Red Sox a few years ago. Or the LA Lakers who place 3rd or 4th in the league and end up winning championships.

Thank you Kansas City Royals for granting me a fabulous Sunday night by sweeping the Angels tonight in a royal fashion. Will you remember a broom in March of 2015? Because I will.

The liver

7 Oct

Turns out I have a vitamin D deficiency that has also affected my alkaline phophate levels which basically means I have to take it easy on my liver. My vitamin level needs to go up ASAP. I also follow this page on fb which posted about the importance of the liver:

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The liver is one of the most hard-working organs of the body and a healthy liver is critical to many aspects of overall wellness. Most people are aware that the liver is the main filter of the body. It is true that it plays an important role in processing nutrients and eliminating waste from the body, but did you know that this amazing organ also is a key player in the process of hormone regulation throughout the body? Hormones are substances that are normally associated with the endocrine system, and these chemical compounds are involved in literally every metabolic process in the body both on the cellular and body tissue levels. In fact, life itself could not be possible without the presence of hormones.

How Does the Liver Affect Hormones?

While the liver does not actually make the majority of hormones – as this is mainly the job of various glands of the endocrine system – the liver is the place where many hormones are synthesized. What this means is that the liver is like a laboratory where hormones are thrown together with other compounds and the body is able to gain nutrients and other critical substances that are necessary for us to thrive. In a sense, hormones are agents that make life-giving chemical reactions possible, and much of this activity occurs in the liver. The liver secretes hormones or dispenses them into the bloodstream whenever various parts of the body call for them. Thus, the liver is somewhat like a hormone holding tank that is on call to supply necessary hormones at proper levels whenever needed. Some of the crucial metabolic activities that are made possible by these timely secretions are blood glucose levels, amino acid levels, circulatory functions, the strength of the immune system, blood clotting, and bone marrow formation, amongst many others. Hormone elimination is another major responsibility of the liver via the sulphation and glucoronidation pathways. Just as this organ filters and removes many toxins and impurities from the body, it also sees that unneeded hormones are expelled from the body, mostly via the urine or bile. These secretion and elimination duties together compromise the hormonal regulatory function of the liver. This liver regulatory function is extremely important for both women and men regarding the maintenance of proper hormone levels in the body. Here are some specific types of hormones that are regulated by the liver:

Estrogen. One of the key female hormones, balanced estrogen levels are critical for many sexual and reproductive functions. In women, if the liver is not able to eliminate excess estrogen it can lead to dysfunction such as abnormally heavy menstrual flow, cysts and pain in the breasts, and unwanted weight gain in the midsection (hips, thighs, and buttocks). This weight gain can produce a “pear-shaped” or “gynaeoid” type body, as it is officially called. Too much estrogen is a very unhealthy situation that can increase risk for heart disease, reproductive cancers, and other serious health conditions.

Testosterone. This is another major sex hormone (even for women) and it is also kept at proper levels by an efficiently working liver. Women who have testosterone levels that are too high may develop unwanted facial hair, have concerns such as greasy skin or acne, or ovarian disorders such as PCOS. They may also experience weight gain in the upper body, developing an “apple-shaped” or “android” type body.

Insulin. Produced by the pancreas, insulin is a hormone chiefly involved with regulating blood sugar and overall metabolism. It also helps to control fat and carbohydrate levels in the body. Once again, the liver is responsible for regulating insulin levels. If this is not done properly (usually due to a toxic liver), it can lead to an excess of insulin. This may result in a greater risk for diabetes and other health concerns.

How to Prevent Liver-Related Hormonal Imbalance

Obviously, a sluggish liver will not be able to regulate the hormones correctly, thus leading to hormone imbalance. The best solution is to keep your liver functioning at optimum levels so it can do its job effectively. Some suggestions for maintaining liver health include:

Be informed about the medications you use. Research contraindications and side-effects of any medication in which you take. Medications that are particularly hard on the liver include NSAID pain drugs, aspirin, statin drugs (for lowering cholesterol), certain blood pressure medications, and some antidepressants.

Cleanse and support your liver. I recommend performing a liver cleanse at least three times yearly. Support and maintain liver health with organic/wild-crafted herbs. I personally use and highly recommend LivaPure™.

Make sure that your elimination routes are working properly. Women have five elimination routes: breathing, sweating, urination, defecation and menses.

Drink good amounts of purified water in order to help with toxin removal.

Drink little or no alcohol and avoid caffeine.

The liver is dependent on many nutrients to complete its job of breaking down and detoxifying excess toxins. A healthy diet and supplementation will ensure that these nutrients are available. A diet that is heavy on fresh, organic fruits and vegetables and low in animal fat, refined sugar, white flour and toxic chemicals is recommended. There are many foods that help to cleanse and support the liver. Research natural herbal therapy for estrogen dominance.

Work on achieving a healthy weight and insulin levels.

Saliva test your hormones and work on creating hormonal balance. Contrary to what conventional medicine says saliva testing is the best way to find out the amount of useable hormones available. Serum testing almost never matches hormone imbalance symptoms and often women are told there is nothing wrong and then sent home with a prescription for an anti-depressant. As indicated previously, often estrogen dominance is indicative that the liver needs some attention. If, through testing, estrogen dominance proves to be a concern, research the merits of bioidentical progesterone cream as well as eliminating estrogen mimicking chemicals (found in pre-packaged foods, water, personal care products, cleaning products and gardening products) from your personal use.

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