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The thinking used to be that if you were meant to lose your hair, there was nothing you could do about it short of taking Rogaine or Proptia all your life, getting a transplant, or (yikes) wearing a wig.

Recent research tells us otherwise. It turns out that, though there is a genetic predisposition to hair loss, diet plays a key part. Specifically, animal foods such as meat, eggs, and dairy, can accelerate hair loss, especially in genetically susceptible individuals. This includes both gals and guys.

First, a quick lesson in physiology. Hair loss occurs because of the action of a hormone called dihydrotestosterone, or DHT. This hormone is concentrated in the follicles of your hairline, and it causes them to thin and become wispy and eventually erode altogether, giving rise to the horseshoe pattern of hair loss also known as male pattern baldness.

Where does DHT come from? It is a metabolite of another common hormone, testosterone.

Testosterone is made primarily in the testicles, which is …


Our friend David, 30-something from Santa Monica, sent in his daily diet for proud display. In truth, big D is actually 40 years young, but he has the healthy glow of someone half his age. Welcome back to high school, big guy! For many of us high school glory is the best it gets, but it doesn't have to be. By eating well and breaking a sweat you can retain the vim and vigor of youth well into the twilight of your life, which in the case of celebrated vegetarians can end up well into the triple digits. With that said, take a gander at:


A typical breakfast smoothie for David includes bananas, berries, flax, lemon, and apple.

Measuring 6-8 cups, this regal repast provides 650 calories, with a carb/prot/fat ratio of 80/7/13, in addition to 38 g of fiber, and 50 percent or more of the daily requirement for 10 nutrients. Fit for a king, David is starting off the day better than many people accomplish in a whole week. Bitchin'!


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When you think of big portions, chances are you are GROSSLY underestimating your stomach's capacity. Your stomach is a primary organ of digestion lying just below your diaphragm. It can accomodate 3 L of food easily. This is 12 cups, or more!

While loading up on meat and cheese will cause you to consume excessive amounts of calories long before your bulk needs are met, often what happens when people focus on fruits and vegetables is exactly the opposite: you have to make an effort to eat enough, and eating too much is impossible!

Take this lunch, for instance:

That looks pretty huge. Would you be surprised if we told you that this HUGE bowl serves one??? What is in it, exactly?

4 cups chopped kale 2 bananas 2 oranges
7 dates 2 tomatoes 7 olives
1/2 an avocado juice of one lemon
At 1,050 calories, this lion-sized lunch provides 35 grams of fiber and over 50 percent of the daily value for 14 essential vitamins and minerals, including 600 percent of the USRDA for vitamin C.

In addit…

Steam, Steam, Steam!

Raw fruits and vegetables are the healthiest foods on the planet. However, there comes a time - usually around 5 or 6 pm - that one gets the desire to eat hearty, savory, warm food.

While cooking methods such as broiling, baking, roasting, grilling and frying are popular, they expose your food to dry heat at very high temperatures. The result is to dry out your food and even to produce carcinogenic (cancer-causing) substances, the presence of which is often indicated by those black streaks one sees on grilled vegetables.

It is best when choosing a cooking method to focus on those methods that produce moisture-rich food at relatively low temperatures. These methods include boiling, sauteeing, and steaming.

Of these methods, steaming is perhaps the easiest. But when most people steam food, they either overcook it, don't make enough to satisfy their appetite, or both. So here are some pictures to help set you on the path to healthy, hearty steamed meals.

First, the veggies which lend…


By simply changing your approach to food, you can do all this and more:
1. Lose fifteen pounds or more, in just three weeks![1]

2.  Eat as much as you want and still lose weight.[2]

 3. Increase your metabolism, naturally.[3]

 4.  Cut your cholesterol in half, without medication![4]

5. Virtually eliminate your risk of diabetes. If you are diabetic, reduce your insulin requirements, and possibly discontinue medication altogether.[5]

6. Cut your risk of high blood pressure in half. If you have hypertension, reduce your blood pressure naturally, without medication.[6]

 7. Improve your memory.[7]

 8. Prevent and reverse heart disease, without invasive procedures or expensive medication.

9. Be twice as active as your friends.[8]

10. Live longer.[9]
Sweets, Greens, Beans, Seeds. It's that simple.
[1] Shintani TT, Hughes CK, Beckham S, et al. “Obesity and cardiovascular risk intervention through the ad libitum feeding of tra


Yes you heard it right, Bill Clinton moves away from chicken, steaks and dairy and embraces fruits, vegetables and beans. Or as we call them: greens, beans and sweets.

As he says, "I like it, I like it a lot."

We do too! And so should you!


Animals raised for slaughter are robbed of their natural habitat and subjected to a savage cruelty that makes Hitler's concentration camps look like Club Meds.
Just because cows and pigs speak a language we cannot understand should not make us deaf to their cries of pain. In fact, the nerves of many animals are many times more sensitive than humans, which means they feel pain that is worse than our worst nightmares!
By eating chicken, beef, pork and fish, and even dairy and eggs (which are produced by subjecting animals to inhumane conditions) we participate in the misery of these unfortunate creatures and take in the toxic residues of the antibiotics, pesticides, hormones and fertilizers that make up their lives and their pain.
Not only that, the stress hormone cortisol as well as other stress chemicals including catecholamines get released when an animal is slaughtered.1 These powerful substances make their way into the animals tissues. High levels in humans are associated …


The word diet commonly refers to the food you eat, especially as part of a weight-loss regimen, and may invoke painful memories and images of restriction and suffering. Let's pull ourselves outside of the box. As we shall see, the broader definition of the word includes everything you take in and experience repeatedly. Diet derives from the Middle English diete, from Latin diaeta, from Greek diaita, and ultimately from diaitasthai, meaning to lead one's life. Literally, your diet is your manner of living, or your lifestyle. It is who you are, and you are not only what you eat, but where you go, whom you spend time with, what you do and how you think and feel. This dietary assessment is an exercise in introspection. It has intrinsic value, which means that the benefit resides in filling it out. It will clarify your lifestyle, identify your personal goal and assist you in achieving, provided you are honest and thorough. In fact, the next hour promises to be one of the most importa…