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THE SECRET TO A FULL HEAD OF LUSTROUS LOCKS

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 …

THE PARADIGM GUY

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:

DAVID'S BREAKFAST

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'!

HEALTHY SNACK

A representative sna…

QUANTITY COUNTS

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…