By Kari Arneson for Cupid's Pulse
It’s no wonder that relationship therapist and healthy living coach John Gray, Ph.D., is the best-selling relationship author of all time. His enlightening, instructive and hugely popular Mars-Venus series has sold more than 50 million books, including 1992’s groundbreaking Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus, which was the New York Times‘ number one best-selling book of the last decade. But Dr. Gray’s quest to help men and women understand and appreciate their differences is far from over. The latest addition in the series is Venus on Fire, Mars on Ice: Hormonal Balance – The Key to Life, Love & Energy. Dr. Gray says, “This is not only a fun book, but highly informative, explaining the importance of hormone balance in order to have good relationships.”
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How can hormonal balance help improve your relationships?
Hormones affect everything from your libido and moods to health and energy, and even stress levels. In his new book, Dr. Gray writes that the differences between the sexes and how they relate to each other are managed by hormones. See what Dr. Gray has to say on the topic:
Can you explain the meaning behind the title and cover art of your latest book?
The meaning behind the title and cover art of my latest book, Venus on Fire, Mars on Ice, is that the differences between the sexes and how they relate to one another are biochemically based. The differences can be explained by their hormones. Without an ample supply of these hormones, our bodies suffer both mentally and physically. In this book you will learn new tips and knowledge of how the stress hormone can harm our health and relationships, how achieving hormonal balance will improve our lifestyles as well as relationships, and the importance of superfoods and how good nutrition can replenish our hormones.
In the book you talk about the importance of eating “superfoods” and avoiding processed foods. What impact does food choice have on hormonal balance, and in turn, on things like stress and happiness?
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Processed foods are deficient in the natural fibers that would normally slow the release of sugar into the bloodstream. Sugars that are added to products cause blood sugar levels to fluctuate. Processed foods are deficient in minerals, vitamins and good fats. Superfoods provide the nutrients we need for optimal health and vitality. In order to enjoy more stable blood sugar levels, we need to cut back on the sugar and processed foods and eat more unprocessed foods. This will allow our hormone factor, the adrenal gland, to produce feel-good hormones and reduce stress.
You talk a lot about stress and how to deal with it. What kind of effects does stress have on people and what is your best advice to manage it?