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Menopause – Facts and Figures

 

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Menopause by the numbers

Natural menopause occurs at 40–60 years of age, commonly at 45–55 years.

The average age at menopause is 51 years.

The average age  of menopausal transition is 47.5 years, and it commonly lasts 4–5 years.

Early menopause (40-45 years) occurs in 5% of women.

Late menopause (55 onward) takes place in 5% of women.

Premature menopause (before the age of 40) is experienced by about 1% of women

In 1998, there were more than 477 million postmenopausal women in the world.
By 2025, the number of postmenopausal women is expected to rise to 1.1 billion.

In 2000, there were an estimated 45.6 million postmenopausal women in the United States. 40 million of them were older than 51, (the average age of natural menopause).
By the year 2020, the number of women in the US older than age 51 is expected to be more than 50 million.

Every day, an estimated 6,000 American women reach menopause.

The conventional treatment for menopause is Hormone Replacement Therapy,  but more and more women prefer Natural menopause Supplements. MegaPause from NutriCelebrity is an example.
Herbal and nutritional supplements for menopause have support from the scientific studies, show efficacy, and low costs, more natural remedies for menopause support health during this phase of life are often a better choice.

 

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Natural medicine, Mental Health

ADD & ADHD – Natural helping supplements

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ADD /ADHD and others

The National Institute of Mental health, claims 3-5 % of children have ADHD, but some experts believe that figure is higher than 10%. Strangely there are no lab tests to confirm ADHD in children or adults. It’s a subjective inquiry by the Physician.
Do we just have energetic kids or is there something more going on ?

ADHD has tell-tale signs, does your child exhibit :

  • Constant Fidgeting
  • Restlessness
  • Excessive talking or blurting

This may or may not be ordinary behavior, you as parent or guardian, need to be able to distinguish the differences.

If your child is struggling with ADHD or ADHD-like symptoms, a good approach is to consult with a holistic physician or Coach who is experienced in natural alternatives.
Of course, ensure adequate nutrition and regular physical exercise, as a starting point.

Wellness advocates use natural approaches to help with ADD/ADHD such as Vitamins and supplements, juicing, and eating a plant-based diet. In fact

Natural options that may help

– Vitamins and mineral supplementing every day. Studies have reported that they help

Magnesium

Vitamin B3 (Niacin)

Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid)


Omega-3

Dr. Abram Hoffer, a renowned  Canadian Biochemist, Physician, and Psychiatrist  treated ADHD kids with vitamins ( Niacin and Vitamin C). And, he got results.
His book ABC of Natural Nutrition for Children is a concise and powerful book
For those who suggest is insufficient scientific evidence to support megavitamin therapy for children’s behavior disorders, dig a little deeper enough. Hoffer and his colleagues conducted the first double-blind controlled vitamin trials in psychiatric history in 1952.

 

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Here is a nicely documented story that details the journey of a mom and her little boy, it’s a positive ending, worth the read, ( Mrs.Obvious)
She explains in her heart-wrenching journey (she read Dr. Hoffer’s book, and applied it)  what has worked for her :

2,000 mg of vitamin C a day, and 2,100 mg of omega-3 daily [and most importantly Niacin (Vitamin B3), 2,500mg per day]. I personally have also started taking multiple supplements for myself and feel better than I ever have. My other son takes vitamin C and omega-3, too.”

 

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Other techniques and suggestions

Exercise daily
– Cut down the Electronics (TV, video games, and mobile devices -max 30 minutes a day.     We realize this is tough, but worth a try for a week, and see results.
– Nutrition. Diet helps. Cut sugars, and follow basic natural nutrition guidelines.
Cut Food additives and GMO ingredients. Read the label!
A number of food processing chemicals are may worsen ADHD, (many now banned in Europe)  These include :  Blue #1 and #2 food coloring; Green #3; Orange B; Red #3 and #40; Yellow #5 and #6; sodium benzoate, and possibly msg.
We wrote previously about GMOs and glyphosate, found in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, used in large quantities on Modified Roundup crops, limits the body’s ability to clear out toxic chemicals.

With the rise of ADD/ADHD Pharma companies quickly came up with Ritalin®, Strattera®, Concerta® and other drug formulations, these have powerful, psychostimulant ingredients that have known side-effects ( they are in the same class as cocaine – yikes! ). The Natural way using nutrition and vitamins would be preferred.

We will leave you with this quote from a happy mom :

” I will tell you what I have discovered right away. I have stopped all symptoms of ODD and bipolar disorder in my 7-year-old son by using non-flushing niacin (vitamin B3).I now have a loving, bright-eyed little boy, who didn’t exist before this regimen. He has been 95% symptom-free for 11 months.. ”

Disclaimer : This article should not be misinterpreted as medical advice and is not meant as such. Always do your research, consult with your physician, health coach or health practitioner for the best method of treatment.

 

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Men's Health, Supplements, Vitamins, Women's Health

Vitamin power : Prenatals and Fertility

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Vitamins Vital for Pregnancy –  Prenatals

Vitamins deliver healthier babies. The first few weeks of pregnancy are especially crucial to the developing embryo. Yet many women only begin to eat right and take necessary vitamin supplements once they know they are pregnant. This is weeks or even months too late. We all know that nutrition needs rise during pregnancy. Even the RDA’s are higher. As we know, many of us eat really poor diets in general. In an attempt to “get all the nutrition they need from a balanced diet” while “eating for two,” we tend to eat more of that same poor diet. Our modern diet of highly refined and highly processed food, with chemical additives, is mostly nutritionally deficient.

Researchers decades ago show a direct connection between some of the nutrients found in prenatal vitamins and increased chances for healthy pregnancy.
For example, Vitamin C ( L-Ascorbic Acid)  in fact helps hold a healthy pregnancy right from the start. Dr. Lendon Smith, (“The Children’s Doctor”), is quoted as saying:
“Vitamin C is our best defense and everyone should be on this one even before birth. Three thousand mgs daily for the pregnant woman is a start. The baby should get 100 mg per day per month of age.”

Good prenatal vitamins are made to ensure that the mother’s nutrient level is not depleted during a taxing pregnancy, also to ensure the healthy growth of the baby.
We always say that Vitamins are never meant to replace a healthy diet with fruits, vegetables and healthy proteins.
Most vitamins in fresh food are absorbed  more efficiently by the body ( especially organic juice) , than those found in supplements (with some exceptions). But we have to also bear in mind that some fresh food ( Like some Corn and Soy) are not what they used to be.

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GMOs as a cause

In 2008, Austrian Health Ministers presented research showing how fertility rates have dropped sharply since the introduction of GMOs (genetically modified organisms). Countless studies on animals have shown that reproductive systems are damaged when GMOs are ingested.

Testing showed High rates of infertility, premature births, and mortality rates. GMOs have allowed us to make cheap food and feed massive populations, but messing with the original design is now taking its toll, particularly with fertility, and other scary affects.

Genetically engineered foods are now coming out as a major contributor of certain diseases, especially among children. Gastrointestinal disorders, allergies, inflammatory diseases, and infertility are just some of the problems implicated in humans, pets, livestock, and lab animals that eat genetically modified soybeans and corn.

 

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Overall what you eat, age, genetics, and biology have an impact on fertility, but so do lifestyle factors, like being significantly overweight, stress and sleeping patterns, these also affect fertility by creating a hormone imbalances and nutrient deficiencies.

Don’t rule out Male infertility.  A Man’s fertility is also linked with his hormone health. Changes in virility, often governed by hormones, could indicate issues with fertility.
If you are a male, that feels like you could use a boost to your system, consider a natural men’s health formulation like Ultra Tribido.

 

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Detox, Liver detox, Sugar

Sugar – It really harms the liver – Natural ways to avoid damage

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Sugar addiction

About 10% of us are real sugar addicts.
So says Professor Robert Lustig, Professor of pediatrics and member of the Institute for Health Policy Studies at the University of California, San Francisco.

His research shows that when obese children removed sugars from their diets for about 10 days, every area of their metabolic health improved.
For a long time, doctors mainly worried about life-threatening liver disease in alcoholics, but now there is growing concern about these conditions are linked to fructose consumption from added sugar.

One of the most common types of sugar, fructose, can be toxic to the liver, just like alcohol is. Manufacturers extract and concentrate the fructose from beets, corn, and sugarcane, removing the fiber and nutrients. Large doses of fructose throughout the day, without fiber to slow it down, is how our bodies were designed to handle it.

Often, apparently “healthy” foods are loaded with sugar,  and so we’re consuming sugar all day. (We always recommend you check your labels.)

Result : Fatty Liver disease

Nearly all added sugars contain noticeable amounts of fructose. Typical formulations of high-fructose corn syrup contain above 50% fructose. regular white table sugar and most sweeteners that sound healthy, such as “organic cane sugar” are 50% fructose.

The result is that over 30% of American adults and 13% of kids have (non-alcoholic) fatty liver disease (NAFLD). This is characterized by excess fat build-up in the liver.
Since the 80’s, the rates of NAFLD and NASH have doubled, in direct correlation with with the rise of fructose consumption, and lifestyle habits.
This Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is exhibited by fatty liver, inflammation and “steatosis,” which is basically a type of scarring, when the liver tries to heal its damage. This response gradually cuts off vital blood flow to the liver. It is now the 3rd cause of liver transplantation in America

 

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Help me help you

The liver is the organ that recognizes toxic substances and converts them into harmless material to be excreted. For our blood to flow smoothly and cleanly, we need to the optimal environment in the body that helps the liver.
Moving around is a big help.
During physical activities, the heart pumps more blood. The liver is better able to release blood to your organs, muscles and even your brain. There are other natural ways…

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Herbs and Supplementation

Natural herbs have always been used to help the liver metabolize those chemicals found in drugs with antibiotics, hormones, but also nutrients like proteins and fats.
Some known herbs that help the liver in chemical conversion of nutrients and eliminating toxins are:

These Herbs ( or also found in Herbal Supplements) help the liver properly metabolize foods, eliminate waste and regulate(balance) hormone levels. Milk thistle is a source of antioxidants like Silymarin, which keeps good Glutathione levels in the liver and also fights liver disease.
Holy basil contains essential oils that are said to fight bacteria, heavy metals and also types of fungus.

Lifestyle change

Sugar from real fruit is the way we should be getting it our sweet fix.
When you eat a piece of candy or a doughnut, your system converts it into simple glucose, which is absorbed into bloodstream… very quickly. Not good.

It’s better to use fruit and natural dried fruit ( It has fiber and pectin) which causes glucose to be absorbed and digested at a better, slower rate – unlike the doughnut. The good result is that insulin rises at a better rate, which prevents sugar being stored (and remember, it stores it as fat). So, use things like dried fruits, dates and replace white carbs (flour) with healthy rolled oats and add nuts. Natural bean desserts are great too.

Eat that good dessert every day, especially after dinner.  Eating something sweet after dinner, deals with sweet cravings and your body will feel like it has closure.

If you are interested in considering a good liver help supplement, consider Liver Detoxifier

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Men's Health, Natural medicine, Nutrition, Vitamins

Low Libido – Some natural ways to fix

Low Libido

Sex drive (libido) varies greatly among men and may be decreased temporarily by conditions such as fatigue or anxiety. Libido also tends to gradually decrease as a man ages. Persistently low libido may cause distress to a couple.

Most often, however, low libido develops after years of normal sexual desire. Some drugs (such as those used to treat depression, anxiety, or advanced prostate cancer) can decrease blood levels of testosterone and also lower libido.

Men need understand the role of many factors on physical function.
The physical or psychological factors, illness, pain, fatigue or post surgery issues need to be carefully considered. Also note that antidepressants, blood pressure medication, and high alcohol or marijuana can lower desire.

Having a low libido for long periods of time may reveal an underlying health condition that is physical or psychological.

If the testosterone level is low, supplemental testosterone is often given, in the form of a patch ( sometimes gel) applied to the skin or intravenously. Such treatments are thought to slightly increase the risk of heart attack or stroke, this is why supplemental testosterone is not recommended unless the blood level of testosterone is low. Testosterone treatment will not help to fix lower libido in men with normal testosterone levels.

We must approach this holistically – consider the body as a whole. We need to be taking in nutrients that support hormone production, blood flow, stress levels and brain health, which will almost certainly affect your state.

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Some natural sources

Tribulus or Tribulus terrestris is a plant. Many cultures use the fruit, root or even the leaves as medicinal. It is also known as “hard thorns,” “puncture vine,”  ( it’s kind of spiky looking), it’s even called “horny goat weed”.
It contains great amounts of saponins, flavonoids (including quercetin and kaempferol), glycosides, phytosterols, and terpenoids. In a small study, some correlation was shown between sexual function and Tribulus.

Maca, (often called Peruvian ginseng) is a root vegetable often found near Peru.
A well-known benefit of maca root is its potential to increase libido (also it is said to increase fertility, particularly in men). Maca may help low libido, according to some studies. It’s natural and and, we love natural supplements.

Factors that should also be considered :

Depression,
Chronic illness
Sleep
Aging
Stress
Nutrition

Tips to increase (sex drive) libido 

Take your daily nutrients.
Take time to meditate and relieve stress.
Get good sleep.
Work on your relationship.
Limit the alcohol consumption.
Try eating certain veg, fruits and nuts like :
Avocado, Almonds and walnuts, Watermelon, Sweet potato, Beets, Cruciferous vegetables, and Pomegranates.

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So keep it natural and if your diet is lacking or you’re looking for a source of Tribulus and Maca you could consider Tribido, which is formulated as:

  • Comprehensive Men’s Sexual Health Formula
  • Supports Healthy Penile Blood Flow
  • Supports Healthy Testosterone Production
  • Supports Healthy Adrenal Gland Function
  • Supports Healthy Musculoskeletal Health
  • Clinically Tested Ingredients

As always, keep it natural, and make sure to do your research, or consult with your Health coach, practitioner or Doctor before taking any supplements.

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Spirulina – the superfood

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Spirulina – The World’s Most Powerful Superfood

Spirulina is sometimes considered a herb because of its properties, but it’s actually an algae. It is known as one of the most nutritionally complete superfoods, as it offers health benefits to almost all bodily function. It’s low in fat and sodium, resists contamination by heavy metals such as lead when properly cultivated and more.
The two most common species used by us are Spirulina maxima and Spirulina platensis

Protein Concentration

This blue-green edible bacteria (Algae) is one of the most concentrated foods on earth, an amazing source of all 8 essential and non-essential amino acids, beta carotene, minerals and much more (we listed them below)
Spirulina proteins are complete, since all the essential amino acids are present, forming almost 50% of total protein weight.

Natural Detox

Spirulina has a lot of chlorophyll, a powerful detoxifying chemical,  known to be effective at helping remove toxins from the body, and it is said to bind to heavy metals and such.

It promotes healthy bacteria in the digestive system, and improves the absorption of  nutrients in our food. Good  Spirulina is free of pesticides, herbicides, gluten and lactose. Non-GMO and Perfect for for vegans.

Its impressive protein content and its rapid growth in entirely mineral environments have attracted the attention of both researchers and supplement makers alike.

A wealth of good properties

Here are a few :

  • Iron,
  • Vitamins B-1, B-2 , B-3, B-6, B-9 , B-12 , vitamin E, and Vitamin K1 and K2
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  • Minerals : potassium, chromium, copper, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, selenium, and zinc
  • Calcium, phosphorus and magnesium occur in Spirulina in quantities comparable to those found in milk.
  • super-antioxidant 
protein: more than beef, chicken, and fish.
  • Immune system booster.
  • Carotenoids – indications that carotenoids have a range of effects against cancer, various extracts of spirulina have been tested for this benefi

 

Unless you live within 35 degrees of the equator and have access to a neaby alkaline lake, you will not be finding Spirulina anywhere but in a health food store. You will find number of brands of Spirulina that has been dried and processed into powder or tablets. Seek the good quality ones.

Spirulina thrives in such alkaline waters, and so it incorporates and synthesizes many minerals and derivative compounds into its cell structure.

Transformed into natural organic forms by Spirulina, minerals become chelated with amino acids and are therefore more easily assimilated by the body.
People have taken large amounts of inorganic minerals without benefit to health because the body does not know what to do with these incompatible forms. Lake Spirulina also avoids the sodium problems of other algae that grow in the sea, yielding low quantities of  sodium per tablet. The essential minerals and trace elements are absorbed from its growth medium into chelated, easily absorbed forms, our body can use.

The most visible element of Spirulina is chlorophyll, the green molecule found in plants. It releases ions when after getting energy from sunlight. These free ions then stimulate the biochemical reactions that form proteins, vitamins and sugars.
But even the blue is useful, and is an FDA approved food colorant.

So, consider adding this superfood to your diet, smoothies, or green drink. It’s not expensive and is available in tablet or powder form.

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Menopause Symptoms- Black Cohosh is your friend.

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It’s Natural

Just as the start of menstruation is a natural process, so is its stopping.
It is a natural process, not a disease.
The symptoms that occur with menopause should be helped, with natural ways (not hormones).
We prefer a systemic approach – especially using healthy nutrition and supplements.
Our body’s hormonal system is finely balanced and should not be disrupted.

 “The medical profession, which is set against treating vitamin deficiency with vitamin supplements, has no difficulty treating hormonal deficiency with hormonal supplements, even though estrogen supplementation carries a known cancer risk.”
Dr. Andrew Saul

Menopause

Commonly called menopausal symptoms, these happen before and after menopause (Menopause starts when a woman’s periods have stopped for a year.)
Perimenopause is the period of around 4 years where women have these symptoms. Although the symptoms may continue after menopause, they lessen.

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Black Cohosh

Black cohosh is  known as bugbane (a buttercup plant type) , rattleweed, and also called black snakeroot. It is believed that Native Americans used it for the treatment of menstrual issues, menopause symptoms, and to help childbirth.

Since the 50s, studies have noted the benefits of black cohosh. It has shown by research that it likely relieves symptoms caused by the natural drop in estrogen levels. (Estrogen/progesterone supplements or creams are probably not a good idea.)

Some researchers believe that Black Cohosh might exert its effects through a brain-related action,  through its potential ability to act as an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, or selective estrogen receptor modulator

Meno Symptoms

Here’s typical menopause symptoms Black Cohosh could be a good help with:

• hot flashes
• night sweats
• sleep issues
• mood – nervousness and irritability
• lowered sex drive or motivation
• bone density loss
• heart disease in women
• brain performance

A healthy diet and good natural supplementation can help the process.
One of the best Natural supplement is MegaPause which uses Black Cohosh and other natural ingredients.
Megapause Ingredients

We always advise you do your research, or consult with your Health coach, practitioner or Doctor before taking any supplements.

 

 

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