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Magnets to Treat Menopause Symptoms

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Magic Magnets for Menopause

Menopause is when your periods stop (forever)and you can no longer get pregnant. You really have only reached menopause after it has been a full year since your last period. This means you have not had any bleeding, for 12 months in a row.

After menopause your ovaries produce very low levels (hormones) estrogen and progesterone. These low hormone levels can raise your risk for certain health problems.
Changing estrogen levels can also raise cholesterol levels and increase your risk for heart disease and stroke. Symptoms of menopause may begin suddenly and be very noticeable, or they may be very mild at first. Symptoms may happen most of the time once they begin, or they may happen only once in a while. Some women notice changes in many areas. Some menopausal symptoms, such as moodiness, are similar to symptoms of premenstrual syndrome

A company called Lady Care has taken the lead in the the menopause magnet market.

On their website they say : “Hot flashes, mood swings and a range of other symptoms can all have a major impact on your quality of life.  LadyCare Plus+ is designed to reduce and relieve the majority of symptoms associated with menopause.”

They also list 24 symptoms of menopause:

  • Hot flushes
  • Irritability
  • Mood swings
  • Sudden tears
  • Loss of libido, sex drive
  • Anxiety
  • Fatigue
  •  weight gain
  • Anxiety
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Painful intercourse
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Urinary incontinence upon sneezing or laughing
  • Itchy, crawly skin
  • heart racing
  • Hair loss
  • Stomach problems: indigestion and gas
  • sore muscles, tendons and joints
  • Breast soreness, tenderness
  • Irregular vaginal bleeding
  • Disturbing lapses of memory
  • Increased muscle tension
  • Bladder infections

Lady Care claims their magnet works by rebalancing the autonomic nervous system which is the part of our nervous system ( the involuntary one). This is the part that keeps the heart beating, lungs cycling, and your metabolism going.
From our main system, there are two main sides, the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems. Lady Care, claims these two divisions of the ANS get disrupted during menopause, causing hot flashes and etc.

Additionally they claim the magnet can reduce stress, supposedly reducing the troubling symptoms of menopause. ANS may play a role in menopause symptoms, but we are not convinced a close relationship exists.

 

Hormonal Facts

After menopause, your body makes less of the hormones estrogen and progesterone. Very low estrogen levels after menopause can affect health and cause symptoms such as hot flashes.

Most researchers believe that menopause symptoms are caused by a multiple of factors with different body processes.

Maybe, Maybe not

Thus, it may be dubious to suggest that magnets have any effect on menopause.
We can never say never, but If you’re looking for alternatives to treat these symptoms, try here. We always prefer to look to the natural – the herbs and the nutrients to treat our bodies.

 

 

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Gut Health, Immune boost, Probiotics, Women's Health

UTI – Urinary Tract infection – Prevention tips

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A Urinary Tract Infection is an infection that affects your urinary tract, this can also mean the kidneys, ureters, bladder or urethra. Bacteria from the bowel likely the cause of UTIs, but fungi and viruses can also cause infection. A healthy system can fight off infection.

Common symptoms you could feel, when you have a UTI are :

  • A burning sensation when urinating
  • Frequent bathroom trips
  • dark urine that smells strong
  • Pelvic pain

Women are more prone to UTI infections. Mainly because the urethra, that tube that transposrts urine out of the bladder, is shorter in females. This makes it easier for bacteria to enter and reach the bladder.

Half of all women will experience a UTI at some point in their lives.
There are  some common sense things we can do to avoid it…

  1. Water :Drinking water helps –  you’ll urinate more often allowing bacteria to be flushed from your urinary tract before an infection can begin.
  2. Don’t hold it in:  urinate as soon as you feel the need. While “holding it in” does not directly cause an infection, it can be a contributing factor..
  3. Check your urine: pay close attention to color and  monitor your overall health with it. Darker yellow, means your body is dehydrated, so increase water intake.
  4. Avoid most douches or feminine hygiene sprays or powders: Don’t use any product containing perfumes in your lower genital area.
  5. Cotton: Use underwear with a cotton crotch. Don’t wear tight-fitting underwear made of polyester.
  6. Shower : Take showers and avoid long baths. Sitting in a tub allows bacteria to reach the bladder opening area. Unless you are using baking soda or epsom salts.

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E. coli bacteria cause almost all of UTIs. These bacteria enter the urinary tract, they latch on to cells, reproduce, and cause infection.

One of the prevention tips is the use of D-Mannose. This naturally occurring simple sugar appears to be a promising nutritional supplement that may be an option for treating and preventing UTIs, especially in people who have frequent UTIs. Most people who take it don’t experience any side effects.
Researchers think that D-mannose works for a UTI by preventing these bacteria from latching on to the urinary tract. Probiotics are also a major source of Urinary tract health and general immune system health.

So remember to prevent, rather than treat.

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EYE HEALTH, Uncategorized

Vision loss – 10 million Americans – How to protect your eyes

 

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Macular Degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss, affecting more than 10 million Americans  (more than cataracts and glaucoma combined.)

 

The AREDS Study

The 2001 Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS), was done by NIH’s National Eye Institute. They came up with a good vitamin and mineral preventitive formula.

In 2006 the NEI launched AREDS2, a five-year study asking if previous formula could be improved by adding omega-3 fatty acids; adding lutein and zeaxanthin; removing beta-carotene; or reducing zinc.

Additional research showed beneficial effects of taking the AREDS vitamins are long-lasting. A follow-up study of AREDS participants, showed those who took the formulation during the initial five-year trial were up to 30 percent less likely to develop advanced AMD. (Age-related Macular Degeneration)

One of the great things about the study was the Supplement ingredient suggestions.

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The AREDS2 trial tested whether the original formulation could be improved by adding lutein, zeaxanthin or omega-3 fatty acids.
Lutein, zeaxanthin and beta-carotene all belong to the same family of vitamins, and are abundant in green leafy vegetables. 

AMD is a common eye condition and a leading cause of vision loss among people age 50 and older. It causes damage to the macula.

Conclusion

Choose a healthy diet.

The antioxidant vitamins in fruits and vegetables contribute to eye health. Kalespinachbroccolipeas and other vegetables have high levels of antioxidants, including lutein and zeaxanthin, which may benefit people with macular degeneration.

Supplements that are considered preventative

Choose a good supplement with the vitamins and minerals the Eye Institute suggests.
Worth considering and for the low-cost, worth taking to help protect your eyes

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and…Here are some tips from the NIH…

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Tips for Healthy Eyes

Follow these simple steps for maintaining healthy eyes well into your golden years.

Have a comprehensive dilated eye exam. You might think your vision is fine or that your eyes are healthy, but visiting your eye care professional for a comprehensive dilated eye exam is the only way to really be sure. When it comes to common vision problems, some people don’t realize they could see better with glasses or contact lenses. In addition, many common eye diseases such as glaucoma, diabetic eye disease and age-related macular degeneration often have no warning signs. A dilated eye exam is the only way to detect these diseases in their early stages.

During a comprehensive dilated eye exam, your eye care professional places drops in your eyes to dilate, or widen, the pupil to allow more light to enter the eye the same way an open door lets more light into a dark room. This enables your eye care professional to get a good look at the back of the eyes and examine them for any signs of damage or disease. Your eye care professional is the only one who can determine if your eyes are healthy and if you’re seeing your best.

Know your family’s eye health history. Talk to your family members about their eye health history. It’s important to know if anyone has been diagnosed with a disease or condition since many are hereditary. This will help to determine if you are at higher risk for developing an eye disease or condition.

Eat right to protect your sight. You’ve heard carrots are good for your eyes. But eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, particularly dark leafy greens such as spinach, kale, or collard greens is important for keeping your eyes healthy, too.i Research has also shown there are eye health benefits from eating fish high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, tuna, and halibut.

Maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight or obese increases your risk of developing diabetes and other systemic conditions, which can lead to vision loss, such as diabetic eye disease or glaucoma. If you are having trouble maintaining a healthy weight, talk to your doctor.

Wear protective eyewear. Wear protective eyewear when playing sports or doing activities around the home. Protective eyewear includes safety glasses and goggles, safety shields, and eye guards specially designed to provide the correct protection for a certain activity. Most protective eyewear lenses are made of polycarbonate, which is 10 times stronger than other plastics. Many eye care providers sell protective eyewear, as do some sporting goods stores.

Quit smoking or never start. Smoking is as bad for your eyes as it is for the rest of your body. Research has linked smoking to an increased risk of developing age-related macular degeneration, cataract, and optic nerve damage, all of which can lead to blindness.

Be cool and wear your shades. Sunglasses are a great fashion accessory, but their most important job is to protect your eyes from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. When purchasing sunglasses, look for ones that block out 99 to 100 percent of both UV-A and UV-B radiation.

Give your eyes a rest. If you spend a lot of time at the computer or focusing on any one thing, you sometimes forget to blink and your eyes can get fatigued. Try the 20-20-20 rule: Every 20 minutes, look away about 20 feet in front of you for 20 seconds. This can help reduce eyestrain.

Clean your hands and your contact lenses properly. To avoid the risk of infection, always wash your hands thoroughly before putting in or taking out your contact lenses. Make sure to disinfect contact lenses as instructed and replace them as appropriate.

Practice workplace eye safety. Employers are required to provide a safe work environment. When protective eyewear is required as a part of your job, make a habit of wearing the appropriate type at all times and encourage your coworkers to do the same.

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Mental Health, Natural medicine, Vitamins

More Anxiety than Depression now – fight back with healthy vitamins

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Anxiety Facts

According to the ADAA ( The Anxiety and Depression association of America) :

  • Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older, or 18.1% of the population every year.
  • Anxiety disorders are highly treatable, but only 36.9% of those suffering get treatment.
  • People with an anxiety disorder are 3-5  times more likely to go to the doctor and 6 times more likely to be hospitalized for psychiatric disorders than those who do not.
  • Disorders may develop from complicated risk factors, like genetics, brain chemistry (AKA Vitamin and nutritional deficiency and Toxic chemicals in our food), personality, and life events.

People with an anxiety disorder may also suffer from depression or vice versa. Nearly half of those diagnosed with depression are also diagnosed with an anxiety disorder.

Many people with an anxiety disorder also have a co-occurring disorder or physical illness, which can make their symptoms worse and recovery more difficult. It’s essential to be treated for both disorders.

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are closely related to anxiety disorders, which some may experience at the same time, along with depression.

Deficiency

Anxiety is a normal response to stress, but sometimes the anxiety becomes overwhelming, to the point that it has a strong effect. It’s all how your brain reacts to stress, and how you respond. A number of other situations and underlying issues can also contribute to the issue. Things like Deficiencies in Magnesium, Niacin ( Vitamin B3), Toxic exposures, chemicals in the water and processed food, glyphosate ( from GMO food and chemicals) and even mold. Another big one is Gut health, which we wrote about in depth, recently.

Hope and Healing

Now that we know the possible causes, we have hope in fixing the issue.
We need to start to help those that are suffering ( and even ourselves) and approach the tasks before us one step at a time. We need to take control of our health, one step at a time.

Niacin

One of the greatest helping Vitamins is Niacin (B3). Well known and respected doctors like Dr. Abram Hoffer have treated thousands of patients with a combination of Vitamin C and Vitamin B3 (Niacin) and have great and vast success stories. He has written several books on his experience.

There are people all over the world successfully using this combination ( C, B3, Omega 3) to combat the growing epidemic of ADD/ADHD and other Attention disorders. We have written about this recently.

Menopause in women is a natural process that with unpredictable hormone fluctuations plus stress, body image, sexuality, infertility, or aging can cause emotional distress that may result in mood swings or, in more severe cases, depression. Good health formulas are available, like Megapause. Most of these formulations are low cost, and made with natural ingredients.

Conclusion

If we learn to doctor ourselves, and learn to diagnose ourselves, we can start to look for natural ways to start our healing journey. Considering the risks of psychiatric drugs, Health practitioners often see them as a last resort. Exercise, gratitude, positive outlook, clinging to Hope. Good support systems like friends and family all have their place in the journey.
The first steps are identifying and changing our food and our environment, and then adding the right Vitamin and nutrient formula to our daily routine, and pushing forward into a new tomorrow. Together we can change our lives and live life to its fullest.

 

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Uncategorized

Intermittent Fasting – health Benefits

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Fasting is good

The positive health effects of intermittent fasting are no longer a question. They are well-known, and often talked discussed in health circles. It is an ancient principle.

Benjamin Horne, director of cardiovascular and genetic epidemiology atIntermountain Healthcare system in Utah, who recently published research on the effects of intermittent fasting, says “ it’s a reasonable approach for people who don’t like daily restriction of their calories.”

When we eat, more food energy is ingested than can immediately be used. A percentage of this energy is be stored by the body. If we start eating non-stop stop until we go to bed, we spend almost all our time in the fed state. And so, in this state, we will gain weight. Our body needs time to burn food energy.

To restore balance or to lose weight, we can just increase the amount of time we burn food energy (fasting). Basically, fasting allows the body to use its stored energy, that’s what storage is for.

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Taking that break from food allows your gut time to rest and inflammation to taper down,  producing some amazing benefits to your overall being and health:

If your health practitioner gives you the go-ahead,  You can jump right into it, it may be easier if you start off with just one day a week – try it for a month. Expect to feel hungry and irritable for the first few weeks. You might also have headaches. By the end of the first month, most everyone adapts.

Some then go over 24 hours or even several days without any food at all—often even more beneficial. “There’s some evidence that the longer you do a complete fast, the more benefit you get,” Ben Horne says.

FASTING Benefits are said to include :

– Reduction of Cancer potential

– Heart health

– Improves blood sugar

– Increases brain function

– Curbs cravings

– Gut Health Weight Loss

– Weight Loss

Fasting is an area to proceed with caution. Talk with your Health practitioner to make sure it’s right for you

Women should be especially cautious as there are some mixed opinions on whether or not certain fasting protocols are healthy for female hormone balance. Also, if you have adrenal issues or gut health issues you’ll want to proceed with caution. Check with your health practitioner.

Stress

Fasting improves your body’s resistance to stress. It helps with the Oxidative stress. Free radicals react with other molecules in your body and change the dynamics of certain cells, leading your body to have more stress.

Fasting causes your cells to work by pulling energy from other sources than it would if you had a normal food supply in your body. When this happens, your body goes into a special mode and replaces bad cells with healthier ones. If you have cells that are constantly restoring themselves to have optimal performance, it is going to have anti-aging effects.

Fasting is Control

Fasting differs from starvation in Control. Starvation is the involuntary absence of food. It is uncontrolled. Fasting, on the other hand, is the voluntary withholding of food for different reasons  : spiritual, health, etc

It’s still important to stay hydrated. Make sure to still drink enough water. You can also have herbal tea.

Intermittent fasters can eat whatever they want, of course keep it healthy , without the usual limits on carbs, fat, etc. In general, most intermittent fasters stick to their normal diet; all they change when they begin the eating plan are the time frames during which they eat

It might seem complicated at first, once you get into the habit of fasting, it will feel like second nature. The benefits are worth the discipline. Try it for a day.

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Natural medicine, Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 – Quick facts

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Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 is a vitamin that is active in the metabolism of all cells of the human body. It is critically important in the normal functioning of the nervous system and developing red blood cells in the bone marrow. It is a vital nutrient that helps keep the body’s nerve and blood cells healthy and helps make DNA, the genetic material in all cells

Vegetarians, pregnant or breastfeeding women, and others at high risk of deficiency may want to track their diets closely to make sure they’re getting enough.

A slight deficiency of vitamin B12 can lead to anemia, fatigue, mania, and depression, while a long-term deficiency can cause permanent damage to the brain and central nervous system.

Foods high in vitamin B12 include clams, liver, fish, crab, low-fat beef, fortified cereal, fortified tofu, low-fat dairy, cheese, and eggs.

These are foods needed in your diet, high in B12

Beef liver

Liver has a very high B12 content.  Liver is also high in iron and folate, which can help with anaemia.

Sardines

Very high in B12 ( also high in omega-3 fatty acids).

Atlantic mackerel

Atlantic mackerel is very high in B12 and omega-3.

Lamb

Lamb is very rich in protein, iron, selenium and zinc, and B12.

Wild-caught salmon

Wild-caught salmon is packed with B12 and vitamin D.

Nutritional yeast

Nutritional yeast is a great option for vegans or vegetarians, as it is typically fortified with B12 and other B vitamins. You should take a tablespoon.

Feta cheese

Feta cheese is a great source of vitamin B12, vitamin B2 and calcium.

Beef ( Grass-fed preferred)

Grass-fed beed is great for B12 and is also one of the best animal sources of protein.

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Vitamins

Vitamin D – Quick Facts

Vitamin D is available to us via 3 main sources – Nutrition, Sun, and Supplements.

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With the Sun leaving us in the Fall and winter months, the other main forms are:

Vitamin D2

ergocalciferol

  • Found in : Mushrooms, soy milk, coconut milk, and almond milk, Orange juice, Cereals and oatmeal

Vitamin D3

cholecalciferol

  • Our body gets it from cholesterol in our skin
    Found in Fatty fish like salmon, herring, trout, sardines, cod liver, Pork, Egg yolk, Cow’s milk

We can get it naturally from the sunshine. Sunlight creates a reaction in our skin, it converts the cholesterol in our skin to vitamin D.  This is a type of synthesis, that :

  • Happens in the liver in the ‘storage form’ of (calcidiol)
  • Then happens in in kidneys in its ‘active form’ (calcitriol)

And then it is available in health supplements like D3 soft gel capsules or other  supplements. Vegan diets don’t fulfill their requirement through animal sources, so Vitamin D supplements are important. Babies need vitamin D for healthy growth.

Health benefits

Healthy Bones

Calcium and phosphorus are known for the strengthening of bones. Vitamin D helps in the absorption of these two nutrients and so contributing  bone strength and health.

Cancer

Vitamin D strengthen our immune system. And a good immune system kills cancer cells..

Depression

You can fight off your depression by boosting your vitamin D levels. Some symptoms of depression or even anxiety are linked to  low levels of vitamin D.

Weight loss

Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to obesity. If you are working weight loss, D supplementation can aid your weight loss plan.

Vitamin D, A and others

It is important to note that vitamin D works in combination with other vitamins like Vitamin A, Vitamin K and others. So a balanced regimen is important.

For an optimum working condition of your body, levels of both vitamins should be sufficient.

So get outside, enjoy that sunshine, eat nutritious food, and add D in the form of supplements. Especially in the fall.

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