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Facing Your Health

As you read this – please start to be aware of your breathing. Are you breathing fast? Shallow breaths? As you bring awareness to your breathing, begin to focus and feel your body. Let’s really dive deep. Let’s do a body scan. Close your eyes and tap into your breathing and how you feel. Start with your toes and move up all the way to the top of your head. Try to release and relax your body as you move up from your toes. Imagine if you are being “beamed up” like in Star Trek. Your body is made of millions of particles. Feel your body and its deepest parts. Is everything okay? You know better than anyone how you are feeling and your health. Take an honest assessment. Are there any problem areas that need to be addressed? Anything sore? Does anything feel stiff or stuck? Digestion? Heartbeat? What

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Menopause: Natural part of life but social taboo

In my house, menopause is not a taboo subject. I talk about it openly with my husband, two daughters and son, and I want them to do the same with me. After all, they are all here with me as I am transitioning into my third act of life. It really is a family experience. For the most part, the only people who talk about menopause are women near or in middle age. However, the more we discuss this change of life, the less mysterious and shameful it will become. Sure, there will be some discomfort and embarrassment around “the talk,” just like there is around the puberty talk. Yet about half of the world’s population enters this natural stage of life, so it seems a bit odd that we have reached a point after many millennia where menopause is still considered taboo.   But not for much longer. Western society

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Menopause Quiz

How much do you really know about menopause? Take our quiz to separate fact from fiction.

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Herbal aids for menopause symptoms

First, women have to deal with menstrual cramps. Then, they have to manage life with health issues related to menopause. Whether women are working through perimenopause, menopause, or postmenopause, there are herbal remedies that can improve their daily lives. Before beginning an herbal-remedy regimen, women should talk to their pharmacist or health care provider. Not all herbal remedies are regulated, and they could have varying levels of pesticides or other unnecessary ingredients. Your health care provider should be able to advise you on the best brands. Some women work with an herbalist to get the blend just right for their menopausal symptoms. Black Cohosh Stated by Your Herbal Remedies Guide, one of the most touted herbal remedies for menopause symptoms is black cohosh. Studies have given it mixed results on reducing hot flashes, but many women swear by it for relief. Despite the mixed results on its efficacy, black cohosh

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The menopause diet guide

This natural biological change leads to several issues in many women. Good health habits, including the right foods, can make a big difference. Some women seem to navigate menopause better than others, and it’s often linked to diet and lifestyle. For the small subset of women who do everything right—from eating a healthy diet and exercising daily to sleeping soundly and gracefully managing stress —their life rolls on with few disruptions. But, this is not how the majority of women roll… especially through menopause. Weight gain, hot flashes, irritability, loss of concentration and memory, night sweats, low libido, and vaginal dryness are a few things that occur during menopause. And if you’ve tried to self-educate and manage menopause naturally, undoubtedly you’ve found bits and pieces of wisdom—some worked, others didn’t. One of the more challenging aspects of menopause is weight gain, and it seems to happen almost overnight. There are

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Understanding perimenopause

This natural stage of life can last from two to 10 years, with a grab bag of possible symptoms from negligible to severe. But don’t worry, help is out there. A couple of months after my 40th birthday I start waking up at night in a sweat and my clothes aren’t fitting the same. The luxury of a solid sleep has vanished and constant fatigue has ensued. My periods used to be manageable—now I have the flood gate open once a month. My mood? Well, let’s just leave it at “I’m moody!” Is it perimenopause already? Am I too young for this? A woman has not started menopause until she has had one full year without a period. Perimenopause, on the other hand, is an ill-defined period of time lasting anywhere from two to 10 years. It often starts in the mid-40’s, but for some women it starts in the 30’s. During these

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An easy guide to understanding hormones

Hormones do more than just alter our moods. Hormones are fast-acting chemical messengers that circulate through the bloodstream communicating with different organs, forming the endocrine system. Hormones are produced selectively within major endocrine glands such as the pineal and pituitary glands in and near the brain, the thyroid and thymus glands in the upper chest and throat region, the adrenals and the pancreas near the kidneys, and the gonads (ovaries and testes in females and males, respectively). Hormones are carefully regulated in the body to keep us in balance. The glands and their hormones have specific functions in the body. For example, the pituitary regulates growth as well the functioning of the other glands in the endocrine system. One interesting hormone it regulates is oxytocin, the hormone that causes the contraction of the uterus during pregnancy. Oxytocin is also known as the “love” hormone in science because it appears to

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