Thursday, November 20, 2014
|Dealing with Menopause|
|Menopause...just the sound of that word is scary for a lot of woman- especially the "pause" part. Don't get down about something that is a natural part of life for all women and don't press the pause button on life either. Embrace the course nature is taking you on and let Natural Solutions be apart of it with a few articles we thought might help you! And remember- not all women go through menopause at the same time- for some it can happen much earlier than others. But don't fret- we are here to help guide the way!|
|The Big Bad Change|
|Are you ready for the "great change of life"? Menopause is a phase all women will eventually endure, but that doesn't necessarily mean they're ready for it. Menopause significantly impacts a woman's daily life, and some begin to feel frustrated and helpless. Common symptoms such as sleep disruption, low sex drive, and night sweats begin to surface, leaving women feeling unnatural.|
|A Guide to the Great Change|
|If you have considered selling the home heating system at a yard sale, if you write your kids' names on post-it notes around the house, or if you define "a good time" as getting a few hours of uninterrupted sleep-it's time to face the music. You are menopausal! Besides the obvious physical differences between men and women, our true distinction lurks in the far corners of the mind, in the delicate balance between testosterone and estrogen. The distinction rears its ugly head in the form of erratic behaviors unfamiliar (and often unexplainable) to the opposite sex, often leaving them in a foggy bubble of self-conscious awareness. Mastering these hormones can work wonders for you and for your relationships. Even better, this can be done through a variety of natural, complementary methods.|
|Feel Sexy and Healthy in Every Stage of Life|
|It's natural that our bodies and brains change as we age. For many women, concerns associated with aging and menopause can range from wrinkles to energy levels to healthy sexual function. Studies show that women are more likely than men to be surprised by sexual challenges as the result of aging. Kathleen Van Kirk, PhD-known simply as Dr. Kat- is a renowned sexologist, marriage and family therapist, and expert consultant for Twinlab health and wellness products. She has helped thousands of people suffering from poor sexual health. Here, Dr. Kat offers information and practical advice to anyone looking to feel vibrant, sexy, and healthy-no matter what age!|
Here’s What Really Happens to Your Body When You Skip MealsYou may think that you’re getting an edge on your weight loss goals, but you’re really working against yourself. So many of us skip meals in an effort to cut back on calories, but the end result is never positive.
It may just be that you skip meals because you run out of time, but preparing healthy meals can benefit you in so many ways. Let’s start by understanding what happens to your body when you skip meals.
There are the obvious issues that come about when you skip a meal – loss of energy and focus, lethargy, and that weak and even dizzy feeling. The cost of skipping a meal doesn’t just hit you physically but it can carry into mental and emotional issues.
There Is A Lot Going On Behind The Scenes
When you skip a meal it starts to cause your hormones to become imbalanced. Sure one meal won’t cause much harm, but when you continue to skip meals over a prolonged period of time this really causes some dramatic effects internally. Not only is there significant hormonal imbalance, but you are also affecting your metabolism and the fundamental processes within the body.
When you skip a meal it triggers something within the brain – and this starts a process to try and save you, a sort of “feast or famine” type of effect. The brain sends signals to the rest of your body that you are starving, and it goes to work to save you in “starvation mode”. This is a natural process and actually a good thing, but not so great for weight loss.
Your Body Tries To Protect You But You Won’t Like The Impact
This process happens silently within the body and helps to keep you from starving to death. So the body will hold on to everything you eat and store it as fat.
This is all in an effort to keep you from starving, as it’s what the body is supposed to do. The end result? You will likely end up gaining weight since your body is in fat storage mode.
So, while skipping a meal may sound like a great idea to cut back on calories or eat less throughout the day, you are ultimately working against yourself. You will find that you can’t make it through the day with the energy that you need, but you will also find that in the long term your metabolism stops working the way it should.
There are some really serious impacts to be felt if you continue to skip meals, so take the time to prepare healthy meals and this will keep you going strong now and in the long term.
-The Alternative Daily
5 Great Reasons To Drop 10 Pounds Even If You Are Not Obese
It’s no surprise that losing weight will help you to look and feel better. It can improve blood pressure, lower cholesterol and lower your risk of developing diabetes. You may be surprised to learn that even people who are not obese can improve many areas of their lives by losing up to ten pounds.
It’s true, losing weight can improve your sex life. Dropping even ten pounds can stimulate an increase of the sex hormone testosterone. Also, a higher quantity of body fat leads to increased levels of the sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG) that binds itself to testosterone and decreases sexual desire.
According to a Johns Hopkins study, it was discovered that losing belly fat significantly improved the quality of sleep of the subjects in the study. The findings suggest this was true whether the weight loss was from diet and exercise or just dietary changes alone.
Weight loss has also been linked to a decrease in sleep apnea, snoring and other sleep disorders. Not surprisingly, regular exercise has been proven to improve the quality of sleep as well.
Losing weight can help you think better. In a Kent State University study it was found that significant weight loss after bariatric surgery was linked to a marked improvement of many cognitive functions, such as memory and concentration.
It is also believed that conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes and sleep apnea may cause damage to the brain that can be corrected if those conditions are brought under control through weight loss.
Less Joint Pain
Joint pain is directly affected by body weight. Everyday movements like walking, taking the stairs, or climbing out of vehicles can place three to five times a person’s actual body weight onto their joints. The good news is that every pound of weight lost removes three pounds of stress from the knees, as well as six pounds of tension in the hips. Less body weight on the joints can also reduce the continued progression of wear and tear to them.
According to recent studies, excesses in body weight have been linked to at least one out of five of all cancer-related deaths. Belly fat in particular, whether obese or not, is directly connected to higher risks of rectal and colon cancers. Belly fat may also be a contributing factor to higher incidences of pancreatic, breast and endometrial cancers. Excess body fat is also believed to have an impact on the functions of the immune system, as well as causing inflammation and disrupting hormone levels, particularly estrogen and insulin.
-The Alternative Daily
Know-gurt: A Guide to Probiotics and Yogurt
- By Barbara Sadick | Medically reviewed by Farrokh Sohrabi, MD
There are a lot of claims about the benefits of probiotics and live cultures found in yogurts. Find out if yogurt can help your digestion stay on track.
Yogurt may help your digestive tract remain healthy however, not all yogurts have equal benefits. The number of choices in the dairy section of your supermarket can be overwhelming — low fat, non-fat, light, fiber-added, Greek, Swiss, whipped, drinkable, organic, frozen yogurt — making it hard to recognize which have health and digestive tract benefits and which don’t.
Yogurt is a cultured or fermented milk product that is soured and thickened by adding specific lactic acid-producing cultures to milk. The basic cultures or probiotics used to make yogurt are Lactobacillus bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilus. Additional probiotics are often added. Common ones are Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus casei, and Bifidus, all of which may help to maintain the balance of bacteria needed to boost the immune system and promote a healthy digestive tract.
The American Gastrointestinal Association recommends yogurt for digestive health and to ease constipation, diarrhea, and other intestinal problems. A study published in the February 2009 issue of the Journal of Digestive Diseases found that probiotics help improve lactose digestion, prevent constipation, and irregularity, and may have healing effects on the intestinal tract.
Perhaps skewing the results, studies on the digestive benefits of yogurt are funded mostly by yogurt companies. It’s clear, though, that one of the best and most available ways to regularly get probiotics is by eating yogurt. When high concentrations are needed, your doctor may give you a prescription for probiotic pills.
Live and Active Cultures in Yogurt
If you’re buying yogurt for its health benefits, no matter what its base ingredient, the key to making the right choice is being sure it contains live and active cultures. The label on the container will tell you what probiotics are in the yogurt. Some yogurts carry the National Yogurt Association’s (NYA) “Live and Active Culture” seal, but if that label is not on the container, look at the ingredient panel.
“Yogurt is a healthy addition to the diet because it contains calcium, protein, and active cultures,” said Lori Rosenthal, MS, RD, CDN, a registered dietitian in the department of surgery at the Montefiore Medical Center in New York. "But it’s not a major cure-all for GI disorders because it just doesn’t have enough cultures to fight serious problems.”
Yogurt StandardsThe NYA has established standards for probiotics. For yogurt to be healthy, it must have at least 100 million cultures per gram at the time of manufacture. Frozen yogurt must contain 10 million cultures per gram. If these minimums are met, the Live and Active Cultures seal may be on the label.
Traditional YogurtYou'll find traditional yogurt in numerous brands and even more flavors. When choosing yogurt, look at calories, fat, and sugar content as well as important nutrients, like calcium. A non-fat or low-fat (2 percent) plain, unflavored yogurt with vitamin D and at least 200 mg of calcium is the healthiest choice.
The liquid found on the top of a container of yogurt is whey and can be mixed back into the yogurt. Either way, it’s a source of calcium and you want to eat it. A good traditional yogurt should contain 30 to 50 percent of your daily calcium requirement.
If you see the words heat-treated, steer clear. That signals that the live and active bacteria that help replenish bacteria in the digestive tract have been killed.
Greek YogurtThe difference between traditional and Greek yogurt is in the processing. Greek yogurt is strained three times instead of twice, giving it a creamier texture. The whey is removed in the straining process and, as a result, a serving may only provide about 25 percent or less of your daily calcium needs. On the plus side, Greek yogurt often has more protein grams per serving. Always check labels to find out what cultures have been added.
Frozen YogurtSome frozen yogurts have no live and active cultures, so while they taste good, they won't benefit digestion. However, if probiotics are in the yogurt, the freezing process won’t kill them. It will simply put them into a dormant state until warmed and eaten. Again, if in doubt, look for the words Live and Active Cultures.
Soy YogurtSoy-based yogurt is a good alternative for vegetarians and vegans who don’t eat dairy. The amounts of protein, calories, and probiotics are similar to other yogurts, providing healthy additions to the digestive tract.
Yogurt: Other BlendsWhipped yogurts are expensive and have less protein than regular yogurt. Yogurt drinks are an option, but contain higher levels of sugar, and yogurt-covered snacks are loaded with sugar and calories and have no beneficial contents.
Yogurt should be part of a regular, healthy diet. “For a healthy person,” said Angelone, “yogurt can help maintain a healthy digestive tract, but when somebody has a medical condition or is taking antibiotics, it won’t hurt, but it just may not be enough.”
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