Vaginal Dryness – Have You Noticed Something Is Different?

Vaginal dryness is an uncomfortable, yet common condition affecting millions of women. You do not have to be menopausal to experience dryness. Women who are “peri-menopausal” also experience dryness in the vaginal area.

What is it? It is a condition in which the natural lubrication system of the vaginal is no longer working properly leaving the vaginal area dry, itchy, burning, and pain with intercourse. It is often most caused by a hormonal imbalance. Typically, it is a lack of estrogen that causes not only dryness, but in more extreme or long term cases, vaginal atrophy. Vaginal atrophy or Atrophic vaginitis also causes changes to the cells of the vaginal lining, causing them to be more thin and fragile resulting in tearing and bleeding. There are other causes for vaginal dryness besides hormones such as dehydration, stress, medication side effects such as birth control, antihistamines, and autoimmune conditions such as Sjogren’s syndrome.

When you have vaginal dryness you are more susceptible to urinary tract infections due to the lack of protection that the lubrication provides. The natural lubrication of the vagina helps to keep bad bacteria out and without it the normal flora of the vagina can become imbalanced leading to more frequent urinary tract infections. However, many women experiencing vaginal dryness have all the symptoms of a UTI (urinary tract infection) without any bacteria present. Symptoms such as increased urgency, frequency, burning and itching with urination can all be due to the dryness of the vagina. This makes things pretty uncomfortable down there.

What can you do about it? Many women utilize hormone replacement therapy either systemically or vaginally. There are many options for hormones replacement including natural bio-identical hormones to traditional hormone replacement therapies. Estrogen is the most common hormone to help vaginal dryness. There are products that are made just for the vagina and vaginal dryness. Talk to your doctor about which one would be right for you.

Other things to consider are hydration levels, make sure you are hydrating and drinking enough water that your urine is light straw colored to clear. Minimize stress as stress affects many systems of our body including hormones and can lead to vaginal dryness or exacerbate it. Take a look at your medications to see if any of those could be contributing to dryness. In all cases consulting your Naturopathic doctor can provide you with the most comprehensive and individualized treatment plan for your individual situation.

Health Tips For You and Your Family

Here are some easy health tips to help you and your family maintain good health.

Make it a daily effort to move more than you did the previous day. Use the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator. Take your dog for a walk. Chase your children, toss the ball around with friends. Mow the lawn. If you can do anything to move your body, do it. You don’t have to go to the gym – just use your legs and your arms more than you usually do.

Cut out fat from your diet. Avoid fatty meats and burgers. Eat low-fat versions of cream, milk, cottage cheese, cheese and ice cream. Eat limited amounts of sauces, butter, margarine, mayonnaise, sandwich meats and nuts. Most foods are now available in low or limited-fat versions, so try them out.

Stop smoking. Since as far back as 1960, when the United States Surgeon General announced that smoking is bad for you, many Americans have been trying to cut back on their use of tobacco products. Unfortunately, smoking is not down in adolescents and teens. We need to teach our children not to smoke – it’s one of the most important health tips you can hand down.

Try to reduce the stress you face on a day to day basis. That’s easier said than done, but you can use stress busters to help. You can think thoughts that are positive, or spend a half hour walking in the park or soaking in a hot tub. You may opt to get a facial or a haircut, or get a massage – those can be quite relaxing. Meditate, try not to get aggravated if you can avoid it. Avoiding difficult people can help in this area. If you see red, think pink instead – it’s a more relaxing color,

Get away from pollution. This is one of the health tips that everyone can benefit from. Avoid smog whenever you can, like smoke-filled rooms. Stay out of high-traffic areas, stay away from breathing highway fumes, and don’t exercise in high-traffic neighborhoods. DO exercise outside when the smog level is low, but exercise indoors when there is a lot of smog. Plant shrubbery in your yard or common area, and grow plants inside, to help take in carbon dioxide and give off oxygen.

When you drive, or ride in a car, always wear your seat belts. You will probably live longer, based on statistics. They can help to add to the chance of not being seriously injured if you are in a wreck.

Avoid drinking excessively. One glass of wine may be helpful to your overall health, in lowering your risk of heart disease, but more than that can cause problems in your kidneys and liver.

How to Stop Menopause Hair Loss Before It Starts

Saggy skin.

Flat Hair.

Dry eyes.

Acne.

Wrinkles.

Facial hair.

And one of the most embarrassing: Hair loss. Particularly if you are a woman experiencing male pattern hair loss.

Perimenopause can do a number on your health, but it can also wreak havoc on your appearance. If you struggle with serious health problems like fatigue, brain fog, insomnia, flooding or fibroids, the last thing you need to worry about is your looks falling apart. And you certainly don’t need the added anxiety caused by finding clumps of hair in your shower drain each morning.

The good news is you can take some simple steps today to help stop menopause hair loss.

You see- hair loss is just one of the symptoms caused by hormone deficiency. A couple of hormones, in fact.

What are hormones and what do they have to do with hair loss?

Hormones are little chemical messengers that are responsible to 80% of our bodies’ functions. Without healthy hormone production, your body can’t efficiently carry out its necessary functions- tasks it needs to perform every day, like grow a healthy head of hair. Knowing which hormones are deficient will give you the information you need to help boost hormone production and stop menopause hair loss in its tracks.

If you experience any kind of hair loss then you likely have a deficiency in progesterone and are estrogen dominant. But if your hair loss is specific to the top of your head then you are probably deficient in estrogen. Balancing those two hormones can do wonders for helping you grow a full healthy head of hair.

But believe it or not, you can be both estrogen deficient and estrogen dominant.

How so?

Because estrogen dominance refers to the balance between estrogen and progesterone. If you have elevated levels of estrogen due to stress and environmental toxins, then it will actually work to suppress progesterone levels. And if you have the added complication of declining estrogen because you are approaching menopause, then you are both estrogen dominant and estrogen deficient.

It’s natural and normal for your estrogen levels to decline as you approach menopause. But you can do a number of things to help boost production of both estrogen and progesterone so the drop is not nearly so dramatic.

Of course supplementing hormones is always an option. But if you want to avoid the side effects that come with conventional HRT, then there are quite a number of things you can do to promote healthy hormone levels naturally.

Eating adequate amounts of protein, such as organic meat, fish and eggs, will help boost progesterone as does taking a fat soluble Vitamin A. If you want to boost estrogen levels than eating phytoestrogens like alfalfa, broccoli and clover sprouts can be incredibly beneficial.

5 Easy Health Tips

Sometimes the little steps we take (consistently) make the biggest impact, so why not try one or more of these five easy health tips to create a better and healthier you? It only takes twenty-one days to establish a new habit, and today could be “Day One.” Remember this, the Titanic would not have sunk had the guy in the Crow’s Nest not lost his binoculars, and little efforts can yield big results, which could mean the difference between sinking and staying afloat!

1) Eat Plain Oatmeal

You know that oatmeal that comes in the round cardboard container? That oatmeal is the one I’m talking about. You just mix some water into the oatmeal till it’s fairly good and soaked, heat in microwave for about 45-55 seconds (that’s SECONDS) and then drizzle some honey over it. You don’t even need milk because the honey gives it enough liquid. Of course you can always add some berries and milk if you don’t particularly care for bland.

BENEFITS

  • Fiber in oats will keep bowel movements more healthy, and as the old adage goes, “better out than in.”
  • The insoluble fiber in oats has cancer-fighting properties.
  • The soluble fiber in oats slows down the digestion of starch, which might benefit diabetics in particular, because slower starch digestion may avoid sugar level spikes that come after meals.
  • Eating oatmeal regularly has been proven to help ward off heart disease and because oats have phytochemicals it has cancer-fighting properties also.
  • Oats are a good source of vitamin E, zinc, selenium, copper, iron, manganese and magnesium; as well as protein.

2) Drink Water

Okay, I know they say you should drink around eight 8 ounce glasses per day, but even if drinking four 8 ounces glasses daily would be better than nothing. The human body NEEDS water to survive, and no amount of other liquids will give you what good old water will. Of course it’s best to drink filtered water, and occasionally one should detox with distilled water. (But don’t drink distilled regularly because it can cause mineral deficiency.)

BENEFITS

  • Increases energy
  • Enhances fat loss
  • Combats headaches and fatigue
  • Reduces hunger
  • Hydrates skin, which could even make one look more youthful.

3) Walk…Walk…Walk

  • Lowers LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol (“bad” cholesterol)
  • Raises HDL (high-density lipoprotein) cholesterol (“good” cholesterol)
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Manages weight
  • Helps maintain strength
  • Calms the spirit and clears the mind

4) Chew Your Food Properly

No matter what you may think, digestion starts in your mouth. Your saliva contains enzymes that start the digestion process, and the enzyme, alpha amylase, breaks down the starches into smaller molecules that your body converts to energy. Then there’s lingual lipase, an enzyme that starts digesting the fat content found in food. And we won’t even go into indigestion…suffice to say, if you suffer from it you might try chewing your food better.

BENEFITS

  • Better digestion with less gas and bloating
  • Brings out the flavor of foods more
  • Better assimilation of the nutrients in your food
  • Better energy after eating

5) Morning Stretch (Before You Start Your Day)

Stretching is the act of focusing on lengthening the body’s muscles in order to increase muscle flexibility and range of motion. Starting the day with a morning stretch is very beneficial-not only for working out the kinks received from your night’s sleep, but also to prepare your body for the day’s labors. And if you’re someone who has an extremely physical job, then it’s all the more important. It’s one of those simple things you can do each morning that truly makes a difference in how you’ll feel throughout the day.

WARNING: If you’ve never been instructed in how to properly stretch, then you should Google “stretching” and learn about it before starting your stretching regime.

BENEFITS

  • Reduces muscle tension
  • Enhances muscular coordination
  • Increases circulation of the blood
  • Increases energy levels
  • Helps to keep spine in good alignment (your chiropractor will like that)

Can be very relaxing, which can help to de-stress.

Why Egg Freezing Can Be Critical in Getting Pregnant

If you ask married couples what is the most cherished gift of their relationship, then there answer will be their children. No matter which country you are from, welcoming a child comes with a common feeling of joy. This feeling can take a back seat when you are not able to get pregnant even after repeated tries. When you are trying for more than a year but not able to conceive, then the medical term infertility is used. It can cause a lot of mental stress. However, with the advancement of modern techniques, there are many treatment options for this condition. In many infertility cases, there is problem of eggs. There is an option of freezing of eggs in early years when eggs are produced in good quantity. To do this, you need to consult an egg freezing center.

Why eggs are frozen

Fertilization of egg is a step that is taken way before pregnancy. It is considered as a first step in getting pregnant at a later stage. Many women go ahead with this procedure as they don’t have an active male partner. This is the main reason why they haven’t started their family yet. In some cases, they put their career ahead and want to wait while having a child as it can be a hindrance. As they age, the likelihood of the egg getting developed decreases which leads to pregnancy issues. Eggs that are frozen don’t age or get old. The biological clock is stopped for them. Medical reasons also play a part in this. Cancer treatment directly affects the ovaries and can damage the eggs by causing premature menopause.

What is egg freezing?

Egg freezing is a procedure involving preservation of the woman’s eggs. These are harvested from the ovaries and stored for use in later stages of life. They are frozen in an unfertilized condition which is then thawed and combined with a sperm and implanted in the uterus of the woman during IVF to facilitate pregnancy. Eggs freezing is basically done as complication of infertility mostly occur due to germ cell deterioration. The uterus remains completely functional.

What are the risks associated?

Before going ahead with this procedure, your oocyte freezing center will tell you about all the risk that is accompanied with this procedure. Some of the common risks include –

• You should be emotionally ready because it is not 100 percent successful. There should not be any false hopes. The process in itself is a positive and empowering step but not completely risk free.

• You are given fertility drugs which can cause some medical conditions. Use of injectable fertility drugs causes ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome leading to mild abdominal pain, bloating and nausea. Rarely, fluids get build up and there is shortness of breath too.

• There can also be egg retrieval procedure complications. Needle used in retrieving the egg causes bleeding and infection to the bowel, bladder or a blood vessel.

How do you prepare for the procedure?

Before the process begins, egg freezing centers will have some screening methods. Ovarian reserve testing is done to determine the quantity as well as quality of your eggs. The results which will come out will help in determining how the ovaries will respond to fertility medications. You will also be screened for certain diseases such as HIV. After all the tests are done, you can ask the doctor all the doubts that you have.

How is the procedure performed?

There are two methods to freeze the eggs –

• Slow freeze method – in this procedure, low concentrations of cryoprotectants are used. As soon as the metabolic rate of the eggs is reduced, concentration is increased.

• Vitrification – In this procedure, high initial concentrations of cryoprotectants are combined with cooling at a fast rate. This is done so that intracellular ice crystals are not formed.

What You’re Doing Right Now That’s Making Your Perimenopause Symptoms Worse

It’s no secret that our modern Western lifestyles have a negative impact on our wellbeing. Poor diets, high-stress careers and daily exposure to toxins all wreak havoc on our health daily.

And if you’re currently experiencing perimenopause symptoms, then all those factors have an even greater negative impact. As our hormones naturally start to ebb and flow- toxins, poor food choices and stress will make those fluctuations even more extreme, setting off severe peri symptoms.

But many of the things we think we’re doing right are actually all wrong, especially when it comes to diet. In fact, you may be making your perimenopause symptoms worse without even realizing it.

If you’re committing any of these below mortal perimenopause sins, then you are increasing hormonal imbalance and exacerbating your symptoms without even realizing it:

  • Eating a low-fat diet.
  • Exercising excessively.
  • Losing too much weight.
  • Avoiding salt like the plague.
  • Avoiding butter like the plague.
  • Taking estrogen, even the natural kind. (OK, some women need supplemental estrogen. But some take it when they actually have overly high levels in their body.)
  • Taking the Pill.
  • Taking fertility drugs.
  • Spending too much time around certain pets.
  • Burning scented candles.

So why are these seemingly benign things bad for our health?

Because unlike what your doctor may be telling you, what we eat, the lifestyles we lead and the toxins we are exposed to on a daily basis have a huge impact on our hormonal health.

Many of the chemicals found in our food, medications and personal care products are what they call xenohormones. These xenohormones have the ability to disrupt our hormones and cause health problems. When we reach our perimenopause years and our hormones are naturally in flux, these outside factors can make matters worse.

Unfortunately, these toxins are lurking in far more places than you might expect. The chemical industry is largely unregulated so our environment has become saturated with these hormone-disrupting toxins. To reduce your exposure, you need to make a conscious effort to clean up your environment and your diet. Sadly, given their abundance, it is virtually impossible to eliminate exposure entirely…

But you can reduce it considerably. Avoiding processed foods, sugar and refined carbohydrates is a good start. Eat a lot of healthy fats like butter, coconut oil and olive oil. If you can, choose organic as much as possible- especially when it comes to dairy and meat.

For cleaners and personal care products, avoid those containing perfumes and chemicals. Even some scented candles contain xenohormones. If you have a pet, refrain from using chemical flea and tick control. They are toxic for both you and your furry friend.

These small steps can make a difference. Just eating the right foods and cleaning up your home environment, can have a major impact on your health.

Health Tips For Better Living

There are so many health tips one can go over today. From diets to disease prevention, there is something to learn about how to stay healthy. The problem for most people is applying these to their life. It is easy enough to hear how to live better, stay healthy, and feel good, but to actually do it is a whole other issue. There are some easy things anyone can do to better their life that will help them to live longer. While there is still some effort needed to change your lifestyle to accommodate them, they will not cost you a dime. Simple tips to reduce the amount of stress in your life and stay healthy both emotionally and physically are all you really need to keep your body in good health over all.

Reducing Stress

A key factor in staying healthy is to reduce stress. When it comes to health tips, this is one of the top dogs. Stress has so many negative side effects on ones health. It can cause so many types of issues; it is probably one of the worst antagonists to getting sick. When the body is in that fight or flight mode too long it causes your immune system to fail. This is when you begin to get every virus and infection you can think of. You can also end up raising your blood pressure to dangerous levels or getting ulcers. Reducing stress can really save your body from some crazy wear and tear. Not only will you feel better, your body will not give out on you.

Walking For Life

High on the health tips menu for good living is walking. It keeps you physically fit as well as mentally sharp. Whether you take a fast walk for exercise or a gentle stroll for clearing your head, you are doing the body good. Walking is one of the best ways to stay in shape. It is the type exercise that almost all people can do. It works the muscles and cardiovascular system, but does not make arthritis worse. It can sooth you when you are angry or sad. Walking just is the magic work out that is good for you no matter how much or little you do it. Just getting gin a few walks per week can make a huge difference in your over all well-being.

The Secret Of Rest And Relaxation

Health tips are not only about exercise and diet. They can also be about how to rest and relax as well. Part of staying healthy is knowing when to stay down and get your rest. The mind and body need to relax and heal each day. If you do not get enough rest you can cause yourself to get sick. Resting and relaxing offers the body some time to just be there watching. No need to be asleep, just non-active and taking in the world. This type of natural therapy keeps the body in balance and allows you to think clearly.

Take Charge of Your Body Through These 5 Fitness and Health Tips

As you set your weight loss objectives to an extreme level, it is best to keep in mind that the body must be subject to increase loads and demands each time your exercise routine progresses, as one way of improving your tolerance to intense pressure and hard work. In this manner, you’re able to improve your physical fitness level – something that is greatly important for a fitness buff like you.

If you want to know other fitness and health tips, the following bits and pieces of advices from health and fitness experts must be met:

1. Take time to plan your program – Getting into a rigorous training at the gym or even by simply doing your fitness program at home requires one to have an overall plan. It is important to realize that not all physical endurance and activities are equal in value and offer one and the same benefits to the body. Only those routines entailing continuous, dynamic, and powerful movements are the ones possessing extreme contributions to cardiovascular fitness. This means to say that in order for one to obtain significant physical development and progress in ones training program, the following criteria must be present: Intensity, Duration, and Frequency.

2. Once is not enough – Endurance programs are ideally performed on a daily basis, but excellent results can also be obtained if you go on a rigorous training for at least three times a week. It isn’t sufficient, therefore, to do everything in a day in the name of fat loss. Research has proved that a person who stays on a desk bound state even for just three days will most likely lose 5 to 10 percent of his body conditioning. Then again, a month of idleness can result to significant loss of almost 80 percent overall body conditioning.

3. Cancer rolls and caffeine drinks are a no-no – If you’re in strict endurance training, cigarettes and coffee drinks are proscribed. These things can alter your pulse rate especially during training. So, it is a sound idea to make no use of them, or if you can’t seem to let go of these forms of addiction, better yet use them at least 2 to 3 hours before jump starting your endurance training.

4. Drugs, alcoholic beverages, and antibiotics are prohibited – There have been recorded deaths in the past concerning these forbidden things, and exercising under the influence of any of these can do you more harm than good. Or worse, can lead to death. Thus, if you’re taking any sort of medication especially antibiotics, it is best to consult your doctor as to which workout or activity is best for your health condition.

5. Eat only those that are right for the body – You very well know that fruits and vegetables are the surest way to go if you want to stay fit and healthy. Exercising without a proper diet is counter productive. So, if you want to ascertain that you’ll achieve the healthy body that you want, eat the right foods and exercise.

My Top 5 Vital Life Saving Health Tips

What would you like to see improved in your health?

Go on, stay with me; take some time to consider this. What are the changes needed to make it happen? Maybe you’ll want to write something down..?

To make those changes a simple, purposeful, systematic and dedicated approach is needed and must include 5 things. It could be said that they are the 5 best tips anyone could ever give when it comes to staying healthy. Not in any particular order, here are those top 5 vital life-saving health tips for optimum health vitality and disease prevention.

1. Maintain a daily diet of 7 a day fruits and vegetables

I know I’m chanting the nutritional mantra here but anyone following this long term is sure to reap the benefits. It’s better to chose raw food because this food, when cooked, frozen or processed may lose nutritional value by losing its original molecular form (denatured) and not be able to take part in metabolism.

2. Drink plenty of water

If put on the spot I would say that this is the biggest health tip you could ever give!

That’s because between the choices of so many different drinks these days: way too high sugar galore options like fizzy pops and smoothies, or mash-mallow coffees with 2 inches thick cream on top, energy boosters… etc., water seems like a bland option but when taken in plentiful quantities has a whole range of health benefits and serves as a prevention or remedy for so many illnesses.

This includes; good skin, teeth and nails, healthy joints, nervous function, intestinal health, good kidney function, lowering high blood pressure, diabetes prevention, preventing mental disorders, for example it has been found that schizophrenics are severely dehydrated,… There are many ‘drought diseases’ brought on by a lack of daily drinking water.

The amount to drink depends on the individual. Having said that, the ‘one size fits all’ recommendation has been to take the figure for half the number of pounds a person weighs converted to ounces. For example a 140 pound individual would take 70 fluid ounces a day.

3. Carefully monitor your outlook on life

The world about you manifests as a consequence of ‘where you are at’ with life: Your attitude, thoughts, feelings, emotional state, in other words, outlook on life affects your health.

By monitoring these things and making the necessary appropriate changes illness prevention/reversal or anti-ageing can result.

Don’t underestimate this tip.

4. Exercise regularly

So many people would greatly improve on their health if they just did 15-20 minutes exercise a day. Exercise pays off with so many dividends when it comes to health.

Those benefits include: detoxification from sweating, feeling more alert, less weariness, improved cognitive function like increased intelligence, mood elevation, better sexual performance, disease prevention, weight control, sleep better and its activity through sports for example offers more fun in life!

5. Avoid toxicity

Don’t be fooled by the idea that all those toiletries, beauty products, aerosol sprays, lotions, environmental pollutants, contaminants and questionable food additives are only in tiny amounts so therefore won’t harm your health. The truth is when you put all those things together and add them up over time that’s not a tiny amount. Also toxic substances work together synergistically. Try avoiding them or get natural alternatives.

Watch out for those junk food habits… Besides high levels of salt, sugar and low nutrition value junk food sometimes can remain undigested in the intestinal tract for ages. This undigested material allows gut micro organisms to feast! They produce gas from the feasting while indigestible material still remains, hence the reason for some people having middle age spread or bloated bellies formed from years of junk food habit.

I hope that this article has inspired you too check out your health and take any necessary actions.

How to Reverse Estrogen Dominance Naturally

Almost all of us suffer from estrogen dominance on some level. While perimenopausal women are most at risk, men and children are not immune. Constant exposure to xenohormone chemicals disrupts our delicate hormone balance. The result is high estrogen levels and depleted progesterone.

While conventional medicine offers drugs to regulate hormones, many women seek options on how to reverse estrogen dominance naturally.

It does take more time to treat your body using natural remedies. But the payoff is well worth it. Holistic treatments help the body heal itself so it can produce hormones all on its own. You enjoy more health, energy and vitality as a result.

How to Reverse Estrogen Dominance Naturally

To reverse the effects of estrogen dominance a holistic approach is needed. Take these 4 steps to alleviate symptoms:

Step #1: Eliminate the Source(s)

First and foremost, you want to reduce your exposure to the xenohormone chemicals making you sick. Purge any toxic cleaners, plastics, cookware and personal care products from your home. Consider purchasing a good quality water filter if you don’t have one already. Besides possibly containing heavy metals, our water supply is often contaminated with endocrine disrupting chemicals.

But one of the biggest sources of xenohormones is the food we eat.

Conventionally raised dairy and meat are the worst offenders so steer clear of those. Fruits and veggies are sprayed with hormone disrupting toxins and a source of xenohormones as well. Eating organic is always your best bet. But some of our produce is far more toxic than others.

Step #2: Detox

If you suffer from severe estrogen dominance symptoms, then doing a full liver detox is a good idea.

You can also help your body detox with some simple daily strategies.Epsom salt baths and drinking lemon water first thing in the morning and right before bed at night helps cleanse the body of toxins. Exercising and sweating on a regular basis is your body’s own way to detoxify.

Step #3: Manage Your Stress

Xenohormone exposure is only one contributor to estrogen dominance. Stress also plays a huge role. Constant exposure to stress increases cortisol in the body, which in turn raises estrogen and decreases progesterone.

Find ways to effectively manage your stress. Meditation, yoga and other forms of exercise are great options. Sometimes just a good laugh or time out with friends can work wonders to lift your mood.

Step #4: Boost Progesterone Levels

One of the best ways to boost progesterone levels is by eating right.

Include plenty of fruits and veggies in your diet as well as organic, grass-fed meat. Good quality supplements like Vitamins A and B6 also help. Certain herbs like Chasteberry can work wonders to increase progesterone in the body as well.