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Cellulite Can Be Caused By Menopause January 13, 2010

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Ask any woman what cellulite is and they will tell you that it is “those disgusting dimples you get when you are fat.” It has viewed as a major problem for women for the past decade being blasted by celebrity gossip magazines over and over again. It has been a medical mystery, until just recently, as to why cellulite forms, and why it seems to get worse as women get older.

It is well known that cellulite is not just a “fat person’s problem” as cellulite can form in women with as little as 15 percent body fat. Cellulite is also not just excess fat around the legs and thighs. Prior to menopause, cellulite is caused by two things; decreases circulation deep in skin tissue, and inflammation due to insufficient lymphatic drainage. Other things that can worsen this condition include poor diet or sluggish digestion, and no or too much exercise.

However, after menopause hormone imbalances start to become a factor for cellulite formation. Studies now show that excess estrogen may cause connective tissue in the skin to weaken allowing fat to collect and push up the skin in little bundles. Adding excess estrogen to the mix with poor circulation in the skin and poor lymphatic drainage, you are left with the preverbal “Perfect Storm” for cellulite formation. As women go through menopause their skin begins to thin and collagen and elastin, elements of the skin that make it elastic and tight, levels start to deplete. This only makes a bad situation worse as it worsens the appearance of the skin.

However, it is not the end of life as we know it for those who have cellulite. In fact there are things that you can do to not necessarily cure, but improve the look of cellulite. There are a number of different creams and lotions on the market that advertise they will make your cellulite disappear. Although many of these are illegitimate and are nothing more than snake-oil in a bottle, there are some that actually work. Several vitamins and minerals have been shown to improve blood flow and circulation in the skin. Massages also help with lymphatic circulation which can improve the condition of cellulite.

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Popular Supplement Proved Ineffective January 12, 2010

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The popular supplement ginkgo biloba was proved to be ineffective for preventing age-related mental diseases like dementia or Alzheimer’s. Studies also showed that it provides no benefit for those of normal mental states.

A clinical study, which spanned six years, studied the effects of ginkgo biloba in adults aged 72-96 showed that there was no measurable difference in cognition between those who used the placebo and those who did not. The patients were tested twice a year which measured various aspects of mental function such as attention span, memory, language, etc. Similar studies were conducted earlier in 2009 but tested the overall cognitive benefit from ginkgo biloba. No such evidence was found supporting the common belief in these studies as well.

However, critics state that mental decline is caused by a number of different factors and there is no fix all cure. The Council for Responsible Nutrition also recommends that the study should not be viewed as the final work on ginkgo biloba. Many doctors say that they have seen the benefits of ginkgo biloba first hand and will continue to recommend it to patients.

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Lose Weight After Menopause January 8, 2010

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Going through menopause is generally not a fun time for women (or their husbands for that matter). They have to deal with ever occurring hot flashes and night sweats, mood swings, sleeplessness, depression, and the list just keeps going. These symptoms can last for a few years making the end a joyous occasion, almost. Many women find that they gain weight during menopause and it tends to stick around longer than menopause, and woman, being the self conscious beings they are, tend to stress about the extra pounds. Generally, the weight gain is not to extreme for most women gaining about 10-20 pounds. Good thing there is a simple way to get rid of the excess weight without killing yourself at the gym.

Eating a healthy is the first step to weight loss. Today’s society is filled with fast foods, sugary drinks, and other equally unhealthy things that we all consume. Cutting all that junk food out for your diet will help you lose the weight quickly. This includes any fast food, sodas, most frozen dinners, crazy Starbucks concoctions, and other foods high in fat. This doesn’t mean you have to stop eating foods that you like or stop eating out all together. You can still eat deserts and go to restaurants, but keep it in moderation. If you still work, try either packing a lunch or healthy frozen lunch instead of eating at Burger King every day.

When eating at home remember portion control. Take a look at the nutrition fact before cooking for yourself and look at how many servings there are in the container. A lot of people today believe they are eating healthy based on what the nutrition facts say, but they eat two or three servings at a time. A great example is a Marie Calendar’s chicken pot pie frozen dinner. The average person would not have a problem finishing a 16oz pot pie by themselves, and it seems like a fairly healthy dinner; roughly 650 calories per serving. But what a lot of people do not look at is a 16oz pot pie contains two 8oz servings bringing the actual calorie count closer to 1,300 calories. This is 65 percent of a 2,000 calorie diet in one meal! You do not necessarily have to start counting calories, but you should be aware of about how many you take in each meal and smaller portions will help keep the number low. There are a number of online calculators that will tell you the ideal number of calories you should take in for your weight. Some will also tell you how to adjust your diet to reach your target weight by a certain target date.

Exercise is also an essential part to weight loss. A lot of older people, especially women, are hesitant to go to a gym because they think they have to work themselves to death to see any results. This is not true; in fact light to moderate exercise four times a week will provide you will outstanding results. Besides helping you lose weight, exercise will give you more energy for everyday life and make you feel better by improving your general mood. The thing to remember when working out for weight loss is that you are not necessary trying to build a bunch of muscle. Instead you are going to strengthen and tone the muscle you already have which will burn off excess fat fast.

To tone muscle you should do high numbers of repetitions with light weight. Aim for three sets of 15-20 repetitions each. You should also chose a weight that will allow you to complete all three sets with relative ease. The last set should be the hardest of the three, if not then chose a higher weight. When working out it is best to work muscle groups versus doing a whole body work out. You will recover faster and you will see better results sooner. There are three main muscle groups or pairings that can be worked; back and biceps, chest and triceps, and legs. You should try to work only one muscle group per workout day. Core and auxiliary muscles, which include abs, shoulders, and neck, can be worked in with the main groups on your workout days at your digression.

Cardio is another exercise that should be done at least 30 minutes a day, three or four times a week. Running the one of the more popular cardio exercises, but many older people find that this puts too much stress on their legs and that they are doing more harm than good. Biking is a good alternative as it greatly reduces the stress on the legs and many people enjoy it better. For those who wish to stay indoors for their cardio workout for whatever reason you can find cardio machines at most gyms. These include treadmills, stair steppers, stationary bikes, and elliptical machines.

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Four Vitamins for Menopause January 5, 2010

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Everyone knows that vitamins are an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. In fact, many health problems are caused by a lack of essential vitamins. As we get older some people need more vitamins to stay healthy as their natural reserves are depleted. This is especially true during menopause as extra amounts of vitamins can help women ease into menopause.

Today doctors are quick to turn to HRT to solve menopausal symptoms. In reality many menopausal symptoms can be relieved through natural methods saving you from the risk associated with HRT. You do not need to take a bunch of different herbs to get natural menopause relief as many women think. Simply increasing your intake of vitamins B, C, E, and K can relieve many of your menopausal symptoms.

Vitamin B is one of the most important vitamin groups. There are eight different B-vitamins, known together as the vitamin B complex. B vitamins are essential to support a health metabolism, maintain skin health and muscle tone, enhance nervous system function, and promote cell growth. Vitamin B deficiency is associated with a number of conditions, many of them life threatening. Most people do not need to supplement their vitamin B intake, but seniors may due difficulty with nutrient absorption.

Vitamin C is most commonly associated with boosting the immune system and a good cure for the common cold. It is also necessary for the creation of collagen which is a key component of blood vessels, tendons, ligaments, and bones. The C vitamin is also a very effective antioxidant. Deficiency of this vitamin is known as scurvy, which was prominent in early sailors, and is potentially fatal.

Vitamin E is another essential vitamin that can be very beneficial during menopause. It has been linked to support heart health when taken in moderation; however studies have also linked it to several potentially fatal conditions.

Vitamin K can help prevent a few different conditions. Recently, it has been linked to good bone health when taken with vitamin D. This is important for menopausal woman as they are at a higher risk for osteoporosis and other bone diseases. Evidence shows that vitamin K that may help prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. Vitamin K is also used in topical and cosmetic creams to treat under-eye circles and spider veins.

Better Sex after Menopause: Tips and Tricks to Improve Your Sex Life October 13, 2009

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There are a lss014_image_introot of myths floating around about how your sex life will be affected after menopause. Before you start to worry about not having sex for the rest of your life, do a little bit of research because, in reality, it’s not going to be all that bad. In fact, only about 20-30% of women experience a decrease in sexual activity.

Tip 1: Get your head in the game.
As a society, we think that sex is only for the young and fertile making it hard to accept your own aging sexuality. Most people have their first sexual encounter as a teenager or young adult, and that first impression stays with us as we age and become more mature. However, the time after menopause can be a time to experiment and try new things without having to worry about the pregnancy factor. Also, stress can have a big impact on your sex drive. Take more relaxation time to deal with the stress in a healthy way.

Tip 2: Hit the gym
Well maybe not literally, but it may be a good idea to work out those muscles on a regular basis. You can strengthen your vaginaexercise through Kegel exercises, which will allow you to experience stronger orgasms, sometimes better than when you were at a younger age. To do this, tighten your pelvic muscles like you had to use the bathroom, count to ten, release and repeat. Do this ten times, four times a day.

Tip 3: Break out the lube
If you are in the 20% of women who experience vaginal dryness, try some different type of lubrication or moisturizing. Water-based lubrications like KY-Jelly and Astroglide are good for use during intercourse. Avoid Vaseline and other products that are not water-soluble because this may cause vaginal infections. Creams and moisturizers can provide relief, but unlike lubricants, these work directly on the vaginal tissue.

Tip 4: Get with the hormones
A big reason that your sex drive may have diminished is due to that fact that your hormone levels are declining. There are a few ways to combat this, whether it be HRT, or a natural supplement like Feminestra. Being that this is a Feminestra blog, I will recommend it, but you should consult your doctor on the best treatment option for you.

Tip 5: Check the medicine cabinetpills
In today’s society it’s not uncommon to be on one or more prescription medications. However, the side effects of these meds can be affecting your sex life. Things like painkillers and antidepressants are some of the worst offenders. Talk to your doctor or physician to find out which medications or medication combinations could be affecting your libido.

If you have any tips or tricks on how you improved your sex life after menopause feel free to share in the comments section.


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More Natural Remedies for Menopause September 25, 2009

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Here are some more natural menopause remedies that I found in a related article.
 

This decade is said to be the time when the so-called baby boomers have reached the end of their prime. Half of these baby boomers are women and are most likely experiencing menopause.

Here are some common, as well as natural menopause treatments that a woman can take to facilitate relief and comfort during this crucial period in her life.

1…It is best to eat the right kind of food at this point and complement the healthy diet with vitamins so that you still get your daily allowance. Vitamin E (500IU) and Calcium (1,000 to 1,500 mg) daily has been proven to help with the symptoms.

5…In terms of hot flashes, exercise is said to be the ultimate remedy. Exercise keeps the body active and promotes the health of the heart

Update 9/25: Extension to the list from another site. Feminestra can do what many of these do without having to take all of the extra pills

Ginseng increases the production of estrogen and protects against hot flashes;
– Dong quai helps to maintain reproductive system function, boosts heart health, and increases the efficacy of other herbs;
– Damiana increases libido and calms hot flashes;
– Black cohosh is a natural pain reliever;
– Aloe gel relieves vaginal dryness naturally;
– Sarsaparilla improves sexual desire;
– Calendula relieves vaginal dryness
– St. John’s Wort relieves mild depression.
Source: http://stress.itsacoolblog.com/natural-remedies-for-coping-with-menopause

Life After Menopause: Tests and Screenings to Protect your Health September 9, 2009

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Menopause is a very important life transition for women. It signals a new period of life for women with its own inherent risks. After and during menopause, the body starts to change in ways that might not be apparent at first, but can lead to so serious health risks if not correctly managed. You may be aware of some of these risks already, risks such as osteoporosis, breast cancer, and cervical cancer, and are receiving regular screenings for these conditions. However, there are several other conditions that you should be aware of.

Heart Diseaseheart disease
Heart disease is the leading cause of death among American women. Because of this, you should have cholesterol screenings at least every five years, regardless of age. This should also be done with routine blood pressure tests. Your doctor may also recommend other related tests to check your hearts overall function and its response to different types of stress and activities. A recent study found a correlation between menopause symptoms and risk for heart disease, which found that woman with the worst menopause symptoms have the highest clinical risk for heart disease.

Osteoporosis
Osteoporosis, as you may know, is the thinning of thosteoporosise bones making them weaker and prone to breakage. The National Osteoporosis Foundation recommends that women should have their bone density tested regularly starting at the age of 65. However, it is also recommended that women with a higher risk for osteoporosis should start screening at the age of 50. Risks factors include early menopause, tobacco use, a small frame or low body mass, history of anorexia, hypothyroidism, rheumatoid arthritis, and/or a family history of osteoporosis. Bone density screenings are usually non-invasive, outpatient procedures. The two most common tests are ultrasound and dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA).


cancer screeningColon Cancer
Around the time that you begin menopause screening for colon cancer is a very good idea. Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death for Americans over the age of 50. A colonoscopy can detect this deadly cancer in its early stages which makes it a good idea to take advantage of this potentially lifesaving procedure. You should talk to your doctor about when to start these examinations and how often they should be conducted.

Breast Cancer
In one of our previous articles we talked about things that yobreast cancer prevention ribbonu can do to prevent breast cancer. As a review, you should start annual mammograms, if you have not done so. In addition to these screenings, you should conduct a self-breast exam every month. This is especially important after and during menopause as a woman’s chance of being diagnosed with breast cancer doubles after the age of 40. To learn more about breast cancer prevention please read “Breast Cancer Prevention”.

Menopause can be a trying part of life as you deal with all of the changes that your body goes through. To make sure you live to your full potential after this change, you should make these screenings and tests a part of your life. Don’t think of menopause as the end, rather as the beginning of a new chapter in the book of life, and make it a good read.

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Live a Longer and Healthier Life September 3, 2009

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In order to live a longer, healthier life, you need to make a few, simple lifestyle changes. In today’s world, people are living much longer than previous generations. We are seeing more people living active lives well into their 70’s and sometimes longer. The secret to living longer is living healthy. So here are a few steps to follow in order to achieve this:

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Tip #1: Stop smoking! I don’t care what study you read, or which doctor you ask, every expert agrees that smoking is the number one cause of cancer related deaths. It’s also an addiction, and many psychologists will tell you that you are smoking for a reason: and it’s probably not a good one! If you are a smoker, quit today! If you are having problems, have a picture of a love one (preferably a young child who looks up to you). Picture the child and ask yourself, if I smoke this cigarette, this child will be crying at my funeral one day soon.

exerciseTip #2: Exercise! You don’t have to look like a fitness model, but getting your heart and body exercise each day is critical. Experts agree that a half an hour each day will increase your life by ten years! Don’t have the time? Do you watch a TV program each night? If you do, instead of sitting down and doing nothing while you watch it, do sit-ups, or run or walk on the treadmill. Like listening to music? Do it while you take a two mile walk. Although you may not see results on the outside, your insides will thank you!

Tip #3: Get between six and eight hours of sleep a night. Your body needs rest, and getting the appropriate amount of sleep each night not only increases your lifespan, but also makes you much more productive. They say that shift work takes eight years off of your life. That is because of sleep disruption. So not only get six to eight hours of sleep a night, but also make sure that there are no distractions or interruptions. Some ways to help this would be to unplug the phone at night, close the windows, and keep the temperature of the house at a comfortable one so there will be no need to change it in the middle of the night.

laughingTip #4: Laugh. No really, laugh! Experts suggest that laughing and smiling will increase your lifespan, for if nothing else, laughing burns calories! And let’s be honest; when you are laughing you are essentially happy, and happiness and healthiness do go hand in hand. Some ways to help with is perhaps go to various websites which have different jokes, or watch funny video clips. Whatever gets your funny bone going, do it! It will do more than just make you feel better!

Tip #5: Fall in love. If you are already in love, try and stay that way. Loneliness is not only a terrible feeling, but it also lends itself to death. Stats say that if you are married for over fifty years and your partner dies, the average lifespan for the surviving partner is only four years! And it’s more than just about being heartbroken: it’s about being alone. So if you don’t fall in love, join a group, make more friends, or get involved with a charity or club.
These simple lifestyle changes will, hopefully, help you live a much longer, happier, and healthier life. The ultimate secret to living longer and happier is to actually live life. Who knows, maybe skydiving at 100 will be common if a few years.

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