Top Health Tips For Women Made In 2013

A shocking study from this year has also revealed that the cost of birth control in Florida varied considerably. In less wealthy areas, it was found that the cost of prescription contraceptives were more expensive compared to the same product in wealthier zip code areas. The research has raised concern for those in need of the drugs but are struggling financially.

In March of this year, the United Nations shared research that states that by 2015, approximately 233 million women will still be unable to access modern forms of contraception. With contraception being such an essential tool in preventing unwanted pregnancies, it allows women to decide on their desired family size. Contraception is also key in reducing the number of women dying in both pregnancy and childbirth especially as it’s a very cost effective method of intervention.

An American study has also found that women could in fact slash their chances of having a heart attack by up to 32% by simply eating 3 servings of either strawberries or blueberries each week. It’s thought that this could be due to the effect of the flavonoids contained within the fruits which prevents a build-up of plaque in the arteries, which is great news for wine drinkers as its thought the same result is achieved.

2013 has also revealed the results of a lengthy study carried out during 1996-2008 that was trying to establish whether or not there is a link between depression in women and the consumption of inflammation-spurring foods. The study excluded any women already suffering from the condition. The results showed that women who regularly ate foods such as pasta and red meat, were in fact more prone to developing depression.

Across the pond, comprehensive research has been done by the Environmental Protection Agency to assess the current levels of mercury in women’s blood. As women are now more aware of the health risks associated with consuming high levels of mercury, its thought that women are now thinking more carefully about the types of fish they eat. Mercury has been linked to both kidney and neurological problems.

At the latest annual meeting for the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology, new information was announced claiming a possible link between a lack of sleep and a woman’s ability to conceive. It suggests that women who work irregular shifts could be put at a higher risk of not conceiving whilst those who work during the night increase their chances of mis-carrying. The reason behind this thinking is that interrupted sleep could be affecting their internal clock, so in order to maximise fertility, a woman should aim to get between 7-8 hours’ sleep each night.

There’s been some good news though for cancer survivors, as a recent study has shown that two-thirds of women who have survived cancer before the age of 21 were able to successfully go on to have a child. The statistics were taken after 3,500 18-39 year old sexually-active women were looked at, which revealed these promising results.

This year, preliminary findings into a baby’s brain development has suggested that getting the normal 20 minutes of moderate exercise 3 times a week could help. Researchers are still to make definitive findings but it’s thought that regular exercise helps to boost a baby’s all round development.

New findings by researchers at Duke’s University has suggested that women who are diagnosed with breast cancer in its early stages could have a better chance of survival if they opt for a lumpectomy and radiation instead of a mastectomy. In recent times many women have been opting for mastectomies for psychological reasons instead of medical, however, more research still needs to be done.

The US Preventative Services Task force changed its guidelines several years ago surrounding the age at which women should receive routine mammograms. Despite the organisation deciding this, women between the ages of 40-49 are still going for the test with numbers slightly increasing. The results are a good indication that women are taking their health seriously.

This year the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology revealed the results of its study into post-pubescent women’s increased chances of developing food allergies, asthma and rhinitis. They believe women are more likely than men to develop certain conditions as a result of both genetics and sex hormones.

The final big health story for women this year involves a bra, or rather why you shouldn’t wear one. Although almost all women wear a one on a daily, research suggests they may not be beneficial. By not wearing a bra, a woman doesn’t develop her body’s natural tissue which supports the breasts. So not wearing a bra is not only more comfortable, but also better for you too!

Health Tips For Healthy Eating

The body needs around 40 different nutrients to maintain good health. There is no single food that can provide the body with all these nutrients. Therefore, you need to consume a wide variety of foods like fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, poultry, protein-rich food, dairy products and whole-grain products. Follow good health tips and a food guide pyramid to help you plan your diet. Always look at the nutrition facts mentioned on food labels to know what you are eating.

Fruits, vegetables and whole grains foods are extremely important for a healthy body. You need to have about six to eleven servings of rice, bread, cereals and pastas with three of them being whole grains. You also need to consume about three servings of fruits and about four servings of vegetables. Although you may not feel like consuming them at first, you need to discover innovative health tip recipes to make them more tasty and enjoyable.

Maintain your weight at a safe level. Your height, age, sex and heredity factors would determine your ideal weight. If you have excess fat in your body, your chances of high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke, heart disease, and certain types of cancer would go up. Being too thin would also give rise to its own share of problems like osteoporosis for the elderly and menstrual irregularities in women, among other health issues. Consult a registered dietician for health tips to develop good eating habits and learn to manage your weight. Remember to exercise at the same time to control your weight.

Have a healthy eating habit. Learn to keep your portion sizes reasonably small and limited. Never skip your meals in an effort to follow health tips to lose weight. Skipping meals to control your weight could make your hunger go out of control. You would end up eating and putting on more weight instead of losing it. You can eat light snacks between meals to reduce your intake during meals. However, you should avoid eating too much snacks as that would compensate for the low intake of meals.

Never make abrupt changes to your diet or food habits. You body as well as your mind would need some time to follow these health tips. Changing too fast can prove counterproductive. Make modest changes and increase them slowly but steadily until you reach your desired goal.

These are fairly simple health tips to follow. It just takes a little practice and some common sense to eat and stay healthy. A good diet along with exercise can help you stay in good health and good shape.

Prostate Natural Health Tips Any Man Can Do

Natural Prostate Health Tips:

You may think that it’s kind of weird for a female naturopath to be discussing prostate issues, but I had a partner die of colon cancer and the cancer spread to his prostate. I miss him.

He had no clue that there were actually alternative treatments that he could do for his cancer. He knew something was wrong, but when he went to his doctor, they couldn’t find anything. He happened to be a veterinarian who worked in a teaching hospital, so he went to the horse barn, pulled out the ultrasound machine and did an ultrasound on the place on his body that hurt. He saw what he thought was a lump, so he took a videotape of the procedure, took it to his doctor who looked at the tape and said, “Gosh! I think you are right!” So, he was scheduled for surgery, but when they opened him up, the cancer had advanced too far. They closed him up without doing anything and sent him home to die. Which he did.

I made up my mind that if I could help anyone develop lifestyle changes that helped them overcome or prevent cancer of any kind that I would do just that–and there are some basic things that every person can do to prevent and overcome cancer. It just so happens that there are some specific things men can do for their prostate health so I’m sharing them.

Prostate Disease Statistics:

  • Prostate disorders usually begin after age 35
  • By age 50, over 25% of all men have an enlarged prostate
  • By age 70, that increased to over 50% and by age 80 it’s 80%

Signs of prostate dysfunction include many bladder outlet obstruction symptoms such as:

  • Getting up to pee more than normal for the amount of fluids you ingest
  • Can’t empty your bladder all the way or sensations of incomplete emptying
  • Increased frequency of urination
  • Smaller stream of urine–takes a long time to empty bladder
  • Foam in the urine- sign of protein in the urine (a sign of kidney disease)
  • Hesitancy with intermittency and decreased flow of urine
  • Terminal dribbling or urinary incontinence
  • Pain during intercourse, burning sensations when urinating, tugging sensation around the base of the penis, low back pain, blood in the urine or an orange staining in the underwear may have a different cause than Benign Prostate Hyperplasia (BPH)

Products that can keep the prostate healthy and decrease the PSA scores:

Saw Palmetto is the herb of choice for Benign Prostate Hyperplasia (BPH) because it tones the prostate, affects the hormones in a positive way and is also a urinary remedy. Tonic value: Strengthens and builds body tissues and encourages muscle mass. Anabolic. Hormonal: Estrogenic actions good for impotence, reduced or absent sex drive, testicular atrophy, premature ejaculation (in women it has been used for breast enlargement) Urinary remedy: Saw Palmetto is nicknamed the “plant catheter” because it strengthens the neck of the bladder and helps reduce enlarged prostate glands. It is used as a diuretic to improve urine flow (raw parsley is excellent for this as well) and it acts as a urinary antiseptic in cystitis. Take up to 3 capsules daily.

Raw Hulled Pumpkin seeds (Food of choice for BPH) Dose: 4 teaspoons/day raw and hulled. Sources: Huckleberries, Local Co-ops, Winco (about $1.75/pound) and Health Food Stores

Foods are the strongest medicines we use but, “If a little is good a lot ain’t necessarily better.”Eating a BUNCH of them can give you diarrhea. All you need is a couple tablespoons/day maximum.

How to use pumpkin seeds:

  • Put them in a bowl next to the stove and eat a small handful once a day
  • Put them in sandwiches if you like crunch
  • Put them in omelets and salads
  • Put them in stir fry or on top of steamed vegetables
  • Add them to cookie recipes

Raw Fruits: 1 to 2 cups/day

Raw Vegetables: 1 to 2 cups/day. If you can’t chew them, juice them!

Power Foods For Prostate Health Include:

  • Wheat Germ oil— (high in zinc and opens up the seminal vesicles- great for infertility) Dose: 1/3 tea/day or 3 capsules/day.
  • Oatmeal (Aveno sativa)— Great zinc source and fiber even for blood type O. Dose: about cup cooked oatmeal per day or 3 cups/week.
  • Parsley— awesome source of minerals and highly recommended for most health problems. Dose: 2 tablespoons/day chopped.
  • Zucchini— I think there’s a reason why God made an excess of zucchini. Dose: 5 cups cooked or raw per week.
  • Yellow dock tea— Dose: 1 cup/day max. Do not use if you have sensitive teeth or gouty arthritis.
  • Watermelon is a great diuretic and good for the kidneys as well as the prostate. Dose: 3 cups/day in season.
  • Unsweetened Cranberry Concentrate: For urinary tract infections you will want to add unsweetened cranberry concentrate to your diet for a couple of weeks. That is NOT cranberry juice off the shelf with all the sugar in it. You can get this product at the Co-op or at Huckleberries. It comes in an 8oz. bottle and costs about $8. Dose: Take 2 Tablespoons/day. Chase it with water and it will taste sweeter. Cranberry causes a tightening of the bladder sphincter muscles and causes the inside of the bladder to be slicker so bacteria cannot stick to it. Good brands are Knudson’s or Tree of Life.

Techniques to Help the Prostate:

  • Inguinal massage technique–Move that lymph for about 3 minutes/day. Lying down on the bed, face up, massage from where your legs attach to your body up towards the heart. Pay special attention to the lower abdomen just above the base of the penis. Be gentle. It should not hurt, but you should feel pressure.
  • Total Body Massage–Once a week is best, but every other week is the very least you should shoot for.
  • Reflexology points–Achilles tendon and heel area. Massage each leg about 5 minutes/day.
  • Exercise: Dead Lifts to increase circulation in the pelvis area. Start light. Breathe in as you lift the weights. Breathe out as you set them down. Bend at the knees. Squeeze your buttocks, throw your shoulders back and stick your chest out. Do about 2 sets of 10/day and work up from there. Don’t overdo it. Repetitions are much better for your body than the amount of weight you lift.

The Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) test. What is it? How often? How is it scored?

The PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) is a protein produced only by the prostate gland. The current recommendation is to get a PSA test done once a year beginning at age 50. Other doctors recommend less frequent testing. I am a proponent of getting that base level test done so that if there is a problem in the future, there is something to compare to. Some men have a predisposition to prostate cancer or have had cancer. For this group of people the PSA test is recommended more frequently.

PSA Tests Can Be Elevated For Several Reasons Including:

  • Cancer
  • Benign Prostate Enlargement (BPE)
  • Inflammation
  • Infection
  • Age or Race (Blacks have higher PSA. Indians have the lowest amount of PSA)

PSA Scoring:

  • 0-4 nanograms/milliliter is normal
  • 4-10 ng/ml is slightly elevated
  • 10-20 ng/ml is moderately elevated
  • >20 is considered elevated

There are two types of PSA–Free and Attached.

The Free fraction is elevated with Benign Prostate Enlargement and the Attached fraction elevates with tumor involvement. Since there are both false positive and false negative tests, scientists are still studying various aspects of the Prostate Specific Antigen.

The “finger test” may pick up enlarged prostate, but increased PSA may not accompany enlarged prostate.

OK, men… now get out there and take care of yourselves because we love you and want you around for awhile.