Women's Health Tips


PMS Nutrition Recommendations

Eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, whole-grain cereals and breads, beans, peas, lentils, nuts and seeds, and broiled chicken, turkey, and fish. Have high-protein snacks between meals

Make sure your diet includes foods that are high in complex carbohydrates and rich in fiber; these can help the body to get rid of excessive estrogen if high estrogen levels is your problem

Drink 1 quart of quality water daily, starting a week before the menstrual period and ending one week after
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Breast Cancer and Nutrition Recommendations

Eat a high fiber diet based on fresh fruits and vegetables, plus grains, legumes, raw nuts (except peanuts) and seeds, along with soured products such as low-fat yogurt; the cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, and cauliflower are especially important, along with yellow/orange vegetables such as carrots, pumpkin, squash, sweet potatoes, and yams

Eat vegetables raw or slightly steamed; for grains use unpolished brown rice, millets, oats, and wheat; eat whole grains only and if possible consume only organically grown foods as pesticides and other chemicals have been linked to breast cancer (they may mimic the effect of estrogen on the body)
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Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women (alongside skin cancer), and is the second leading cause of cancer death (following lung cancer) for women in the United States. The American Cancer Society estimates that every year, about 175,000 people are diagnosed as having breast cancer, and about 43,300 deaths are attributed to the disease.

The lifetime risk of developing breast cancer for American women is one in eight. Surveys suggest that it is the health problem feared most by women—but the good news is that, since 1990, the number of new cases of breast cancer has stopped increasing. Also, if breast cancer is detected early, the five-year-and-beyond survival rate is very high: about 95 percent.
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Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) and Nutrition

Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) is a disorder that affect many women during the one to two weeks before menstruation begins.

Symptoms can include any or all of the following: abdominal bloating, acne, anxiety, backache, breast swelling and tenderness, cramps, depression, food cravings, fainting spells, fatigue, headaches, insomnia, joint pain, nervousness, skin eruptions, water retention, and personality changes such as drastic mood swings, outbursts of anger, violence, and, sometimes, even thoughts of suicide. The symptoms are so numerous and various that diagnosing and treating this condition is often difficult.
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Folic Acid – Preparation on the Pregnancy

Already before the beginning of a pregnancy measures which help to avoid later serious development and health disturbances of the new mortal can be taken up.

Nutrition – Folic acid
It is advisable to begin with a healthy nutrition already in front of the conception. Vitamins and minerals important to the pregnancy are found in “unspoilt” foods, like vegetables, fruit, milk and whole grain products. A central role plays to the folic acid already before the time of the conception. A vitamin of the B group is you and for the cell growth, the development of the organs and the central nervous system.

The vitamin is at the formation of the DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) involved, the molecule for the structure and function of every body cell. The increased need for folic acid as of the fertilization time arises from the important role of the B vitamin at the cell formation and cell division. The sufficient supply must therefore already be ensured at the beginning of the pregnancy since approximately one hundred billion cells form here from a stimulated ovum (zygote).
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Abortion – Never an easy Decision

Abortion is a sensitive subject for most people. Many people have strong opinions either For or Against.

Others opinions may matter at times, but when it’s your 16 year old daughter who has made a mistake and is pregnant, you have to take a fresh look at the whole issue.

It is best to keep emotions out of the decision as far as possible, though even in the early weeks of pregnancy the pregnant woman’s hormones usually make a decision to have an abortion more difficult than anticipated. The woman’s hormones are adjusting to protect the fetus.
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Menopause – All Part Of Human Nature

Menopause is a natural part of a woman’s life. Technically, it is the stopping of periods or menses. The average age is 52 however menopause can occur in the thirties or sixties. Perimenopause is the time around menopause – usually the 2-5 years before but sometimes women have symptoms 10-15 years before stopping their periods. The time of menopause for woman can be dramatic.

Menopause is usually unique for every woman but every woman does stop having periods. Some common symptoms associated with menopause include hot spells during the day- hot flashes, night sweats- heavy sweating at different times of the night, weight gain, emotional ups and downs, and loss of sexual desire. All of the symptoms of menopause can be mild or severe. Many of these symptoms are caused by hormonal imbalances and changes, not necessarily estrogen loss. They are also related to diet, lifestyle, and genetic factors.

Many women reach fifty years of age working 60 hours a week, taking care of a family, children and parents, and have little time for themselves. Their hormones are burnt out and have little reserve for dealing with this natural period of menopause. Basically, during menopause the body is resetting our hormones for the second half. It would be easier if women had more time to relax and go with the flow during menopause, but few have that chance.
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Child Birth

Child birth can be one of the most exhilarating life experiences for parents. There are countless heart warming stories of mothers and fathers holding their newborn children for the first time. There are also accounts of amazing births that occurred in taxicabs, on busses, or in other unusual locations.

However, for every amazing and uplifting story, there are horrible tales of birth complications that have left families broken. The following seeks to examine the different types of birth techniques as well as highlight the pros and cons associated with each.

Natural Childbirth
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Hot Flashes, Night Sweats and Palpitations

As women age, many experience sensations ranging from mild flushing to hot flashes, sweating, palpitations and chest discomfort. Severe symptoms are alarming and may be life altering due to sleep deprivation leading to exhaustion, stress and poor concentration. Daytime symptoms are frequently precipitated by stress, invariably occurring at a critical moment during a speech or closing of a sale.

Symptoms may be caused by a deficiency of progesterone, but more often a lack of estrogen. Estrogen causes cell multiplication (estrogenic effect) which is necessary to avoid shriveling, somewhat like a prune, but in excess may lead to fibrocystic breast disease, uterine fibroids, PMS, and possibly cancer (estrogen dominance).
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Osteoporosis Prevention

Osteoporosis (porous bone) may result in the death of twenty-five percent of the elderly suffering osteoporosis related hip fracture with costs exceeding seventeen billion dollars annually.

The problem nature encountered using calcium as the primary component of bone composition is crystallization that occurs over time. The crystallization causes bone to become harder, but less flexible, resulting in brittle bone that will fracture like breaking glass. Nature responds by dissolving the old bone using osteoclasts (bone destroy) cells for old bone removal and osteoblasts (bone build) for the creation of new bone.
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