• Women's Health

    Menopause: Memory Loss and Brain Fog

      Memory loss is one of the more common symptoms of perimenopause and menopause. In fact, about 60% of women experiencing perimenopause and menopause have some symptoms of memory loss.  In laymen’s terms, memory loss in menopause is called “brain fog” and it involves feeling as though you can’t remember things as well as you used to and are walking around with a muddled head. The type of memory loss seen during perimenopause and menopause usually involves forgetting newly acquired verbal information and having difficulty with concentration.  Typical brain fog symptoms include forgetting people’s names (particularly new names of people you just met), forgetting tasks in the middle of trying to do…

  • Women's Health

    Menopause: Fatique and Stress

      FATIQUE Menopause is a time when many women feel run down and fatigued. Part of the problem is the increased perception of stress and another part is the decrease in restful sleep that comes with menopause. Stress reduction techniques can reduce the fatigue seen in menopause. Exercises like guided imagery, meditation, qi gong, and tai chi can also reduce stress so you have more energy as well as increased mental clarity. Fatigue can be managed by having better sleep habits. This will help you go to sleep when you are tired and can keep you sleeping longer. Some good sleep habits include the following: Use your bedroom for sleep…

  • Women's Health

    Menopause: Mood Swings and Depression

      Women approaching or in menopause are subject to mood swings and increased irritability. Typically, this occurs as a result of radical hormone fluctuations. Some menopausal women also suffer from depression, the reasons for this are not completely clear but it is believed that the lack of estrogen affects the amount of brain neurotransmitters responsible for prevention of depression. When the neurotransmitters like serotonin and norepinephrine are decreased, the risk for depression increases. Women in menopause may need to take prescription anti-depressants in order to control depressive symptoms. These include many of the SSRI anti-depressants (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors), which increase the levels of serotonin in the brain and decrease…

  • Supplements

    Heal The Body With Curcumin

      The description “super food” gets tossed around quite often and a bit too liberally for my taste in health and fitness circles. Many of the things that have been described as “super foods” in the recent past, like say raspberries for example, are quite good for you, but “super”? Probably not. One food ingredient which doesn’t get its props from mainstream sources as much, but truly does deserve the super food label is the Indian spice turmeric or more specifically, curcumin. Curcumin is the active part of turmeric now available in highly pure forms perfect as a health supplement. Need to heal your body? Cut body fat? Or a…

  • Women's Health

    Menopause: Hot Flashes

      Hot flashes are perhaps the greatest symptom experienced in menopause, statistically 3 out of 4 of all menopausal women, and they are usually the most uncomfortable symptom. They can go on for several years before stopping. Hot flashes can be treated in a couple of ways. Some women choose to replace the estrogen and progesterone the ovaries are no longer making. Estrogen replacement therapy or ERT is a prescription treatment for hot flashes. Estrogen is given by patch, vaginal ring, or pill and progesterone can be given by pill. They are usually given together in order to prevent a buildup of the uterine lining that occurs when a woman…

  • Supplements,  Weight Loss

    Health Benefits of Green Tea

      Green tea has been enjoyed by multitudes of people for many centuries, beginning over 4,000 years ago in China and later spreading to most of the Eastern countries. It was used as a medicine to help healing, level body temperature, aid digestion and control bleeding. Many ancient writings touted the health benefits of drinking green tea, and also explained how to grow and brew the leaves. Green tea has now become a staple in many pantries around the world. Its benefits are numerous and scientists are still finding more about the health advantages that green tea can bring into our lives.     Health Benefits of Green Tea  …