• Women's Health

    Symptoms of Perimenopause

        Some women will not have any symptoms in perimenopause, while others will have noticeable symptoms. Common symptoms of perimenopause include the following:   Hot flashes and night sweats These are feelings of increased bodily warmth and flushing of the face. They can occur at any time of the day or night and can be uncomfortable. If they happen at night, the woman can experience night sweats, in which she wakes up drenched in sweat.   Irregular periods A common precursor of menopause is irregular periods. The ovaries may still ovulate but they do so in no predictable pattern. There are many ways in which you will see this…

  • Women's Health

    What is Menopause

    Menopause is the period of time in a woman’s life in which her menstrual periods stop and she is no longer fertile. The average age of menopause is about 51 years but it can last anywhere from age 40 to 59 years of age. Menopause is usually preceded by “perimenopause” by a few years. In perimenopause, the hormone levels of estrogen and progesterone normally produced by the ovaries begin to decrease. The periods become irregular but do not stop altogether. Women can get symptoms of menopause during perimenopause (hot flashes, night sweats, and mood changes, to name a few) but they aren’t as frequent as when a woman reaches menopause.…

  • Food & Nutrition

    Top 10 Foods For An Incredible All Natural Energy Boost

    Fatigue is one of the most common conditions that plagues everyone, from busy high school and college students to older working adults. While the most obvious cure for constant fatigue is to get a solid eight hours each night, or to take a quick nap in the afternoon, is it no secret that this is not always possible. In fact, studies show that most humans do not get nearly enough quality sleep that they need to have optimal energy throughout the day. This lack of energy is the reason that this newest trend of energy drinks has become so prevalent. But, the problem is that energy drinks, including, but not…

  • Food & Nutrition

    Understanding Vitamins and Minerals

      VITAMINS A vitamin is a nutrient that is required in tiny amounts and is essential for smooth metabolic reactions to take place in your body. Most of these vitamins cannot be produced by the body, and therefore they must be obtained from your diet. Vitamins are essential for the normal growth and development of human beings. Vitamin deficiencies may be primary or secondary. A primary deficiency is when you do not get enough vitamins through your diet whilst a secondary deficiency is when an underlying disorder prevents or limits the absorption of the vitamin into your body. This could be due to you making damaging lifestyle choices such as…

  • Food & Nutrition

    A Guide To Nutrients

      Apart from the food groups, our body also needs essential nutrients. These should be contained in the food that we eat. In fact, the reason why food is split into food groups represented in the pyramid is to try to ensure that you give your body these essential nutrients. Nutrients that are needed in relatively large quantities are called macronutrients. Those nutrients that are needed in relatively small quantities are called micronutrients. There are seven main kinds of nutrients that your body needs – those are carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins, minerals, fiber and water. It is important to consume these seven nutrients on a daily basis to build and…

  • Food & Nutrition

    The Essential Food Groups

      ‘Food groups’ refer to a classification method for categorizing the various food that we consume on a daily basis based on the nutritional properties of these types of food. Eating a certain amount of food from each of the category is recommended as it is one of the most natural ways in which you can begin to achieve a healthy lifestyle through diet. The food guide pyramid (more commonly called the food pyramid) was introduced as a nutrition guide by the United States Dietary Association. The food guide pyramid suggests optimal nutrition guidelines for every food category per day, using a pyramid with horizontal dividing lines, to represent the…