Archive for June, 2011

SYMPTOMS OF MENOPAUSE: VAGINAL CHANGES

Monday, June 27th, 2011
As the level of oestrogen falls, the walls of the vagina become thinner, and the blood flow to this area is restricted, causing a lack of lubrication. Doctors describe this as vaginal atrophy, which actually means wasting away, becoming useless. It’s a nasty term, guaranteed to make any woman feel she is about to become a dried-up husk. In fact it’s a real case of ‘use it or lose it’.
Although the vagina does not expand so much, it is still quite large enough to accommodate an erect penis. But the thinning of the vagina can encourage bacterial infections such as cystitis. Staying sexually active is a must. Regular sex or masturbation stimulates the blood flow into the vaginal area, reducing dryness. The muscle contractions during orgasm promote the health of the vagina.
Your waterworks are also affected by vaginal changes. The lining walls of the bladder and urethra (the tube linking the bladder to the outside) shrink and become thinner and drier and can become more liable to infection if they crack and split. You may feel the need to urinate more frequently, or find you leak a bit when you sneeze, cough or laugh. The good news is that there are plenty of natural ways to deal with these symptoms.
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WEIGHT LOSS: THE THREE MACRONUTRIENTS: FAT

Monday, June 13th, 2011
For the past few decades, we’ve been bombarded with the message “Fat is bad food!” Every women’s magazine, every sports magazine, every men’s magazine, every health magazine includes at least one article or advertisement about how the consumption of fat will subtract years from your life by causing degenerative disease, including heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes. To listen to the experts, you would think fat isn’t an essential part of the human diet.
We’ve already learned that it’s no accident that nature distributed fat abundantly throughout the food chain. Fat is an extremely beneficial food. For example, fat is used to build hormones, some of which regulate blood pressure, heart rate, vascular dilation, blood clotting, immune response, and the central nervous system. Fat makes up a substantial part of the cell membrane of over three trillion cells, making the cell wall permeable so that nutrients can get into the cell and waste materials can be excreted from the cell, and rigid so that the shape holds firm against the pressure of the surrounding environment. Along with protein, fat acts as a receptor on the cell wall to invite nutrients and hormones into the cell.
Fat keeps the skin soft and supple and helps to avoid premature wrinkling of the skin. Fat is an excellent energy source, particularly for the heart. And fat keeps the metabolism running fast!
We need fat in our diets. The problem comes when we eat far too much of the wrong types of fats.
An important rule of thumb I personally follow is that I never eat anything that has been put together in a chemist’s lab, including new food artifacts like the “fat substitute” Olestra. These substances are toxic. They do not build the type of long-term, vibrant health I want for my body. They do not perform all those important functions listed above. On top of that, they taste bad!
The types of fats you want to include in your diet are the raw, unprocessed vegetable oils like extra-virgin olive oil, avocado oil, and the oils from nuts and seeds. You need to include the fats found in fatty fish like mackerel, salmon, and halibut. These oils are extremely beneficial in protecting the heart and nourishing the nervous system. I encourage all my clients to include at least two to four tablespoons of raw oils in their diets each day by making salad dressings from olive oil, by using flaxseed oil in their morning protein drink, and by eating vegetables that are rich in essential fats (avocados and nuts and seeds, such as sesame, almond, and other nut products). Flaxseed oil is a nutritious oil from flax that can be purchased from your local health food store. Be sure to keep it refrigerated. It oxidizes rapidly if not preserved carefully.
You will need to include about half the amount of fat as your protein requirement, gram for gram. For example, if you require fifty-five grams of protein per day, you will wish to enjoy about twenty-five to thirty grams of fat. If you require seventy-five grams of protein, increase that amount to about thirty-five to forty grams of fat. Don’t worry too much about the fat content of the diet. If you are eating whole, natural foods, the fat will balance itself out without your help. Just restrict yourself to the healthy fats described above. Potato chips, ice cream, and deep-fried chicken must not be included!
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SKIN DISEASES: SCLERODERMA, SEBACEOUS CYSTS AND SEBORRHEA

Friday, June 3rd, 2011
Scleroderma
A hardened and thickened condition of the skin. It may affect the whole body and include the hands. It is sometimes described as a hide-bound condition, and may interfere with the easy movements of parts like the chest. It is generally supposed to be related to the nervous and the glandular systems, and only health-building measures will help to ameliorate the condition.
Sebaceous Cysts
These may form in the glands, which are distended with their own secretions. They are usually often found on the scalp, but they occur in other parts as well. Commonly known as wens, they may become quite unsightly, and, if they cannot be reduced by local measures -heat, etc. -surgical removal should be considered.
Seborrhea
Alteration in the quantity and quality of the secretion of the sebaceous glands. This often takes place in connection with dermatitis and other skin infections. It is generally related to nervous and digestive troubles, and may run on for a long time if the sufferer is unable to take a change and put aside the stresses of his daily life. It can be very troublesome when it affects the parts of the skin covered with hair, as, for instance, the scalp, and it may lead to deterioration in the hair growth. A strict regimen, more change and relaxation are the first things to be considered, and its course is usually dependent upon the efforts that can be made in this manner.
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