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Being “hormonal” is a GOOD thing!

Friday, June 15th, 2012

Tired of hearing about how horrible it is to feel “hormonal?” Here’s the good things our hormones are meant to do:

Estrogen gives women curves, energy, sex drives, and bone strength. It lifts the mood, preserves memories, and even gives us our sense of style. Did you know that studies have shown that women low in estrogen dress with less color?

Progesterone balances estrogen. Without enough progesterone women feel bloated and bitchy. Cycles are heavy and irregular. Women who don’t make enough progesterone suffer from insomnia, infertility, breast pain and swelling.

Thyroid hormone ensures that all other hormones work optimally. It controls our mood, mind, temperature, digestion, menstruation, and weight.

Cortisol helps manage stress, fight infections, and gives you energy to do life. It controls appetite, and helps regulate the thyroid.

DHEA gives women their sex drive and sense of vitality. During menopause it makes estrogen and testosterone. Most women over the age of fifty need DHEA support.

Testosterone helps the brain function better and increases the number of orgasms women have. That’s a woman’s greatest sex organ is her brain!

Growth Hormone helps us feel calm during times of strife. It makes us look younger as we age by reducing wrinkles and cellulite. It also strengthens bones and muscles.

Melatonin helps us fall asleep and stay asleep. It is the most powerful antioxidant in our body and maintains a healthy brain as we age.

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Avoid Lyme This Summer and Learn How To Remove a Tick

Saturday, June 9th, 2012

Tick Removal

Since the longer a tick stays attached to someone the more likely they are to become infected with a disease, their prompt removal is crucial.

Experts suggest the following protocol for tick removal:

Swift removal of a tick may prevent you from becoming infected with a potentially serious disease.

1. Tweezers – Use fine point tweezers to grasp the tick at the place of attachment, as close to the skin as possible.

2. Pull – Gently pull the tick straight out. Avoid crushing the tick’s body and do not be alarmed if the tick’s mouthparts remain in the skin. Once the mouth parts are removed from the rest of the tick, it can no longer transmit bacteria. If the tick is accidentally crushed, clean the skin with soap and warm water or alcohol.

Do NOT use petroleum jelly, a hot match, nail polish, or other products to remove a tick.

3. Save – Place the tick in a small vial or sealable bag with a damp paper towel to prevent it from dehydrating. If warranted by the victim’s physician, protecting the tick from dehydration aids in its identification.

4. Clean – Wash your hands, disinfect the tweezers and cleanse the bite site.

5. Bring the tick in for (tick identification/or prophylactic medication) to your physician.

6. Bring this printout with you to give to your doctor.

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PMS Myth Buster

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

If you or your daughter is planning on reading Cosmo this month at the beach- be aware that their article on PMS is misleading.

It starts out, “The week before your period? Yeah, not fun.” Oh I didn’t realize that we women were doomed to have a week or more each month that is not fun. Wrong. So wrong. What’s not fun is misinformation about hormones!

PMS is not a normal phase of the cycle as most articles have us believe. PMS is feedback from your body that all is not well, something is out of whack for any number of reasons.

Poor diet, stress, over work, toxic people, unhealthy boundaries with work or social pressures, over consumption of dairy, alcohol, and caffeine, all predispose you to hormone imbalance, and PMS. Click on the topics section of my website to read about how I treat PMS.

Taking coffee to “counteract the brain cloud,” as suggested in the article will worsen PMS.

Summer is a great time to reevaluate your lifestyle and practice slowing down. Exercise, yoga, limiting dairy caffeine and alcohol will make a huge difference.

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