Category Archives: Women’s Health

How Hypothyroidism Affects the Entire Body

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The thyroid is integral to health and affects nearly every cell in the body. Its influence can be seen in how the body relays information, triggers activity, regulates various substances, and oversees many other aspects of wellness. Therefore, a malfunctioning thyroid often results in a cascade of symptoms that can appear nearly anywhere in the body. The deep interconnectivity of the body means that the areas directly affected by poor thyroid function can reverberate and damage other, seemingly unrelated areas. Hypothyroidism is one of the most common forms of thyroid disease that, like other thyroid conditions, can cause systemic disruption. Understanding thyroid dysfunction and its significant impact on nearly all the body’s systems can lead to improved diagnosis, treatment, and wellness. What is Hypothyroidism? The thyroid is responsible for the production and regulation of hormones that influence systems throughout the body. It is estimated that thyroid disease affects over 20 […]

10 Healthy Summer Foods to Add to Your Diet

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Summer is an exciting season that gives us the opportunity to enjoy the best of what nature has to offer. One of the finest ways to experience summer is by enjoying the bounty of tasty fruits, vegetables, and refreshing treats that come with it. Perhaps the greatest part of doing so is that many summer foods provide notable health benefits. Get the most out of your summer and support your wellness by enjoying these 10 healthy summer foods. *Everyone’s dietary needs are different, and some foods discussed below may not be suitable for each person. If there are any concerns regarding the effect of specific items on your health, be sure to speak with your doctor. 1. Corn In America, corn is perhaps the quintessential summer vegetable. And for good reason! Summer corn is not only sweet and delicious, but it also contains beneficial antioxidants. Studies show that lutein and […]

5 Tips for Staying Healthy During Summer

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Summer is upon us, and although the summer months may look slightly different from previous years, we want to ensure everyone stays safe and healthy regardless of what activities you partake in. Summer is the perfect time to work on improving your health and dedicating more time to becoming a healthier, stronger you. 1. Get Fresh Air Whether you are quarantining alone or social distancing with friends and family, it is important to get as much fresh air in your home as possible. Open window and doors, clean and dust regularly, and wash your sheets as often as you can. 2. Practice Sun Safety If you venture outside (at a safe distance from others), it is important to remember sun protection. Whether that be a clean, non-toxic sunscreen (don’t forget those tricky spots like your ears, nose and tops of your feet) or long sleeves and a hat, it’s important […]

Menopause and Perimenopause: Symptoms, Treatments and More

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During their lifetime, women experience many important physiological changes. Perhaps the best example of this is menopause, and its lesser-known companion perimenopause. Although most have heard of these conditions, many do not know what perimenopause and menopause are. Read on to learn about the basics of each condition and how a change in perception and appropriate therapy may improve the perimenopause and menopause experience. What is Perimenopause? Perimenopause indicates the time between a healthy menstrual cycle and menopause, wherein the menstrual cycle halts completely. Perimenopause typical begins around the age of 35 and may last from six months to ten years before developing fully into menopause. During this time of transition production of two important hormones, estrogen and progesterone, decline. Depending on the speed at which these hormone values drop, one may experience a slow, almost imperceptible change to bodily function or a sudden or dramatic shift. The change in […]

PMS Diet: 10 Foods That Help Fight PMS Symptoms

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Premenstrual syndrome, more often referred to as PMS, is an exceptionally common condition. It is estimated that 80 percent of women will experience PMS during their life. Fortunately, it may be possible for many women to ease or even resolve their premenstrual difficulties by making appropriate dietary changes. But before learning how to effectively combat PMS through diet, we must first understand what it is. What is PMS? PMS is a condition that stems from hormonal imbalances. Although there are many factors that can contribute to the development of PMS such as stress, lack of sleep, and nutrient deficiency, the greatest promoter of PMS is irregular menstruation.  During the first half of the menstrual cycle the production of estrogen, an important hormone for female health, increases dramatically. In healthy systems this is offset by greater release of another hormone called progesterone. While these hormones remain at the appropriate balance, PMS […]

Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS): Symptoms, Causes and Treatments

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It is estimated that nearly 80 percent of women experience PMS. Despite its exceptionally common occurrence, most know very little about it. Women who already have PMS and those who are at risk of developing it can benefit from acquiring a better understanding of this common and often frustrating condition. Read on to learn about the basics of PMS, common signs and symptoms of PMS and potential treatment options.  What is Premenstrual Syndrome? Premenstrual syndrome is a common health condition most frequently experienced by women during their childbearing years. This cyclical disorder occurs monthly during the luteal phase of menstruation. During the luteal phase, most women experience a significant shift in hormone values. This is caused by a structure called the corpus luteum follicle. The follicle is produced during ovulation after an egg has been released. When the luteum follicle is active, it produces a significant amount of progesterone and […]

8 Common Symptoms of PCOS

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Polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS, is a condition affecting about 10 percent of women. Sadly, the notable prevalence is only just one problem of PCOS. Perhaps an even greater issue is that fact that approximately half of those with PCOS are unaware of it. Resolving PCOS requires improved general awareness of PCOS and greater individual ability to identify the signs and symptoms of PCOS. Only then will we be able to effectively identify and attend to this common condition. What is PCOS? PCOS is an endocrine disorder that develops in a large percentage of the female population, specifically women between the ages of 12 and 51. Although the exact cause of PCOS is unclear, experts know that PCOS is closely tied to hormone balance. It has been shown that irregular values of sex hormones such as estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone can contribute to the development and continuation of PCOS. PCOS […]

What Every Woman Needs to Know About PCOS

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Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, sometimes called Stein-Leventhal Syndrome or PCOS, is a female-specific condition that may cause serious health problems and various cosmetic issues. An approximated 10% of women experience PCOS, making it one of the most common endocrine disorders among females. PCOS is the current leading cause of infertility among women. Because of its high occurrence rate and potentially significant impact on women’s health, it important that we be familiar with the signs and symptoms, risk factors and treatment options for PCOS. What is PCOS? PCOS is a hormonal condition most frequently experienced by women during their reproductive years, roughly between the ages of 12 and 51. It is estimated that nearly 7 million women have PCOS. Unfortunately, less than 50% of those suffering from the condition are properly diagnosed or receive appropriate care. The key determining factor of PCOS is hormone balance. Specifically, progesterone and estrogen. These two hormones […]

What to Eat (and Avoid) During Pregnancy for Optimal Health

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When it comes to overall wellness, few factors are as influential as diet. During pregnancy, diet becomes even more important because a healthy pregnancy requires that the body be supplied with an appropriate balance of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. It is essential that pregnant women, or those who plan to become pregnant soon, adhere to a highly nutritious diet. Read on to learn about the importance of proper nutrition during pregnancy and the elements of pregnancy-focused diet. Why is Diet so Important During Pregnancy? When a woman becomes pregnant her nutritional needs change significantly. This is because besides providing quality nutrition for herself, she must acquire all the nutrients needed to support her growing baby. Eating nutrient-dense foods while avoiding potentially damaging substances helps limit the risk of common pregnancy complications such as gestational diabetes and anemia. Gestational diabetes is a condition described as an excess of sugar delivered […]

11 Common Myths About Pregnancy—And The Truth

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We have all heard our fair share of medical myths and rumors such as “you can’t go swimming for an hour after eating” or “chewing gum takes seven years to digest.” For the most part, these tall tales are harmless. However, superstition and misinformation surrounding topics such as pregnancy can have serious real-world consequences. Read on to learn the truth behind 11 of the most common pregnancy myths. Pregnant Women Need to Eat a Lot More Many incorrectly believe that pregnant women need to significantly increase their caloric intake. This is, in fact, false. Most pregnant women do not need over 2,000 calories per day to attain adequate nutrition. It is far more important that rather than increasing their calorie count, pregnant women focus on eating high quality and nutrient-dense foods to get all the nutrients they need for themselves and the developing fetus. Pregnant Women Should Exercise Less Pregnancy […]

8 Ways To Get Your Body Ready for Pregnancy

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In the family planning process, there are many factors to consider, with perhaps the most obvious being pregnancy and getting your body ready. In family planning, pregnancy is far more than the 40-week gestation period that precedes childbirth. Even though pregnancy and childbirth are entirely possible without actively preparing for them, taking the appropriate precautions, and making suitable preparations can benefit the health and wellness of both mother and child. Why Is Pre-Pregnancy Prep So Important? Proper pregnancy preparation can ease the most common issues of pregnancy and helps to ensure the health of both mother and child from conception to childbirth and beyond. Health experts often recommend planning for pregnancy at least one year prior to attempting to become pregnant. However, some begin their preparations as early as two years prior to when they plan to become pregnant. Such forethought gives aspiring mothers time to develop the ideal mental, […]