When I was in my twenties, I always come home from a weekend with my mom feeling like I need to lose 10 pounds ASAP. Now that I am in my thirties and writing a health blog, I realized that my mom needs to a perception adjustment in the weight loss department. I am surprise [...]
This is the final post on PMS treatment. This post is a discussion of the supplements commonly used by herbalists and natural practitioner to treat PMS. The two previous posts discuss whether PMS is a sign of hormonal imbalance and how commonly prescribed PMS medication do not work.
This post is a discussion of common medication prescribed for PMS and how they do not address the underlining problem of balancing your hormones to prevent PMS.
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It is common knowledge that we are getting fatter as a nation. It has long been known that overweight girls tend to mature earlier than thinner girls. But why is that the case? The answer might be in our fat cells.
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This is the second post of my soy series. This post will discuss how Chinese families eat soy, soy isoflavones, and who should limit soy in their diet.
While soy is no stranger in our diet, it only amounts to 2 ounces daily (7-8 grams of soy protein). Remember how I mentioned in my last post that most Chinese families do not eat the FDA recommended daily 25 grams of soy protein in order to get its cholesterol lowering effect?
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This article will discuss how the changing female hormones during our teenage years impact our weight. I will not be discussing the emotional aspects of puberty, just the physical aspects.
As females, our bodies change every 15 years or so – puberty, pregnancy, perimenopause, and menopause – because of the changes in our hormone levels. Hopefully you have some close female relatives to help guide you through each stage. If you are interested in learning more about how your hormones and fat cells influence your weight, please click on my hormones or fat cell tags.
This post is a book review of The Smart Woman’s Guide to Midlife & Beyond by Janet Horn, MD and Robin H. Miller, MD. This book offers a chapter on common health issues faced by women after the age of 50. The health issues range from your brain to your uterus.
To me acupuncture and herbal supplements are as “normal” to me as the prescribed medications my doctor gives me. I always view alternative medicine and herbal supplements as another revenue I can discuss with my doctor when traditional medicine fail to give me an answer. Of course, traditional medical advice are not neglected either in this book……
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This post will discuss the “male” menopause (andropause) phase at around age 60 and how balance your hormones.
Everyone knows about “the change” that women go through after 50. Women are better equip than men in dealing with extreme changes to our bodies from years of practice. Not only are men not used to dealing with changes in their bodies, there is not much support in our community or the internet to help them.
Can you imagine two men sitting next to each other, beer in hand, talking about the “changes” happening to their bodies? I would love to see my husband and brother doing that 20 years from now.
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The Women”s Hormonal Phase series discuss the hormonal changes we go through in our lifetime from our teens to after menopause. Each posts discuss what is going on with our bodies at each stage, the health challenges, and possible solutions.
This final concluding post in the series discuss what happens after menopause and how to staying physically independent as we age.
Most of the decline we experience after menopause comes from disuse. After the age of 50, we start to lose 1 pound of muscle year. After 3 years, we lose the ability to burn 150 calories each day, which is the equivalent of 14 pounds of weight gain a year.
The Women’s Hormonal Phase series talk about the hormonal phases that women go through in their lifetime from their teens to beyond menopause. Each post will talk about what’s going on during each phase, the health challenges, and possible solutions. This third post will focus on the perimenopause years between our early 40s to our early 50s.